Where have I been??

I know all my die-hard fans out there have been wondering what the heck has happened to their favorite blog. Well…in short, a lot! I made the move from Japan to my hometown briefly, and then to New York. I never wrote about a lot of really great things that I did in my last…

Unusual ramen

Have you ever had ramen? I mean real ramen–not Top Ramen or any of the cup varieties. I don’t think I had it until I moved to Japan. There just aren’t many Japanese restaurants in the US that serve it (that I know of!). Actually, ramen is originally Chinese, but the Japanese have truly made…

Maneki Neko

It’s no secret that I love Maneki Neko, better known in the States as the “good luck cat.” I once dressed as a Maneki Neko for Halloween! One important point to understand is that the Maneki Neko is not Chinese. I think that’s a common misunderstanding. It is actually originally Japanese, although its popularity can…

How to eat okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki may be one of my favorite Japanese dishes. (Along with ramen, tempura, sashimi, sushi, gomadango, sekihan onigiri, hotou, taiyaki…ok it’s too hard to choose!) It’s hard to define okonomiyaki–but it’s often referred to as a “Japanese pancake,” although that name doesn’t really do it justice since a lot more goes into okonomiyaki. A while…

Hideaway Cafe–Harajuku

I love Tokyo. One of the things I love is the wide variety of restaurants, from traditional Japanese to theme restaurants to the quirky and unique. I figured I should start documenting some of the places I go. Last Saturday I went to Harajuku, which just may be my favorite place in the world. I…

Welcome to Japan!

My summer vacation officially ended this week and I’ve definitely been feeling the back-to-work burn. As I’ve mentioned before, I change schools every term, so I started at a new school this week. However, since there are three schools in the city I’m living in, and three terms, that means I’m now back to the…

Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea!

The monorail to the park: The little handle thingys inside the monorail: Inside DisneySea. It looks like a real volcano, doesn’t it? The Indiana Jones ride at DisneySea. Slightly different than the one in the original Disneyland, but equally as good. Natalie and I enjoying the park. (No ears for me!) Disneyland was decorated for…

Greatest Hits 6/25-7/1

This week was pretty slow compared to the last few, and I’ve got a lot going on in the coming weeks as well, so it was kind of nice to have such a laid back week. Anyway, this week I mostly just had school stuff to work on, such as preparing for some summer English…

Greatest Hits–What I’ve been doing the past month…

As I mentioned in my last post I accidentally went on a bit of a hiatus there. So here’s what I did the last month, for all you die-hard fans out there: I finally found something Sailor Moon related in Japan: A girl I went to college with, Stephanie, and her husband, were in Tokyo…

Harajuku street fashion

Today I went to Harajuku, which is known for being one of the most trendy areas in Tokyo. It was a beautiful day and I decided to sit on a bench and take clandestine photos of Tokyo’s most fashionable. I’ve been to some of the most fashionable cities in the world; New York, London, Paris,…