Headed to Susukino for Ramen, Sapporo’s Red Light District

Nice pictures of Susukino!
Not many people take pictures of those “Information center”. I believe that forerigners are not familiar with the another side of Japanese night life. Anyway I am glad that you enjoyed your ‘not too salty’ ramen! Many Japanese including myself love salty foods. We must reduce salt in foods little by little.


// To recap, we signed up and went for Hong Thai Travel’s 8 Days Hokkaido / Tokyo tour package and in this post and the upcoming posts, I will be sharing them via the days (e.g Day 1, Day 2 etc) but if some locations interest me enough, I will share them in details in a post on its own! This is so if anyone is researching on Hong Thai Travel’s tour package, you can have an idea on what to expect. So stay tuned!

The overview of the tour package can also be found here. Day 2,  Day 3 and Day 4’s  itinerary is already shared in previous posts! Day 2’s post is here, Day 3’s post is hereDay 4’s post is here and Day 5’s post is here!


The last night in Hokkaido saw us hanging out late at Susukino, Sapporo’s Red Light…

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Japan, Part Two: Kamakura, Tokyo Sights, Home Stays, Church

A nice tour blog entry. We had a lot of typhoons this year here in Japan and you surely experienced one of them. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and photos. Tsukiji market will be moved to somewhere else before the 2020 Olympic game, so it was right choice that you visited Tsukiji. Thank you for sharing photos!

The Turquoise Turtle

My apologies for the long space of time between Japan posts! I finally have a clear head and a free Saturday at the same time with which to finish telling you about our wonderful October trip to Tokyo. (See “Japan, Part One” and “Japan Gallery” for more about the trip.)

After enjoying our naked-and-mostly-unashamed experience at the onsen on Monday night much more that we had expected, Joel and I, along with the rest of our team, made plans on Tuesday to visit Kamakura, a town about an hour’s train ride south of our Ginza hotel. We heard there was a typhoon sweeping in, but…it looked like it was going to (mostly) miss us, so the Kamakura trip was still on. We gathered in the hotel parlor for our daily boiled egg, croissant, and banana breakfast (which, remarkably, did not grow unappetizing despite its repetition) and walked to the station to…

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Have you ever been in a Japanese Supermarket?

The photos describe well how small shops looks like. There are many shops like this one all over Japan. As a Japanese consumer, I would buy some fish in this store!



What a surprise today when entering to the blog, right? Today’s content is non car related, but well is still japanese content. I have the feeling that some of you are not only Japanese car lovers, and surely you fall much deeper into the Japanese culture.

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Arashiyama, 2007

Nice photos and delicious foods around Kyoto and Osaka! According to the web page below, the tofu icecream is the most popular one in their shop.


Suitcase & Chopsticks


Our last day in Kansai was one of my favorite parts of our itinerary, both in 2005 and again in 2007. We headed up early in the morning to Kameoka ‘龜崗’ to catch the Sagano Romantic Train ‘嵯峨野浪漫小火車’ to Arashiyama ‘嵐山’. It was a beautiful ride, with lots of trees, a river, and the silliest conductors. Some of them walked around in masks and costumes and tested their Chinese on us by singing loudly in old Chinese songs.

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Japanese Restaurants

A nice introduction of many restaurants in Japan. In more than two decades of deflation and bad economy, restaurants now offer cheap menu for those not-so-rich people (like me !). I once heard that some Americans are surprised that Mcdonald burger tastes better in Japan.

Anyway enjoy your stay in Japan!


As a fairly lazy foreign exchange student, I end up eating out at restaurants quite a bit.  Luckily, though, restaurants in Japan are plentiful and surprisingly cheap.  Here are some different ones I’ve tried!


It’s a gaijin favorite!  Seriously, this kaitenzushi (conveyor belt sushi) place is right across the street from I-House, and so it’s a very popular destination for us foreigners.  I think it might have a reputation of being low quality and cheap, but we’re poor college students!  We don’t care!  Now, I’m not a fish person at all, so I stay away from all of the fishy things completely, but there are still lots of delicious options, including soba or udon, duck and beef sushi, fries, and cake.  Any time I go, I have to get the American Choco Cake to remind myself of what it truly means to be an American.  It’s this dense, fudge-like…

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Udon Noodle Beef Soup / Udon au bouillon de Boeuf

A nice recipe of Udon. The photos are also nice. In Japan, Kagawa is famous for its Udon. Bon apetit.

Little Miss Parsley - La petite cuisine de Lucie


I am completely addicted to Udon noodles. Do you know them? they are thick Japanese noodles made of wheat flour. Today, I felt like cooking them in a light and tasty beef broth, perfect for a winter meal. You can find them dried or fresh.

For 4 people

Preparation and cooking time: 1:00

– A bag of pasta Udon (they are normally sold in 2×210 gr bags, use both of them)

– 1 L of water

– 1 large piece of galangal (if you do not find galangal, use ginger, but only the equivalent of 1 teaspoon)

– 1 stalk of lemongrass

– 1 fresh red chilli

– 4 carrots

– 1 tsp of beef stock

– 1 kaffir lime

– 1/2 celery stalk

– 2 tbsp of soy sauce

– 1 tbsp of fish sauce

– 1 tsp of sesame oil

– 1 clove of garlic

– 1 bok…

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The Last Day of the Year

Allow me to reblog an older post.
I had a chance to drive through Kura Dori, which is near this Kashiya Yokocho. It is interesting that Kura Dori preserves the old building and classic atomosphere and at the same time buses and cars can go through the street enjoying the view. I also noticed that some of the new stores are designed not to destroy the views.
I could not discover posts from your blog about Kura Dori. If you have one that I can reblog, would you reply to this comment?