Misadventures with Miso

Misadventures with Miso

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Which way to Asakusa?

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Last full day in Tokyo I decided to go someplace I had not been to before. Getting to Asakusa was not difficult at all. But sometimes there is this disorientation coming out of the train/subway station...

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as to which direction to go. Since I was walking and not taking one of these marvelous rickshaws. I knew I wasn't walking all the way to the Sky Tree.

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And while this covered shopping arcade looked very interesting and would capture my attention later...

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I do believe it was in this direction I wanted to go.

So was it the right direction? Find out tomorrow. (although I bet some could guess where I was going)

(edited to fix what didn't show up previously when Blogger wasn't working last night)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Last of Shinjuku

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Just a few more photos of memorable advertising. This Docomo ad even more so since I saw "Inception" on the flight over.

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Always interesting when American actors will do advertising in Japan but not in America as much. The face of Gasby there, Orlando Bloom. That might be Charlize Theron's photo next to Orlando, so this must be Uniqlo.

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Even the Tokyo Police Department gets into the act with their mascot Pipo-kun and his sister.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Wintertime Shinjuku

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Maybe it's the hot weather that makes me miss these lovely Holiday displays in Shinjuku. They are quite creative. If you want to see more, click below.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sunday Stroll: Hopkins Wilderness Park

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I thought I would post a few photos from a few days ago when we took a walk through Hopkins Wilderness Park in Redondo Beach, Calif.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Food for Friday: MOS Burger

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Since I was posting about Shinjuku I might as well post what I ate there. Which is what I ate a few times in Shiba too. Which was at MOS Burger. (Shiba location photograph is above)

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Inside the Shiba restaurant. I could not resist the MOS Burger shrimp sandwich. Want to see what it really looks like?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

How could I forget about Shinjuku?

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It's kind of hard to miss Shinjuku when you are there. Just the train station alone is huge. For the most part it's underground and much larger than just this building. It feels like a city down there.

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So many people, stores and buildings too. So why do I keep forgetting to post my visit to Shinjuku back in December?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A few things in Ueno

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To be honest, I knew I wouldn't be able to handle much after my trip to Matsudo. I do have to pace things out. But I wanted to see at least one place in Ueno, Yamashiroya.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Photo Guide Directions to the Good Smile Cafe

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One thing most people will agree, sometimes it's difficult to find places in Japan. What has helped me is when someone goes to the effort of creating a photo post of how to get to a place. So I thought I'd create one in English for GSC's Good Smile Cafe in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

This guide starts at Matsudo Station. I took the JR East Joban Line from Ueno Station. The station also serves the Shin-Keisei Line.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Nedoroids and Figures from GSC

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The Good Smile Cafe is owned and run by Good Smile Company or GSC as they are known. They make figures of popular anime and manga caracters. So it makes sense the cafe is decorated with many of these.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Art at The Good Smile Cafe


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One thing that surprised me at the Good Smile Cafe was the amount of art work on display. It really added to the visual look of the cafe. I wish some of it was for sale.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Food for Friday: Black Rock Shooter Curry


Since Good Smile Cafe is a theme cafe, I couldn't just leave after taking a look at all that was there. Of course I had to try out the food. Now before showing just what were the special items, I have to say that when I go to Japan it seems I have to challenge myself food-wise at least once. I don't plan that. It just happens. First trip I think it was the okonomiyaki in Kyoto. My last trip it had to be the omakase sushi at Narita International. In December it could have been the pasta at Venus Fort except I had to try the special at Good Smile Cafe.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

So why go to Matsudo?

There are interesting things to see in Matsudo which is in the Chiba Prefecture. But I had one specific place to visit. Even without directions I was determined to get there. So what was it?


The Good Smile Cafe! Owned and operated by the Good Smile Company which is a maker of some of the most popular figures around at this time. They decided to open a cafe near their office as a way to meet their customers and display their figures. It definitely was a highlight of my trip. If you want to see why, click on the link below to see more.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Don't Even Think About It

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For Wordless Wednesday.

Traveling to Japan

Today I'm not going to post any photos with this. Instead I'm going to write a little bit about traveling to Japan while having disabilities and a few things that I do to make it easier. If you have experiences or ideas that also help, please comment with them!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Eric Tan's Cars posters

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It's funny what you can find at the beach. In this case it was Hermosa Beach, Calif. on Sunday. Where I spied Eric Tan's great artwork for "Cars 2" on a trash can of all things!
So I had to take a few photos to share.

To get to Matsudo I had to go through Ueno...

