Monthly Archives: March 2016


Asakusa, Tokyo

I visited Asakusa in January, 2016

I hadn’t eaten yet, had gone straight from home and to the train, then the subway before I arrived in Asakusa. I was getting hungry, was looking for something to eat.

I found a street vendor by the entrance to Nakamise-dori selling Nikuman, the delicious Japanese steamed buns with meat filling. I got two filled with pork along with a bottle of green tea. Brought them with me as I made my way through the crowds at Nakamise-dori toward the tempel, looking for a place to sit down and enjoy my breakfast.

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Beating the ash clouds of Eyjafjallajökull

I visited New York while Eyjafjallajökull erupted in April, 2010

I was at home, packing for our weekend in New York, when my grandmother called to tell me about the volcanic eruption in Iceland. Apparently plane traffic in Europe could come to a complete stop because of it, putting our trip to New York in Jeopardy. Værnes, the airport in Trondheim still wasn’t closed, the airline told us to show up at the airport, no one knew what would happen.


Eyjafjallajökull erupting

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Book Review: After the Quake

After the Quake by Haruki Murakami

I read After the Quake by Haruki Murakami in February 2016

In 1995 the Great Hanshin earthquake hit the city of Kobe and the surrounding regions. Over six thousand people died, more than a third of them from Kobe. Almost 400.000 buildings were destroyed by the earthquake. Japan was stunned, the stock market plummeted the next day.

Murakami’s short story collection, After the Quake revolves around Kobe and the earthquake. None of the six stories take place in the city of Kobe, but somehow the story is connected to Kobe and the earthquake. Some of the protagonists have friends or family in Kobe, others watch the quake on the news. Kobe binds the six stories together.

After the Quake by Haruki Murakami

After the Quake by Haruki Murakami

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Soup Curry in Sapporo

I visited Sapporo and ate soup curry in December, 2015

Winter in Sapporo can be quite cold, even for a Norwegian. There are freezing temperatures, icy winds, snow, ice. It is no wonder that the people here have found food that helps them keep warm during winter.

One of them is soup curry. A curry, but also a soup. A spicy curry broth, boiled potatoes and vegetables, meat or other toppings of your choice. A powerful soup for a cold day. I always say ramen is my favorite Japanese food, my favorite food for that matter, but soup curry is not far behind.

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