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SnackTime: taiyaki

This weeks snacktime is about a real Japanese snack: taiyaki. Taiyaki is a fish-shaped cake with different kinds of fillings. The original taiyaki is filled with red bean paste, but nowadays many sweet and savory fillings are available (though you won’t find as many options as with the crepes). Continue reading “SnackTime: taiyaki”

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School events: sushi workshop

The language school hosts events every now and then, but because there’s a limited amount of people allowed you have to sign up quick. So far I’ve missed the calligraphy lesson and tea ceremony because I didn’t know how important an early sign-up was. But I did sign up in time for today’s event (and probably the best so far): a sushi workshop. Continue reading “School events: sushi workshop”

Everyone loves chocolate

With Valentine’s day approaching all shops seem to sell chocolate now and many restaurants and cafes have Valentine’s day specials. But, as with many things, Japanese people take eating chocolate to a whole different level. Continue reading “Everyone loves chocolate”

Everyone loves food – part 2

Just some pictures of food again. On the last picture you can see a traditional Japanese obento (lunchbox), being served by women wearing a kimono in a really nice Japanese restaurant. A bit expensive for a lunch, but really nice to experience at least once. Continue reading “Everyone loves food – part 2”

8-bit Time Machine

I got the great tip to visit Shinjuku’s 8-bit cafe (thanks Stijn!), so yesterday I decided to go and see what all the enthusiasm was about. The cafe is very easy to walk by, being tucked away on the 4th floor of a building that from the outside doesn’t give any hint of what’s hidden inside. But once inside you’ll definitly agree that the cafe is well worth the search (if you are a bit geeky, that is). Continue reading “8-bit Time Machine”

LaForet Grand Bazar; craziest sale ever

Last Saturday I was very touristically visiting a shrine and an art galery in Harajuku when, from a distance, I noticed that the tree in front of LaForet was covered with balloons. (LaForet is the fashion department store where I bought fukubukuro earlier this year.) There appeared to be a sale called LaForet Grand Bazar going on and the building was just as crowded as when the fukubukuro are being sold. I found a pamflet I couldn’t really read, but I did understand ’25/01 15:00′, and the image of a nearly exploding bomb pretty much said it all. Continue reading “LaForet Grand Bazar; craziest sale ever”

Daikanyama: small town within a big city

Today I visited Daikanyama, an area I’ve been wanting to visit for quite a while but never did. It’s not very far from Shibuya, one of the busiest area’s in Tokyo, but there couldn’t be a greater contrast. Daikanyama is a very nice, quiet area with small non chain shops and cute cafés. Continue reading “Daikanyama: small town within a big city”

SnackTime: crêpes

Besides a lot of delicious, healthy food, Japan also offers a wide variety of delicious (and probably not very healthy) snacks. Since I like to try snacks, I decided to write about them as well. I’ll start with a snack that is originally not from Japan, but which you can find in many places around Tokyo: the crêpe. Continue reading “SnackTime: crêpes”

A basement full of food

If you are a food-lover (and I know some readers are) and happen to be in Tokyo someday, visiting Ikebukuro is a must. When arriving by JR train you don’t even have to leave the station, just get yourself to the basement floors. You can choose between the Seibu departmentstore basement (B1F) at the east exit, or the Tobu departmentstore basement (B2F) at the west exit of the station. Both departmentstores have a foodhall in their basement. Continue reading “A basement full of food”

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