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Sapporo Ichiban Otafuku Okonomiyaki Sauce Yakisoba Review

This Ichiban Okonomiyaki Sauce Yakisoba in the orange packaging is often available at T&T or H-Mart in Canada over the last few years.  The ...

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Nissin UFO Yakisoba Review - Square 130g Big Size

Nissin UFO Yakisoba is an old classic of Japanese instant noodles that simulates having stir-fried noodles.  The original UFO comes in a pie...

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To My Favourite Anime of the Last Four Years 2019 - 2022 Part 2.

In the first part of this article,  My Favourite Anime of the Last Four Years 2019 - 2022 Part 1 , I covered eight shows that I really…

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My Favourite Anime of the Last Four Years 2019 - 2022 Part 1

  It's more than halfway through 2022 when I write this.  When I started this article, I really didn't think there were too many anime that ...

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Anime with Outdoors Foraging For Mountain Vegetables In Japan

Japan is a mountainous country with most of the population living in the coastal and plains areas. While the mountains are sparsely populate...

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Morakniv Companion Spark Compared to a Similar Chinese Unbranded Bushcraft Knife

I was preparing a 72 hour emergency kit and wanted a relatively inexpensive bushcrafting knife that had a ferro rod for starting fires.  The...

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Comparing the Gerber Dime, NexTool Mini, and Leatherman Squirt Keychain Multi-tools

I was interested in comparing four popular key-chain multi-tools to see which one would come out on top.  These are the NexTool Flagship Min...

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2022 Early Summer Japanese Snack Haul and Travel Update

Time flies pretty fast right now.  Summer is starting and the sun is shining.  Getting Japanese snacks is still problematic in Canada as the...

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My Pocket EDC Pouch - Small and Light Essentials For A Pants Pocket

I was watching Youtube awhile back and a lady presented an every day carry (EDC) purse/pocket pouch that was very compact.  Her system util...

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DAY DAY COOK Self Heating Soybean Rice Bowl Review

I've had this Day Day Cook Taiwan Style Soybean Rice Bowl kicking around for a month or so, but haven't had the time to go and make it. …

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Science Fiction Movies Streamed on Amazon and Netflix 2019 - 2022

The last 2 and a half years have had a slow, steady stream of science fiction films emerge on streaming services, rather than in the theater...

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The Sistine Chapel Exhibit and Japanese Treat Haul Spring 2022

Sistine Chapel Frescoes Up Close I haven't posted in a bit as I'm pretty busy with doing some major cleanup work in the basement of the hous...

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Nongshim Shin Black Cup Ramen Review

I'm a pretty late arrival to the Shin Black ramyun fan club. Ramyun is the Korean version of ramen - and I'll use ramen from now on in…

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Happiness is a Cupboard Full of Ramen Noodles

Having a cupboard full of instant ramen makes me happy.  It isn't really about having the noodles, but the potential that comes from having ...

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Tastie Japanese Style Frozen Complete Ramen Bowl Review

I saw this frozen ramen at H-Mart a few weeks ago.  It was on for a slight sale and I picked up a couple to try.  It says…

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Hi Brand Instant Rice with Scallop & Shitake Mushroom Sauce Cup Review

Saw this at T&T Market and bought a few to try.  I wasn't familiar with the Hi brand, but there are more and more instant rice cups on…

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Nissin Cup Noodle Instant Rice Beef Bowl / Mystery Meat Celebration Review

Beef bowl or gyudon is one of those super tasty Japanese comfort foods that sells at beef bowl restaurants in Japan for a reasonable price. ...

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Four Pretty Good Science Fiction Netflix Original Anime (A.I.C.O., Godzilla x 2, and Orbital Children)

There are plenty of science fiction anime out there and they're mostly okay at best, just like television science fiction in general.  Ratin...

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Planning My Tokyo 2022 Trip Highlights and Attractions (for Anime and Regular Tourists)

Tokyo is a megacity that is constantly changing.  Old attractions go away, new attractions arrive, and even the vibe of the place is in flux...

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Winter 2021 Japanese and Korean Supermarket Snack Aisle

It's time for another snack update for tasty or unusual treats from Japan and Korea.  I have to say that I cannot eat all this stuff myself ...

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Animated in Akiba - An Otaku Fairy Tale

Animated in Akiba is an urban fantasy story about an anime fan who works in Akiba having an amazing adventure. It is from my book, Tokyo Int...

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Fray Bentos Vegetable Balti Tinned Pie Review

Fray Bentos is a very well known brand name in the United Kingdom associated with canned products such as corned beef and meat pies.  I'm no...

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Print in Time - A Reverse Time Travel Short Story

Print in Time is an urban fantasy story about the destiny of a ukiyo-e artist that finds himself out of his time . The story introduces uki...

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Tasty Bite Vegetable Tikka Masala Review

Years ago I started trying out the Tasty Bite brand of microwavable Indian curries.  This brand is an export product from India and they're ...

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HARM - A Mecha Short Story

    HARM This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people...

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Kaiju Knocking — A Short Story

More than Tokyo. Focused on Japanese pop culture, Japanese collectible culture, anime, science fiction, and other interesting things.

