Category Archives: Japan

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Homemade Japanese Food in Niseko

I had nomemade food in Niseko in North Japan in December 2015

It did not take long for me to notice that the people of Japan love food. They always seem to be eating or snacking on something, and whenever you talk to someone it does not take long before the conversation turns to food. They are very curious to hear what we eat in Norway, as well as to hear what I have eaten in Japan. In fact, whenever I visit a new place in Japan, the first thing my Japanese friends ask me is what I ate there. Japan is truly a food loving country, how the people keep so thin baffles me.

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8 Taps Beer Pub in Jimbocho

I visited 8 Taps Beer Pub in Jimbocho in September 2016

Leaving the store with my newly purchased books I was not sure what to do. I was to meet a friend in just over two hours, had to find something to do until then. I certainly could not visit more book stores, I had already blown that part of my budget. A visit to another store would surely lead to another purchase. The prices and selection here is great.

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Norway Street in Tokyo

I visited the bar Øl Tokyo and the café Fuglen Tokyo in Norway Street in Tokyo in September 2016

‘You know this street is called Norway Street, right? The locals now call this street Norway Street.’ He looked at me and smiled. I laughed. ‘What?’

He continued. ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah. People call this street Norway Street now. You see. You have the bar in this end of the street, the café in the other end. And then there is the furniture store in the middle. Three Norwegian places in one street. And it has become known as Norway Street.’

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Titans Tap Room in Tokyo

I visited Titans Tap Room in Otsuka, Tokyo in September 2016

Once we were close the place was easy to find. The whole street outside the tap room was filled with people. Standing in groups. Chatting. Drinking. A small bar had been set up outside where two different beers on tap were served. Inside the selection was a lot bigger. The lines for both bars, inside and outside, were long. The bartenders very busy. I recognised a friend working behind the bar out on the street. I got in line, wanting a beer.

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Super Mario Kart in Tokyo

I drove Super Mario Kart in Tokyo in September 2016

I don’t think I ever have been more photographed in my life. Everyone we passed were waving at us, smiling. Many of them taking pictures. When we stopped at a red light parents would run out into the street with their kids, put them down next to us. Run back to take a picture, then run to get their kids. We were waving left and right, posing for pictures. Trying to keep up with traffic.

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The Nikka Bar. Whisky and Cocktails in Kyiv

I visited Nikka Bar in Kyiv in January 2017

‘Come on my friend, why don’t you come sit in the bar.’ The bartender looked at me, pointed to one of the chairs in the bar. They were all taken, but some quick words in Ukrainian from the bartender and one of the regulars vacated his seat, made room for me. I took my drink, moved over to the bar, sat down. Only a minute later we were all engaged in conversation.

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Book Review: Breasts and Eggs

I read Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami in January 2017

Breasts and Eggs is the second novella of Japanese author Mieko Kawakami and was published in 2008. In the book we meet Natsu, a single woman living in one of Tokyo’s poorer neighbourhoods. The book begins with Mieko going to the train station to pick up her sister Makiko and her daughter Midoriko who are visiting Tokyo from Osaka. Makiko is coming to Tokyo to look into getting breast implants while Midorika has stopped talking and only communicates with the rest of the world through her notebook.

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A Party at Output Rock Bar in Naha

I visited Output Rock Bar in Naha, Okinawa in September 2016

It did not feel like a bar or night club at all, it felt like a private party. Just a group of friends getting together to play some good tunes, talk and enjoy themselves. It just so happened to be that they did this in a bar in Naha. And I was invited and immediately accepted as one of them. I was sitting on a bar stool, a beer in my hand, feeling very happy. This is what I travel for. This is why I love to leave the comfort of my home. To meet new people, make friends across the globe. Learn about a place through my interactions with the local citizens. I was having a great time, and had a smile on my face impossible to wipe off.

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