Monday, June 15, 2015

Sumo practice

An excellent place to get a tiny taste of Sumo, the national sport of Japan, is to visit the morning practice of a sumo stable.

One place that is particularly convenient is Arashio stable, which has large windows into their practice room, and allows visitors to watch quietly from the outside.  Please be respectful, and read the instructions carefully before visiting.

If you have good timing and happen to be visiting a city where the sumo tournament is taking place, definitely try to get tickets!  Sumo is quite fascinating live.  The speed and size of the sumo wrestlers really doesn't come across on TV.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Mini Review: MUJI Cleansing Oil for Sensitive Skin

MUJI cleansing oil for sensitive skin is rather thick and heavy in texture. It stings my eyes a little too. I probably won't repurchase. The small bottle is really handy for traveling though! I will probably refill it with whatever cleansing oil I use next.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mini Review: Beaua 10 Essences Cleansing Oil

Beaua 10 Essences Cleansing Oil smells nice (essential oil frangrance hehe) but stings my eyes. I like it enough to use up but I probably will not repurchase. So many other cleansing oils to try!

Teedra Moses has new music out:

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Aoyama/Shibuya/Ebisu Tokyo Food Recommendations

The original Tokyo Food Recs page is getting a bit big so I'm breaking it out into sections, slowly.

Today's post focuses on the 青山 Aoyama/渋谷 Shibuya/恵比寿 Ebisu area of Tokyo, courtesy of my friend マシューナッツ.  It's a bit spare on photos right now because it is taking a lot of time to sift through my years of food photos.

For excellent Japanese cuisine, check out 雨後晴 Amenochihare - the weekday lunches at their 青山 Aoyama branch are a deal; they usually have a scrumptious daily sashimi course - 刺身コース for a low 1260 yen or so.  Caution: only their Aoyama branch is open for lunch, and only on weekdays.  My friend used to torment me with pictures of lunch at this place.

In 渋谷 Shibuya, The Coffee Hangar serves Japanese Double Tall coffee, and the barrista is an expert.  There are actually cafes directly owned by Double Tall, but this place puts them to shame.  Until last year this coffee stand was only open 9-6 on weekdays, but since 2015 they've been open on weekends also, so hopefully you'll have a chance to drop by.  マシューナッツ would wax lyrical about the coffee here.

For a rare beef katsu (fried beef cutlet) fried for only 60 seconds, check out 牛かつもと村 Gyu-katsu Motomura.  If you're like me, order #2 (1300 yen), while if you're conservative, order the standard #1.  You will have to wait, so go at an off-peak time, like 3-5 pm.  They're open from 11am to 11pm, and usually it's a 30 minute wait, but on weekends it has been known to take 2 hours.  It's a little hard to find as it's below street level, but this reviewer has pictures of the front of the shop.  It's a tiny shop with 9 seats where people get in and out quickly.  My friend hates to wait, but would wait patiently with his coworkers, sometimes for 45 minutes for lunch.

As previously mentioned on the main page, if you're over by the 恵比寿 Ebisu area around lunch time, check out 焼鳥ボンボン (English gurunavi page) for the best chicken katsu curry ever.  Amazing.  Check out the specials too.  Be aware, the "regular" size is kind of large (so maybe perfect for Americans).  Sadly they don't serve the chicken katsu at dinnertime.  It's a little out of the way, but totally worth it, and not as well known as restaurants like Gyu-katsu Motomura, so much easier to get in to.  Try avoiding the rush by going around 1:30 or 2.

Music of the day:
Ciara - Dance Like We're Making Love

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Added some photos to my Tokyo Food Recs

Still a work in progress, but now you can see some of the food in my Tokyo Food Recs.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

So cute! The pizza looks good too.

In other news, after half a year, I have set up proper recycling containers by re-using cardboard boxes that I've been keeping around.  I hope they stay clean.  They're lined with plastic but I don't want the plastic lining to get dirty.

The left box is for paper scraps, the box within the big box is for flimsy plastic (my town's recycling needs these bundled together in a plastic bag so that they can sort it), and cardboard and other recycling doesn't need special treatment.  Technically speaking, they don't say that paper scraps need to be collected together, but if they can't sort plastic bags out, they're not going to be able to sort paper scraps either.

In closing, enjoy one of my favorite songs ever, Brandy's "Piano Man" off of her underrated album "Human":

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

If you like paper products

This shop in Shimokitazawa 下北沢, Tokyo looks super cool.  I love these kinds of paper crafts.  Of course, I really don't need them, so it's a good thing that I have a relative who loves them.

Speaking of criminally underrated, I leave you with one of my all-time favorite pop songs by Teedra Moses "Can't Be Luv":