This 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
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!
More 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!
Spotted 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
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.
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!
Always 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!
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.
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.
I’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 ♥
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
Was 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!