Archive for May, 2016

Tokyo: Dinner with Penguins

I’ve been to lots of animal cafes in Japan, but this was a first…

Penguin Bar Tokyo

Penguins! Lots of them! At a small bar in Ikebukuro, where you can eat up close with them while you watch them and they watch youPenguinI took my friends here a few weeks ago and it was a pretty rare chance to see penguins in such close proximity.

Penguin Bar Tokyo

The place is almost twenty minutes’ walk from the station and a little tricky to find if you’re going for the first time, but once you’re nearby the sign’s easy to find! The penguins are a giveaway. Also since it was a bar and not my usual dinky cafe scene it was a different environment from what I was used to with the dim lighting and occasional pack of smoking businessmen.

Penguin Bar Tokyo

At least they had cute hand towels. We never used them in the end because we didn’t want to pull the penguins apart.

Penguin Bar Tokyo

And here are the penguins looking on as we eat one of their kind. We had the fried chicken from the side menu!

Penguin Bar Tokyo

My main dish was gratin with a giant prawn poking out of it. It was hot and cheesy and a very good choice of mealgood

Penguin Bar Tokyo

If you’re looking for a new experience in Tokyo or just really like penguins, I recommend this place for dinnerkirakiraIt was nice to eat dinner with my friends and occasionally look up and see a bunch of penguins waddling around. The staff take good care of them too, so they seem happy!

Penguin Bar Tokyo

Weekly Slice

Japan

 It’s a Wednesday night and I’m sitting at my table late at night studying for a test. Or at least I was, until I stopped to come to this blog for a minute. It’s becoming busy againnekoThis semester I ended up taking on more extracurriculars because I was a little too free last year. Now I’m too busy haha.

Fujiko F Museum

A while ago a good friend from Singapore came to visit Japan and stay with me! We’ve known each other for years and had no problem squeezing together for a weekhehe rabbitOn her last day we hopped over to the Fujiko F. Fujio Museum in Kawasaki.

They added new items to the cafe menu!

Doraemon Fujiko F Fujio Museum

You know the story of Doraemon’s about how he used to be a yellow cat with ears until one day a mouse bit them off and he turned blue from the depression? This is me doing a live re-enactment of that and eating his ear (sponge cake with a chocolate face we refused to destroy).

Doraemon Fujiko F Fujio Museum

We had the Memory Bread too—this was always a favourite of mine among Doraemon’s gadgets because it’s just so useful to copy your homework onto a piece of toast and eat it to memorise it allkirakira(Not that it worked for me. I’m still sitting here trying to study.)

After my friend went home I haven’t had the chance to go anywhere muchsigh

Onigiri

But I’m still surviving! On rice balls and lunchtime with friends.

Picnic

Yesterday it was sunny out—too sunny, we had to bring out the shades—so we brought our food outside and had lunch in the garden. It would’ve been a lot more glamorous without the ants coming to eat the food (and us, for that matter) and the random shirtless boys suntanning themselves around the corner, but it was fun just sitting on the grass with friends and taking our time in the sunheart

Visiting Moomin in Saitama

Moomin Akebono Kodomo no Mori Kouen

A weekend or two ago we went somewhere special! It’s a park in Saitama called Akebono Kodomo no Mori Kouen that’s modelled after the Moomin Valley (where Moomin and all his friends live)kirakiraWe went early in the daytime to beat the crowd, but there is no one faster than a family with kids on Golden Week—they were all ready with their picnic mats before we even got there and we had to find a patch of grass to sit on.

Moomin Akebono Kodomo no Mori Kouen

The houses are all bendy like the ones in Moomin Valley! It was cute seeing them sprout up in the middle of the greenery. You could take off your shoes and go inside too, if you didn’t mind dodging all the little kids having a merry time inside.

Moomin Akebono Kodomo no Mori Kouen

We had a picnic of bread from the Moomin Bakery where I dropped by at Tokyo Dome on the way to Saitama. Since we travelled so far we thought we’d make the most of the occasionsmileMoomin park. Moomin bread. Moomin everything.

Moomin Akebono Kodomo no Mori Kouen

There was also a cafe called Hot Pot, which was this little house buried in shrubbery on the outskirts of the park. It looked really lived in, with sofas and plants and vintage ornaments everywhere. Basically, one of those sweet cafes that look like a grandmother’s countryside homegirl love

Moomin Akebono Kodomo no Mori Kouen

Ended the day with chilled cheesecake and fruitskira

Moomin Akebono Kodomo no Mori Kouen

If you have a spare day to chill, make a visit to Akebono Kodomo no Mori KouennekoIt’s about 40 minutes direct from Ikebukuro and not too long a walk from the station, so bring a picnic along and enjoy some nature.

