Friday, February 9, 2024

Culinary Encyclopedia of Japan Vol. 1 Ingredients

Book recommendation:  

Culinary Encyclopedia of Japan Vol. 1 Ingredients: A deep dive into Japanese Cooking by Keita Wojciechowski  

This book is big, 8.25 x 1.43 x 11 inches and 550 pages. All of it packed with solid information about ingredients, including the Latin names of planet and animals. One sign of a good book is an index, for this book the detailed index takes up almost 100 pages and is broken down into several categories for easier browsing. Filled with solid information, no recipes, no pictures, imagine how large it would be if it had those. I got the paperback some folks may want to opt for the hardcover given how massive the book is.  

This book deservedly won the 29th Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in the Encyclopedia Category.  

https://www.amazon.com/Culinary-Encyclopedia-Japan-Vol-Ingredients/dp/3000761179

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Why does it take so long to add new area pages to the Tokyo Stroll web supplement?

 Why does it take so long to add new area pages to the Tokyo Stroll web supplement?

 

While the chapters in my book Tokyo Stroll covered areas in close proximity that were dense with interesting locations. These were often not in the same ku, for example the Yanesen chapter is mainly in Taito ku, but also has items in Bunkyo ku, and Arakawa ku. However the areas I am now adding are for specific administrative zones, not only in the 23 ku part of Tokyo but also in the Tama Area, and tend to be spread out.

 

The way I do this is find the borders of an administrative zones, then look for what it in it. For example with Kita ku I started with 4 or 5 items to write up and ended up with finding over 40 possible locations. From those 40 I selected many that would form the foundation of the page, other locations will be added over time. Each item on the page requires I find reliable information, much of what you find on the web lacks that reliability. So I look if the item has it's own web page, or if there is a description on one by the local government, merchants association, in books, or in news sources, etc. Once I have enough information I put it together into a description. Then I identify if the item is listed in Google Maps and Open Street Map. If it is not, or it is incomplete, or even a wrong location I see to it that additions and corrections are made. So far I have done this with for over 600 items in Google Maps and also over 600 items in Open Street Maps.


As for priorities I tend to go with the types of things people I know and interact with show interest in. Topics that are first searched for include temples, shrines, museums, older buildings, interesting architecture, shopping districts, landmarks, historical locations, and archaeological sites. I then check to see what is nearby and add them to the list of items to consider writing about. This has worked rather well for me when planning trips to Tokyo and the notes from previous trips became the foundation for writing Tokyo Stroll. 

 

On top of gathering information and doing the writing  I have to deal with personal matters etc.

 

This means new pages take time to make. I still have to produce four remaining pages in the 23 ku in Tokyo, then I'll dive into the towns and villages of the Tama Area, on top of that I'll be adding single items to existing pages. All of this means that the web supplement will continue to grow, likely for years.

 

So it takes time, but my goal is to provide a resource for travelers who don't want to be limited to the big sights in conventional guidebooks.

Friday, February 2, 2024

January 2024 monthly report

 I added a new page in the Tokyo Stroll web supplement for Kita ku

http://www.koyagi.com/TokyoStroll/TSKitaku.html

Added a note on the temporary closure of Todoroki Ravine Park to the Setagaya ku page.

http://www.koyagi.com/TokyoStroll/TSSetagayaku.html

Niku no Suzuki: Tokyo Stroll page 449 in the Yanasen chapter

The location in the book is in error, the shop is actually across the street and a block to the west. The electronic map bookmark has been corrected.

Thursday, January 4, 2024

December 2023 monthly report.

From now on I'm going to do monthly reports on additions to my web pages rather than spread things out.

For December there are changes to the Tokyo Stroll web supplement:

To the Shinjuku Station Area page I added entries for:

Shanghai Xiaochi

Yuri Cafe Anchor

You can see them here:

http://www.koyagi.com/TokyoStroll/TSShinjuku.html

I also created a new page for locations in Setagaya Ku. 

http://www.koyagi.com/TokyoStroll/TSSetagayaku.html

This took most of the time devoted to the supplement as it was a whole new page. I plan to do pages for all of the administrative areas in Tokyo that are not in Tokyo Stroll, these will be mainly in the Tama region of Western Tokyo.


Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Tokiwasō and its neighborhood.

In the web supplement to Tokyo Stroll I have added a new page for the Tokiwasō Area.

In the Anime Companion Supplement I have added a new entry for Tokiwasō.

PS The bookmark files have also been updated. You can download them here.

Thursday, September 7, 2023

Tokyo Stroll web supplement home page updated.

 I have updated the main page for the web supplement to Tokyo Stroll. I reorganized the information that used to be in three columns in a table under the Additional Entries, Alerts, & Corrections heading. These used to be:

For areas covered in Tokyo Stroll:

For areas not covered in Tokyo Stroll:

Day Trips and Pilgrimage Routes:

The items that were in the first two headings are now organized by the part of Tokyo they are in rather than just an alphabetical list, This should ease planning and navigation between locations. 

To check the current Additional Entries, Alerts, & Corrections layout go to:

http://www.koyagi.com/TokyoStroll/TSmain.html

and scroll down the page.


Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Maps.Me now has some charges

Maps.Me has now instituted a 10 map download limit for free maps. To get more maps you have to pay for a pro account. If you are using Maps.Me you may want only update the ten maps you mainly use. 

An alternative which is very similar to Maps.Me is Organic Maps which is also based on the Open Street Map project. You can read more about it on their web page.

https://organicmaps.app

You can import my bookmarks in the same manner as with Maps.me and I have updated the instructions in the web supplement to Tokyo Stroll.