Yakiimo

Nov. 8th, 2009 08:56 pm
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Yakiimo is one of the most annoying foods in Japan.
How can roasted sweet potatoes be annoying you  ask? It's not because I think they taste bad, or because they're hard to get. In fact this time of year they're super easy to get. There are people who drive around in trucks who cook and sell them, sort of like an ice cream truck.  Unfortunately, unlike an ice cream truck the way they get your attention isn't a nice catchy tune. It's a steam whistle. It doesn't stop and is super loud. The first few times a heard it I thought it was an air raid siren going off. At least those stop; the yakiimo whistles continues on until it's out of earshot. Heaven forbid they stop. I had to listen to one for half an hour today.
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Japanese spiders are pretty hardcore. Not only are many of them big and black and bright green, but on the way to my bus stop one of them has built a /huge/ web. It goes from the telephone wire all the way to a fence about 3 feet off the ground. It's about two stories tall. I've also seen one that had an acorn hanging in it.

McFlurries

Sep. 24th, 2009 05:37 pm
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So, in Japan McDonald's has monthly McFlurry flavors. I just had a Gateaux  Maron flavored one. I've been trying to avoid eating McDonald's, but I couldn't resist when I saw the sign for it. It was very very good, although it didn't really taste much like Gateaux Maron. I just like it when they mix cake in. The Strawberry Shortcake was my favorite flavor. They actually have two flavors right now, the other being Mint Oreo, which is about as awesome as it sounds.
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So, as I think about things, Japan has changed my tastes somewhat.
Back in college my friends and I got to partake of some rather.... interesting beverages. Grass Jelly and some weird rice drink among them.... I did not like them much at all. The texture was very strange. Now, weird bits in my drinks do not phase me at all. Tea Apple drink with konyaku jelly and apple bits, that is pretty tasty stuff. Muscat aloe drink with bits of aloe? Pretty tasty too. Amazake (It's a sweet drink made of rice, served warm)? Best part of winter festivals!

.... and Japan's Kit-Kats are still strange I found some ones that I think are apple carrot.... that's what they have on packaging anyway. They sorta taste like very sweet V8 Splash. They are much better than the Ramune ones.
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Kitkats are made in some pretty strange flavors in Japan. Some of them are good, some of them are not so good. FYI, Ramune Kitkats are not so good.

NHK-man

Aug. 13th, 2009 11:09 pm
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So, after two years of living in Japan, I was finally caught by the NHK-man. You're supposed to pay NHK if you have a TV, and they send people around to bill you. They are not exactly difficult to avoid, especially if you don't, or claim not to, speak Japanese. This is well known and not the thing that made me go "WTF!?" They happen to have more gadgets than Batman. I'm pretty sure this guy could have pulled out a baterang if he'd needed one. He had a palm computer, a receipt printer and a card reader that reads both cards with magnetic strips or the chips.... It was sort of amazing. I guess they figure if they make it difficult no one will ever pay.

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