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Inuyasha / Yashahima. Aged Anime 2000 - 2004, 2009 -2010, and 2020+

Inuyasha is one of my favourite anime series that I watched way back in 2004 -2006 period.  It aired on Friday nights on YTV as part of the…

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Nissin Big Lemon Karaage Cup Noodle Review

Nissin released this Big Lemon Karaage Cup Noodle earlier in 2021 and I managed to order a couple from Japan.  The whole international shipp...

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LBW Liuzhou River Style Instant Rice Noodle Cup (No River Snails) Review

This is one very interesting instant noodle cup out of China.  The first thing I'll mention is that no river snails were actually harmed or ...

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Unbranded Chinese Multi-tools Comparison and Comment About Leatherman and Gerber

 I have an old Leatherman Wave, first generation, and it has been a pretty good workhorse over the decades.  Earlier this year I was refresh...

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Attack on Titan Charumera Consomme and Shoyu Noodle Cups Review

Attack on Titan is an internationally popular manga and anime series that is one of the best selling manga of all time with over 100 million...

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Fall 2021 Asian Treats Haul and Canadian Food Limited Editions

It's been awhile since I posted about some of the Asian / Japanese treats I've managed to scrounge up.  I didn't order much from Japan this ...

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Itomen Sansai Soba Noodle Cup (Edible Wild Plants) Review

There are many instant noodle manufacturers in Japan and I'm not sure I've actually had an Itomen instant noodle before.  When I was down in...

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Walking in Whitemud Ravine Park and I Want To Visit Mt. Takao Someday

It has been a challenging 2019 and 2020 for everyone due to the global pandemic.  Many people have been cooped up at home for far greater am...

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Cao is Starving - Chongqing Spicy and Braised Chicken Flavours of Noodles

The T & T supermarket chain had these Cao is Starving Chinese noodle bowls on sale some time ago.  Two for one deal!  These noodle bowls loo...

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Sanyo Pokemon Cup Noodle 2021 Celebration Tonkotsu and Shoyu Flavours Review

Pokemon!  This anime and gaming franchise has now been around for 25 years.  It has spawned a massive merchandise industry around it and eve...

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Knorr Noodle Cups - Singapore Laksa, Thai Red Curry, Vietnamese Pho, and Japanese Miso Review

I'm not sure when Knorr started selling their Knorr Noodle Cups, but I saw them for the first time in a Canadian supermarket back in May 202...

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Personal Toiletry Kit for Airline Carry On Luggage for Canada / USA TSA

Traveling by plane has always been a bit of a hassle, but it is the fastest way to travel to distant destinations.  After 9/11, the extra se...

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A Look At The Nisaku NJP4165 6.5" Blade Stainless Steel Hatchet

Japanese hand tools for farming, wood working, textiles, and more have some pretty interesting designs and variations from western hand tool...

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Nissin Cup Noodle Mysterious Meat Kimchee Review

Kimchee Cup Noodle from Nissin is probably going to be pretty tasty.  The Nissin site says it is a spicy cup noodle that makes the taste of ...

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Marutai Famous Stores Premium Ikkousha Tonkotsu Ramen Review

The Marutai Ikkousha Premium Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen by Marutai is part of a set of four types of instant ramen in their Kyushu Famous Stores...

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Marutai Famous Stores Premium Seiyoken Tonkotsu Ramen Review

The Premium Seiyoken Tonkotsu Ramen by Marutai is part of a set of four types of instant ramen in their Kyushu Famous Stores Series made in...

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Marutai Famous Stores Premium Nagahamaya Tonkotsu Ramen Review

The Premium Nagahama Tonkotsu Ramen by Marutai is part of a set of four types of instant ramen in their Kyushu Famous Stores Series made in ...

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Cup Noodle Instant Rice - Bukkomi Meshi - Classic Shoyu Flavour Review

Cup Noodle Instant Rice ( カップヌードル ぶっこみ飯  or Cup Noodle Bukkomi Meshi) is part of a line of dehydrated instant rice bowls.  They use short gr...

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Neon Genesis Evangelion. Aged Anime 1995- 1996.

The original anime TV series Neon Genesis Evangelion has aged pretty well with its classic hand drawn animation. This franchise has captured...

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Myojo Noodle God - Shinta Noodle x Miso Cup Review

This Shinta Noodle x Miso noodle cup is part of the Myojo Noodle God line of instant noodle cups.  The Noodle God line of noodle cups have e...

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Tonkotsu Instant Ramen Showdown - Nissin Japan vs HK vs Itsuki

Hi there!  Today I'm writing about a three kinds of Tonkotsu instant ramen that can be found in Asian supermarkets in Canada for $2 - $3 per...

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My VSSL Outdoors Gear, Camp Supplies Custom Build Review

The VSSL Camp Supplies kit contains camping essentials / survival items packaged inside an extremely rugged aluminum tube the size of a larg...

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Spring 2021 Japanese and Asian Snack Haul

It has been awhile since I did one of these treasure trove of snack posts.  Well, I had a boxes come in from Candysan in Japan, Sukoshi Mart...

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