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Behind The Plastic Curtain - Authentic Street-side Dining in Japan.

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 | By angelica | Views [1536]

Identified by their plastic curtains, simple, single line stool- to-counter seating plans, and street-side locations; semi-outside ramen bars are a symbol of fast food dining in Japan, and an absolute must-have experience for anyone visiting the country ... Read more >

Tags: dining, experience, food, japan, ramen, street food

Just a Rainy Sunday in Osaka...

Sun, 12 Jun 2016 | By angelica | Views [418]

It's Sunday evening - the second official Sunday of this year's rainy season  in Japan ,and I'm currently sat on my balcony listening to the rain crash down onto the streets surrounding my apartment building.    At lunchtime today, ... Read more >

Tags: asia, everyday life, japan, osaka, rainy season, relaxation

Revenge of the Projects

Tue, 24 May 2016 | By kakimono | Views [288]

I haven't mentioned it in a while, so I bet you forgot about the projects that we had to do for class, didn't you? Yeah, me too… A few weeks ago, there had been a takoyaki party at CET, with a lot of roommates and CET+ plus Japanese people ... Read more >

Tags: authors, japanese, literature, projects, survey

Burgers in Osaka

Sat, 7 May 2016 | By kakimono | Views [352]

Although I would never want to be one of those people who goes to a country and only ever eats at McDonalds, I see nothing wrong with occasionally wanting a literal taste of familiarity. In Paris, this took the form of a Friday routine of getting a ... Read more >

Tags: burger, cafe, food, fries, reading

Everybody Loves Kung Fu Fighting

Thu, 5 May 2016 | By kakimono | Views [306]

Sunday we were supposed to leave the house around 8:30 for karate class. So I got up at 7:30, which had the perk that it meant the bread I got for breakfast was still warm. Other than that, there wasn't much of a difference between getting up at 7:30 ... Read more >

Tags: exercise, host family, karate

Everybody Needs a Break

Tue, 3 May 2016 | By kakimono | Views [339]

Saturday, I got confirmation that the children woke up early when I woke up to the sounds of little feet running around the house. I checked the time, debated whether or not it was worth getting up this early and decided it wasn't. Two hours later, ... Read more >

Tags: food, mountain, nature, oni games, tag

Meeting My Host Family

Mon, 2 May 2016 | By kakimono | Views [438]

Do to a miscommunication, we ended up showing up to the place to meet with our host families at the same time our host families were arriving. This was a mistake, because they were supposed to have a brief orientation before meeting us. So they went ... Read more >

Tags: beds, food, host family, jangken, sleep schedules

Making Friends like in Elementary School

Sat, 30 Apr 2016 | By kakimono | Views [333]

Before class began on Friday, Dan asked me if I’d gotten an omiyage (literally “souvenir,” more generally, gift) for my host family this weekend. Which stole the exact question I’d intended to ask him, simply because the program ... Read more >

Tags: children, crafts, omiyage, oni games, self-introductions

Onomatopeia

Sat, 30 Apr 2016 | By kakimono | Views [466]

Technically the theme of chapter seven was “Japanese pop culture,” but in reality, onomatopoeia would have been a better descriptor. Because that's what the reading, dialogue, and large amounts of homework focused on. This might seem ... Read more >

Tags: grammar, japanese

Ferries and Shinkanesen, Everyone's Favorite Modes of Transportation

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 | By kakimono | Views [364]

Sunday morning, Rachel and I planned to catch ferry to Nokonomishma. This required catching a train, then either a bus or a ten minute walk, buying ferry tickets, and getting on the ferry. Which wasn’t all that complicated until the last step.... Read more >

Tags: coffee, flowers, gardens, hamburger, kyushu, shinkansen, transportation

Tokyo's newest animal cafe - hedgehogs!

Sat, 16 Apr 2016 | By kurenai | Views [336]

There has been a lot of interest in the newly opened hedgehog café in Tokyo. I figured while I was in the area I should see what all the fuss was about. Harry is on the second floor of Ms.Bunny, the rabbit café, in Roppongi. It is incredibly ... Read more >

Tags: animal cafe, hedgehog cafe, hedgehogs, japan, tokyo

Oh, the People You'll Meet

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 | By kakimono | Views [242]

The AirBnB hostel that Rachel and I were staying in seemed like it couldn't make up its mind about what kind of place it wanted to be. On the one hand, there were 8 beds in one room, and there were rules like “be back by 10” and “don't ... Read more >

Tags: math, ramenn, sakura, shrine, study

True Japanese Hospitality

Fri, 8 Apr 2016 | By kakimono | Views [319]

Rachel's best friend's mother lived in Fukuoka. This meant that, even though Rachel's best friend was not there, the mother, Chiharu, still came and showed us around with traditional Japanese hospitality. First of all, Chiharu had a car. So we ... Read more >

Tags: fukuoka, gardens, guides, ice cream, koi, sakura, towers

On the Way to Kyushu

Wed, 6 Apr 2016 | By kakimono | Views [384]

“I want to go to Kyushu,” I heard myself say while video chatting with my parents. It was a weird thing for me to say. Like someone in Chicago saying “I want to go to Minnesota.” There’s nothing wrong with Minnesota, it’... Read more >

Tags: bus, coffee, fukuoka, kyushu, transportation

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