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Daikanyama Lunch

A hot day today in Tokyo. I joined the ABCLoop team for lunch in Daikanyama near their new office in Ebisu. The cafe we went to is in front of Daikanyama station called "Sign". It is quite well known and always full of people.…

Supermarket Food in Japan

It has been 3 weeks since the earthquake in North Japan. Whilst supplies are no doubt in short supply in the areas hit hardest by the earthquake we can see some footage on television of evacuation centers receiving goods and how…

Supermarket after earthquake

A few people have asked me about convenience stores and supermarkets since the earthquake. Most people are calmly going about their activities, obviously worried about images they see on television from Sendai and other parts of…

Japanese Food

On my recent trip to Shikoku I had some wonderful food, particularly produce from the Setonaikai. The taste of everything was fresh and the service was great. Often the food looked so good I ate it before taken a picture. Here are some…

Cataratas Bar

Up until about 2 months ago I had never really appreciated the taste of beer. Thinking it was time to get better acquainted with what looked like the best way to beat the hot summer, I decided to try out various different kinds of beer.…

Izumo Soba

When visiting Izumo Taisha I tried the well known Izumo Soba. It was a little dry but otherwise quite tasty.

Hawaii Style Lunch

I was thinking of Hawaii at lunch time and decided to grab lunch at Kimuraya in the Ginza. They served up a pineapple ice tea which was delicious. I wish I was in Hawaii now !

New McDonalds stores

McDonalds has been renovating a number of its stores recently, and yesterday many of their Shibuya stores were opened to the public to reveal the new look.

Hello Kitty Latte

Caught this signboard for the new Hello Kitty green tea latte drink at the convenience store. The packaging is fantastic. Maccha Latte 抹Ma 茶cha ラLa テte

Donut Cafe

I visited this donut cafe, Marui-to that had opened a while ago in Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya. They make the donuts on the premises and have many different variations to try. The donuts are small so you can select a few ^^.…

Food in Japan

There are so many great foods in Japan to choose from. At close proximity you can find French, Italian, Spanish, US, Chinese, Indian and many more. Here is a quick selection of some eats I had yesterday. The scribble notes here…

500 Yen Lunch

1,000 Yen lunches used to be the benchmark for office workers to seek out in order to budget for their daily meal. With the economic downturn and deflation, the 500 Yen lunch has now started to become popular. There was a program on…

EggsnThings Japan

Eggs'nThings Japan has opened its first store in Harajuku and is already proving popular. The brand is well known with Japanese that have traveled to Hawaii and tasted the local Eggs'nThings pancakes and omlettes in Waikiki. When I…

Japanese Ramen

On my trip to Akita-ken I captured this guy sitting in the middle of the road with the matsuri going on around him, downing a hot bowl of instant ramen. What is your favorite ramen flavor?

Rilakkuma Pudding

I had to go to the Tokyo Station Rilakkuma Store today and ended up buying these custard pudding desserts. Very tasty Rilakkuma treats. Which one would you eat first?

Hot Ginger drink

Right now I have a cold so my best friend, apart from Rilakkuma, is ginger. I like to have a warm drink in winter, but am not a coffee fan, so hot ginger is a good way to heat up when the body has gone cold. I never really liked…

Yokote Yakisoba

On my recent trip to Yokote I tried the local delicacy of Yokote Yakisoba. It is yakisoba with an egg on the top. Tasty ^_^. I have lots more photos of the Yokote trip including some of the Akita Shinkansen and others of the…

Shibuya Bar

Went to dinner tonight at a place very close to the Scramble Crossing, just in front of Shibuya Station. The sign said it was a Japanese food place, but inside the mood was more of a high class dinner and bar restaurant. I grabbed a…

Kihachi Lunch at Haneda Airport

Was having lunch at Haneda Airport today and took some photos of the Kihachi restaurant where we ate. I was trying to use my mileage points before they expired should JAL go bankrupt. Not sure exactly what the Government has planned for…

Japanese Christmas = chicken and cake

Standard food for Japan on Christmas Eve is chicken and cake, maybe washed down with some wine. At the station tonight after getting back from some shopping the area was buzzing with people buying their chicken and cake to take home.…

Meiji 56 Chocolates

Most of us will know Meiji Chocolate from the chocolate bars you can buy in the convenience stores. Meiji have chocolate makers for a long time, but recently opened a chocolate cafe and started a range of boutique chocolates. They call…

Suica x Matsuya

Suica, JR's electronic payment card, and Matsuya, a popular teishoku eating place, have a promotion for customers who use their Suica card to pay for a meal at Matsuya between 5 November and 23rd November, 2009. Here is another…

Akita Komachi, 25 years

The Akita Komachi brand of rice is 25 years old. Although its sometimes hard to distinguish between the different brands of rice, the Akita Komachi and Koshi Hikari brands stand out as two of the most well known and best loved rice.…

Rilakkuma Halloween Snacks

Rilakkuma and Lawson have got together again to bring out some Rilakkuma corn potage and chocolate marshmallow snacks, just in time for Halloween. Since I have had so many great entries to the giveaway contest, I have decided to add…