こんにちは！ The rainy season has started in Japan, but while it is unpleasant to bike thirty minutes in the rain to school, and the most accurate way to describe the humid air most days is “soup,” the full heat of the usual Tatebayashi has yet to fully hit. We’ve had many a pleasant evening spent … Continue reading This Month in Pictures: June
こんばんは！ Ever since our favorite ramen restaurant down the road closed last fall (Tokoton! I shall forever miss you!), we have been keeping an eye out for a good ramen shop in our neighborhood. Yesterday a friend of ours recommended a place not far from our apartment, and so, on our way home, Paul and … Continue reading Tatebayashi, Japan: Senmatsu Ramen
I’ll be cresting the wild waves
With thrill enough to spare!
こんにちは！ Wow, it’s been nearly three months since I’ve last posted. Quite a lot has happened since then: the school year ended in March and a new one began in April; I moved from one school to another; Japan started a brand new era (from Heisei to Reiwa) — the list goes on! Here’s my … Continue reading May Musings
こんばんは！ I was looking through my restaurant posts recently and realized that I hadn’t yet posted any pictures from Tatebayashi’s okonomiyaki restaurant, Dohtonbori! Okonomiyaki is a Japanese-style crepe or pancake (the name literally means “things you like fried up together”). It’s a tasty food you can find at festivals as well as in restaurants. I … Continue reading Dohtonbori Okonomiyaki
こんばんは！ Every January Tatebayashi holds a Daruma Festival, a cold but fun little celebration where you can sample all kinds of hot and delicious street foods, watch the Menkoi Girls (Tatebayashi’s local idol group) perform, and, of course, buy daruma! Now, since I’ve been to this festival almost every year since I’ve lived here, and … Continue reading 2019 Tatebayashi Daruma Festival
Oftentimes Japanese food can seem exotic and complicated, especially if you’re unused to the staple ingredients of a Japanese kitchen. However, there’s one easy Japanese dish that I think we’ve all had in some form or another: nikujaga — meat and potatoes! I’ve only ever had this in school lunches, but it’s a staple winter dish here in Japan. … Continue reading Washoku Wednesday: Nikujaga