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Tokyo Ramen Show

What sets the Tokyo Ramen Show apart from any other ramen tasting event?   Ramen is just ramen, isn't it?


The Tokyo Ramen Show  is a joint collaboration between some of the finest minds in the industry.   Who ever thought you  could add CRISPY cheese AND CRISPY bacon to ramen?Well, it was done here at the Tokyo Ramen Show 2012, by two of the most recognizable names in ramen called "Ippudo" in joint collaboration with another heavy weight called "Toridei".   In addition, all of that ramen goodness was served up in a spicy tomato base with vegetables.  

No other ramen exhibition in the world will showcase ramen this way, and at the same scale.    This is not your typical ramen fair, but a dynamic and eclectic mix of chefs using their noodles{brains) to make  great noodles.      
Some memorable bowls of ramen came from Hachioji and Kyushu, even Nagoya and then there were some prefectural favorites from Yamagata, Aomori, and Fukushima.

Here is a list of my favorites:

For Whom the Bell Tolls: Autumn

For Whom the Bell Tolls



Sitting  here in a coffee shop surrounded by all of these  miserable looking old men and chatter box grannies, who appear to be waiting on death is sordidly depressing at 9am.   This is the state of the nation now.  Old people.   Sitting up in these cafes, and waiting on death.   Literally.  With long drawn down faces, pouty lips, and bloated lower cheeks.   Has this become the extent of the once proud Japanese?   There are three little school girls here in this cafe also, when they should be in school; don't the old ever question why these young girls are here, and not at school?

I wonder what the 'Old' live for nowadays...?   I wonder why the need is there to live to be one hundred years old, and to overburden their children.    Waiting on death, in a coffee shop.   Why not utilize death for the purpose of restoring the country, by going out in a bang and doing something extraordinary for the sake of the people, for the sake of something, like Jo…

Nukumori - The Warmth

Autumn - The tree doesn't die, it just changes for a short-time and then comes back fresh and more beautiful than before.


Japan, is one of those countries known for its rich cultural heritage, great destinations, wonderful onsen (hot spring spas), their one of a kind sake (rice brew).    One of the finest they say, not only for the traditional and cultural heritage that they have preserved, but undoubtedly, they are also one of the best countries and the most advanced when it comes to new cars, gadgets and technology all at the same time. The country is known for its rich and appealing gadgets and robots – that are already famous all around the globe. But aside from these things, there is more to Japan that every tourist and native would surely love.   But I still wonder what that is for them though….
I'm sure we all have our reasons, or excuses for coming to Japan.    The events that have transpired over the last year, though, resulting from the fallout from Fukushima Daichi Nu…

Words to live by: 5000 yen!

Words to live by:  5000 yen!

I attended the 2012 Sake Tengokukai at the gorgeous Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku, one of the largest sake tasting events in the world!    Thanks to some old drunkard country bumpkins  I had met last year at the Niigata Sake Fair, I was able to be there, otherwise I wouldn't have known about it, or would've probably filled my schedule with something else.    

This is not a post on how wonderful the sake fair was, so if this is why you came, leave.    This is a blog / dairy / information resource with tons of useful tidbits according to my opinion.    

So I received an e-mail in my mixi box four months ago informing me of the 2012 Sake Tengokukai by a Jukujo I had met at the sake fair last year.   She told me she would purchase the ticket for me, and that everything would be arranged.    She would be bringing along three of her drunkard friends as well, so in total five of us.   And one grass eater - I forgot to mention.  When I met them in Tokyo the…

Some Words to Live By

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I wrote a post a few years back about one of my ex-gf who I had met on the JR.   She was one of my first Jukujo (cougar/milf), I had met on the Approach Method.    You can click on the link for more clarity about the person.   

So I received an iMessage from her for the first time in 3 or 4 years asking if I wanted to go drinking!   Not knowing what to make of this abrupt invitation I texted her back asking what was the occasion, and who was going to be there.    Basically, why all of a sudden do you need to see me, and were there any strings attached, was my main concern     She said no one, and that it would be just us at her friends bar.


On the ride to the bar I drudged up some old memories about us, when we were together.  She lost both parents due to illness when she was  six or seven, and was raised by some  very distant relatives.     She had it hard her whole life working in and out of bars and entertaining salarymen her whole life, whi…

Salt Scrubs

Prologue to a series: My new project for the next six months will be branding this site and making it a resource for travelers and researchers on Japan. Firstly, the internet is flooded with information on life over here. Many of the sites/blogs explore the dynamics between foreigner and native from a linguistic and cultural stand point. When you first visit Japan, one of...

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The video above to to help you understand a little more about the salt scrub.    The reason for me posting this is because I'm an onsen expert who's been categorizing hot spas throughout Japan, Southeast Asia, and Europe for a number of years - all of them I have been to.    From time to time, you can see salt troughs adjacent to medium heat saunas at these spas or bath houses whereby you can rub salt on your naked body and then enter.




Just last night at a hot spring spa I was sitting down on a bench cooling my body down when I noticed a gentleman o…

Hot Soba Shochu!

Shin-Tomei Highway

Yesterday, Sept. 30, 2012, a typhoon swept through Japan late in the afternoon across most of Tokai region, the day we were supposed to drive together on Japan's premiere highway.   I had made a promise to a Japanese lady the previous week that we would go driving  on the 30th,  and that we would rent a car for the whole day instead of borrowing her parents car.   My suggestion was that we take the Shin-Tomei Expressway, the newest and most modern highway in Japan.   Why?

I have a thing for highways, especially ones with long expanses of road that stretch deep into the horizon and disappear into the sunset.  Some roads even hug the coastline, while others ascend high up round a winding mountain road, into the clouds seemingly.   The Shin-Tomei was another such highway built just recently that showcases Mount fuji from the driver side window on the right, and a beautiful expanse of ocean to the left.   It is the most linear highway in Japan next to Yamagata Prefecture's  Nan-y…