三社祭の食物 Food of Sanja Matsuri

This is the second part of the Sanja Matsuri. I wanted to make a whole post about food because one post that would have everything would be too big.

I will apologize because I’m 100% sure that after you have seen these photos you will be dying of hunger.

I’m not sure about the names of some of these foods but food is food names doesn’t matter 😀
I’ll try to add the names later with some Japanese help hehe.

Delicious burger ! I ate one and NAAAAM ;D
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This must be good too
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I LOOOVE Corn !
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Doesn’t all of them look mouth watering !! I’m getting more hungry by just writing this post
So that was what people ate but what people drank well I got an answer to that too 😀

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Big blocks of ice preventing the drinks getting warm
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and more drinks coming in since it was a warm day and everything was getting sold fast.
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The hunt of a new wallet !

The goal we had this day was to find a wallet I saw back in November in a store in shibuya.

Saw a “onsen” in Ginza.. well a Foot onsen ? heh I was thinking getting naked and jumping in but didn’t 😀
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We visited that store I visited in November and they did not have it so they suggested us to go to Tokyu hands to see if they do since they had more from the brand (Porter) and of course they did not have it either, they did help us a lot by calling Porter and asking about it but they did not know either where we could get it.

We went from store to store to see and non of them had it but then we suddenly saw the one I wanted in a small shop in shibuya but the problem was that it was a white version of it but we did find out the name for it. The lady who worked there said that that wallet was now very popular and it is sold out in most of Tokyo (I got good taste huh). At that point I gave up and said that I’ll find another wallet but my girl did not give up and we went to I0I0 in Shibuya and dadaaa they had one left and I got it !

This is my old wallet that I bought from Madrid back in the days when I was living there, many years old now.
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This is the new and shiny Porter that I have now.
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At this point we were both starving so we went to a cheap and delicious restaurant near our home in Gyotoku.
The thing I like about this place is that it is so cheap, fills you up and tasty ! Like these sets were under 800yen each.
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I miss Shibuya ! got a love that place
Shibuya panorama

Check this out on it’s original size in my flickr !
Shibuya panorama

New years in Japan!

おはようございます!

Okay this post is kinda late but still I know you’ll love it !

The photos in this post will be from the days between 30th to first of January I hope you enjoy them.

If you were reading my blog when I was in Aomori you should have seen this beautiful cat called Chibi.
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She looks so cute when she is sleepy!
Happy new year from Chibi
Close up photo !
Happy new year from Chibi

The convenience stores were very intelligent to make this glass box in front of their main door so snow would not be coming in. Also the parking lots were full of hot water all day so it would not freeze.

New years in Hirosaki,Aomori

Took some photos at the New years table for you so you can see what a normal Japanese new years food is. Warning you will get hungry when seeing the food!
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Deeeeelicious ! Would you like to eat any of this ?
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I have to say that there was a lot of food! the 31st we started eating about 3-4pm and ended the evening at 2am and the party continued for the next few days.
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If you have any questions of what is what just ask 😀
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I also took some photos at the store of the different dishes, you can see that they are not that expensive either.
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Check how cheap coca cola is in north Japan.
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… 138yen for 1,5L bottle
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If you are in Japan or going to Japan I’d recommend you to try this ice cream, you can find it pretty much everywhere!
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Since my girlfriends old room did not have a working tv, so I was watching tv through her phone!
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ps. that is a great tv show with Takeshi Kitano.

Now you are wondering why I haven’t taken much photos with my Nikon, well it was snowing quite a bit!
Snowing in Hirosaki

Ikea and Lalaport

Few days ago had a nice shopping day at Ikea and the famous mall called Lalaport.At Ikea had to buy some batteries to my mouse and tv remote and some other christmas things and plates.

Saw this great band live at lalaport! they are old robots that were modified to play instruments as a band. You can see a video of them in my you tube channel

LALAport Tokyo bay
LALAport Tokyo bay
Of course in Ikea we had to eat the meatballs and when we were done shopping the hotdogs. This time everything was very cheap since my girl opened her Ikea family card.

Ikea in Japan Meatballs
Ikea in Japan Meatballs
Hotdogs were delicious too tho !
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THERE IS A NEW BURGER KING OPENING IN GYOTOKU STATION! heh maybe not big news to you but to me hell yea ! The closest burger king from here is errr 40 minutes away in train ? something like that.
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at 25th of December we will make tacos so bought some things for them as well.
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panorama photo again !
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ps. if you watch Terebi asahi now in Japan lady gaga is live there now ,, not a big fan but my girlfriend likes her a lot.

