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  • Thursday, July 27, 2017

    Making Kiritampo in Akita, Japan (TBT)

    Kiritampo is one of the most popular regional foods in Akita. It's starting to gain traction in other regions now (I even saw a kiritampo nabe place in Tokyo!), but if you don't know what it is, it's basically just mashed rice on a stick that's grilled. And it makes sense, considering that Akita itself is known for its high quality rice...

    Sunday, July 23, 2017

    Shin Yokohama Ramen Museum

    You know, despite living in Japan, I'm not a big ramen fan. I'll indulge every once in a while, but for the most part, I try to stay away. One of the main reasons is because I don't eat red meat and a lot of ramen is pork (bone) based.

    But I don't even have a taste for shio (salt) ramen or miso ramen most of the time! And despite my attempts to review Cup Noodle flavors, I've never had a ramen that I've absolutely loved. So when my friend wanted to go to the Shin Yokohama Ramen Museum, I was a little hesitant.

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    Finding Housing in Japan Using Mini Mini


    When I first came to Japan with Interac, they took care of everything for me in terms of housing. They knew my schools (and therefore the general location), so I simply had to tell them what size apartment I wanted and they took care of the searching for me. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to specify the price, but they found a 1LDK for 63,000 a month, which was fine by me.

    Saturday, July 15, 2017

    Kannonzaki Lighthouse in Miura Peninsula, Yokosuka

    Though I work in Yokosuka, I (consciously) try to spend as little time there as possible. For me, it's not only too close to the workplace, but it's also a bit too rural for me. However, I decided to stop down there one weekend to check out something I found to be very cool... Kannonzaki Lighthouse.

    My SO and I have always really enjoyed lighthouses. And after we missed our chance to go to Imazu lighthouse, one of the oldest wooden lighthouses still standing in Japan, when we were living in Nishinomiya, we really wanted to check Kannonzaki out.

    Wednesday, July 12, 2017

    Why I Switched Interac Branches (Kansai to Kanto)

    If you creep back to the very first posts of this particular iteration of Hello Nihon (not the wordpress version), you'll see that I really tried to highlight all that Kansai has to offer. I loved it there, honestly. The people were great, the food was amazing, and Osaka was a perfect sized city.
    A year ago, if it were up to me, there's no way that I would want to move from Nishinomiya. Unfortunately, it wasn't really up to me. Don't get me wrong because I love living in Yokohama and I love that being so close to Tokyo grants me the opportunity to visit every week if I wanted. I was planning on leaving Kansai eventually. I just wanted it to be on my terms, and unfortunately, it wasn't.

    Saturday, July 1, 2017

    Yayoi Kusama: My Eternal Soul - National Art Center Tokyo

    I had only heard the name Yayoi Kusama pretty recently. I knew the more famous sculptures like her pumpkins in Matsumoto and her famous polka dot motifs, and I knew of an older artist wearing eccentrically-colored wigs, but I had no name to put on them. It wasn’t until I was looking through some Tokyo art exhibits that I found out her name.

    I knew I had to go. To have the opportunity to see the works of such an important living artist was something I didn’t want to miss. Her showing in Tokyo was only a few months long and if I waited another month, it’d be gone. So, I headed to Roppongi where it was at the National Art Museum.

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    Elementary School & Special Needs Graduation Ceremony

    Some parting gifts... :(
     At my last junior high school, my yearly schedule given to me by Interac was up about a week before the school year was over. This meant that I was gone around the time final exams were being taken (the scheduling was probably done this way to save the Board of Education a few bucks)… And I was gone long before graduation.

    So when I found out that I was scheduled to attend graduation this year, I was pretty excited. I had never been to a Japanese graduation before, and I was curious. Now, I was in an elementary school and a special needs school, so these differ greatly from junior high school ceremonies (from what I’ve heard).