Sunday, October 31, 2010

happy halloweeen!

so i kindda promised food in the beginning and got side tracked with all my cool farming things, my bad! ready. set. go!

ohhh by the way! happy halloweeeeeeen everyone!

witches like ice cream too!

negi toro don
day 1 (lunch): negi-toro don! this is like fatty tuna mashed with scallions wasabi and soy sauce.

its like a ginormous tuna sushi, in a bowl.

so bomb!

katsuo tataki

seared bonito fish, topped with sliced onion and garlic and scallions. pour ponzu on top! consume~

also BOMB! a hometown favorite!
bonito is kindda famous out here. this is sooo worth coming back for <3

this is lunch in full view. no one want to see salad, do they?


all done! gochisousama!

day 1: (diner)
wafu hamburger, with pasta

this was my sort of american food dish that i ate while i was here. this is the one and only time though. but of course, MEGA bomb!


all done! gochisousama!

day 2: (ladies lunch!) i am after all, a lady~

fried fish, rice, miso soup, pickles, stuffed tofu with veggies, and shredded cabbage


all done!

day 2: (diner) so too much eatting, going for something a little more healthy? idk everything ive been eating is healthy, but i am feeling tubby.

kochi favorite

grilled hokke, curry hyotan pumpkin i scored the other day, garden spinach with sesame and bonito flakes, and home made pickles


snack: this is the super ossimo pear that i love love loveeeeee! nitaka nashi! way more bomb than housui nashi (taka!!!!)

this is a nigata and kochi nashi hybrid = nitaka nashi

so much sweeter, bigger and better!

this sticker equals oishiiiiii!

this sticker also equals oishiiiiiii!

this is probably the only fruit i will take my time to peel and slice and make it all nice looking before i eat it. its that good yo!

look at how wonderful this is! its heaven on a plate! please dig in

oooh just looking at this makes my mouth water

day 3: (lunch) summertime favorite. soumen, with grated Kabosu (so bomb!) sesame coated pumpkin croquette, and yasai itame with bacon

i know its not summer anymore but i always have this when i go back. no matter the season or the weather!

have a nice day!

this is my japanese dad. doesnt this picture look like he belongs in one of those "those welcome to japan!" visitor guide books?

i think its funny, because all he says to me in english is "have a nice day!" and "this is a pen!"

he tells me back then when he was learning english, it was always this is a ____ (fill in the blank) and it was always "jack" and "betty" going on adventures

this is soumen!!!!!

la la la~~

snack 2: this is totoro bread! omg this is so kawaiii!!!!

this makes me smile

ok gotta go eat some mos burger! see you all later with some more food!


hi hi! so i went on my 2010 walk about (yes! lost still lives on!)
so its been a fun week there was lots to do, lots to eat! lets get to the food yeah?!
is this the way to rumney?
bamboo forests are kindda cool! you can hear the bamboo trees knocking in the wind and it makes that hollow clanking sound. it was way peaceful. i am mega zen now so like if you need advice and stuff, im the one to ask.

so like the title says, i farmed! this is potatoes!

i can officially say i am a super potato expert. to make good potatoes you need to bring the soil to the branch of the plant to get super delicious potatoes, so here we are digging the around and bringing the soil up. its true... farming aint easy!

i helped

when you live in a sort of middle of no where, you have no where to go and sleep at a normal hour and wake up super early. we started at around 8:45 in the morning till around 10. cant be doing stuff like this in the afternoon when the sun is at its peak right?

so after my hard work, i give myself the green peace. A++ in digging

so off to our next plant! i see this plant in almost everyones farm area. 

i know what it is but can you guess?

digging for gold

here i go digging again. so you have to dig a little bit to get to the prize.

this was my best farming experience.

just peeking through

motherf*cking ginger yo!
yup! ginger !!! this area seems to be super famous for their ginger roots. so everywhere you go you see the top plant, rows and rows of ginger leaves.

so it seems that they dont really use the leaf part of the plant for cooking or anything, but they tell me they dry it and use it for bedding the soil in the winter so it wont freeze.

japanese people so Eco!

come join me for diner!

so this is our total score of the day. one super ginger root, 4 mini green peppers, 3 pieces of okra (season is over for okra) and 6 stems of green beans (also season over) and 2 Hyotan pumpkin.

ohhh snap i just taught myself how to use the link button! another A++ for me!

sadako's house

so they tell me that ginger is a super smart plant to grow if your a farmer. you grow it 6 months out of the year, and you can dig a hole in the mountain and store it, and it wont go bad.

i see little caves in the side of mountains (look bottom right) its like the lost cave no?!?!?

black sesame in a box

so i found this weird drink at the convenience store. its a black sesame drink. ive have sesame tofu before so i figured this cant be that bad.

i know sesame has like mega calories in it but if you see on the left it says cholesterol ZERO! 

my final verdict. it was not bad, a little thick and creamy, but tasted like sesame. 

will i drink this again? i dont think so, this is like you drink it once, ooooooh ok so this is how it tastes 

the end

next challenge!
so i think i found a super ossimo rock face to climb! cant go to the mountains and not look for stuff like this! any takers? japan from the top of a mountain sounds good no? ill bring the onigiri!

ugggh eating too much drinking too much! i miss climbing, can anyone give me a belay?

i name this typoon #14

speaking of rock climbing, anyone down for some typhoon bouldering? 

there was a typhoon that was terrorizing japan, typhoon #14

what better way to celebrate than going to the ocean and watching it get all mad! whoop whoop!

