the many walking styles of asia

location: niseko terrain: resort town with fresh snow and high winds style: slowly, usually with our heels slipping out from under us resembles: location: rusutsu terrain: hotel lobbies and designated trails to the uploading lift style: upright resembles: location: otaru and sapporo terrain: flat & urban, fresh/packed snow, sub zero temperatures style: mostly small steps […]

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weekly update #7 – tokyo & seoul

q. current home/addy where i stayed (neighbourhood) and how long a. tokyo (airbnb in shibuya/harajuku), seoul (airbnb in itaewon) q. favourite meal a. our build-your-own-lunch at the tongin market in seoul.  for a mere 5000won (~$6 cad), you get 10 tokens and a bento box which you can fill at the numerous stands that line […]

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In Search of Pho

Didn’t realize how much pho I have until I was missing it badly after two weeks on the road. I guess I almost have it every week and it’s one of my go to cold rainy soup. I didn’t find any decent ones in China or Sapporo and had to wait until Tokyo to get […]

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spicy kikanbo tsukemen

the last ramen store we tried was a break from the norm.  kikanbo’s calling card is spicy ramen and their bowls have been so popular that they opened up a second shop two doors down solely to specialize in each of the storefronts.  one shop only handles soup noodles and their original shop was converted […]

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laid back afternoon in shimokitazawa

the last area we explored in tokyo was shimokitazawa aka the hipster factory.  i suppose they’re all over the world but the concentration was definitely higher here although more in the mid to late 20 year old range.  we both really liked the vibe in shimokitazawa; very chill, friendly and genuine.  most of the stores […]

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afuri ramen, revisited

afuri ramen is another popular chain in tokyo and has been on our hit list thanks to a visit to the harajuku branch four years ago.  i’d say that their callings are: -their broth is chicken based so it’s noticeably lighter -the chasiu is grilled fresh as your bowl is prepared -their signature broths are […]

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ippudo ramen

ippudo was a recommendation from our tokyo sensei, pablo.  he’s the master of all things tokyo and after he gave our group a hands on tour four years ago, if he suggests to eat/walk/jump, we do it.  we were coming back from mt takao and it was close to 8pm on a sunday night.  that […]

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weekly update #6 – tokyo

q. current home/addy where i stayed (neighbourhood) and how long a. tokyo (air bnb in shibuya) for the last week q. favourite meal a. oh man… toss up.  it’s either gyokotsu matador’s shoyu beef ramen or afuri’s yuzu tsukemen.  i ate them both in that order and from the first bite, i felt like the […]

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hootie hoo

we went to our first cat cafe back in sapporo so why not owls right?  i don’t know what possessed us to climb the stairs to this cafe but once we got there, curiousity got the better of us and we committed to a half hour visit.  we paid our 2000 yen and walked into […]

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Fire Walking Festival at Mt. Takao

Last Sunday, we headed out to Mount Takao to check out the fire walking festival (Hiwatari-sai). We got there just in time to catch the procession of yamabushi monks walking towards the festival grounds. We quickly follow the procession, making sure to follow the locals who seem to know where they are going. We arrive […]

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butylicious butayaro

after trying tokachi ippin’s butadon in sapporo, we had to see how tokyo’s version compared to it.  it’s just a bit outside of the core stations of tokyo in ochanomizu.  even though we had the address we were walking up and down the street of restaurants for 10 minutes because it has no signage up […]

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Mapo Tofu Times Two

Woke up this morning to a cold and rainy day, so we decided to stay in and get caught up with blog posts. Well, Jojo did all the posts while I caught up on Answer Me 1988 episodes. 😛 Hunger eventually forced us to look into dinner options. We found a Chinese restaurant close by […]

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