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Old 09-22-2010, 04:22 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.
Woah, hey, what? I spent my last week there checking out all kinds of cultural stuff and it was totally great. I went to the top of Mori Tower in Roppongi and stumbled into an art museum that had a brilliant gallery by three artists with the shared theme of appreciation of nature --you turn the corner into the entrance and find yourself looking at an entire room of pure white with a huge glass-walled area in the middle dedicated to simulating the experience of watching falling snow. Millions and millions of feathers stirred up into a whirlwind by a fan that occasionally whirs to life for a minute before shutting off and leaving you and one or two other patrons to appreciate the snowfall in silence. And if you want to experience some of the best nightlife in Japan you definitely need to check out Golden Gai in Shinjuku. Tokyo can also serve as a good hub for visits to historical areas like Kamakura, which has some of the prettiest temples I've ever seen. If you're willing to stay at hostels the cost is no greater than most other places in Japan, and more likely to meet awesome people in the process.

So yeah, Tokyo's cool. Deal with it.
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Old 09-22-2010, 05:43 PM
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Osaka: drab. Takoyaki: awesome. It's a balancing act, to be sure, but in the end I think Tokyo has less takoyaki and more character.

Anyway, Kobe! Refreshingly modern (due to massive reconstruction after the '95 earthquake), and full of Kansai food. Or Nara and Kyoto: old and historic, and full of Kansai food. This is what I was trying to say before.
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Old 09-22-2010, 05:48 PM
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I'm sure there are parts of Osaka that are drab, but I had a remarkably hard time finding them (not that I was looking).
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Old 09-22-2010, 06:09 PM
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Osaka feels like a more livable city to me than Tokyo. I went there expecting the overcrowded cog-in-the-wheel nature that I associate with city life in Japan (or just Tokyo) and found it one of the most laid back metropolitan centers I'd been all my life. It felt like a real city with all the perks of being in a city without the overcrowding and that makes it more attractive to me. Only other city I've been to that felt so laid back and enticing was Geneva.
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Old 09-22-2010, 06:50 PM
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Osaka: drab. Takoyaki: awesome. It's a balancing act, to be sure, but in the end I think Tokyo has less takoyaki and more character.
it's clear now that you and I have very different priorities.
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Old 09-22-2010, 07:38 PM
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I'm too lazy to look for the relevant thread, but hadn't we all come to a consensus, as civilized intelligent beings, that it's no longer cool to feast on the delicious rubbery flesh of Friend Octopus after seeing that youtube video where one makes a makeshift suit of armor from the two halves of a coconut shell? Or do I have to pull out this confusing graph again? And yeah, the line I have drawn for myself DOES have octopus below it, but just barely! Hand me some on a plate and I'll eat it, but I'll at least feel like a monster for doing so.
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Old 09-22-2010, 07:45 PM
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Relevant to this discussion: the best nikuman I've ever had, Ikebukuro, Tokyo.



Look how it sweats juices and fats from within, staining its wrapper. yessssssss
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Old 09-22-2010, 08:20 PM
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That's borderline pornographic.
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Old 09-22-2010, 08:47 PM
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I'm too lazy to look for the relevant thread, but hadn't we all come to a consensus, as civilized intelligent beings, that it's no longer cool to feast on the delicious rubbery flesh of Friend Octopus after seeing that youtube video where one makes a makeshift suit of armor from the two halves of a coconut shell?
"Be kind to your eight-legged friend, because that octopus could be a genius at picking world cup winners" doesn't quite have the same ring to it, though.
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Old 09-22-2010, 11:45 PM
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*shrugs* I'm Chinese. We pride ourselves on eating everything. Plus octopus are just as intelligent as pigs and I don't hear anyone making fusses about eating pigs because of their intelligence.
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Old 09-22-2010, 11:57 PM
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So yeah, Tokyo's cool. Deal with it.
Yup.

I disagree with the description that Tokyo is NY/LA and Kansai is all those other cities.

Or, rather, Kansai might be like all those other cities . . . but Tokyo is NY/LA + all those other cities. There's no lack of easily accessible traditional stuff there, and there's also no lack of good Kansai style food--it's just not on every street corner.

Kansai is a great place to eat that particular style of food, but Tokyo is an even better place to eat most any style of food, including Kansai stuff.
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Old 09-22-2010, 11:58 PM
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Plus octopus are just as intelligent as pigs and I don't hear anyone making fusses about eating pigs because of their intelligence.
pigs are always the stumbling block for me. I sometimes think to myself "I DON'T WANT TO EAT ANY INTELLIGENT AND/OR ADORABLE ANIMALS" but then I remember "OH RIGHT, PIGS." I just can't not eat pigs. it's not something that is ever going to happen.
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Old 09-23-2010, 11:25 AM
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Yeah, I'm with mopinks on this one. My line on that chart is below Octopi and jussssst above pigs. It does kinda bother me how intelligent they are, but man, they're delicious.
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Old 09-23-2010, 12:35 PM
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The difference between octopuses and pigs is that pigs can't manipulate things. They worst they can do is push things with their snouts and look adorable while young* (i.e.) while octopuses can use tools and shit so you know how smart they are.

