Japan day 11: food bucket list

Yesterday I talked about a food bucket list and a reader asked what else there is on my list. The list didn’t exist (yet) on black and white, only in my head. So here is my food bucket list for Japan.

To eat:

– good sushi, tuna sashimi, salmon sashimi [✓ ate today]

– desserts from Dominique Ansel Bakery Japan

– tempura, fried stuff

– yakitori, meat on a stick [✓ ate today]

– chicken wings from Yamachan

– natto on rice, fermented soy beans

Already ate:

– Kobe beef

– onigiri from 7eleven

– flan from 7eleven

– curry bang

– ramen

– okonomiyaki

– takoyaki

– meat over rice, beef don

– udon

– shabu shabu, hotpot

– Coco curry

– Kura Sushi, win a toy

– ekiban, lunch box in the train

Good sushi

Today we finally ate sushi. It was at a small store near Nijo castle. When we arrived no one was there yet. So I have been able to film some sushi action. I will make a video about the restaurant, because the experiences were so pleasant.

Inside there were three old chefs. One chef could speak some English, so he took our order. Luckily the menu had photos. We picked a sushi set with tempura and one with a mini hot pot. Two chefs skillfully started making the sushi in front of us. And in the back the third chef was preparing the hot stuff.

The sushi was just perfect. Soft tuna with fluffy, light flavoured rice. Every sushi piece had the perfect mouthfeel and taste. There was a small bowl of rice with egg pancake slices, fish eggs, unagi and fish meat. The taste was so well balanced. Every bite was perfectly flavoured. The hot pot soup was also very good, sweet and salty. This has been one of my favorite food experience here in Japan. One chef also advised us how to eat the sushi, which sushi not to dip in the soysauce and how to eat the hotpot. Very nice of him to teach us some food culture.

Yakitori, meat on a stick

For dinner we had stick food. It was not that mind blowing. Just okay sticks. The chicken+leek was the best. I think we need to go to a better place to eat yakitori. So my food bucket list for Japan is almost done. Still 4 things I want to try.

Tomorrow: back to Tokyo. More ekiban on the train!

Japan Kyoto day 9: cultural differences Japan vs Netherlands

I feel that the photo stories are getting boring, so today I will talk about some interesting things I have noticed. Some cultural differences compared to the Netherlands.

Cultural differences

Stay left. In Japan they drive on the left side. Walking on the street is also on the left. Standing still on the escalator is also on the left. Walk on the right. In Osaka they do it the other way around. In the train and subway stations you will see arrows on the ground for guidance.

Run for the traffic light. People often run towards the traffic light when they see it is green or when they know it will be green soon. I have never seen this in NL. Only when the green light starts to blink, I will walk a bit faster.

Food lines. Often you see lines in front of restaurants, but I noticed, it doesn’t mean it is totally full inside. I think they do this so they can give you full attention inside. When we went to the 550 year soba restaurant with the line, there were quite some tables free inside.

Mind your own business. People in the train really keep their eyes to themselves. They won’t stare at Western people, unlike in China. Also people walk very considerate. They notice you from afar and will walk a bit the side. Europe and China experiences are more like *bump bump*.

Less bowing. 8 years ago they bowed more. These days no one has bowed for us. Interesting… But I like this much better. A lot of bowing made me feel uncomfortable.

Toilets. The toilets here are the best advanced inventions. A comfortable heated seat, water sprays for you bottom area, music for hiding pooping sound. Every station has very pretty and clean toilets: nice interior, better lighting than the station part and even a make-up area. I wonder when Japanese people go to Europe and try those cold seated toilets. Do they think: “Wow, what an ancient toilet.. but man! Do they have thick and soft toilet paper!” I wonder…

Also the showers are so comfortable. In our hotel we have a whole little room for scrubbing you body first in front of a mirror and a bath tub next to it. You can make the whole room wet, because every corner is water proof. And there is a very good exhaust system to get rid of the water.

Photos of the day

We went to the bamboo forrest. Was okay to see, there were a lot tourists of course. When I played Okami (PlayStation game) the bamboo forrest was more magnificent.

Shrine at a shopping area.

Ramen at Ippudo Nishikikouji. This was my favourite bowl till now. Chicken like broth, but is was pork, not too strong flavour. Medium thin noodles, firm bite. Fatty pork. Nice spice kick. Haaaa… I just love ramen <3

Tomorrow Kobe! To eat Kobe beef 😋 nomnomnom…

Japan Kyoto day 8: Kiyumizu-Dera temple

On a lovely autumn day we went to the Kiyumizu-dera temple. The journey was long and a lot of streets were battled. Finally we were there, but the building was under construction. But fear not, the view of red, yellow and orange trees made it all up. And the inside interior of the temple was still nice to behold. The end.

More stories

Below are some fried potato croquettes. I tried the Kobe beef version and it was sweet and savoury.

A cute raccoon, at least, I think it’s a raccoon…

For dinner we had CoCo Curry, a franchise which specialises in curry. It had a light curry taste, but it tatses really good. I had 3/10 spice level, which has a good kick.

