Interactive Sushi for Gaijins

A popular place that’s crowded with tourists is Genki Sushi in Shibuya. The quality of sushi is pretty decent and the selling point is that it has English in its e-menu, which is a touch screen. Also, the variety sushi will bring you back for more. You get to order your sushi using the touch screen…

Sleepless in Shibuya

Shibuya is constantly full of life, people and things to do. From restaurants to shopping to sports to music to entertainment and much more. The list is endless for things you can do/find here – sushi shops, ramen places, izakaya (japanese style pubs), karaoke, internet cafes, arcade centres, shopping, sports shops and centres, music shops &…

The Sky’s the Limit

The tallest tower in world and the 2nd tallest free-standing structure in the world to date. At 634m, the Tokyo Skytree is a magnificent structure from afar and up close. It looks fantastic during the day and at night. The structure is also earthquake resistant, with high-tech seismic proofing mechanisms, which claimed by the designers, could absorb…

What the buttons?

Japanese toilets are of the future. With functionalities that we all envy/wish to have in our own toilets back home. Sometimes, however, it does confuse gaijins to the point of therapy… well not really, but you get the point. Here’s one you may find in some hotels/airbnb places… I’ve added in some labels (in red)…

Raving Ramen

As we know, Japan is the land of all sorts of great food including the infamous Ramen. There are several types of soup bases for Ramen – shoyu (soy sauce), miso, tonkotsu (pork stock)… to name a few. Have tried several Ramen places around Tokyo including Ippudo, Gogyo, and others. Among the lot, my favourite…

The Earthquake Story

Before arriving, what I knew was from the media… which often dramatised the earthquakes in Japan, leaving many in the dark of what the real situation is like. Having experienced 2 mid class earthquakes while in a building, it’s actually part and parcel of the life here. Earthquakes happen all across Japan every couple of…

Cute things come in small packages

Seems like a great demand for tiny dogs/cats in the area. Some travel in prams or bags of their owners. Definitely a ‘kawaii’ trend… the pet shops in Shibuya are filled with mini dogs and cats. Have a look around when you’re in the area 😉

Hello world!

So I have decided to start blogging my adventures as an Aussie Gaijin in the land of the rising sun – Japan. I have only been here for a few months but the experience has been adventurous and plentiful. The food is simply amazing, the people are great and public transport is a class beyond…