Friday, September 30, 2011

Nom, nom, nom… Part One

The first installment of what I hope to be many food blogs. 

The day after arriving I was treated to a welcome lunch by my bestest Japanese friend, Nagi.  The mall behind my residence has a variety of establishments, and you better believe that we chose the restaurant with the smiling pancakes.  Yes, smiling pancakes…

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The array of delectable goodies to be had…And for those of you who may not know, these are all fake creations to entice potential customers to dine.  No real food was harmed in the making of this window display.

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Below is a shot of the bell that you ring when you would like your server to come over.  The server then uses a hand-held electronic pad to key in your order.  Very neat.  Did I mention the supermarkets have digital displays for prices.  Also very neat.  I’ll try and grab a photo at a later date.  Back to the bell…I do wish we had this type of service in Canada, for those of us who like to take our time.

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Now on to my first selection of snack food, currently kept in my tiny fridge.  Breakfast-friendly yogurts, apple juice, tiny slices of ham, and Kraft cheese slices!  The best part about the cheese slices is that they taste like the cheese on Subway subs, which for some reason I have a severe weakness for.  Tastes kind of like traditional American cheese.  YUM.  Definitely can’t be healthy.

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My new favourite snack: tsuna mayoneizu onigiri.  Tuna mayo rice balls.  Amazing.  I would like to thank Nagi for this recommendation.  They have saved my life for three consecutive days thus far.  I have yet to branch out to the various other flavours, but will eventually become more adventurous upon getting bored of tuna, I presume.  A bonus is that they are usually between 68 to100 yen.  Cheap and yummy, excellent combination!

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In only two grocery shopping trips, I have found that Japanese supermarkets have an incredible amount of prepared dishes.  From small salads in single servings to full dinners.  Most prices are very reasonable, although the salads are a bit more but nothing much different from what you would pay for deli salads in Canada.  The variety of prepared snacks is astounding.  Hopefully I will be able to sneak in some photos at some point.  But for now I decided to take home this dish, consisting of a chicken breast with tartar sauce, tiny spec of spaghetti noodles, carrots, corn and rice.  This was 399 yen.  I recently had a dinner almost identical at the food court in the mall for 299 yen.  This is dinner tonight, and will therefore find out later how it compares to the fresh food court version.

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Well, preparing this blog has made me quite hungry.  That and it’s dinner time.  As I head to heat my first supermarket chikin dinner, I say, toodles!

Hope everyone at home is doing well, and keep in touch!


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Dormitory…Continued.

Well, it’s official…I live in a dormitory once again.  Actually, it’s nothing like Canada, meaning it’s pretty nice!  It feels more like small apartments than dorm rooms to me.  The fact that you can’t party after 10pm makes this old lady happy.  I promise I will attempt to curb my hermit-like behaviour while I am here.

Let’s get to it!

Upon arriving…

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My tiny yet fabulous bathroom! (I decided to post a photo before it became covered in my various cleaning, scrubbing, and buffing products.)September 28 2011 014

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And the finished product…mind you now that Hugh isn’t with me every day, this may be the last time this sucker is made so nicely. Eh heh heh! IMG_1998

Now to explore the grounds.  Including the view from my netted balcony…Around the Dorm 001

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Shared kitchen.

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View looking out the bank of the dorm.Around the Dorm 003

Laundry room.  This could be fun.Around the Dorm 004

Stairs up to my floor. Around the Dorm 005

View from the stairs looking out. Around the Dorm 006

Park next to my building.Around the Dorm 007

Bike parking….I’ll take the photo now as it is still a novelty.  Around the Dorm 008

Some busy road with a walkway going over it….leads to the mall. Around the Dorm 009

Shopping mall behind the dorm.  It’s so close! Around the Dorm 010

View of the water.  Note: a) how close I live to it, and b) the palm trees.  Yes, palm trees. Around the Dorm 011

Had to get a zoomed in shot of the ferris wheel.

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In case I am in need of any toys…

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Mountains in view!Around the Dorm 014 Around the Dorm 015

Well, after my first mini exploration trip, the verdict: Wow.  The weather is beautiful today (only 50% humidity) and boy is it hot in the sun, but it is gorgeous!  I am going to enjoy looking at palm trees as opposed to snow flakes for the next 10 months, boy oh boy.

I have also completed my mile long list of items I need to procure quickly to ensure survival.  This includes a non-beany pillow for my bed, and toilet paper.  The list is much longer than that, but really those are the vital items.  I GUESS I could make it without the rest.  Pfft, who needs hand soap anyway!

In an effort to keep your attention for next time, I will end this here.  I’d say I miss you Canada, but that hasn’t kicked in yet, and I’m going to fend it off as long as possible as to keep from becoming a miserable old lady hermit. :)

Toodles, folks!


I have arrived!


I successfully survived the trip, and I’m tired.  So here’s some photos instead!

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The fancy Toronto airport art.

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Waiting to board…

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Dinner, Air Canada style.

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The first of what is sure to be many Japanese toilet photos.

To come…the dormitory!