climb me!

japan without someone adventurous is kindda lame. but i guess too many reckless people might be NG.

so i climbed the boulder on top (V0-)
sent it!~!

i went with my moms friend who almost had a heart attack, told me to get down. booooooo!

i need my adventure buddy. 

find 5
but this place is a super famous beach called katsurahama. its cool because the beach is made out of pebbles, its like a river, but its an ocean

they say that the beach here is made up of 5 different kinds of stones. red, blue, green, white, and purple. i think thats cool

the view from here, is so nice! from the atlantic to the pacific. ocean to ocean~

im told on a clear day, you can see kochi tip to tip. i hear the moon also come out from the ocean in the summer! i want to see that too!

uggggh i ate too much today again. i know i promised food, but i think its time for me to go to bed to get ready to eat again tomorrow. 

Monday, October 25, 2010


hi! so looks like im going into the woods! ill be internet-less for a few days. hope you dont have too much withdrawal.


ill be somewhere in the back right mountain range

negiyaki time!

so day three in japan! i might have to be skimpy with the photos since my crappy computer has almost no memory space left, must go to the electronic shop and get a memory card/stick?

anywho did i ever show you my gold fish? i won these guys at a festival last time i was here which was, when i look at my passport, on '07!

so now you all know, if you take good care of those feeder fish they sell at the pet stores, they become big and have madddd babies. i tried taking a photo of the baby fish but it just looks like an empty tank filled with water. just trust me.

ooooooh snap! animal planet time!!!!!

we are family
this is the cat family i have been trying to lure into my posse. i have so far pet 2/3 cats. it seems that the white cat is the dad, the dark stripy is the mom and the little one is the baby.

they just hang out in the parking lot under my uncles car

purrrrese dont touch me

this is the little one. hes a bit shy and always runs away

still working on this challenge

so i thought i had more animal photos... but i guess not. lets get to the ossimo food photos yeah???
cut and eat

this is how it is out here! super fresh fish, you buy, you sashimi and you eat! food out here is mega bomb!
just eat

why is octopus in NY so expensive?? we can like buy this and have a takoyaki party every day!

that reminds me... we didnt have takoyaki/ okonomiyaki party this year

i must be slacking

better than kobe beef
this is some sort of crazy baller status beef. look at that color! look at the marble!

im told that this right here is like mega butter.

does anyone wanna come over to have a baller beef party?

i miss my office mate...

yakitori time

next we have the yakitori section. so you just choose the ones that you want and pay. i think they only do this here, but even this stuff is better than back home.

OMG my yakitori guy closed his shop! i dont know what to do now. im going through a major dilemma!

i have been substituting with this stuff for the time being while i find another hole in the wall.

this sections kindda cool.

onigiri (rice balls) every flavor every color


uber lame

and my super favorite, fried food section!!!

la la la i am so happy!

but i am super lame for taking this photo. everyone around was like this girl is crazy! who takes photos infront of fried food?

thats right i do! i heart croquettes, and tonkatsu and kara-age <3

popular everywhere

omg am i the only one that finds this funny? this is like asian version of snuggie, no?

my uncle was like why dont you get this, it makes so much sense when you sit in front of the TV.

i dont watch TV..... ill pass


this is todays man hole cover. i like this one, i think its super cute.

reminds me of leo, hope your doing ok!

just posing!
so ive been feeling really lazy since all ive been doing is eating. so i went to the local climbing gym in my hood.

i can say this one was a lot better than the one in vietnam. i made the 3 guys behind me my BF's and i told them to come visit me in NY. the one in white was really good, but there was this old dude that was really really good. to shy to try to make him my BF, international BF rules are a little different.

and how did i do? no excuses, im weak! must get in ripped shape!

ewww who goes to the gym on their vacation anyway? lets get to more food photos!!

so after the gym i went to a street fair. my aunt helps out or is part of the group that gets young kids to try different things.

so these kids were making negiyaki. its like a scallion buritto? maybe more like a scallion soft shell taco? idk you figure it out yourself.

i wanted to try to make this so i had these kids tell me what to do

i have no idea what these kids are doing

so first you pour some batter on the hot plate like a crepe. not too much or its not delicious. maybe this thing is like a scallion crepe!

there we go!

now i try

after you put the batter down then you gotta rush and put everything else in.

1-scallions (lots)
2-fish cake (kamaboko)
3-fried flakes (ten-kasu)
4-bonito flakes

i had the kids help me cus i was taking my sweet time, well no i didnt ask for help, they just decided i needed it. thanks guys! team work!

is this right? 

then you fold both sides over, you dont leave it on the hot plate for very long, once you put the stuff down you just fold over. i guess the batter part is kindda hot so it steams everything on the inside when you let it sit for a bit.



my first negiyaki!!!! im like so happy! who cares if i left half the batter on the pan. check it out yo!

im way impressed with myself!

im thinking of bringing these kids back with me to start a negiyaki place downtown.

doesnt this look delicious? dont you want to try??


ohhhh also this is for justin:
i think i found what your looking for only its blue....
if you want this let me know.

i asked if they have the purple one but they looked at me like i was crazy.

also they have other stuff so just keep sending me a list and ill keep an eye out for it.

but check out jumbo kapibara!

ok so ill leave the post at this. next post ill show you all how to have a japanese breakfast! yippie

this is me and my grandma! shes old, but hearts yakiniku!! <3