Arata Fujiwara At The Maui Marathon 2012 Expo

With Arata Fujiwara At Maui Marathon 2012 ExpoThis is a photo of when I met Arata Fujiwara - the Japanese marathon runner who finished 2nd in Tokyo marathon this year – at the Maui marathon expo 2 months ago. I went to Maui to run the half marathon and was surprised to bump into him at the expo! He ran the full marathon there just one month after the London olymipics and finished in 41st place. Arata Fujiwara is the guy wearing the Hawaiian shirt in the middle, I’m on the right, my friend Ayako is on the left and my other running friends Kobakoba and Hina-chan are behind Arata Fujiwara :)

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Fauchon Le Matcha Green Tea Drink

Fauchon Le Matcha Green Tea Drink

Matcha in a can! French gourmet food company Fauchon has released a new canned matcha green tea drink in Japan! It’s actually surprisingly good value considering that matcha is the more expensive version of green tea and costs just over £1 in most convenience stores here. It has a reasonably strong and bitter taste, great substitute for that morning espresso!

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Caesar Salad, Spicy Cheese And Ginger Chicken Flavour Jyagariko

Caesar Salad, Spicy Cheese And Ginger Chicken Flavour JyagarikoMore limited edition Jyagariko! I can’t stop eating it! :S The spicy cheese jyagariko has a very subtle cheese flavour and is more peppery than anything. The caesar salad tastes a lot like the spicy cheese flavour but has a hint of tomato and the best out of the three is probably the ginger chicken flavour! :)

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Eh, No Diving Into The Toilet??

Funny Japanese No Diving Into The Toilet SignSpotted a funny sign in a toilet the other day. It looks like it’s trying to tell people not to dive into the toilet bowl :)

Japanese Style Toilet

In the old days, the toilets in Japan weren’t like Western style toilets and they were (and sometimes still are) like in the photo above.

How To Use A Japanese Toilet

So according to the sign above on how to use a Japanese style toilet, I think the “No Diving” sign was probably trying to tell people not to use the toilet in the way you would use a Japanese style one. I would be really surprised though if people in Japan didn’t know how to use a Western style toilet since the majority of public toilets are Western style!

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Bitter Sweets Buffet Shinjuku

Bitter Sweets BuffetAlways on the lookout for good buffets in Tokyo, I came across Bitter Sweets Buffet on the 8th floor of the Lumine Est building next to Shinjuku station. Bitter Sweets Buffet is a fantastic buffet, half of which is mostly Italian food such as pizzas and pastas together with spring rolls, cous cous and mini hamburgers thrown in! The other half consists of all sorts of delectable cakes, tarts, pies, mousses as well as crepes and waffles made to order!

Bitter Sweets Buffet Food

The heart shaped ravioli is delightfully cute and the green tea cheesecake is a must try if you go here. Queues are known to stretch along the entire corridor outside the restaurant so if you don’t want to wait, arriving early is recommended.

Bitter Sweets Buffet lunch is 1800 yen for 90 minutes and 2500 yen for 2 hours during dinner time. They have an early bird special if you arrive between 5 and 6pm at 2000 yen for 90 minutes. Also for only an extra 1200 yen you can drink as much alcohol as you want! Bitter Sweets Buffet is open every day from 11am till 11pm.

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Konaya Curry Udon Bangkok!

Konaya Curry Udon Restaurant Bangkok

You will probably have guessed by now that I’m obsessed with Konaya’s curry udon as you can see from my previous Konaya Curry Udon Post and Konaya Soup Curry Post :) So you can imagine my delight in finding a branch of Konaya in Bangkok on a recent visit there! Konaya has 9 branches in Tokyo, 1 in Taiwan and 2 in Bangkok. I went to the branch located in the shopping centre Terminal 21 next to Asok station in Bangkok. The Konaya there is a small and open restaurant situated on Level 4 of the shopping centre. The service is friendly and attentive and the menu is pretty much the same as in Tokyo except they offer a greater variety of tempura and also serve Tendon (tempura on rice). The desserts and drinks on offer are different too and for only 35 baht you can get ice cold green tea with free refills!

