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24 September 2010 @ 12:21 pm
Day 04 - What's your favorite place...  
Today I have an audition for an infomercial! I have to wear a suit though.. I only own a suit that is 99x too big for me (It's a pinstripe suit from my college graduation. I actually hate wearing suits because they don't fit with my style, and I don't want to look like everyone else. But a job is a job and it's just one day (if I even get it..). The subject is pretty yummy at least. I dug out the jacket and am going to throw it on over my cute skirt when I go. (The pants are so huge they just fall off..)

It's really rainy and cold though, and I have drawings to finish (I'm going to put some super-limited things up as soon as it's finished!!), so I wish that I could stay home. But I need work to be able to stay home and draw, so I've gotta go! I'll use the 2-hour train ride to write my manga script and study japanese, so maybe something good will come of it.. I really wanna finish this art and get Denkiki up and running!

But in the meantime here ya go! The Japan 30-day meme continues!

Day 04 - What's your favorite place that's not in any of the guidebooks/lists of places to visit?

This is so much fun to write! But it's a bit of a challenge, since I still haven't gotten my old hard drive full of pictures back,so I don't really have many pictures to post. It feels a bit half-a**ed to post without pictures. I suppose it's just a habit ^^;;



Bakudan-ya
http://www.bakudanya.net/





I haven't talked about it a while, maybe because I'm mellowing in my old age (lol), but I love spicy food! It's something of a mini-mission of mine to find the spiciest food in all of Japan! Speaking of which, I really need to get back on that mission..

But it was during this quest that I ran across this restaurant-- Bakudan-ya. They serve tsuke-men, which is basically ramen noodles that you dip in a really thick sauce instead of bathing in broth like ramen. Mmmmm!! This is the way that noodles should be eaten, truly! I have been craving tsukemen recently, but there aren't all that many places that serve it near me. Apparently it's a new thing, that only started a few years ago, according to Mako. Who would have known? I thought it was as ancient as ramen. :3

In any case, this place is awesome because of it's spicyness!!! You can choose your level of heat, anywhere from mild-as-soap (my opinion), to well over 200, with no huge price hike. =3 That was good enough for me!!

Man, for a spicy-food lover, this place was heaven! I really, really want to go back! I went to the branch in Shinjuku, btw, but they seem to have several other locations. =^-^= *makes plans to check it out again*

Gyoza Stadium
http://www.namja.jp/gyoza/

Lost all of my good pictures, but take a look at the site! I go back again and again and again, despite the ¥200 entry fee. They are definitely worth it, if you like gyoza!

100% Chocolate Cafe
http://www.meiji.co.jp/sweets/choco-cafe/shop/

Again on the pictures... I guess I will need to go and take more! Gah, I love this place! But I'm crazy about chocolate :3

They make the *best* chocolate mousse ice-cream stuff EVER. nomg

The Berry Cafe
http://www.cafe-commeca.co.jp/





Tarts to die for ♡

What more do I need to say? They are a bit pricey (¥1,000~1,500 per slice, on average), but oh, so so sooooo good. Positively sinful ♡ I go to the Ginza location whenever I can (which is not too often these days, must remedy ♡

Also the Kappa shrine and Nihon Minka en. They are the only non-food places on the list ♡ But as I have to run out the door to get to things on time, I'll leave it for later! I'll go again and make sure to take lots of fun pictures and make posts about them!! =^-^=

Stay tuned! ♡〜(ゝ。∂)

The Japan 30-day Meme ♡〜(ゝ。∂)

Day 01 - A picture of you "in Japan". (doing or wearing something "Japanese")
Day 02 - Describe your neighborhood in Japan.
Day 03 - Most interesting person you've met.
Day 04 - What's your favorite place that's not in any of the guidebooks/lists of places to visit?

Day 05 - Which, if any, Japanese mannerisms or expressions have you adopted?
Day 06 - Food that you swore you would never eat but now love (or tolerate).
Day 07 - Which Japanese words do you use in English? (hanami, shinkansen, etc.)
Day 08 - Are you a Herbivore or Carnivore? S or M?
Day 09 - Favorite stores/shopping centers.
Day 10 - Something about Japan that sets it apart from anywhere else.
Day 11 - What did you find most overrated and underrated about Japan?
Day 12 - Describe a fail!gaijin moment. (Where you did something wrong or completely misunderstood because you couldn't ~read the air~ or just plain had no idea what you were supposed to do because you weren't born and raised here) Describe a gaijin!smash moment .(Where your foreignness was to your benefit)
Day 13 - -Something about Japan that sets it apart from anywhere else.
Day 14 - What is the hardest thing about living in Japan versus your home country?
Day 15 - Weirdest food item you've seen, and weirdest food item you've actually eaten.
Day 16 - How you realised you'd acclimated to Japan. (if you have)
Day 17 - Your karaoke top 5, your sushi top 5, your conbini top 5.
Day 18 - Post some amusing/cute/faily purikura.
Day 19 - Your favorite Japanese character(s) and Gachapon/UFO Catcher toys
Day 20 - Favorite Japanese festival or folklore.
Day 21 - Favorite and least favorite Japanese fashion trends.
Day 22 - Your favorite Japanese saying or kotowaza (proverb).
Day 23 - What is something you have/do in Japan that you wish you had/could do in your home country?
Day 24 - Your favorite Japanese slang or borrow-word (外来語), e.g. セフレ "sex friend"
Day 25 - Most interesting vending machine find.
Day 26 - What's your favorite/least favorite train line.
Day 27 - Place you avoid going to if at all possible.
Day 28 - A picture of you looking like a weaboo/A picture of you trying to blend in and failing.
Day 29 - What's the thing you [will] miss most about Japan when you leave (either on vacation, or move away)?
Day 30 - Did Japan meet your expectations, both good and bad? What has been the most surprising thing about Japan for you, or the thing you least expected?
 
