Monday, November 24, 2014

Japan trip 2 2K14 days 8 and 9 : Osaka and Kyoto

Massan whiskey from the asadora that is showing now. This is from Nagoya station.

Osaka station.

Some kid molesting poor Pikachu.

I was asked why I didn't hug Pikachu. I am not going to risk my life and die from electric shock.

There are always street performances outside Osaka station by indie singers.

Kyoto sucks. Too many people and we spent more time in buses than looking at koyou.

Come to think of it, I should have turned a negative into a positive and tried to take pictures of the chicks taking pictures.


Rushing for 6pm reservation.

The main event in Kyoto was all you can eat yakiniku for 3500 yen with two hour time limit. I have never been so full in my life.

Cooking ika. The yakinikuya is called Mawari and it specialises in Omi beef from Shiga. There is only one store in Kyoto and all the other shops are in Shiga.

Huge christmas tree at Kyoto station. Next post will be about Ultra Tsundere in Nipponbashi. : )

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Irodori Meieki in Nagoya

Customary teppan miso katsu at yabaton.

Back in Yokkaichi.

Some evil show about kids enslaving animals and forcing them to fight so the kids can have fun. I'd like to see the animals enslave the kids and force them to beat each other up.

If you are ever near Nagoya, Iro Dori is a must go. Its basically an izakaya with cute girls and a stage for performances.


Its decently priced and if you are a strong drinker, you can take advantage of the all you can drink.

bframe risked life and limb to take a video of the start of the performance before being told no videos. Luckily he is still with us and the girls did not take him to the back and tickle him to death.

What's in the tube? You'll have to go to Irodori find out.

As with lots of places in Japan, you need to spend money to get their attention so if you see someone you like, buy her a drink, which we did too late.

Horribly taken shot of Momoka. So if you want an izakaya with a bit extra, definitely try Iro Dori!

I am feeling the need to collect all the cards.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Tokyo Ramen Street

Abe Hiroshi pimping ham at Tokyo station.

Just outside the Yaesu exit is the ramen street.

I love ramen too.

I went for tonkotsu ramen Oreshiki Jun despite the fact it didn't have a one hour queue. It was actually not bad. Not Ogi omfg I could die now but its close in taste. Recommended.

Opposite the Tokyo Ramen Street is the Character Street which includes shops like Shonen Jump. Ggrr, only the Akagi shirt has LL size left.

Hhmmm.

Gomenne Seishun komanjyuu.

Wtf. Tamagochi is still alive?

Hello. What is your name?

Jump Shop at Suidobashi.

Less Slam Dunk selection than the Tokyo shop.

As much as a like Pepper Lunch, 40% increase in price the last few years means I should look for an alternative.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Random Japan pictures so far

Koihime fighting game tournament at Shinjuku West. KSK, my favourite 3rd Strike player was there so I guess Kao TV was involved. Due to the tourney, the Uru4 machines were barren so got many 1v1 games in without interruption. I am so out of practice....

Izakaya with touch screen ordering.

Chicken skin skewers!!!!!!! Yum.


I went to the wrong Aeon cinema looking for Kenshin Kyoto Taika Hen.


With Ogi now gone, good old Fuunji in Shinjuku is my favourite. Yoshi's tsukemen can't even touch this stuff.

Chigasaki station where I went for the Kenshin movies.


Tonkotsu Taizen in Akiba. Very meh.

45 minute queue at Menya Ittou in Shin Koiwa. During this time I decided to look up Girl's Bars and Snacks in Shin Koiwa.

Not as good as Fuunji but pretty good.

Salaryman Kintaro ramen. Lol.

Desperate to find a good Hakata Tonkotsu ramen place, I went to Goten in Yoyogi. Wtf Thai style ramen?

You can see the chart on the left telling you the various hardness you can choose for the ramen. I always go for barikata and kata for the kaedama.


Went for chashumen. Not bad, except the onion aftertaste is too strong. Definitely has the Hakata taste. Anyone who says Gensuke tastes authentic hasn't been to Fukuoka. Sadly, its not close to being as good as Ogi.

Finally I found a decent priced place to drink in Tokyo! Snack Hotaru in Shin Koiwa! 5000 yen for two hours all you can drink shouchu and all you can sing. No stupid service charge and consumption fee.

The trade of is two older ladies and a young girl but all I need is good conversation and karaoke. If you can score over 85 points in karaoke, you get a bottle of shochu which one dude did.

Customers are all old dudes so everyone's singing enka so I stuck to old songs. Went pass two hours but mamasan said she would only charge me for two hours since there weren't many customers and one old dude bought me a whiskey drink. Nice place if you want value for money. I definitely will be back.