I found this piece introducing "High tech vegetables" in Japan. It's similar to hydroponic methods but this one doesn't need a lot of water. Without any soil and chemicals, you don't need to wash the vegetables before eating.
There's also a lot of ideas put in to make this possible in small and tight places like Japan. However, these vegetables still cost 1.3 - 1.5 times more expensive.
It reminds me of the 1st iPod nano revealed by Steve Jobs which fits nicely in a jean's pocket. You can see it here. However, it's the front pocket for the iPod and the back pocket for this Vaio.
By the way, you can get the Vaio P series now and the current cheapest price in Japan is 82,499yen.
Yes, they actually burn the sushi with a burner. This way the fish meat is not raw anymore although it's not fully cooked. But at least for those who don't like raw meat, it's a lot better. Here's a photo of "Anago" "aburi-sushi".
Although not all fish can made into "Aburi-sushi", most red meat fishes can be found as "aburi". So next time you go to a sushi shop, check out "aburi" in the menu.
It's not easy to understand how Sumo, but you don't really need to fully understand it to enjoy it. Just remember the last one standing is the winner. if you're interested to know more, read here.
Currently, the Grand Sumo tournament is on at Ryougoku Kokugikan. Tickets can be bought there or in advance online.
How to get there: get off at JR Ryougoku station (JR Soubu line) or Royougoku st. (Tokyo Metro Ooedo line)
Take a closer look at the photo. I didn't edit the photo in anyway so the label is originally typed in reverse. Thus this is "Gyaku-choco".
In Japan, the women gives chocolate to the men for Valentine's day. This is normal in Japan which is the opposite for the rest of the world. Morinaga had a brilliant and came up with a "gyaku-choco" so that the men can present chocolates to the women on Valentine's day too (so Morinaga can sell more chocolate this way).
By the way, there's always the original Dars chocolate for any other days. More info here.
I bet you can't really see so many people running in Kimono often.
When Japanese turned 20, they can vote, legally drink, buy and smoke cigarettes and also apply for loans. However, driving licenses are obtainable after turning 18 years old.
Other parts of Japan (especially those facing Japan Sea) already had their first snow in December. The forecast showed only Tokyo and Niigata will be expecting snow tomorrow. The forecasted temperature for tomorrow is high of 6 and low of 1 degree Celcius. Tokyo is not very strong against snow as train systems usually paralyzed by heavy snow.
Check out here to see how it snowed last year.
It's one of the easiest Japanese food to make and according to my Japanese friend, people eat it during new year because "mochi" is abundant and it's easy to prepare, so giving a chance for housewives to relax and rest during this festive season.
The "Ozouni" I had yesterday had "mochi", "komatsuna"(spinach), "kamaboko" in a "dashi" (also used when making Miso soup) and "shouyu"(Japanese soy sauce) soup with a scent of "yuzu". There's many variation of "Ozouni" different all over parts of Japan. Some even have chicken and also miso.
Here's the wiki on it.
Still your chances of seeing big big Maguro in Tsukiji is not so slim. You can still catch one (with the camera shutter, of course) if you're there before 10a.m. Here's a few shots I got from my trustworthy phone camera.
How to get to Tsukiji market?
1. Walk 5 minutes from Tsukiji st. (Hibiya line)
2. Walk 2 minutes from Tsukiji-Shijo st. (Ooedo line)
After those photo session, check out stores nearby for some fresh and cheap sushi and sashimi. By the way, Tsukiji market is also known as "the kitchen of Tokyo" because it supplies most of Tokyo's foods.
However, I managed to get 2 bags for myself. Among the best deals were from Furla with items worth 70,000yen at only 15,000yen. What a way to start a new year.
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