Shin Yokohama Ramen Museum

You know, despite living in Japan, I’m not a big ramen fan. I’ll indulge every once in a while, but for the most part, I try to stay away. One of the main reasons is because I don’t eat red meat and a lot of ramen is pork (bone) based. But I don’t even have a taste for shio (salt) ramen or miso ramen most of the time! And despite […]

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Starbucks American Cherry Pie Frappuccino

You know, for as much as I say I don’t go to Starbucks, I’ve kind of been going to Starbucks a lot lately. As I’ve said many times before, I’m a sucker for limited edition snacks/drinks/any kind of promotion that comes out. However, Starbucks drinks don’t usually catch my eye. They’ve had some interesting sounding drinks, but nothing that I’d rush over to try… Until I saw the American Cherry […]

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Instant Yakisoba Noodles

My current school schedule doesn’t leave much time for me to cook sometimes. I’m trying to prep my meals better and eat healthier, but unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Which means that, a lot of time time, I end up eating a classic one-man Japanese dish: instant noodles. Because of this, I get to try a lot of instant noodle brands and options. Whenever I get the chance, I’ll […]

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“Kill Bill Restaurant” Gonpachi in Nishiazabu

My mom came to visit me again in March. Because she had already visited me last year and we had already went around Tokyo after I graduated, I was struggling to find things to do with her that we hadn’t done before. We had already done all of the typical Tokyo tourist stuff, so I tried to find new things. I threw around the idea of themed restaurants, but a […]

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Elementary School Lunch (Kyuushoku) in March

Can you believe I finished my year? I’m still in shock. Despite some of the problems I’ve had, I’ve really enjoyed my time working here. Onto the last edition of my monthly school lunches for March. I think that, if you have the opportunity, you should opt into eating school lunches. Not only does it allow you to eat things you may not normally eat, but it also strengthens your […]

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Elementary School Lunch (Kyuushoku) in February

I can’t believe my contract with Interac is almost up! It’s flown by (though sometimes, it’s felt like it’s dragged on forever…) and I can’t believe the school year is almost over. Here’s February’s menu, as if I need a reminder that I won’t have many school lunches left… When you come to Japan (or even before), one of the first things you hear about school lunches is that you […]

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What to Do if You’re in Japan and Don’t like Japanese Food

Yikes… You’re in Japan but you don’t like Japanese food? Have fun starving to death… Just kidding. For such a homogeneous nation, there are a plethora of different dining options if you don’t like Japanese food. Do be warned, however, that many of these places may not serve Japanese food, but the dishes are still catered to a Japanese palate. To me, these kinds of dishes feel like you’re eating […]

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Elementary School Lunch (Kyuushoku) in January

It’s good to be back in the routine… Kind of. Being on vacation always makes me want to quit working. Anyway, here’s January’s school lunches. I also (finally) remembered to take a picture of the whole month’s menu, in case you were wondering what that looks like. If you can’t read Japanese, it may be a bit difficult for you at school… My main elementary school is a “self service” […]

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Elementary School Lunch (Kyuushoku) in December

December is over! Well, I only worked half of December anyway and had (unpaid and paid) vacation the rest of the time… Let’s talk about the size of my school lunches. I worked in a Junior High under my last board of education, and let me tell you that there is a very big difference between the JHS meals and ES meals. Primarily, the difference was in the size. When […]

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Make Your Own Okonomiyaki in Asakusa, Tokyo

If you are familiar with Japanese foods, when you think of okonomiyaki, you may think of Kansai (Osaka in particular). You’d be right in thinking this… However, in recent times, okonomiyaki can be found everywhere! In fact, did you know that there are multiple styles of it? When I make okonomiyaki at home, I always make it Hiroshima-style because that way is my favorite. Hiroshima-style includes yakisoba noodles as a […]

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