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Confessions of A Sugar Lover – How Japan Ruined Me on American Sweets

May 2, 2016 @ 6:12 am
by e.neil
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The Triple Chocolate Delight cake erupted out of the plate.  Molten fudge sauce flowed down the face of the chocolatey mountain.  A berg of vanilla ice cream steamed and melted in the glistening dark brown river oozing across the china.  My spoon mined into the vein of tiny chocolate chips.  I extracted a large core sample of frosting, cake, fudge, and chocolate chips. About to satisfy my months-long craving, my mouth watered with anticipation. But instead of rising up with exaltation, my brow furrowed. Too sugary I thought. What?  I looked around in confusion.  This had been one of my [...]
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Cafe Tipo 8 – Discover Great Food And Authentic Coffee In Shin-Osaka

April 11, 2016 @ 8:19 am
by e.neil
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White paper swaddled the package on the table in front of me.  A mystery ready to be unraveled, an adventure to be begun, I unwrapped one end and eased back the paper.  An object of beauty glistened back – a thick slice of bacon.  Sesame seeds punctuated the long bun cradling my bacon and egg sandwich… I finished up a meet-up in a part of Osaka that I don’t visit very often - “Shin Umeda” (“New Umeda) and found Café Tipo8 – a café and coffee roaster. As the pasta menu had closed for the day, I was left with [...]
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Renewing Your Japanese Driver’s License – A DMV Trip That Actually Works Well

March 28, 2016 @ 8:29 am
by e.neil
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Think about this statement: “I’ve gotta go down to the DMV to renew my driver’s license.” What comes to mind? • Clear the afternoon, you’re going to be there a while. • Lines of disgruntled citizens, interrupted day, lost productivity. • And smart-assed public employees that care more about gossiping what happened to their neighbor’s cousin’s cat’s brother than truly being a public service? In my continuing effort to highlight the positive aspects of living in Japan, today I bring you a recent visit to the DMV. When it comes to bureaucracy, Japan has it down. Sure, the system is [...]
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Ritsurin Park – Uncover One of Japan’s Secret Get-Aways For Travelers In The Know

March 21, 2016 @ 3:41 am
by e.neil
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Navel high on the table before me my teacup steamed. The bitter sweet fragrance of macha wafted on the spring breeze into my nose. The sky reflected on the gazing pond just beyond the sand and stone “zen” garden. The tatami underneath me seemed to groan as I shifted my weight from one leg to the other. Far from mastering seiza, my legs felt like hedgehogs were practicing ukemi, somersaulting down my calves and feet. Low murmurs of fellow park-goers chattering and distant ducks quacking stirred the otherwise quite tea house. My heart felt content. My mind rested, calm and [...]
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Unravel The Mystery Of “Omu-Rice” – A Japanese Lunchtime Value Favorite

March 14, 2016 @ 7:44 am
by e.neil
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GRRrrr. Zzzuurrrrr. Mr. Tanaka glances around the-open concept office. Embarrassment flushes his face. Certainly everyone heard his stomach proclaiming lunchtime. No o-bento today. Our dear fabled sararii man has his mind set on a Japanese lunchtime favorite – omu rice. After a long morning of working hard, or at least trying to look the part, throngs of office workers head out for relief from the office. Some crack open their lunch boxes and have a home cooked meal. Others hit the coffee vending machine to grab a little can of coffee and go for a smoke, caffeine and nicotine to [...]
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A Day Trip To Oji Zoo – Peer Into The Lives Of Wild Animals – In the Suburbs Of Kobe, Japan

March 7, 2016 @ 8:36 am
by e.neil
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The court of red kangaroos bounded around under the winter sky, breath bursting into frost clouds from their nostrils. Emus cocked their head sideways as I walked by, long eye lashes fluttering in the wind. Earlier, I gazed on at koalas napping in crotches of eucalyptus trees. But I was a hemisphere away from Australia. The affluent suburbs of Kobe, Japan is probably the last place you’d expect to see Australian wildlife… unless you’re hip to Oji Zoo. This Hyogo prefecture zoo provides a wonderful place for your little ones to see some exotic animals. And you'll get some laughs [...]
Yakiniku - Authentic Dining In Japan

Yakiniku Delivers Authentic Local Experience And Glimpse Into Real Japanese Life

February 22, 2016 @ 8:36 am
by e.neil
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A thin slice of meat dangles from your chopsticks. Fat still sizzles on it. You dip the hot-off-the-grill slice of flank steak into a small dish of sauce. It hisses. You inspect it before plunging it into your mouth. Dark brown sauce clings to the steak. Red pepper flakes and sesame seeds dot the sauce. Memories of sweet dates and molasses float to the surface of your mind as the aroma drifts into your nose. You pop it into your mouth, chew, and can't suppress the smile from spreading across your face. You're in one of Japan's most beloved places [...]
Miyabi Cafe And Boulangerie, Itami, Hyogo

Miyabi Café and Boulangerie – Getting Local with Cafes in Hyogo – Itami

January 25, 2016 @ 7:49 am
by e.neil
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I dabbed at the corners of my mouth before I even opened the door. Having arrived a little late in the day, the dessert display case seemed to smirk at me for my tardiness, taunting me to come earlier next time. Among the slices of cake remaining, a singular egg tart called to me the loudest. Pastries and breads - mounds of joy - whispered at me from the take-away bakery section. Croissants, custard cream filled rolls, Danish, bread loaves begged me to take them. Located in a suburban neighborhood in Itami, Hyogo, Japan, Miyabi Cafe and Boulangerie makes for [...]

Right, Fast, Clean – Japan Install Techs May Have A Thing Or Two To Teach Their Western Counter-Parts

January 18, 2016 @ 8:55 am
by e.neil
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In recent posts, I have been less than kind regarding several of my experiences living in Japan. If I am so unhappy here, why the hell do I remain? Today I reveal one reason I like living in Japan. This morning, two installation techs came to the house. (We ordered a couple of air conditioning units to be installed upstairs. As an aside, in Japan, the norm it to have an individual air con unit for each room. Central heating and air is not widespread in residential housing.) The work van arrived in front of the house. They immediately went [...]