一星ラーメン 蔦

On May 24, 2017, in Uncategorized, by 04. Chris
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隨著2017年的東京米其林美食指南出版,世界第一間的米其林拉麵也隨之躍出。位於巣鴨 (Sugamo) 的 蔦(Tsuta)便是第一間的一星拉麵店。位在巣鴨駅旁的巷弄間的人氣店蔦,更是在報導之後一夕走紅。甚至即將於台北展店。

店內的拉麵主打的是松露蕈類口味的特殊風味。味強而爽口,濃郁而不膩。¥1000以內的米其林美食應該是都內最划算的星星了。

醬油松露 餛飩

 

日光

On May 19, 2017, in 繁體中文, Travel, by 04. Chris
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大家是否對這充滿壓迫感的東京生活感到疲憊與厭倦了嗎?是否又想踏上千年古蹟與溫泉的巡禮。日光 或許就是你的答案。

新宿 或 淺草的直達列車 1個半鐘頭即可感受到鄉間的愜意。

東武日光駅 ToubuNikkoEki

湯葉料理 Yuba

日光東照宮 Nikko Tosyogu

幕府 德川將軍 家墓

中禅寺湖 Chuzenji-Mizumi

黃金週限定 夜間參拜

 

聖地的巡禮

On May 16, 2017, in 繁體中文, Travel, by 04. Chris
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最近趁著課後的閒暇時間去了一些特殊觀光景點,像是 吉祥寺的井の頭公園、四ツ谷的須賀神社 還有 鎌倉的 鎌倉高校。其實這些景點都是知名的漫畫(動畫)實際場景。

吉祥寺 井の頭公園

GTO 第一集 鬼塚 救助學生

鎌倉 江ノ電 鎌倉高校前駅

灌籃高手開場

四ツ谷 須賀神社

你的名字 再會地點

 

 

花火

On April 28, 2017, in Uncategorized, English, Life in Japan, Travel, by 02. Ruben
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With Summer around the corner I feel it is time to go one of the most exciting events in Japan, 花火(hanabi, firework) season. During summer in Japan there are many firework displays all over Japan and they are both beautiful and entertaining no matter where you see them. The one that has come to my mind today happens to be the Sumida festival. This festival is one of the biggest in Tokyo with around 20,000 displays sent to the sky on one gorgeous summer night. Located next to the Sumida river in Asakusa this event is said to be the second biggest display in Tokyo with over 2million in attendance year after year.

I was lucky enough to be invited to the Sumida festival last year by a friend and to this day that night is engraved into my memory. We arrived in Asakusa station that day at around three pm and I will warn you is a little late. Even though the fireworks do not start until 7pm for many in Japan hanabi is treated like Hanami (flower viewing) in which people arrive early in the morning to pick a place to sit. For many the idea behind enjoying the festival is to grab a good spot early and then spend the day eating, drinking, and just having fun with friends and family before the actual displays begin. Due to this slightly overlooked fact and the alleged 2million people in attendance for the festival we consider ourselves lucky to have found a spot in with we were able to see most of the fireworks once they began.although I will not be going into explaining the actual fireworks (due my lack of worthy words to do them justice), I will say that the crowds and noise are well worth dealing with for this experience. After the fireworks have ended though is when the real fun can begin.

As mentioned over 2million people are said to have been in attendance, which becomes apparent once the festivities have ended. The only thing that must be said about the ending of festivities is that returning to the train stations can and will be a real pain. The group that I was with that day waited out some of the crowd before moving from our spot. However after about 30mins we realized that the crowd would not be thinning out for a while so we packed up and attempted to leave. The problem we ran into was that once we were captured by the crowd of people we had no choice but to go with the flow of traffic and as a result ended up lost. Due to this and the pile of people waiting for trains that overflowed the stations we decided to get late dinner at coco’s curry before eventually waiting out a train and heading home.

The Sumida festival takes place in late July or early August and is definitely one of the many must sees in Tokyo. I hope this quick outline of the Sumida festival has at least scratched an interest and made you think about attending. Sadly I can not put into words just how amazing this festival is for I feel it is something that must be experienced in person. So if you do go this year I will hopefully see you there, for I plan to enjoy this event once more while I have the chance.

 

My Daily Life as a Student in Japan

On April 27, 2017, in English, Life in Japan, School Life, by 01. Hannah
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I have a friend back home, and whenever she calls me there’s excitement in her voice to hear how my life out here is. I always tell her that I’m living here, I’m not on holiday and that I live a fairly normal, mundane life, and every time she reminds me that it’s ‘normal, mundane life in Japan.’ And in a way she’s right, I really do love my life out here. Moving to Tokyo provided me with excitement that I never found back home. But at the same time I do live a fairly normal life, it’s just different to back in Australia. I get a lot of questions from the people back home as to what I’m actually doing, so I thought I would provide some insight into what my everyday life looks like.

My weekdays are very much unchanging, I get up at around 9:00 and get ready in the morning. I usually leave the house between 11:00 and 12:00 and walk to the station where I take the train for Shinjuku before transferring for Shin-Okubo. From Shin-Okubo I walk to school, buying lunch from the convenience store or bento (boxed lunch) store on the way if I don’t have leftovers from the night before. I’ll get to school with an hour or so to spare and eat lunch with friends. Then, we’ll sit and chat or do homework together until class starts at 13:40. (Having afternoon classes is one of my favourite things about my life right now).

During class we will study whatever is scheduled for that set day. Throughout the week we study a combination of kanji, grammar, reading, writing and listening exercises. School runs with regular short breaks until 17:30 when I will usually, unless exceptionally free and/or bored, head straight home.

When I get home I make and eat dinner (unless I’m too lazy or don’t have enough time, in which case I buy dinner). When I lived with a host family I would sit in the living room and study or play with the girls until they went to bed before retreating to my room. Now that I live in a share-house I sit in the shared space with my housemates for a while until I go to my room. From here I do any combination of homework/study, procrastination and spending way too much time on Netflix, YouTube and social media. Essentially, I’m your typical student. I also occasionally do chores when I realise my room looks like a bomb site, that I have no edible food, or clean clothes to wear.

On Fridays after school I usually hang out with friends for dinner or karaoke which is usually one of my favourite times of the week. Such activities can range anywhere from a couple of hours to all night. My best decisions regarding sleep and study schedule do not happen on Fridays but as far as I’m concerned it’s the start of the weekend and I’m allowed to be a little less strict about such things. Being able to do karaoke with friends is certainly one of the things I love most about life in Japan, as silly as that may sound.

Most Saturdays I go to dance lessons for a couple of hours. I often eat lunch out and then go shopping or hang out with friends. Sundays are usually the only day of the week I don’t have set plans. If there’s an event on I may go to that, otherwise I usually just relax with friends. Before I would often spend time with my host family on Sundays and now I do the same with my house-mates when they’re free. Unless I have a lot of study to do, such as before exams, Sunday is usually my no pressure day and I like to keep it that way.

From Monday I start the cycle all over again. This is a brief look into my life as a foreign exchange student in Japan. I really do enjoy my everyday life here, as mundane as it may be. I hope this provided some insight/enjoyment to those of you reading this.