Rachel Khoo


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February 16th, 2018

I dream of Japan

Rachel Khoo dreaming of Japan

In 2014 one of my dreams came true when I got to go on a whirlwind trip to Japan (Tokyo-Kyoto-Osaka-Chibu). The trip blew my mind away. I’ve been thinking a lot about that amazing trip since I’ve been getting a lot of lovely messages from some of you who are based there. Arigato!

I do hope to be able to go back very soon. There was so much I loved about Japan and too much I still want to discover. When I do go back (not sure when yet) I will no doubt be bringing an extra bag for all the amazing stationery and ceramics (I had to buy one when I last went).

If you have any tips or suggestions, please do let me know in the comments below!

Here’s a round up of the highlights from my last trip (please excuse the amateur quality of the videos. Neither Frankie nor I are usually the video camera pros):

Photo: Lara Messer

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11 thoughts on “I dream of Japan

  1. Hi Rachel,

    I am so glad to know you enjoyed so much about my home country, Japan and the amazing food culture!!

    Kyoto is one of my most fab city and there are many talented chef, passionate food ingredients producer… even cool craftsman to create lovely kitchen tools by hands transforming their tradition design into simple modern form to harmonize well with modern living.

    Hope you enjoyed an unique adventure and found new discoveries during the trip!


    1. Hi Eri,
      I absolutely loved Kyoto. Dare I say I liked it more than Tokyo. It was truly inspirational to see the dedication to craftsmanship. I do hope to go back soon.

  2. Hi Rachel,
    Thanks for your message.
    I saw one of your clip and found you were using the knife from Aritsugu, Kyoto! That’s one of my favorite place in Nishiki Food St. too. Actually I also bought a small pot with a wooden cover to boil vegetables and cook root vegetables. Not sure if you asked them to put your name on the knife when you bought but I asked them to put my name of my pot (it might be unusual request though…haha… just always want to get something really good quality cooking utensils and use as long as poss. And also kind a cute my small pot with my name on!) I am sure you will love the town called Kappabashi in Tokyo near Asakusa. You will easily spend a day there. (you may need one more suitcase on your return flight) Hope you can enjoy exploring all those places to find unique cooking tools for your next visit to Japan. 😉


  3. Hi Rachel,

    Have you ever been Itoya in ginza, tokyo. It’s a one of beautfil and boggest (18th floors) stationaly store here. I’m very sure that you will like and need spare bag to buy some.


    I can’t wait to see your new adventure in Japan!! Hope see it soon!!

  4. Hi Rachel,

    Have you decided your travel plan?
    In Japan, you might want to stop by bookstores to grab some neat picture books for your little son.

    You are an idol of my 4-year-old daughter. She loves to cook and loves to eat even more. Her dream is to travel and cook around the world with you. If you have events like book signing, workshops during your next stay in Japan, we’d definitely go.

  5. Hi, Rachel^^

    I always enjoy watching your Tv series!

    If you come to Tokyo this time, I definitely recommend going to the cafe called Paddbre, where they serve a wonderful lunch plate using miso (Japanese traditional seasoning made from soybeans).
    Also, close from the cafe, there is a famous temple, Gotokuji. You can see tons of lucky cats there.

    Hope you enjoy them!


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