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    • Day14

      Japanese Bread and Circuses

      April 21, 2018 in Japan ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

      Japanese bread tastes different and is used differently to bread in western countries.

      Bread in Japan is commonly called "pan" due to the Portuguese traders who introduced it, but it never really started to be baked locally by the Japanese till the Meiji period (1868-1912) when the Japanese were adopting all kinds of Western things. It didn't really take off with the locals though until 1874 when Yasubei Kimura created anpan, or buns stuffed with red bean paste called an, or anko. Anko was commonly used in Japanese sweets (hence the sweet connection) and Kimura's bakery, Kimuraya Sohonten went gang busters as a result - it's still standing even. People really got into bread when the Emperor got a taste of it and gave it the royal tick of approval.

      1. Strawberry and Whipped Cream Sandwich: Kinda like an ice cream sandwich, but not as cold - bread here seems to be more commonly associated with desserts or sweeter tastes rather than salty or savory ones.

      2. Mystery bread roll: This turned out to be more like a herb bread, though really soft. So more like a sweet herb bread.

      3. Mystery bread bun: "Fluffy buttery butter is the deciding factor" says Google translate, and it's correct - it's definitely buttery, and it was the deciding factor in me not eating all of it. It also said it was melon, but I'm pretty sure that is referring to shape rather than taste - this was just like a giant ball of buttery butter.

      4. Uchi Cafe: I think these are cream puff pastry, but probably coffee flavoured.

      5. Lawson Bakery mystery bread: I think this was anpan with a curry paste...? Probably pork - it's usually pork.

      Kaiju Collected:

      A lot of carbs and sugar.
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      Traveler

      For a lot of carbs and sugar they are not a fat race

      4/23/18Reply
      Traveler

      I think it's due to having smaller (normal) portion sizes and the propensity to walk and ride bicycles more - plus everyone gets really excited for boy bands, Toy Story Mania tickets and parades so if they see one they all run over to geek out. It can never be said the Japanese aren't enthusiastic about pop culture.

      4/23/18Reply
      Traveler

      Portions sizes are the answer to our weight explosion

      4/23/18Reply
       
    • Day14

      Japanese Drinking like a Fish

      April 21, 2018 in Japan ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

      Grog is sold in convenience stores and vending machines, so accidentally getting an alcoholic drink from a vending machine when you can't read the language is bit of a gaijin hazard.

      1. Kirin Lemon: Doesn't taste as sickly sweet as lemonade, probably the favourite thus far.

      2. Suntory Pop White Soda: Suntory is a large Japanese brewery, Pop is just to distinguish it from their harder grog. I still have no idea what this drink was - I think it may have been a sweetly tasting slightly alcoholic energy drink...? :/

      3. Match: Kind reminds me of Lucozade - fizzy vaguely citrus but with the definiative aftertaste of pointlessly added vitamins and minerals that is just going to go straight through you.

      4. Vitamin CC Lemon: Lemon cordial and soda water.

      5. Mitsuya Cider: It's like soda water but with a creaming soda after taste. Nothing in Japan with "cider" on it is actually cider.

      6. Aquarius: I think they took water and mixed in some lemon cordial.

      Kaiju Collected:

      A lot of Kirin Lemon.
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      Traveler

      You tried all these drinks. Are you a food critic where you only have a mouthful

      4/23/18Reply
      Traveler

      Nah I drank them all. No waste.

      4/23/18Reply
      Traveler

      😳

      4/23/18Reply
       
    • Day72

      Farming Hokyo, Nantan City

      March 30, 2016 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      For the past two weeks I have been working on a vegetable charm about 30 km from Kyoto. It's mostly traditional style farming, and hard manual work, but satisfying. The best part is that I get to eat delicious home made Japanese food for every meal! Oishii!! I wish I could live near Kyoto, the countryside is very nice and scenic, and Kyoto is a very culture rich and interesting city.Read more

      Alejandro Romero

      Your room?

      4/4/16Reply
      Nathan Bernard

      Yes, and also our eating/common room. The table is heated😍

      4/5/16Reply
      Nathan Bernard

      This I'd the potato field that we trenched, fertilized and planted by hand. Took about a week (we did do some other things to)

      4/5/16Reply
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    • Day5

      Saga

      May 12, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      Heute fing der Tag mit einem absoluten Highlight der Woche an, einer Zugfahrt mit einer historischen Lok durch das japanische Umland.

      Der “Sagano Romantic Train” macht seinem Namen alle Ehre, da uns die Strecke quer durch wunderschöne Gebirge und entlang eines türkisfarbenen Fluss geführt hat. Eine solch schöne Landschaft haben wir nicht erwartet.

      Den Jungs hat die Zugfahrt wie immer einen riesen Spaß gemacht und der erste Spielzeug Zug ist auch schon längst gekauft 😊

      Später ging es dann noch vorbei am Ninjo Castle bis hin zum belebten Nishiki Market, einem großen Marktplatz mit mehr Einkaufsläden und Essensbuden als man sich vorstellen kann.

      Damit endet unser Aufenthalt in Kyoto heute auch schon und wir freuen uns morgen auf die Weiterfahrt nach Hiroshima.

      Liebe Grüße
      Felix, Jonas, Jasmin&Thomas
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    • Day11

      2 JOURS AU VERT SUITE

      November 16, 2015 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      Visite de Miyama Kita village, beau temps, thé vert, dégustation de glaces...il fait bon vivre!

      c'est magnifique ces couleurs!

      11/18/15Reply

      c'est trop beau!

      11/18/15Reply

      trop sympa!

      11/18/15Reply
      Modabostan

      Oui c'était superbe! Mais qui es-tu? C'est plus sympa pour nous de savoir qui nous parle ; )

      11/19/15Reply
       

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    Kameoka-shi, Kameoka, 亀岡市

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