Thursday, October 05, 2017

September, 2017

The Ninth Month

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A recap of the month.

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That's Oshima, just south of Tokyo, on the way to Nishima.

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Nishima was, according to legend, a weekend getaway for everyone in the 80s. A ferry ride from Shimoda or a plane from Chofu, thousands flocked here on the weekends. Now it is dead, and you'll have the whole beach to yourself.

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Kind of a trek, so you'd best have your friend fly you in a private plane for the day.

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What an adventure, though I don't fit in the front seat of this Cessna without my knees blocking the controls.

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Didn't make it to Detroit, just the next best thing.

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Made it to Kyushu for some food, though.

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If you follow my Instagram you can see all the stuff I ate:

https://www.instagram.com/ramenadventures/

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There was a lot of ramen.

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O hai!

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Rode this amazing train!

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Finally. Actually, there is no hype around it anymore, and you should have no problem getting a seat.

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O hai!

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Thank you Niigata!

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What's Niigata, you ask?

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Don't know, but it's a fun spot to visit.

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The new computer. I asked a friend who works in tech if he had any spare video cards lying around that he could give me. Talk about a hookup! Nerds, I am fully aware that my power supply isn't ideal for a GeForce Titan GTX.

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Cork dork?

Ramen dork?

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Friday, September 08, 2017

August, 2017

8-17

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If you are in Japan, try out the September limited bowl at Ramen Kagetsu Arashi. There are 250 shops around the country. Be sure to post on social media. This shop does a monthly special, and each one is promoted by some TV celeb, ramen shop, or local ramen nerd. The dream is to have this be a regular thing.

This one will be around until late November.

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Gold-plated kakigori is definitely not a regular thing.

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So many ramen shirts that I don't wear.

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Emoji menu from Gaggan x Den. Fun.

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As always, August is spent out of Tokyo with the youth of Japan.

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Not those youth.

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But there is plenty to celebrate about these days.

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Like some bomb eggs.

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Or just whatever.

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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

July, 2017

なながつ

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Summer is here.

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Watermelon, nigori sake, and sushi?

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And ramen.

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Spotted!

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New book coming soon? Yes, kind of. I'm working on a cookbook, which has proven to be a challenge. Not my own recipes, of course, and severely edited for an American audience. If you call me a sell-out, I won't hear you. I'll be sleeping on a big bed of cash.

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Wanna see something thing cheesy?

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I've got shirts. Official even. Grab one here:

https://shop.mactionplanet.com/collections/maction-planet-x-ramen-adventures

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You've still got a month to see the flower photos at Araki's latest exhibition.

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And other stuff he is famous for. People don't believe me when I say I really like his flower works.

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Scorpion pepper! (didn't eat)

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Blackberries! (did eat)

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

June, 2017

梅雨

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Summer jumps on you like a salaryman on some tasty gyoza.

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But who can blame them, when less than $10 gets you an hour of all you can eat. Make it $20 and you can get drunk as well.

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Sorry, Tokyo, it's getting uncomfortable. I'm about to go missing.

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Somewhere without such a risk of heatstroke.

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Right after the 7th inning.

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Taipei.

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Turns out mid-June is the "plum rain" season. Downpours for a week, with 1 day of relief.

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No matter, I was just here to eat.

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All the relevant gourmet photos reside over at Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/ramenadventures/

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Seriously, it dumped rain every day, with a few moments of respite.

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Taipei's street food scene is legit. Their gourmet scene is no joke either.

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I found a Ming dynasty era hipster-taking-food-shot painting. Tell me that isn't what this is!

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I also found the famous piece of jade apparently. It looks like a piece of cabbage.

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Another view of another metropolis.

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Went to nearby Wulai, a hot spring town a couple hours out of Taipei. The whole place was kind of destroyed when a typhoon ripped through in 2015, and the rebuilding efforts have been slow. I'm not saying to skip it, but keep that in mind if you are expecting a luxurious onsen experience.

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Next time, road trip around Taiwan. By motorcycle or large scooter, it's something on my mind.

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