Typhoons don't usually have a lot of power by the time they hit Tokyo. Usually they're just strong enough to make commuting annoying. And they also make it very hot and humid. 30C in October is horrible. It shouldn't be allowed, I tell you.
So when I'm feeling flush, and want to cheer myself up, I go crazy. Japan does have potato chips. They have plain, chicken consume, and sometimes they go crazy and have a kind of BBQ flavor or sour cream and onion, but you can't depend on it. Oh, and nori, which is seaweed. And then… Continue reading Super Special Blue Moon Treat
Lunch specials give me life. Beef is expensive in Japan. Most of it is imported from Australia. (Pork often seems to come from Canada? That may only be my supermarket, though.) Yakiniku ("roast meat") is one of the best way to enjoy it at a restaurant. There are some all-you-can-eat places. Yesterday I went to… Continue reading Yakiniku
The joys of food preparation in a Japanese mini-kitchen. -_- That is all of my counter space, stove and sink. Above and below that are the only cabinet spaces i have. I have dreams of big rooms. Today was spent fixing typos that I made all on my own. Honestly. It's embarrassing to find it… Continue reading Cooking and typos
A friend was visiting Fukuoka. The traditional souvenirs in Japan are food, as every region in Japan has their specialty food. A lot of them involve mochi, the gummy cakes usually made of rice, but also occasionally made of kudzu root. Souvenir food is always individually wrapped, so you can give them out to everyone… Continue reading Souvenirs
Ah, me. I need to replenish my sunscreen supply. Morning was occupied by housework, but, somehow, there is still housework to do. As tiny as this apartment is, still... In any case, as it was a national holiday in Japan (Marine Day, to celebrate oceans) I decided to treat myself to a small dinner at… Continue reading Another hot one
It’s face-meltingly hot in the summer. Saying 29C at 8:40PM doesn’t do justice to the humidity and the smell of overripe city. Yesterday was a misery of work, dentist, dehydration, migraine, and heat. It took most of today to recover. As a result, the best I could do for dinner was a spicy chicken and… Continue reading Japanese summer