Category: Kyoto

The day I turned 26. 福寿園で26歳の誕生日を祝った。

It was amidst my stressful year. Knowing that you are not going to graduate and having to pay tuition fee and having no source of funds weighed me down. Despite having to save money and literally live within a very limited budget, birthdays have to be celebrated. 去年は大変心に重かった。卒業できなく、授業料をどのように払えるか、などという苦痛があった。そう言っても、節約しながら、誕生日はありがたい日であってお祝いすべきだ。 Last year in August, me and my

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Chickens on sticks (美味しい焼き鳥-つくね)

Sometimes (or most of the time) romantic relationships don’t go as one hopes it should. Fate plays everybody on the palm of her hands and sometimes, you just have to go under her knife until you learn, be marked, and go out stronger than before. 恋愛関係はいつもよくなるわけじゃない。運命はみんなを遊んで、運命により経験を積めて、強くなることが多いだろう。 As much as this post is about food, the

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Christmas lunch for 2 consecutive years or more? (常連になるかも、このフレンチ料理店)

Christmas is fun. While not as festive as in other countries (the Philippines for one), Christmas in Japan has recently become a commercial event, and thus festive on its own. While here, Christmas is about Christmas cakes, Santa Claus, and KFC fried chicken (or chicken dinners in general), it is still about spending time with

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A heavy bowl of guilt and satisfaction (このラーメンは満足と罪悪感)

Japan is a country of point cards. I’m not as good on these point system unlike a friend but I use a few. One of the main ones I use is a ramen card. Yes, some ramen shops even have these point card system for avid diners…such as myself.  One saturday’s super heavy lunch was

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Not in the mood for a burger (天丼にしようか)

Choosing where to eat can sometimes be very difficult. Well, its actually most of the time. I tend to ask for the preference of the people I’m with. When in the downtown area of Kyoto, the task becomes more difficult as there are really amazing restaurants to visit. Most of them (I believe) I’ve had

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A match made in heaven (シュー生地とフルーツの恋愛)

Lot of things happened these past weeks. I thought I could submit my thesis by the end of November. However, that could compromise my visa and I was told that I should submit by December 21st. Sigh I went home (flew to my country) with a heavy heart being dragged down by the worries of

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Wonderful lunch set (知るべきお弁当)

A good lunch need not be fancy (I meant expensive) as this lunch set was fancy by its own standards yet within the budget a student could afford. Kyoto University has cafeterias but let’s be honest and say that the food there is acceptable and not delicious (Really, it isn’t. It is healthy though!). I

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Truly Taiwanese (本格的を言ってないのに絶対に本格的台湾料理屋)

I’ve been to Taiwan twice and I love the country mainly its food! It’s like discovering a hidden hunger that can only be satiated by the local cuisine whenever I went. Delicious eateries abound from sidewalk stalls and hole-in-the-wall shops to full fleged restaurants. Leaving the country back to Japan always feels like I’m leaving

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There’s something about Okuda (豚カツ屋のおくだ)

In my first few years in Japan, there is a particular food that I already consider my comfort food here and its THE tonkatsu 豚カツ or pork cutlet. LOL. While it is considered a Japanese food, it is not exactly a type of 和食 or Japanese cuisine but more of a western type 洋食 fusion thing.

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