Vanilla? Puh-leese! That’s so last millenium! What about mugwort? Or cherry blossom? Or essence of red bean? If you’ve got a hankering for a cocktail that tastes like violets or a cake with a hint of persimmon, get thee to Flavor Land on Kappabashi Street!
This tiny boutique sells every flavoring you can think of, and some you couldn’t imagine in your wildest dreams. They come in water- or oil-based (depending on what you want to mix them with) with food-safe colors in every hue of the rainbow to match. And many of them can be bought in small quantities – if you speak Japanese, you can ask the shop attendant to pour your selections into 100 ml bottles like the ones I bought!
Read a novel set in Tokyo
Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!