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Old 09-14-2010, 11:35 AM
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I just traveled all over Japan, and took a lot of pictures of the food I ate. This seems like a pretty good place to post those, including some of Tomm's Infamous Ramen Shop.

Yakiniku, Korean-style self-grilled meat.

Fried cheese mochi.

Grilled (pregnant) fish!!

Paul le fou shows off some meat on a stick.

Tonkotsu (pork bone) ramen in Fukuoka. The marrow accounts for the delicious milky broth.

Tonkotsu kimichi ramen at a Fukuoka street stand.

Bahn mi in Kagoshima.

Kagoshima style tempura.

A Sasebo burger from Sasebo, home to a U.S. naval base. It's big, and there's a fried egg in it. That's. About. It.

Okay I'm going to go ahead and confess that I don't really enjoy udon at all. Just... bleh.

I do love strawberry ice, though!

Tex Mex in Sasebo. It was pretty decent, which was kind of disappointing because it meant I couldn't be a Tex Mex snob.

The "Girlfriend Set" from Bishnu, a really great Indian food chain. Paul can back me up here.

Niku-manjuu (meat buns) at the Nagasaki China Town. They were pretty mediocre.

Chinese food from the downstairs restaurant at Tabicolle Backpackers, a really great hostel in Fukuoka. It was spicy, but not too spicy. For me, anyway. The recently retired horse jockey just off-shot was having a little trouble :3
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Old 09-14-2010, 11:36 AM
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This is where sushi comes from.

Wasabi, in its (semi) natural state.

Fatty tuna early in the morning at Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo.

A really damn popular ramen shop in Shinjuku. No, not that one.

Ramen porn.

The single best bowl of ramen I have ever had. Located in Shimbashi, near the station. I can give directions if you want to go.

Look at the fat globules on the surface, just glistening like precious jewels. My toes are curling at the mere memory.

A kimono-ed young woman checks out steak on a sword at the 2010 Brazil fest in Yoyogi Park, near Harajuku.

Just. Damn it Japan. Damn it.

Curry soba! Delicious as it was surprising.

The bowl from a just finished tea ceremony at a bayside park in Tokyo. Just lovely.

Tomm's Ramen Shop!

Ramen from Tomm's Ramen Shop. It was pretty good! Just not toe-curlingly good.

And that's about it! I'd love to see and hear about everyone else's dining experiences in Japan, too!
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Old 09-14-2010, 11:38 AM
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Those look universally delicious, except for the burger and the udon. Man, I really want me a nice pate bahn mi now.
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Old 09-14-2010, 11:42 AM
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No Okonomiyaki!? You fool! You foolish, foolish, fool!

Actually now I'm really curious how a Banh Mi bought in Japan would compare to one bought in America.
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Old 09-14-2010, 11:44 AM
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No Okonomiyaki!? You fool! You foolish, foolish, fool!
I totally ate okonomiyaki! In Hiroshima! I just totally forgot to take pictures before I wolfed it all down. >_>

The bahn mi was really great --the shop was Vietnamese-owned and operated, so it seemed pretty authentic to me. I think it's mentioned in Lonely Planet.
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Old 09-14-2010, 11:56 AM
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Well, that would be Hiroshima okonomiyaki, which sort of counts.
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Old 09-14-2010, 12:51 PM
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Japan totally gets meat on a stick.
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Old 09-14-2010, 12:54 PM
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Dammit, Locit, I just finished lunch and now I'm hungry again.

I'm also in the "Okonomiyaki is one of my favorite things" camp. Had some great stuff at holes in the wall in Osaka. Another great thing I went to in Osaka (this was a long time ago so I'm sketchy on details) was a Sapporo restaurant that was all-you-can-eat, pay a single entry fee at the door, then peruse like four stories of various food styles and chow down. Great stuff.

On a more recent trip, my parents sprung for a one night stay in a traditional family-owned ryokan in Nara, along with a full home-cooked multi-course dinner. That thing was amazing, as kind of impossible to describe. So many dishes.
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Old 09-14-2010, 04:37 PM
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Okay I'm going to go ahead and confess that I don't really enjoy udon at all. Just... bleh.
Wait a minute. That doesn't look like udon, that looks like soba. More specifically, zarusoba. I enjoy the stuff, but I can see why other people wouldn't.

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The single best bowl of ramen I have ever had. Located in Shimbashi, near the station. I can give directions if you want to go.
Ooh, do tell!

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Last spring my friends visited Japan and we all went down to Hiroshima to meet one of our Japanese teachers from college. She treated us to okonomiyaki and oh my god it was soooooo goooood.





I think that was the tastiest thing I've eaten since I've been here.

I have also eaten whale in Shibuya. It's like beef with a tangy flavor.








A tasty treat that I've been craving as well is fried sakura manjuu. I've only ever seen it at Asakusa shrine, though, and that's much too far to travel just for a snack.
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Old 09-19-2010, 06:13 AM
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No Mos Burger or Gyudon?
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Old 09-20-2010, 01:55 AM
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Yay!! My ramen shop!!

(and that glare is the reason I don't have any photographs of the inside!)

You should have gotten the gyoza! It's so good! But I'm glad you enjoyed it
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Old 09-20-2010, 05:28 AM
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Okay I'm going to go ahead and confess that I don't really enjoy udon at all. Just... bleh.
That's soba, not udon! Udon is the thick, white noodles. They're ok.


