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Nissan UFO Soy Sauce and Spicy Mayo Yakisoba Review

I have another UFO spotted and tasted to write about today.  This time the classic saucer shape is a soy sauce and spicy mayonnaise yakisoba...

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Tokyo Intro - New 2024 3rd Edition Is In Print

I finished updating the 3rd edition of Tokyo Intro in June of 2024 with the latest information I could find.  I've always enjoyed planning f...

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Trying Frozen Gyudon (Beef Bowl) from Shirakiku and a Review

Gyudon is a relatively simple dish to prepare of simmered beef in a slightly sweet and savoury sauce that appeals to most palates.  The sauc...

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Mini Sumo Wrestler Figures From Rement

 It’s Sumo Sunday!  Or maybe not!  I picked these cute little Rement blind box figures up awhile ago (back in 2016 I think) and finally put ...

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Myojo Butter Chicken Curry Yakisoba Review

There was a pile of these Myojo Butter Chicken Curry instant noodles at the supermarket.  They were selling alongside a regular yakisoba and...

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Tokyo Station Dining And Is There An Ichiran Here?

Tokyo Station is mile 0 for the train routes throughout Japan and has the most departures for any train station in Japan so you know it is a...

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Pokémon Noodle Cup Extravaganza, A Review

Since the beginning of the year a few types of Japanese Pokemon noodles were available on the local supermarket shelves.  I picked up an Ace...

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My Writing Methods For My Novel Kumotawa Confluence

I completed the draft for my second novel, Kumotawa Confluence, last month. There wasn't a big celebration or fireworks - but there should b...

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Blackmud Creek Ravine Hike

If you use Google Maps and search for Blackmud Creek Ravine, it directs you to two different spots.  One on the west side - if you are comin...

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Ace Cook Veggie Miso Yakisoba Super Bowl Review

Yakisoba instant noodles are pretty much a staple item in Japan.  Fried instant noodles lend themselves to making instant Yakisoba as they h...

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Ace Cook Tasteful Series Mackeral Shoyu and Mackeral Miso Cup of Noodles Review

I found this relatively new series of noodle cups from Ace Cook awhile back in the spring.  These noodle cups break a bit of new ground by e...

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Nongshim Premium Udon with Shrimp Tempura Review

I was pretty stoked to find these Nongshim Premium Udon with Shrimp Tempura noodle cups at H-Mart.  I had looked for these out here, but had...

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Spring 2024 Japanese and Asian Snacks Seen and Bought

 I actually haven't done one of these is awhile.  I have noticed that candy, snacks, and even instant noodles from Japan, Korea, etc., seem ...

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Nissin Tonkotsu Seafood Big Cup Noodle Review

Nissin Japan has had several different variants of Seafood Big Cup Noodle in the last few years.  This Tonkotsu Seafood Big Cup Noodle is a ...

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My Novel Kumotawa Confluence Is On The Home Stretch

While I'm not blogging or working, I've been writing my second novel, Kumotawa Confluence.  It has been a long haul on this project as it ha...

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Futakoi Alternative. Aged Anime 2005 - Lots of Twins and Craziness

Futakoi is a light novel, visual novel, and anime series.  It takes place in the charming town of Futakoi where twins seem to sprout like da...

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Godzilla Mini Dioramas - Yuji Sakai Concept Works and Blind Box Figures

Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1964 Arawaru Concept Works Box Yuji Sakai did the master sculpt of these Godzilla figurines that are no more than 6 to 8...

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Overview of New Highlight Attractions and Changes to See in Tokyo 2024

Tokyo is one of those cities that changes constantly.  If you haven't been back every year, the changes tend to stack up over time and you c...

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Nissin Snow Crab Miso Cup Noodle Review

I found these Nissin Snow Crab Miso Cup Noodles at T&T market around Chinese New Years.  There were actually a number of limited edition noo...

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Nissin RAOH King Doro, Kotteri, Chicken Instant Noodle Bowl Review

I think this RAOH King Doro, Kotteri, Chicken noodle has been out in Japan for a few years (since 2022) and this is the first time I've…

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2024 January Figure Order From AmiAmi (Spy x Family, Lycoris Recoil)

Back in December I checked to see if they had any second-hand figures for some anime series I follow.  I found sets of game-prize figures fo...

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Nissin Donbei Extra Spicy Chili Oil and Meat Broth Kitsune Udon Review

I've been surprised by the new varieities of Japanese instant noodles available at Asian supermarkets in Edmonton/Calgary in the last few mo...

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Kelly Loves Katsuo Udon Noodle Cup Review (Costco Box of 6)

 I like Kelly Love Udon noodle cups!  Yup.  Came out and said it.  Actually, I'm glad I like them because I bought a box of six from Costco....

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Roxon KS2E and Flash S803E Elite 2024 Multi-tool Review

Roxon is a relatively new multi-tool vendor that I have reviewed a few times before.  They have some innovative designs that don't copy othe...

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Acecook Drink Up Sendai Spicy Miso Ramen Review

I have another of the regional instant ramen from Acecook.  This time it is a Sendai Spicy Miso noodle cup from their "Drink Up" line up whe...

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Free Gundam Anime to Watch on the GundamInfo Channel on Youtube

Hi everyone.  This is probably a poorly kept secret for Gundam fans.  Many of the series reboots and newer Gundam series have been available...

