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Foodie II

This month I’m just posting food- and restaurant-related pics.  And, today, vids.  Enjoy and Itadakimasu・いただきます (roughly:  “Thanks for what I’m about to receive…”).

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This is a young, restaurant (izakaya)-owning couple in Kyoto.  Yumi-san and Hiroshi-san.  I was there with a friend on a slow night back in early November 2009.  The restaurant, Dai Kichi Yakitori, is actually a franchise, a chain.  This one’s on Shirakawa Dori.  Almost across from the bus station there.  Anyway, I dropped back in a few months ago, and, alas, it was under new ownership/management.

Yumi & Hiroshi. At their Dai Kichi Yakitori place. November 2009.

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When this melodrama-drenched enka blasted from the speakers I thought it would make a good soundtrack for a quick, 30 second vid tour of Yumi & Hiroshi’s place.  So here you go:

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This past August I was in Japan on business for a little more than two weeks.   The next couple of short vids were shot during that trip.   In Japan (and in larger cities around the world) there’s are these sort of low-end, or family-oriented, sushi restaurants called Kaiten-zushi, or Conveyor Belt Sushi.  They’re good enough, inexpensive and, well, kind of fun.  I shot this little vid while treating my client (company president and vice president having their first trip to Japan and first Kaiten-zushi experience) to lunch (they got quite a kick out of the experience):

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Gyoza‘s (餃子) some of my favorite food in Japan.  I make it pretty well myself, actually.  These are the Japanese version of Chinese dumplings or “pot stickers.”  I don’t like the Chinese kind so much, at least the ones typically served in restaurants — they’re too sweet. Gyoza shouldn’t be sweet.  In Japan you find gyoza tandem’d with ramen at small, informal “Chinese” restaurants called “Chuka” (Chooka).  Gyoza’s either seared on a griddle, or steamed, or seared with water added to semi-steam them.  Some places have gyoza steaming contraptions, like the little working-class place I ambled into one August night in Kyoto, right off of Kiyamachi-dori:

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We’ll wind up today with this one, this vid that I’ve also posted in my Tsukiji (fish) Market Gallery.  These are, well, eels:


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Speaking of eels, do any of you know the group “The Eels?”  A great band.  It’s Mark Everett‘s group.  Mark used to perform just as “e.”  He’s a great musician.  Anyway, Mark and I lived in the same neighborhood when we were kids in Northern Virginia.  We’re the same age and went to Spring Hill Elementary and Cooper Jr. High together.  I think we were in the same Cub Scout Den, but my memory’s kind of fuzzy on that.  My family moved to the Very Deep South when I was 13, so I lost touch with Mark.  Anyway, I’m just proud to know he’s doing so well.  My brush with music greatness.

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Japanimals (日本動物)

Most of these are live animals.  There may be a repeat shot here or there.  I know the eels are also in the Tsukiji Gallery, but the opportunity was just too good.

Friend with kitty cat at Shinshogokuraku-ji (Shinnyo-Do) temple.  Kyoto.  2009.

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Tiger.  Hitachi’s Kamine Zoo.  2008.

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Deer.  Nara Park, just in from of ToDai-ji.  Nara.  2001.

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Kyoto City Gov’t sign.  Doggy’s saying:  “You forgot some poo.”  In red it says, “Take your poo home!”  2008.

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Some guy with a snake.  Hitachi.  2008.

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Tanuki.  “Lucky Badgers.”  Kyoto.   2008.

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Ikebukuro, Tokyo. August 2011.

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Fish.  Tsukiji Market.  Tokyo.  2009.

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Rain Dogs. Kyoto.  2009.

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Sign for restaurant on the back of a Kyoto City Bus for  “The Astonished Donkey” restaurant.  Above, it says simply:  “Hamburger Restaurant.”  You decided why the donkey’s so astonished.

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Paper mache (or something like it) kitties.  Corner of Jingu-michi and San-jo. Kyoto.  2009.

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Eels.  Tsukiji Market.  Tokyo.  2009.

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Tag – this theme’s “it” for a while.

Earlier today LetsJapan.Wordpress.Com updated its appearance.  Those new to this site won’t know the difference.  For those who’ve visited over the past 10 months, since this site’s/blog’s launch, will notice right away that this “Monochrome” format (that’s what it’s called:  Monochrome), with its clean gray-black borders, really helps the photography stand out a whole lot better than the all-white site.

=  Note to those who found there way here via a Tag:  Feel free to use the site Search Engine (bottom right-hand side) and enter the term/tag/post/info you’re looking for.  One or more posts/stories/galleries, etc. should pop up for you. =

Also quite different (than just 24 hours ago):  the top of the page has very few tabs.  Now each photo gallery is clickable through the drop-down tab (GALLERIES) at the page top, as are the stories, via the STORIES drop-down tab.

Finally, I ought to note that a couple of weeks ago I made a Facebook page for LetsJapan.Wordpress.Com to keep Facebook aficionados updated on posts and featured galleries and stories here.  I’ve also started posting a few Facebook-only comments, features and photos on the LetsJapan.Wordpress.Com Facebook page.

A photo apropos to nothing in this post.  I took in in Kyoto this past November and, well, I like it.

Finally, I’m “tagging” this post with many of my photo gallery and story themes and post topics (below and in prior pages) in hopes that this or that random googler will stumble upon this site and what it has to — and will — offer.

Hope you enjoy . . .

From Tokyo.

UPDATE: I’ve now posted the Tsukiji Market Gallery, which includes my first two videos posted on this site.

 

I write from my hotel room at 10:14 a.m., Tokyo time.  About to head out to a series of appointments, then in the late afternoon, take the Shinkansen (“Bullet Train”) to Kyoto.  This morning I finally got to Tsukiji Fish Market (the world’s largest).  Something I’ve always wanted to do.  Within a day or three I plan to put up a gallery of photos from Tsukiji, but for now these will have to do.  R.

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Tsukiji Fish Market. Tokyo. Nov 2009.

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Tsukiji. Nov 2009.

 

I was there from around 5:00-6:00 a.m., late in the day for Tsukiji.

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