Sometimes, after a long day, you just wanna plop down in a forest of neon mushrooms, eat food that looks like it was shat out of a rainbow, and watch sexy Harajuku girls dance atop a spinning birthday cake. No? Just me? In any case, I highly recommend popping by the Kawaii Monster Café in … More Tokyo Highlight: Kawaii Monster Cafe
I just had my first-ever Costco experience in Kitakyushu, Japan of all places. It’s pretty much how I imagine American Costco to be, but with cleaner bathrooms. We’ll be using our new membership to stock up periodically on precious resources like shredded taco cheese, salsa, taco seasoning, tortilla chips, and black olives. Have I mentioned we miss Tex-Mex? A coworker … More We went to Japanese Costco.
John and I went outlet mall shopping to see if we could find any sneakers for his size 13.5 feet. We couldn’t. 😦 But we enjoyed driving through some areas of Fukuoka we’d never seen before, including a charmingly un-charming area that we deemed “Space Florida.” At the mall, we ate at McDonald’s. I was excited to see that they were still … More I tried the Sakura Cherry McFizz!
Day 1: We arrived in Icheon, the sleekest airport I’ve ever seen, with the prettiest travelers. Black was in, with glossy pale skin, lip tint, and heeled ankle boots. I was dressed all wrong. We headed to stay with our friends Amy and Jouni in Itaewon, the posher of Seoul’s two main foreigner neighborhoods. It’s a … More Christmas in Seoul
Last week was blah. The weather was cool and rainy (no fun since I bike to school). I’ve been feeling kind of awkward at work, and it’s all left me a little bit homesick. So John and I decided to have a low-key weekend. Saturday, though, the weather was too beautiful not to venture out. We met up … More We found a magic cafe.
The kids at school informed me that today is Pocky Day, because 11/11 mimics the shape of the classic cylindrical snack. Apparently this is a real thing—in 1999 Ezaki Clico Co Ltd. created “Pocky & Pretz* Day” as a form of customer appreciation/marketing. What can I say? It worked, because a whole class of my 7th-graders coordinated … More It’s Pocky Day!
I recently went with some friends to the Ajimu Fair Wine Festival. Ajimu is one of the scenic country towns within Usa city (Usa plays on its name with a mountainside sign that reads “USA” and a mini Statue of Liberty). The festival was around the grounds of Ajimu vineyard. Our ¥3,000 tickets included two glasses from a main wine station with rather … More Ajimu Fair Wine Festival 2015