Also, Locit had some Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki at my city's big festival, too, he just doesn't remember it. I think it was just a bite or two of mine, but still.

Okonomiyaki was next on the list of things to eat but the opportunity never arose. There's always next time!
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Old 09-20-2010, 07:44 AM
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The single best bowl of ramen I have ever had. Located in Shimbashi, near the station. I can give directions if you want to go.
I TOTALLY WANT TO GO. I'll be back in Japan in less than two months!
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Old 09-20-2010, 09:54 AM
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I TOTALLY WANT TO GO. I'll be back in Japan in less than two months!
Tadum! Just a short walk from the station. It's located to the left the fugu restaurant with the dark red sign, though it is not a boarded up shack as Google Maps suggests!
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That's soba, not udon! Udon is the thick, white noodles. They're ok.
To my eternal shame I continue to mix them up. You would think five weeks would be enough time to get it straight!
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Old 09-20-2010, 10:57 AM
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That's soba, not udon! Udon is the thick, white noodles. They're ok.
Whew. I thought I was going crazy all my life. I had Udon at every possible place in Japan. I got spoiled for fresh noodles when I first got back, but I've gotten over it.
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Old 09-20-2010, 11:09 AM
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Another a quick note on the ramen place in Shinbashi: to get the same thing I ordered, chose the top-left most option on the ticket machine when you get in. I think it's like 800円.
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Old 09-20-2010, 01:33 PM
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Okonomiyaki


Takoyaki


Convenience store onigiri. We ate these for breakfast everyday after we quickly realized no where near us was open in the mornings so we would load up on these the night before so that we wouldn't starve when we woke up. Here's one I completely screwed up unwrapping and an unopened one behind it.


Pre-food. Fugu!


A miso vendor, I believe.
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Old 09-20-2010, 01:46 PM
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Convenience store onigiri. We ate these for breakfast everyday after we quickly realized no where near us was open in the mornings so we would load up on these the night before so that we wouldn't starve when we woke up. Here's one I completely screwed up unwrapping and an unopened one behind it.
For all the lovely pictures I posted of ramen and tempura, I mostly ate convenience store onigiri and other conbini staples. They're really great travel food, and things like onigiri and sandwiches usually drop in price during the evening when they're no longer fresh. Wait too late to shop, though, and you might end up with nothing to pick from but boiled-egg sandwiches. : P
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Old 09-20-2010, 01:55 PM
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We would just haul around a grocery bag full of onigiri on the train and sightseeing around and a big bottle of tea so that we wouldn't have to search for food or go to some overpriced, busy tourist trap if we got hungry.
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Old 09-21-2010, 06:03 AM
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The only Japanese food I've ever had is soba noodles and Ramen. I must agree with locit that udon (or soba?) noodles don't taste very good, but I like ramen as well as the next guy.

I can't use chopsticks to save my life though!
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Old 09-21-2010, 02:48 PM
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I love love love udon, especially curry udon and kimchee udon. those weird gummy noodles soak up all the BROTH POWER.
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Old 09-22-2010, 07:19 AM
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I can't wait to go to Japan, this all looks delicious.
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Old 09-22-2010, 11:50 AM
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Don't forget, Kansai > Tokyo!
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Old 09-22-2010, 11:52 AM
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I agree with that statement! Perhaps a bit biased because I've never been to Tokyo
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Old 09-22-2010, 11:55 AM
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Thanks for the tip, any reason why it's better?

I've been debating on going to Japan for years, I'm saving up and going next year and sticking to that plan. So many happy times throughout my life have been thanks to that place and I'd love to finally see it all first hand. I just know I'm going to come back with a suitcase full of old Famicom games and clothes though, I'm really going to have to save big time!

Damn, every time I look at these photos of food I get hungry again. XD
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Kansai is a region known (in Japan) for having the best food and the best shopping (both of those being centered in Osaka). It is also a lot more flavorful, with a great accumulation of history, being the "home region" of Japan for nearly a thousand years before Tokyo was even a fishing village (this sort of sightseeing is centered in Kyoto and Nara). The wonderful resort areas (Lake Biwa) and amazing theater (Takarazuka is right there) don't hurt either.

Plus, Kansai-ben (Kansai area accents) are fun, while Tokyo-ben is boring and flat.

Osaka is particularly wonderful, having just as good a transport system as Tokyo, but a bit less crowded, and an amazing concentration of stuff to do in a wide variety of areas that are very different without being overly specialized.
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Old 09-22-2010, 12:28 PM
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Basically the above.

Tokyo is boring. It's just a big city. It has a lot of clubs, bars, shopping, City Things.

The Kansai region, which includes Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe (all basically within a half-hour to hour of each other by regularly available trains) has basically all the normal City Things that Tokyo offers in addition to a far wider and more interesting assortment of Traditional Japan. It's like if Tokyo were Los Angeles/NY, but the Kansai region had Chicago and San Francisco and Toronto (and Williamsburg, VA) all within an easy day trip of each other.

Edit: ALSO I LIVE THERE
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OK, that sounds like it's right down my ally. I always prefer to go to places with plenty of history and sightseeing on top of spending and nightlife. Thanks guys I really appreciate it!
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I wasn't too impressed by Osaka while I was living there--much of it is just like Tokyo, but even more grey and faceless. Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe are totally boss, though. And yes, the food is generally better. Osaka-style okonomiyaki! Takoyaki everywhere! And so on.
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I wasn't too impressed by Osaka
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I don't understand
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