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When I was in Japan in December last year, I decided to check out a place that had no English directions to. It rather tested my skills, especially having to find the right tracks for the Joban Line at Ueno Station. But I did it and made it to the city of Matsudo in Chiba Prefecture.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Cassiopeia in Ueno

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I haven't had a chance to put together the last of my posts for my Dec. 2010 trip. So I will leave you with these photos I took of in Ueno Station. This is a display for the Cassiopeia train. Turns out I could have taken this train all the way to Hokkaido. Cassiopeia Train Wiki entry here.

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I've found out this is an e653 series Train also run by JR East. This is the train that ran from Ueno Station to Iwate. It ran along the Joban line and was called the Fresh Hitachi. This line is running again to Iwate.

*found new information so updated post.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Food for Friday: Yumearaki Sake from Iwate, Tohoku

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When I can afford it I like to have something nice to drink. Since it's three months from the Great Earthquake I thought I would post about a very nice sake I had in April.

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This is Yumearkari Junmai Gingo brewed and bottled by Asabiraki Co. LTD in Iwate Prefecture, Japan. The brewery was established in 1871. They also brew Stella Monte beer.

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If I have this correct, they get their rice from Iwate also. I did enjoy their Junmai Gingo very much. It was smooth, balanced with a hint of fruit. Great drinking chilled.

Asabiraki Brewery Website is here.

They are open to the public and have a restaurant. Looks like it would be a very nice place to visit. At least if you get a chance, try out one of their sake.

I want to add, later today it will be three months from when the Tohoku Earthquake hit and then the tsunami. My thoughts are with those in Japan who lost so much. Hang in there, you are not forgotten.

I am participating in this week's Show Me Japan with submitting this post. You can see all the participating blogs at the Show Me Japan site here. Plus a couple cat videos this time!

I'm also submitting this to the July blog matsuri over at Nihongo Up! It's a great website and there are some very interesting submissions there. So take a look!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Harajuku at Night

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Since I was in Tokyo before Christmas, I wanted to do a little shopping for gifts. So I took an evening trip to Harajuku. Seeing the stores lit up at night is something not to miss. This is the Gap right across from Harajuku Station.

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I had heard about Cafe de F.O.B. so it was great to find it. It's located at the back of LaForet which made it easy for me to find.

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Interesting selection of sandwiches. The tea was good since the weather was cold. I think if I go there again it would be nice to sit out side when it's warmer.

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The best part of Harajuku at night was seeing the lights on the trees on Omotesando Dori. They do this for the holidays. It's gorgeous!

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And not the best photo but on the way back I did get to see Tokyo Tower lit up with a heart.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Hamamatsucho Station's Manneken Pis

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Tokyo is rather well known for it's public art work found all over the city. One of these statues just happens to be at Hamamatsucho Station. It's a little hard to find. You have to walk to the south end of the 3/4 lines platform.

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But it's worth it because every month this little Manneken Pis is dressed in a different outfit sponsored by Shiba Fire Department. This started in 1968 and they change his clothing on the 26th of each month. The outfits are hand-made by a Minato volunteer group called Ajisai.

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Being December the theme was obviously Santa Claus. I don't know how they fit that Christmas Tree on there. A porcelain Manneken Pis was originally installed in 1952 and replaced in 1968 with this bronze statue.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Furukawa under the Inner Circular Expressway

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Under the Inner Circular Expressway runs a river. The Furukawa.

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Various types of boats dock there including restaurant boats. This isn't one of them.

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The boats in the distance are restaurant boats. In the evening there are lines of salary men in their black suits on the streets of Hamamatsucho waiting to go in.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Bureau of Construction map of the Furukawa River is here: Furukawa River If you click on a crossing it links to photos along the river.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Food for Friday: Konbini Eats

Since it's Friday and I'm going through my trip to Tokyo in December, 2010, I thought I'd share some of the delicious things I ate. These were from local Konbini.

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This is a salmon onigiri from Lawson. This type of wrapper keeps the rice much fresher than just plastic wrap.

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It was really good. I know I tried more of these.

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Lawson sushi! Lawson was the closest Konbini to where I was staying. It was rather small but still had a good selection of fresh food. The pink gunkan is tuna.

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Soba from 7-11. I added too much hot water from the electric tea pot. Still was good.

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Broccoli and shrimp from 7-11. Wishing I had some of this right now.

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Gingerbread man shaped Scones from Poko Bagel Cafe in Shiba, Tokyo. Really nice people there and they have a nice area for eating and sipping coffee and tea. Here's their website: Poko Bagel Cafe

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A little television viewing while dining. Gundam 00 series being rerun.

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And of course a bit of sake. It would feel wrong not to visit Japan and not have a glass or two.