Mix day with Akihabara and Ginza

Was a good day with a delicious Japanese lunch and my girlfriend and I have this tradition that always when we go to Akihabara we go to M.O.S burger to eat as well, no idea when that started tho heh.

This is what I had for lunch it is called kakuniteishoku, have to say that it was delicious
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and
My girlfriend ate Tekkadon, not bad either 😀
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After that we head off to Akihabara and I got some good shots there ! it’s very interesting now that the Autumn leafs are great in Tokyo but it is already winter here technically.
Of course always have to take photos of the AKB48 cafe and Gundam cafe
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Again a shot of one of my fav girls in AKB48
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I hate this place.. Eats all my 100 yen coins !
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Maids at Akihabara working hard to get customers to come to their cafes ! (this is so normal to me now heh when I got there first time I in such a WOOOOOOWWW state but now normal thing to see)
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and here are few shots of Akihabara 🙂
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SofMap having big sale, go and get cheap electronics 😀
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Akiba
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Ate at MOS like I said..
M.O.S Burger .. again !

We went to ginza after Akiba because I had to complain at Apple store a bit since my ipad2 cover is making weird colors to my ipad..But got some good shots there as well!
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I don’t know if many of you know but next week Monday we are going to see my girlfriends family in north Japan at Aomori. At this moment Aomori is full of snow and freaking cold, ok ok  I’m Finnish and Finland is a cold place too but what I have heard from my Finnish friend is that Aomori is VERY cold! Bit worried but I am sure I manage ! need to get some Japanese shirts that are Heat tech !
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But I promise I will get some great photos there !

Few panorama photos again taken with my sony.

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We were a bit lucky! the smoking room at mos was totally empty ! first time saw it empty
Panorama at Akihabara

Hagoitaichi Market in Asakusa

This was my first time to visit a Hagoitaichi market. The market was full of “decorations” for new years that bring good luck for the coming year.

Of course the market was full of delicious food stands full of Japanese foods from Sushi to omonomiyaki and some more special as well like Ramen burger.

I’m now sitting here at home and watching a Christmas music show live on tv with all famous Japanese and foreign artists (including lady gaga I think), my girl is cooking delicious christmas food at the same time.

but here are some very interesting photos from this event at Asakusa, Tokyo.

Asakusa,Tokyo Hagoitaichi market

as you can see, the place was packed with people!
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Few Normal asakusa photos that I took
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Asakusa,Tokyo Hagoitaichi market
The main reason for this market was these decorations, I saw couple very good ones that I liked as well.
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The dragon in the middle is one of my favorites !
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and of course One piece
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Asakusa,Tokyo Hagoitaichi market

In my site you can see much more photos of them so visit my flickr asap ! 😀

The next part of this market was the delicious food that, I will show you photos of them now but please promise me that you won’t become too hungry!

LEt’s start!!

1st. Choco banana ( a real banana dipped in Chocolate!)
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2nd. Okonomiyaki (a little different then the normal that we eat here since that is the one from Hiroshima)
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3rd. Sasebo Burger (I ate this, Delicious and BiiiG!)
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4th. Ramen Burger ( I wanted to eat this but was too full after the first burger)
Asakusa,Tokyo Hagoitaichi market

5th. Kushiyaki (they maybe look weirdish but are tasty!)
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6th. Yakitori (always delicious chicken)
Asakusa,Tokyo Hagoitaichi market

7th. Takoyaki (Tasty Octopus balls )
Asakusa,Tokyo Hagoitaichi market

There were so much food seriously, you had a lot of options what you wanted !
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Evening photos at Asakusa.
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Some panorama photos I took with my Sony, (see the big version in my flickr)
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I will be posting a lot of things tonight ! (I guess you could call this as a Christmas present from me) I hope you enjoy the photos and videos that I will post here tonight !

Today’s lunch at Yayoiken やよい軒

Went to this great Japanese restaurant for a quick lunch. This restaurant chain has a lot of spots all around Tokyo and where we live, we have two of them very close, about 10min walk.

Very cheap place to go, my meal was about 780yen and it included miso soup,salad, rice and of course the main meal. Maybe a picture would be better… All of this 780yen!
Yayoiken やよい軒 Lunch
I had a delicious hamburger steak that had melted cheese inside and on top ! deeeeeelicious !
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Very clean and good restaurant ! well all in Japan are clean and good! hehehe
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Good salad as well !
Yayoiken やよい軒 Lunch
Miso soup is always welcome 😀
Yayoiken やよい軒 Lunch