 
 
The Mousenekonezumi on September 24th, 2010 03:43 am (UTC)
I think food is the national hobby of everyone living in Japan. XD I love spicy food, too, but not so spicy that I can't taste the actual flavors of the food as well.

Oooh, the Berry Cafe...you know, I've still never been there...what a moral conundrum.

Good luck with your audition!! FYI, if you fold the waist of your pants a little and sort of fold it over to the side so the waist fits you better, you can pin it with a big safety pin, and they won't fall off. XD I do that all the time with my older skirts and pants.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 24th, 2010 10:14 am (UTC)
I think so. Shopping and going out to eat are everyone's hobbies in the city. ^^; (Except mine because I'm the eternal binbo XD)

We should go to the Berry Cafe this week! I will get some monies together and send you a text on a free day. =D
Chappy_Rukiachappy_rukia on September 24th, 2010 07:57 am (UTC)
lol why having you gotten your suit taken in if you've had it since your graduation? xD (Im assuming you graduated back here in the states before going to Japan?)and why not try for a nice pencil skirt? I'm guessing it's more your style than actual pants? xD;

Aw it's never bad to post pictures D: It's wonderful for those of us that want to see what it really looks like in Japan or in general <3


Bakudan-ya? Spicy? |: [: (: C:
I'm a fan of spicey so this sounds worth looking into ;D Though I'm not exactly sure if i can really call myself a spicey eatter...sometimes i feel I eat too mild a spice to really count? but then again, Im not unuse to spicy ramen that makes me lips go bit numb xD rather like the feeling of it 0:3

ohh I wish I was more healthy in my choice of eats, namely the fruits, but The Berry Cafe's pictures on it's website sure does seem like it would temp me to actually try and maybe purchase rather then the fruit cakes made here (not christmas fruit cake btw xD)

I hear it's not unusual for people to take more then 1 hour, going one way, between home and work. I'm use to public transportation, like the trains and light rails and buses but i find it hard to do much since you have to be ready to go once your at your stop. Question is, how are you going to study and create if it's the same in japan o.o or do you mainly only have to do 1-2 transfers?

>3< I'm loving this meme, I can't wait to see your post for later today/tomorrow....(time difference xD)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 24th, 2010 10:12 am (UTC)
LOL actually pencil skirts are my #1 most hated style. #2 is suits. =D I don't like office wear, it doesn't suit me at all. Mini-skirts though, are another story! =D

Actually, that's why I haven't gotten it taken in. I don't need it usually. The jacket is kind of cute because it doesn't look like a normal suit, but it's way too formal for me. I'm much more comfy in a soft sweater ^^

I am lucky right now that I don't have to go on trains too often, since I don't work any kind of office job or anything. Almost all of my "work" (drawing, writing), I can do from home or if I have money, a cafe nearby or something. ^^
ore-samathesundaywriter on September 24th, 2010 12:10 pm (UTC)
I must go to the berry cafe next time I'm there =3 and Bakudan-ya looks good, I have developed a bigger tolerance for spicy food as a friend's mom grows chilli trees and they've been giving me heaps XD
(Anonymous) on September 24th, 2010 12:58 pm (UTC)
Wow!! look so spicy. I like spicy food, challenge next time. Have you been to Yamanashi-ken? There is very popular & delicious noodle. It is "Houtou". Pumpkin soup, flat soup & a lot of vegetable. If you have never eaten, Please try it!!
sleep_deprivedyurasama_love on September 25th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
Berry Cafe... looks so good...
100% Chocolate Cafe...
Ah, my heart yearns for this!
(Anonymous) on September 25th, 2010 12:35 pm (UTC)
Tokyo Bay area.
If you make your way at night to Tokyo Bay, and more specifically to a hotel named Hotel Nikko. Don't rent a room, but rather stand by the water in that area and the views are amazing. This video is a fair representation of what you'll see. Specifically at 1:15. Do it! It's breathtaking! Sorry if embedding isn't allowed... I thought it would be easier to see what I mean this way. Sarah ^^