looking back at asahikawa

when did we visit and for how long? late february for 10 days what kind of accommodations? two hotels.  we barely stayed in the first one for 30 minutes because it was so disgusting.  smoke was seeping out of everything, even the toilet paper.  we moved down the street to the washington hotel and it […]

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looking back at sapporo

i’m trying my hand at maybe my last ‘regular’ series of posts… to look back upon the cities that we’ve stayed in this trip and to compare that to our first day to see how our opinions of the city had changed.  aside from the ski resorts, sapporo was my first city… when did we […]

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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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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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