Just think the next time you order octopus at a restaurant: just a few hours ago (or more, depending on the quality of the food), those tentacles you're eating were sweeping up clams and making little portable bomb shelters with an alacrity you'll never know.

*My mom gets a magazine on farm life, and the last issue has a cover pic of two absolutely adorable little piglets hiding in a hole in a tree trunk. The main story in that issue is a how-to on slaughtering pigs to get at their delicious, delicious flesh.
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Old 09-23-2010, 12:47 PM
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Well pigs can sniff out landmines. That's at least useful to me and other people's wellbeing whereas I don't know how useful an octopus waving it's tentacles around underwater is helpful to anyone. Can it catch fish to feed me and my family? CAN IT?
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Old 09-23-2010, 01:03 PM
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It could, but it doesn't like your attitude.
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Old 09-23-2010, 01:39 PM
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Then it deserves to go in my delicious fried octopus ball!
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Old 09-26-2010, 06:53 PM
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I had mochi for the first time recently. Specifically, daifuku, the sweet filled mochi.

This is a terrible thing, because despite the odd texture now I want more. I don't need another thing added to my Cravings List!
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Old 09-26-2010, 07:07 PM
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the awesome frozen yogurt shop down the street (out here in the middle of goddamned nowhere) offers mochi as a topping! I was ASTONISHED.

chocolate peanut butter swirl + mochi chunks = hellooooo
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Old 10-14-2010, 09:22 PM
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I highly recommend downloading the Good Eats Tempura episode (last week's).

Let's just say that it starts with AB's house getting attacked by a kaiju and continues on from there. Plus, any batter that uses 100 proof Vodka....
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Old 10-14-2010, 09:25 PM
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There's a very good izakaya above Pink Gorilla in the International District. I had croquette's for the first time there last week.
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Old 10-15-2010, 04:14 AM
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When I was at home in America I had a bad craving for miso ramen. I came back and had some.

I still have a pretty bad craving for miso ramen.
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Old 11-07-2010, 08:00 PM
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Japanese food! Nabe!

My friends and I do nabe on mondays and today it's my turn to bring the 'gredes.* But I want to do something different than our normal lineup.

Usually we do: Hakusai, bokchoi, enoki and shiitake mushrooms, tofu (grilled and normal), chikuwa (two kinds), and pork, occasionally throwing in carrots or even more rarely, gyoza, finishing with noodles.

I was thinking of changing around some of our standards. The only solid idea I had was substituting gobou for carrots. Another nabe idea I've heard was tsukune. Anyone else have any suggestions?

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Old 11-07-2010, 08:07 PM
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I've had nabe with mochi. It's very messy to eat but worth it.
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Old 12-15-2010, 02:14 PM
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Man, I'm having serious curry withdrawal now that I'm back in Montreal. I wish there was a place closer than New York City where I could get some of that sweet sweet sauce.

Actually, I brought home some packages of CoCo Ichibanya curry sauce. If I could just figure out how to make a good tonkatsu and some sticky rice, I'd be able to relive the experience, if only once or twice.
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Old 12-15-2010, 03:03 PM
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Man, I'm having serious curry withdrawal now that I'm back in Montreal. I wish there was a place closer than New York City where I could get some of that sweet sweet sauce.

Actually, I brought home some packages of CoCo Ichibanya curry sauce. If I could just figure out how to make a good tonkatsu and some sticky rice, I'd be able to relive the experience, if only once or twice.
A place opened here in Portland a couple of months ago called Kalé. Shares some space with a little cafe, and has only three items: vegetarian curry, beef curry, and curry with cheese (which you can add beef to also).

The last couple times I ate curry in Japan, it accompanied a night of wayyyyy-too-heavy drinking, and the resulting bouts o' vomit made me never want to even think about curry again. The taste got all twisted up in my brain.

Went to this place with a friend and now I can't stop thinking about eating curry.

So hungry. -.-
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Old 12-15-2010, 03:16 PM
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Portland, Oregon is much farther away than New York City. >:|

Sometimes I make my own curry, using the roux that you can find in some asian specialty stores. It's pretty fun, mostly because it makes my whole apartment smell like Japan, but it's not quite as spelndiferous as sitting down in a real curry restaurant in Japan. Also, it's more of a stew-type curry with meat and veggies than the kill-you type with breaded, fried pork on top.
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Old 12-15-2010, 11:41 PM
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A teacher at my school is retiring to become a soba chef. He had us over to his house on tuesday to cook for us. He made fresh soba right there (ground the seeds, the only way it could have been any fresher is if he picked it off the damned plants as we watched), with fresh grated wasabi and more. It was pretty fantastic soba. We ate out of 150-year-old pottery cups, over and around a collection of old-fashioned tools like the charcoal box sake or tea heaters and the charcoal table-grill (blown stronger with a bamboo pole with a whole drilled into it). That's his hobby, is collecting old eating furniture/cookware. We also had grilled wild boar, chicken, some tasty weird pounded-fish-cake skin-esque stuff, tofu, etc. Also, some really good warmed sake. It was all pretty amazing!
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Old 12-16-2010, 12:14 AM
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fresh soba is pretty much the greatest contribution of the japanese civilization.
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Shabu Shabu House a couple of hours ago.





It just doesn't get any better than this, my friends.
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