Arcade games

Lazy Bear won a Tako from the grabber machine! After two tries! Woohoo! We also played some games at the namco arcade. There are so many arcades here with shooting games, rhythm games, grabber games, coin games, photo boots etc.

Another The End.

Japan day 7: Osaka

We visited Osaka today and saw a beautiful aquarium, ate yakitori at two places and ate famous okonomiyaki. Dotonbori, street full with lights, shops and food. Gigantic water tanks in the aquarium. Takoyaki = gooey dough balls with a octopus piece. Verdict: so soft and savoury. Okonomiyaki = gooey pancake filled with cole, bacon, shrimp, kimchi, pink ginger, octopus. Topped with sweet sauce, mayo and mosterd. Verdict: a bit too sweet after a lot of bites. But love the softness. When we left the Okonomiyaki restaurant Ajinoya, a huge line appeared. We didn’t have a line. Yes! Avoided the line. I am tired of a long day, so a small post for today. Good night/good afternoon/good day, wherever you are ^^

Japan day 3: entertainment in Odaiba

Today we explored the Odaiba area, which has a lot of malls and entertainment stuff. We saw a baby seal who has been petted alot. He is not that fluffy anymore. We also saw the big gundam and a small statue of liberty.

In one of the malls they had an interactive arcade themepark called “Joypolis”. They have a rollercoaster with a rhythm game, a hologram concert of an anime figure, racing in moving car and much more. In the photo you see extreme skateboarding. They are strapped in a safety thing and can rotate while gliding.

Food

For lunch we had tonkotsu ramen. The broth is made from pork bones. It was creamy and full of taste. The noodles however, were not that good. Not freshly made, it was still a bit raw.

Dinner was tonkatsu, deep fried pork with shredded cabbage. The meat was very soft, but the batter layer was a bit too oily for me. The first day we had a deep fried shrimps which had a very light batter, which was much tastier.

Toilet time

I am surprised by the all the manuals in the toilet. Every item has an explanation sign. You won’t get lost here. In our hotel we also have a bidet. It’s quite nice to clean your butt with the spray. You can choose the spray hardness and let it sway.

I have to say, it’s very clean in Japan; the things, the buildings and the people are very neat. There are no strange smells on the street. Usually a city has this city smell, but here I am sniffing very hard and not much to discover.

Odaiba area is a very nice spot for shopping, arcade halls, eating (okay food) and enjoying nice views. Today it was not that crowded. So visit on weekdays to avoid crowds.

Tomorrow we will be travelling to Kyoto.

Japan travel diary 2017 ~ start

Tomorrow we are finally going to Japan! I have waited a year for this. I have watched million Youtube videos about Japan, to see what kind food to eat and what kind of fun things to do.

Finally.. I will be experiencing it myself!
I will try to post something everyday, so be prepared for an overload of blog posts, kawaii stuff and food.

Look, I am this happy:

Follow me on Instagram for drawings and random photos of the trip: instagram.com/lazypigpassion.

Umami

I am very curious about all the good food. Will every meal be a mind blown experience? What is this umami I often hear about? Well I asked Google and it’s like a rounded, rich and savory taste. Ingredients which have been cooked or cured for a long time get this umami. I think it’s when the Chinese describe food as 香 (xiang1)… In the future I will research umami more, because it makes food taste so good!
For now, have a lovely Friday and talk to you in the next post.

Restaurants I want to visit in Japan

I follow this lovely couple Simon and Martina on Youtube (“EatYourKimchi” now called “Simon and Martina”). Before they lived in South-Korea and shared their adventures and food stories from there. But about a year ago they moved to Japan and are now sharing their adventures from Japane. I am always very excited for their food adventures, because I love food. During the last year I have collected some restaurants videos from them, which I would like to visit. I think they also convinced me to go to Japan as the next big foodtrip. Aaah Japanese food <3

Well here is a video overview of the restaurants I am planning to visit. All information credits go to Eatyourkimchi.com. Thank you for that 😀

Iteamae Sushi Edo

Akasaka Minato Tokyo
東京都 港区 赤坂 3-9-2 No.R赤坂見附 1F

Wearing a yukata (summer kimono) and eat delicious food? Yay, sounds fun!

Saitamaya

2-5-12 Higashi-Jujo, Kita-ku, Tokyo
東京都北区東十条2-5-12

I love meat on a stick and I am really curious about this place. Because the owner doesn’t let you make photos or video. Wow! Then he really has thought about it. Only come to eat the food and enjoy.

CoCo Curry

Lazy Bear loves curry, so let’s try the CoCo Curry in Japan. We also ate it in Bangkok, Thailand. But I think the taste will be different.

Gomei

1F Maxi de Pia Building, 6-4-18 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo 104-0061.

Simon&Martina: “Make a reservation by calling +81-3-6891-7711. Do it. DO IT~ It’s great! Tell them the pink haired Martina and Simon sent you. HAHA! DO IT~” Let’s do that then 🙂

Kura Sushi

kura-sushi << I have to look for this sushi place. You can use your plates as money coins to win a capsule toy.!!