April digest!

Let’s start this last month’s recap with a short intro this time. My April can be described in only 4 words: Seoul, Korean food, Ueno Park and sushi. I visited some places and did some stuff that I wanted to describe in a tad more detail, hence the slight change in the way I wrote this digest post compared to the ones I wrote before. I hope you like it! Okay, let’s go….

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* I probably mentioned it in some April post — I visited Korea again! This time I visited not only for the purpose of seeing my boyfriend, but also for the purpose of going to my Korean teacher’s wedding! Seoul was beautiful as always, and I just couldn’t wait to eat all the deliciousness Korea has to offer. And the wedding…? Let’s just say that Korean weddings differ from all the weddings I have attended in the past. I was really happy to see my teacher MyoungJin looking like a princess, have some delicious Korean food and drink more makgeolli than I care to admit. Speaking of which! Have you ever drunk with Koreans? Planning to? Be prepared — look away for a second, and your glass will mysteriously refill itself with whatever you’re drinking at the moment. It won’t stop until you’re totally down for the count. Magic!

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* Some super random Korean things: wet tissues with Jesus and a mass schedule handed to me by an older woman while I was passing by a church (why wet tissues?) and… well, the picture on the right… I don’t really know how to caption that one.

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* FOOD. Oh, the foooood. I love Korean food so much, I’d marry it if I could. That budaejjigae! Jumokbap! Kimbap!

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.…but there’s also jajangmyeon. I like my food so spicy it makes fire shoot out my mouth. I’m sorry jajangmyeon, you’re just not my type.

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* Korean food has to be first on the list of my favourite cuisines, but here in Japan there’s still some things that would never be as good anywhere else. Everytime I come back from Korea I tend to be rather grumpy, so this time I cheered myself up with some Okinawan food, okonomiyaki, taiyaki and….

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SUSHI! I’m the type of person who gets hooked on things real quick and once I like something, I will eat it / watch it / wear it until I get totally bored of it. Basically I am not much of a sushi eater, but in April I had unusual sushi cravings.  Here’s some proof.

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There were also a few food experiments in April:

* sakura mochi (sweet sticky rice cake with sweet bean paste filling wrapped in a pickled cherry blossom leaf) ← NOPE

* Durian ice cream! I found it in my favourite Thai restaurant in Shinjuku and I absolutely loved it! It did smell like rancid socks at first, but it tasted absolutely lovely!

* Tuna & cheese & mayo omusubi is so good, I can’t even count how many I’ve consumed already… (probably no less than 25)

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* If you’re looking for a fun place where you can forget about having to work crazy hours, go to Namjatown in Sunshine City in Ikebukuro! What’s there? Everything you need: beckoning cats, gyoza, funky ice cream flavours, ghost cats, cat shrines and lovely Showa era style rooms.

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Coal, rose, ramen, miso paste, fried eggplant, avocado, Mascarpone cheese… just some of the unique ice cream flavours you can find there.

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*Keep in mind that trains running from Ikebukuro on Friday nights get as crowded as is possible. Think of the most crowded train you could possibly imagine and then double that. I do not enjoy being a human sardine, squished against a sea of people, literally hugging some random salarymen from behind (because there’s absolutely NO space), so I will avoid going there on the weekend from now on.

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Before the Ikebukuro madness I visited a slightly more peaceful place — Ueno Park! There’s always so many things to do, I absolutely love it.

* Shitamachi Museum! I mentioned it in my December Digest. Be sure to visit it when you’re in Ueno Park, it costs only 300 yen to get in, and you can snap some pretty awesome photos like these! Also it’s worth visiting just to see how awesome Tokyo Shitamachi really is!

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You can also get a portait of your own beautiful self for only 1000 yen! Funny enough, exactly one year ago, on the 10th of April I got a picture of me drawn by the same artist! This is how I changed over the period of one year.

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* Little Mermaid coffee in Shin-Okubo, in Coffee Prince cafe I wrote about → HERE ←

* Pandaruma in Ueno (panda + daruma = pandaruma)

* Japanese act of vandalism on a vending machine

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And last but not least! These absolutely awesome carp streamers in Higashi-Shirahige park!

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Thank you for reading! ♥

March digest!

I know it took me longer than usual to summarize my March adventures, but there’s a good reason for that. I came back from Korea just two days ago, where I spent wonderful 5 days — I attended my Korean teacher’s wedding, ate tons of delicious food, did some cherry blossom viewing… But that will be a good topic for my next month digest. You might wonder “How on Earth does she manage to travel so often!?”. The answer is simple — I work super hard for a few weeks to teach the mountain of lessons my managers require me to teach  (yes, they want me to teach a high number of classes even if I’d be happy enough with a lower number) and that allows me to take a few days off without getting into any trouble. That also means I didn’t exactly do that much exciting stuff in March, but there were still some things I thought were worth sharing, so here they are…

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* I’m always open to interesting offers and new experiences, so when I was asked to do some make up modelling at Vantan School of Make Up, I agreed straight away. It wasn’t really ‘my kind’ of make-up, but I was only lending my face, so it’s all good.

* Before I came to Japan, I would wear mainly dresses and skirts. I don’t think I even owned one pair of jeans. It all changed the moment I moved to Japan, which is not a country of tall people. And being only 154 cm tall, I can be sure I’ll find my size! I really love that about clothing stores here.

* Some interesting Harajuku find…

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* Some very interesting Village Vanguard find…

* A statue for all the blow fish of Japan that landed on people’s plates

* A super cute limited edition can of Asahi. This is how to market things in Japan, cute packaging is the key to good sales.

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* 4 sessions, about 9 hours and here’s the finished product — I won’t be modest about it and I’ll say my half sleeve is AMAZING!

* Another interesting Donki find…

* I was looking for a new carpet and I went to one household store near my workplace. I didn’t find a carpet, but I found these ridiculously adorable curtains! I don’t need new curtains though…

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* What would be spring in Japan without all things sakura? Sakura taiyaki had to happen and I’m glad it did, it cheered up my stomach!

* Gachapon sushi key chains are getting pretty intense these days…

* As a massive fan of BIGBANG I had to have their live concert DVD — actually the concert I went to! — on the day of its release. I had to, even if it meant running to the nearest Tower Records after work.

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* So this is what happened on one of the last days of March. Be sure to check out my next blog post if you’d like to see some amazing photos from that day!

* Takoyaki Russian Roulette! Rules of the game, you get 8 takoyaki octopus balls and one of them is filled with super spicy chili sauce (called Death Sauce). I thought it was the only interesting thing at a company party I kinda had to attend, but my coworker found the spicy ball and just put it away. Party pooper.

* Some sakura fluffiness somewhere in Setagaya ward. It’s a great hanami spot, but my Japanese friend, who took me there didn’t want me to reveal it online, because “everyone would start going there, and it would be crowded and not fun anymore”, so… I guess I’ll keep it a secret 🙂

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Thank you for reading! ♥