Fukushima Ekiben

Fukushima Ekiben
I was returning from Aizu-Wakamatsu and picked up an ekiben meal on my way back to Tokyo.  There were quite a few choices but this one caught my fancy because of the salmon flakes on the rice.

Yukichi Honten Sushiya in Yokohama 2

Yukichi Honten Sushiya in Yokohama
This is my favorite sushiya in all of Japan.  The quality and choice of fish is top tier.  The wikimapia entry shows the location out in the Konandai area of Yokohama.   

2009 Kitajima Shoten Visit

2009 Kitajima Shoten Visit
I visited 4-time Olympic gold medal winner Kitajima Kousuke’s family shop in Nishi-Nippori one rainy day in January 2009 to try the now famous menchi-katsu.  I met his father and mother at the shop.  They were very gracious in allowing me to take pictures of them and their shop and were really impressed that I ...

2009 Visit to Kappabashi

2009 Visit to Kappabashi
My cousins asked me to pickup some kitchenware while I was in Japan.  What better place to go but Kappabashi.  Famous for the plastic food displayed at restaurants but the principal items for sale are anything to do with cooking, restaurant supplies and kitchware.  Pictures are here.

2009 Ivan Ramen Visit

2009 Ivan Ramen Visit
I visited Ivan Ramen for the third time in early 2009 along with a friend of mine from California.  Ivan was there and they had some slack time between rushes so we were able to chat, take pictures and he actually sold me an autographed copy of his book.  Another interesting article by ramentokyo gives ...

Two Akasaka Restaurants 1

Two Akasaka Restaurants
I visited two restaurants in Akasaka that I used to frequent 20+ years ago.  One is Sueyoshi, a tonkatsu-ya and the other is Moti, the famous Indian restaurant chain.  Both are splendid in their own way.

Okonomiyaki Yatai at Ameyoko

Okonomiyaki Yatai at Ameyoko
I’ve been getting okonomiyaki from this guy at Ameyoko for many years.  He sets up in the late afternoon and makes a killing until he shuts down in the early evening.  My picture gallery of Ameyoko, mostly featuring this yatai is online now.   UPDATE:  Unfortunately, this yatai has been shutdown by the police.  This ...

2009 Tsukiji Fish Market Visit

2009 Tsukiji Fish Market Visit
Quite a few problems with overly aggressive tourists to Tsukiji Fish Market have caused restrictions on access and the aggressive banning of children in the inner market place recently.  You can see reports on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzBwtylHiqo You can see my gallery page for more pictures of my short visit in January 2009.

2009 Japan Trip Photo Gallery

I acquired a new full frame camera and requisite glass last year and took quite a few pictures, uploaded them to my personal gallery to share with anyone who is interested.  The gallery is self-explanatory.  I’ll be publishing separate blog articles for each of the gallery folders when I get a chance.

Dried Scallops at Ameyoko

Dried Scallops at Ameyoko
One of my favorite omiyage are dried scallops from Hokkaido, sold at Ameyoko in these large bags, individually wrapped tender morsels.  They are Y2000/bag and the price hasn’t changed in the 20+ years that I’ve been buying them.