Raisu, A Japanese Fine Dining

Summer is all about taking advantage of the nice warm weather for adventures. This summer, I went bold and tasted the newly open Japanese restaurant at Irving Park neighborhood in Chicago. For a non raw fish fan, this restaurant just blew me away by the presentation and the freshness of the fish. Other places that I had tried in the past, the texture and quality of the fish had turned me away from eating raw piece of fish. The quality, the cut and the ingredients placed on the fish just melts in the mouth. They have signature sushi and sashimi that topped with different ingredients for different fishes. For fish lovers, this is a great place to stop by.





Anderson Japanese Garden

Anderson Japanese Garden located in Rockford, Illinois roughly about 1 1/2 hour from the heart of Chicago. Walking down the trails of the garden on a sunny day, one can explore the beautiful scenery and its landscape.  There are many ponds, waterfalls,  tea house and a guest house of Japanese style architectures. This garden provides a very peaceful and relaxing environment, which is ideal for a Sunday walk. It is also a great place to practice photography as well especially on a sunny day. I saw a newly wed having their wedding photos taken on the day that I visited. There is admission fee to help keep the garden running. For those that are interesting in buying souvenirs, there’s a gift shop located at the entrance of the garden. They carry lots of cute Japanese items to bring back to love ones.


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