Konaya Curry Udon With Seasonal Vegetables Bangkok

I visited Konaya twice during my trip and opted for the curry udon with seasonal vegetables on the first vist and curry udon with prawn tempura on the second visit. Both times the curry udon was delicious and nearly the same as the original in Tokyo although the flavour was slightly less strong. The tempura was good too but didn’t seem to have the same crunchiness as I’m used to in Tokyo. The curry udon comes with a ball of rice which is used to soak up the curry soup at the end after eating the udon. A small salad with a delightful tangy dressing and crunchy tempura batter also accompanied the curry udon.

The curry udon comes in 2 sizes – small and large. However with only a 60 baht difference between the sizes you’re better off getting the large size as the small is a lot smaller. Konaya in Bangkok do a point card so you can save up points for discounts off your next visit. Konaya Bangkok also have a facebook page so if you join their page you can receive updates on vouchers that can be used for free side dishes.

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Drunk Man Sleeping On The Floor In A Train In Japan

Drunk Man Sleeping On The Floor In A Train In Japan
This is a photo that has been circulating the net recently so you may have already seen it but I thought that I would post it since it’s absolutely hilarious especially with the woman and man cheekily watching him from the next carriage! (^▽^) Seeing half-clothed people sprawled across the floors of carriages and in stations or outside on the streets is actually quite a common sight in Tokyo on ANY night of the week! Why they feel the need to take off all their clothes beforehand is a mystery to me! For more photos, check out my Random Sleeping Drunk People Post.

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Konaya Soup Curry

Konaya Soup Curry

I picked up this packet of Konaya Soup Curry on a recent visit to my favourite curry udon restaurant Konaya to see how it compared to the actual curry udon soup served in the restaurant. It’s very easy to make and can be either boiled in a pan, heated in a microwave or the packet can be put in a bowl of hot water. I served it together with Japanese rice and yasai katsu (deep fried breaded vegetables) which complemented it well. Yasai Katsu is made by dipping vegetables in plain flour and then coating them in beaten egg and Japanese breadcrumbs which can be bought in packets from supermarkets here. The vegetables are then deep fried in cooking oil on a medium heat until the coating turns brown and crispy. I used broccoli, mushrooms, aubergine and pumpkin for the yasai katsu.

Konaya Soup Curry And Yasai Katsu

The Konaya Soup Curry was delicious and about 80% as good as the actual thing served in Konaya. It’s great if you want to have the taste of Konaya in the comfort of your home but at 680 yen a packet you’re probably better off having the real thing in Konaya for 1050 yen!

For more information on Konaya check out my Konaya Curry Udon post.

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Morinaga Choco Chip Pancake Mix

Morinaga Choco Chip Pancake MixI’d had this pack of Morinaga Choco Chip instant pancake mix sitting in my cupboard for a while so I decided to try it out for breakfast today. It’s very easy to make, you just mix together 1 egg with the shortening provided in the box and then mix in 100ml of millk and the chocolate chip pancake flour mix included. I used a mold whilst cooking the pancakes to make the cute heart shape and cut out banana hearts with a cookie cutter ♥

Morinaga Choco Chip Pancakes With Banana And Chocolate Sauce

The pancakes weren’t as nice as other Japanese pancake instant mixes and were not as fluffy as I’d hoped but were still tasty drizzled with some chocolate sauce :)

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Uniqlo Hello Kitson T-Shirt

Hello Kitson Uniqlo T-ShirtWas given this super cute Uniqlo Hello Kitson T-shirt today. Kitson and Sanrio’s Hello Kitty have teamed up with Uniqlo in Japan to produce a collection of limited edition Hello Kitson T-Shirts featuring images of Hello Kitty holding Kitson bags. I absolutely love love my t-shirt and think this design is the best out of all the Hello Kitson ones. It’s quite simple and says “hello kitson” on the front with the trademark Hello Kitty bow and the back of the t-shirt has the outline of the back of Hello Kitty’s head at the bottom. It also has two white stripes on the left arm only. The t-shirt comes in black and white, I’ll definitely be heading to Uniqlo this weekend for the white version!

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