There’s a video here too if you want to see more!

One Night in Osaka

Golden Week is over! Now it’s back to school where we won’t have another vacation for the next three months. At least it was a good Golden Week spent.

Osaka

My dad and I took a short trip to Osakasmile(in fact just one night for me since I had to come back to for other plans) We took the bullet train out from Tokyo and I had my usual ekiben on the shinkansen.

 Osaka

And then 2.5 hours later, we arrived in OsakakirakiraIt was kind of my first time, since the last time I went to a village on the outskirts instead of the actual city.

Osaka

We headed straight to the Kuromon Ichiba Market, which isn’t hard to spot because of the giant octopus hanging over it along with various other crustaceans.

Osaka

Most of it was seafood, with shops grilling scallops and prawns fresh out of the water. If you love seafood, this is a great place! If not it might be a mildly alarming experience with all those seafood still alive and swimming around.

Osaka

These tiny octopuses were so cutegirl love

Osaka White Strawberry

There were a lot of fruits too, and I finally found those famous white strawberrieshappyExcept they weren’t super white or anything, just very faintly pink. But they were still delicious, even if a bit pricey. I mean, one cup of white strawberry juice was a whole ¥1000.

Osaka

And when you’re in Osaka of course you have to eat takoyaki. Leaving without trying the takoyaki there would be like going to Italy in pizza. Not necessary by any means, but people would be like “Wait, did you not eat pizza in its mother country?” Anyway, I fulfilled my tourist duty and ate takoyaki at a famous shop in Dotonborineko

Osaka

Breaking up that wall of food pictures with a historic landmark…we went to see the Osaka CastlekiraIt was the first castle I’d ever seen in Japan, so I was really impressed.

Osaka

Back to food. I was walking around an underground shopping complex and everything was so old. Even the food samples looked they’d been there since the 20th century. Usually those plastic food samples you see displayed outside restaurants all over Japan look appetising, but these just looked grey and mouldy. Which was pretty funny to see, like those weird recipes from the 80s that used gelatine and a motley crew of random fruits.

Osaka

On the other hand, modern food samples can get pretty ridiculous too.

Osaka

There was a festival at the area we were staying atnekoThey had whole streets lined with stalls, like this cute crepe stall at the corner. It was only 10 in the morning but there were already people walking around everywhere and performers dancing in the square.

Osaka

One night in Osaka just made me want to go back again. It felt different from Tokyo, kind of like it was still stuck in the 90s. But I liked that kind of retro charmkiss girlEven hearing the locals speak Kansai dialect was fun, so I got these Kansai-ben castella as a souvenir.

I’ll be back, Osaka! (not until I save up another ¥20000 for the bullet train though)

Dinner at a School-themed Izakaya in Tokyo

I grew up reading manga but by the time I landed in Japan I was already entering university and figured I’d already missed my chance at experiencing Japanese school life for myself. Until!

6nen4kumi

At 20 years old I went back to elementary school for dinnernekoIt’s a really fun elementary school-themed izakaya in Shibuya called 6nen4kumi (“Year 6 Class 4”) where the teachers—staff—line you up and sit you down at chalky desks. They’re mostly a classroom setting with blackboards and world maps but I sat at the principal’s office once too.

6nen4kumi

The food’s straight out of a elementary school lunch menu. They do a lot of home-style dishes like octopus sausages and meat balls, kind of like the stuff you get in a bento.

6nen4kumi

We had fun with our drinks too and ordered this chemistry experiment of a soda. The drink were all in test tubes and they gave us a flask with it too. (Or is that a beaker? It’s been too long. I forget)

6nen4kumi

My favourite was the agepan I orderedgirl loveIt’s deep-fried bread and basically like a long donut, but super soft and floppy.

6nen4kumi

Halfway through our meal the teacher appeared again to give us all a quiz. It was meant to be easy elementary school stuff, but things are different when you are not actually Japanese. But it’s okay! We got a hundred!

6nen4kumi

We got a 100 Marks Parfait to celebratekira

6nen4kumi

This is probably one of my new favourite places to go with friends to, because it’s cute and funny and lets you wear a randoseru with the yellow hat.

We made a video to show the inside, so hop on over to YouTube if you want to see more of the funkiss girl


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