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Myojo Garlic Zanmai Instant Mazesoba (Yakisoba) Review

I'm not sure why Myojo went with this particular style of art for the packaging of this garlic yakisoba instant noodle, but its pretty cool....

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Ace Cook Fried Udon Mocchichi Dashi Shoyu Review

This Fried Udon Mocchichi with Dashi Soy Sauce is an instant yakisoba style noodle.  Unlike the round or square trays, this one comes in a r...

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Ace Cook CoCo Ichibanya Spicy Curry Instant Yakisoba Review

I found this instant yakisoba at T&T last year and bought like four of them as these types of collaboration noodles don't show up much in Ca...

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My Brief Review of the Art Book "Hokusai Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji" by Prestel

I've always liked Hokusai's ukiyo-e paintings / woodblock prints.  They have an amazing beauty about them with dynamic lines and depictions ...

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Why Visit Japan - An Different Take on What To See and Do?

Dynamically Adjusting Grid What kind of tourist are you?  This affects the type of experience you are going to have in Japan…

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Typhoon Shelter Style Instant Noodles (Hong Kong, Taiwan) Review

What are Typhoon Shelter Style Instant Noodles?  I have to admit that the dish didn't sound familiar to me.  I might have had a similar styl...

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Yamadai New Touch Onomichi Chinese Soba Review

This was the sixth and last of the ramen bowls I had from the " Yamadai New Touch Amazing Noodles Summer Fukubako Western Japan " ramen box ...

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Yamadai New Touch Nara Tenri Stamina Ramen

This was the fifth of the ramen bowls I had from the " Yamadai New Touch Amazing Noodles Summer Fukubako Western Japan " ramen box of six ki...

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Yamadai New Touch Yawatahama Champon (Ramen) Review

This was the fourth of the ramen bowls I had from the "Yamadai New Touch Amazing Noodles Summer Fukubako Western Japan" ramen box of six kin...

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Yamadai New Touch Kyoto Backfat Soy Sauce Instant Ramen Bowl Review

This was the third of the ramen bowls I had from the "Yamadai New Touch Amazing Noodles Summer Fukubako Western Japan" ramen box of six kind...

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Yamadai New Taste Amazing Toyama Ramen Bowl Review

This was the second of the ramen bowls I had from the "Yamadai New Taste Amazing Noodles Summer Fukubako Western Japan" ramen box of six k...

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Pokémon Bonsai Blind Box Dioramas 2022

This is a review of the Pokemon Bonsai 2 that was released by Rement in the latter part of 2022.  Like all collectable releases of figures /...

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Yamadai New Taste Aged Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen Bowl Review

This was the first of the noodles bowls I tried out of the "Yamadai New Taste Amazing Noodles Summer Fukubako Western Japan" ramen box of si...

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Roxon Flash S803 and Bibury 22 in 1 Pliers Multitools Comparison and Review

The Roxon Flash and Bibury 22 in 1 pliers are both budget multitools that are intended for outdoor work.  Both could be considered cheaper c...

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Myojo Mengami Tonkotsu Dark Soy Sauce Cup Review

For some reason, the Japanese noodle cups from Myojo or Ace Cook are easier to find in Canada than anything from Nissin.  I picked up a coup...

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Yamadai New Taste Amazing Noodles Summer Fukubako Western Japan Ramen Box

Finding these instant noodle bowls was a real surprise for me.  I was wandering through the old Asian supermarket after playing Pokemon Go i...

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Myojo Ultimate Kitsune Udon Cup Review

Myojo calls this the "Ultimate Kitsune Udon" cup noodle.  It is definitely an impressive udon noodle cup.  So what makes it so "ultimate?"  ...

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Maruchan Ginger Shoyu Nagaoka Style Ramen Bowl Review

I have a tasty instant noodle bowl to review today.  I'm trying out Maruchan's Gold Bowl, Ginger Shoyu Ramen made in the Nagaoka style.  Nag...

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Japanese Figure Haul - Fall 2023. Lycoris Recoil, Laid Back Camp, and Evangelion Anime Concept

This is my second order from Japan this year.  I previously ordered a few figures in the spring of 2023 ( Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Ju...

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Anime Figures From My 2022 Japan Trip

I visited more than a few toy / anime stores during my December 2022 Japan trip.  While I saw plenty of merchandise I would love to have, so...

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Myojo Megami Cup Dark Soy Sauce Garlic Ramen Cup Review

I saw this bright red, instant noodle cup on a shelf in a Japanese food store. A closer look revealed that it was from Myojo of Japan and…

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Nissin Cup Noodle Cup-less Camping Ramen - Chikin and Regular Shoyu

 Nissin Japan has a line of Cup Noodle instant ramen products without the cup, so they are cup-less!  They are pretty much just like your re...

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The Roxon KS2 Pocket Tool Compared to Victorinox Huntsman SAK

The Roxon KS2 and the Victorinox Huntsman are both quality pocket knife style multi-tools.  There are no pliers here and they have enough ...

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Ace Cook Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu Soy Sauce Cup Ramen Review

This Ace Cook cup noodle is one of the more unusual cups I have reviewed.  This Black Garlic Oil (black mara or mayu) Tonkotsu Soy Sauce ram...

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