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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Ueno (Tokyo, Japan)

Dropped by Ueno also when I went to Japan. Just to get some taste of it. We went to Ame-yoko (full of goodies, couldn't get any stuff though) then walked around the area for landmarks.

Walked to Shinobazu-ike, and found that it was covered by shitloads of lotus...

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Trains, trains...

E1 series Max Toki at Tokyo station

Local train at Toyama station

Local diesel train at Toyama station

Hakutaka at Toyama station

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Showa Shokudo (Toyama, Japan)

After we were done at Shirakawa-Go, we just came back to Toyama. It was time for a dinner... But where? My friends took me out to a Showa Shokudo with the nostalgic Showa decor. This joint offers lots of different Ramen noodles.

I thought it was pretty good. Kinda difficult to come back here often though...

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Gohei-mochi (Shirakawa-Go, Gifu, Japan)

I had a couple of these when we were in Shirakawa-go. It's basically steamed rice patty on a stick with sweet miso sauce.

"Meibutsu ni umai mono nashi" No famous food is tasty, or so they say in Japan. How true that was for this one. But then again, it was only USD4 for two...
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Saturday, November 08, 2008

Got a new PM

Looks like the Land of Sheep got a new PM. Just about the bloody time I say... But then again, this is the Land of Sheep where sheep outnumbers humans greatly and hence we have a very small pool to choose one from. We are limited by what we have. We'll see if this one does any better than the preceding ones...

Shirakawa-Go (Gifu, Japan)

When I visited my friend and his family in Toyama, I insisted I'd go to Hida-Takayama to get some Sarubobos. I would've had to catch a train early in the morning but theoretically could've done it... They thought we could go to Shirakawa-Go instead; the place should be close enough so I should be able to get some... After spending a pleasant morning with them for their daughter's sports day at the kindy, we hit the road. I'm pretty bad on road trips. I can't stay awake. No matter how much I try... I just fall asleep. When I was in the DC area, I usually didn't make it outside of the Beltway; fell asleep way before... Anyway. That day was no exception, and I again fell asleep. When I woke up, we were arriving at the Shirakawa-go.

Gassho-dukuri house

The place was... Very touristy. It got famous for its "Gassho-dukuri" style houses with high roof to withstand heavy snow in winter. I hear it's a bitch removing snow from the roof though. One of the first thing I did was to... Get Sarubobos. Yeah. They were here. No worries.

To be honest... This place was a bit of a bore. I guess it's like going out in a suburb and look at a cul-de-sac as a tourist destination (just these houses are lot older than a regular kind). We also had to get out of the village by I think it was 5 or 6PM because the car park closes at that time. Wonderful.

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Monday, November 03, 2008

How to lose friends and alienate people

It's the movie time yet again. A bunch of us from this department went out to see "How to lose friends and alienate people." It had some cringing moments but overall it was okay... We all agreed though that it was far better than that painful Max Payne.

Before the movie however, it's the usual... Dinner time. So we went back to that foodcourt in the cinema complex. I chose this mid-eastern looking place based on the pictures of food they were showing... A big mistake. I ordered a plate of mixed grill (again based on the picture). I was told that it'll take 10 minutes. Yeah. Sure. Why not? Took close to 20 minutes in the end, meaning I had about 10 minutes before the movie started; I had to eat this thing within 10 minutes then go up 4-5 floors to get to the theatre. Wonderful. Then I thought... Hey, wait a minute, this doesn't really look like what you show on your picture! Like, all the kebab's half the size! Pretty piss poor if you ask me.

I don't think I'll ever eat stuff from this stall again, but they already have my money I guess... Damn. It's been a while since I felt like I got ripped for food.
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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Oyako-don and Mentai-Mayo Onigiri

I just... Just felt like eating out for lunch. Can't be on sandwitches and yogurt all the time. Just went to the regular Japanese place then had Oyako-don and Mentai-Mayo onigiri. For some reason they make it better than me... ;-) Must be the bowls.

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