Tagged with Food & Drink

Whales & Dolphins?! Yeah.

I have the 1996 Terrorvision song “Perseverance” playing in my head today: “Whales and dolphins, whales and dolphins, yeah.” Why? Because I discovered something shocking about my beloved Japan today. I’ve always known that some strange things are on the menu in Japan and, being a pescetarian (that’s a veggie who eats fish, by the … Continue reading

Kit Kats and Daruma

What do Kit Kats and “daruma” have in common? Both are being used to wish Japanese students luck on their entrance exams this year. For more, check out my other blog Kit Kats!

Kappa Sushi & Cats Cafe

When I first came to Japan I had the misconception that sushi would be everywhere and readily available. In a way, it is. I mean, you can buy sushi in the convenience store and it’s pretty good sushi. But I thought kaiten-zushi, or “conveyor belt sushi”, would be more common than it is. Anyway, my … Continue reading

My Japanese Advent Calendar – December 14th

Following yesterday’s “desserts that have nothing to do with Christmas” post, I thought I would share some real Christmas cake: What’s that got to do with Japan? Well, I bought it here in the foreign food store. I would love to take a photo of the Christmas food available in there, but it’s displayed right … Continue reading

Toyohashi: old and new

Since I’ve been in Japan, I’ve been lucky enough to have been “adopted” into a wonderful family, who I’ve had many adventures with. Today, I was invited to Toyohashi for a little pre-birthday lunch. One of Toyohashi’s specialties is dengaku.  Dengaku, which I adore, is grilled tofu with miso paste. It’s simple, traditional and vegetarian! … Continue reading

My Japanese Advent Calendar – December 11th

I’m always excited when I see the red cups appear in Starbucks, because I know that means it’s officially Christmas! These Christmas drinks have been available since some time in November, and will disappear at the end of December, I think. In Japan this year, the Starbucks special Christmas drinks are: キャラメル エクレール ラテ (Caramel … Continue reading

Kit Kat Shinkansen!

I don’t usually double post my blogs, but I thought this particular Japanese Kit Kat design might be of interest not only to Kit Kat fans, but also general Japan fans. That’s why you can find this post here, on Haikugirl’s Japan, and also over on my Kit Kat blog, Kit Kats!. I found this … Continue reading

Hisashiburi (久しぶり)

Hisashiburi (久しぶり) means “long time no see” or “it’s been a while” in Japanese. I went to Nagoya yesterday for the first time since I left seven months ago. I didn’t realise how much I missed Nagoya until the train pulled in to the familiar station. As the train approached, I felt the same anticipation … Continue reading

The season of hearty appetites (食欲の秋)

I love to read a wonderful blog called Surviving in Japan (Without Much Japanese) and, this month, that blog is hosting the Japan Blog Matsuri (thanks Ashley!). So, I thought I’d join in and submit my post to the festival fun.  If you’re sitting there thinking “What is Japan Blog Matsuri??”, click here to find … Continue reading