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POT Noodle Original Curry Cup From the UK Review

I have never tried a POT Noodle before and found these in the local supermarket in the imported foods section for the United Kingdom. While ...

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A Two Week Itinerary Through Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka

  This is the itinerary I'm working on for what to visit in Japan.  This isn't going to work for first time visitors as I'm skipping over ce...

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Ace Cook - Cup To Drink, Luxury Tan Tan Spicy Instant Noodle Cup Review

Ace Cook states this cup has the most sesame paste so far in any of their noodle cups.  Sesame is an important ingredient in making spicy ta...

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Travel Plan For Japan 2022 / 2023 For Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka

  When I heard that Japan was re-opening to general tourism in October 2022 I was happy.  There are new procedures and documentation that ar...

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Exotic Trees on the University of Alberta Campus and Hello To My Blog Followers

I'd like to say a big hello!  I've been running this blog for just over 10 years now, since November of 2011.  I blog about my general inter...

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Ace Cook - Cup To Drink, Onomichi Soy Sauce Instant Noodle Cup Review

This is the last of my Ace Cook - Cup To Drink reivews for now.  I thought I would save the Onomichi Shoyu Instant Noodle Cup for last…

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Ace Cook - Cup To Drink, Kyoto Soy Sauce Instant Noodle Cup Review

Time for another tasty, noodle cup review.  Back in early September I managed to buy four varieties of the the Ace Cook - Cup to Drink insta...

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Walking the Hiking Trails of Edmonton's Mill Creek Ravine Park

Mill Creek Ravine is a pretty park that runs north south in a wide ravine in NW Edmonton.  The creek itself runs north into the North Saskat...

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Tsukimi Burgers in Japan for the Fall Moon Viewing Season and Moon Rabbit Mina Anime

Fall is when the leaves turn brilliant red and yellow, tantalizing aroma of roasting sweet potatoes fills the air, Starbucks puts out their...

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Ace Cook - Cup To Drink, Yokohama Ramen Instant Noodle Cup

The Ace Cook brand of instant noodles has a line of instant noodle cups called "Cup to Drink" where the soup is so good, you'll finish all o...

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Novel Plotting Methodology Overview (Use Your Story Structure of Choice)

Novel Plotting Methodology Overview This plotting methodology is a way of creating a plot that is structured, yet flexible, to produce an ou...

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Calgary Chinatown 2022 Mid-Autumn Festival, Summer Fun, and Japanese Snack Haul

The summer was a bit of a bust for me.  I broke a foot in June and it basically didn't recover to walk around until the last week…

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Ottogi Sesame Flavour Noodle Cup with Egg Block Review

After a long break I thought I would try out the Ottogi Sesame Flavour Cup Noodle with Egg Block.  I had previously reviewed the Ottogi Ses...

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Range Murata, Last Exile, Shangri-La, and PSE Pro #01 Skipper and Scooter

Range Murata is a well known Japanese artist and illustrator. I first became familiar with his work in the early 2000s when I started watchi...

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Emergency Survival Kit in a Sling Bag

This my survival / emergency kit that can be kept in the trunk of a car or hanging in a closet for immediate grab and go.  It weighs…

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Plotting versus Pantsing - My Plotting Methodology Answer

Plotting is where you lay out a story before you write and pantsing is where you fly by the seat of your pants and just start writing. If…

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My First Trip To Japan in 2009, Webcomic, and an Old Travel Packing List

The First Trip to Tokyo My first trip to Japan was booked during the summer of 2009 with the H1N1 flu pandemic running amok.  Airports in Ja...

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Tostzilla's Tasty Miso Pork and Eggplant Rice Bowl Recipe

This recipe is for savoury miso pork and eggplant rice bowl is one of many tasty, simple to prepare Japanese rice bowl recipes.  I put up a ...

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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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