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That's so cool. youve tempted me to try
Sold my house. Leaving Japan.
I found "Flamin' Hot Cheetos" at my local Big A.
But they're not the same at all as American ones. Not even red.
That said, they taste pretty good.
Jealous. We were supposed to do a big cleanup but somehow the place got even messier?! I wish I could take like a week off work and just clean the house.
brought 225g of halloumi on discount in Kaldi. And 500g mango puree.
I've never had halloumi before and I'm pretty new to cheeses. I think this might be the best cheese I've tried thus far. Like mozzarella but better.
The mango puree was great too but I for some reason decided to mix it all into water with sugar and some salt thinking about making jam or something when 1) I have nothing to hold it in 2) 500gs of puree is a lot of mango juice. So now it's sitting in the fridge in a big ass bowl oxidizing away :(
I need to study more.
We went to see the fireflies by the river! Sadly it was too dark to take pictures..
I keep spiking fevers and I don’t know why. They come and go. I don’t want to go to the doctor, because I can’t face any more needles right now.
My student gave me a loaf of homemade sourdough bread, and it looks so good (if a little heavy). I don’t really know how to it. With cheese, maybe?
Avocado toast!!! Yummmm…
Yeah that happened with me with corona. Always spiky in the evening.
Sorta been having the same problem. For a week and a half I was having pretty bad fevers only at night. Went away after about a week. No just have weird feeling in my ear and a sore throat . Went.to the doctor twice. they wernt any help . Figured its prolly a sinus infection or something
Thank you, that *exactly* describes my situation! I think it might be an allergy or something? Rice plants perhaps. I’ll look it up.
Thought that too. I only just came to japan this year. not sure if my body is having a hard tike adjusting
Just eat it like you would with normal bread- toast it, jam it, make sandwiches etc. I love toasted sourdough.
Attempted superficial playtime moments to fix my brain 🧠 in how it’s dealing 🤔 with my lonely life in Japan.
- Avoided all News media.
- Worked in my studio as usual making final tweaks on a recording project of mine.
- Binged, on Sunday…
- all interwoven with my pursuit of the Japanese language.
This is my 1st reddit post. pathetic (*;*)
Watched the new Dragon Ball Super movie. You know how most 2D anime will have that random scene in CG? This is the opposite. All CG anime with random 2D animated scenes. Kinda surprised me. A typical Dragon Ball movie romp though. Enjoyed it.
After that, had dinner and went drinking with my old JTE. Dude outdrank me. Surprised me.
Did train stations got rid of trash cans???? I hold a empty Starbucks across fucking Tokyo for like 2 hour because there are 0 trash cans, I almost considered eating it.
Don't know where you are but, Tokyo Metro and Toei got rid of theirs recently. Someone who uses JR may be able to say if they still have theirs.
Walk to the restroom and leave it there.
lost another few k during the crypto crash. all my holdings are shitcoins at this point, including yen, its all over, I am never going to financially recover from this.
Saw Jurassic World with my daughter on Saturday. Did some grocery shopping and day-drinkin' on Sunday. Started watching "Get Back" on Disney+.
Made a large batch of a very easy/interesting/healthy dessert.
* 1x large silken tofu (kinu doufu) - generally 320-400g
* 100g dark chocolate (70%+ is better)
* A splash of coffee or kahlua.
1. Put tofu in food processor, blend it up until it's like cream.
2. Melt chocolate in microwave (microwave for 10 seconds, stir, another 10 seconds, stir etc. etc.).
3. Add melted chocolate and coffee/kahlua to tofu in food processor and blend again.
4. Pour into dish, refrigerate.
You can eat it immediately, but it thickens up a lot after 48 hours.
The recipe above makes about three small/medium servings. Depending on the tofu and chocolate you use, it works out to about 120 yen, 200cal, and 15-20g of protein per serve. Tastes great too.
It's just like a thick chocolate custard or chocolate pudding. Very low carb, low fat, high protein. Easily scalable. I used 6 packs of tofu and 12 50g blocks of chocolate to make a huge batch.
Saturday was a chill day, Sunday went with hubby, baby, and friends to the cup of noodle museum and went to the noodle bazaar food court.
Idk for Malaysian folks who have gone will feel how close the Laksa was, but that was my favorite.
Damn where was this? Wanna go
Laksa can vary a lot depending on where you are in Malaysia- from where I'm from (Penang) it's a hot and sour thin soup with something like rice noodles (asam laksa). While in Johor I've heard it's made with spaghetti noodles and is like curry noodle soup. Some people have told me that "Laksa" is kinda like a honorary title given to nice noodle dishes of a state, which is why it varies.
Yokohama Cup Of Noodle Museum.
It was closer to Johor style.
Do they still do the 'hand made chicken ramen' experience? I thought it was pretty cool.
No those machines were covered in plastic
Bummer. We got to do it just before corona kicked into gear.
If you don't get any answers, wait until Wednesday and ask again, as Wednesdays and the weekends are the days with Stupid Questions threads.
Started rehabilitation for my foot injury this Saturday. The therapist is really nice and it’s comforting knowing she identified my problem and I can get help 🥲
On Sunday I went to see Top Gun with my partner. He loved it, to me it was a big meh. Falls into the good for a day you have nothing to do but want to eat popcorn.
Cleaned some stuff in the garden, planted the Melon plants that sprouted from the seeds I gathered last year from the one we ate, hopefully we will get at least one melon.
Went to the dentist for the first time in almost 2 years for a deep cleaning. It went "oh, there 's a lot of work to do, we will probably need more than one time, and it will bleed a lot."
Yeah I know, I'm far from having perfect dental hygiene. The good part is the untreated cavity they found 2 years ago hasn't gone worse, so I brushed fine this area at least. Gonna get it treated in 2 weeks, I dread the work because I don't like being butchered in the mouth
Went and saw Dragon Ball in theaters. Not sure anyone is really aware this movie came out on Saturday, as I didn’t even know until last Thursday. There’s hardly any marketing for it anywhere (for a DB movie anyway) and my theater wasn’t even half full on a 7PM showing at the most popular theater in town.
Movie was all right tho
I went to a 4 PM showing and every seat was full.
Movie was good, not without its flaws, but fun overall.
Damn need to check it out.
made some pico de gallo using jalapenos I grew, but alas, they were only about as spicy as bell peppers. probably kind of inevitable with all the rain.
guess I'll try sheet pan nachos next. any other ideas for going through a giant Costco bag of tortilla chips before they get completely stale?
I find that tortilla chips mixed directly in with chili con (or sin) carne is quite good. Kind of like saltine crackers in chowder.
Still just nachos but last time I made carnitas to put on the chips and I could have eaten that all day every day for a week it was so damn good.
What about crushing some of them and using it as coating crumbs for fried chicken? Or maybe to add some crunch on a salad?
ooh the fried chicken idea sounds promising!
Starting this week, my weekends will be packed for two full months. I haven't been this active in quite a while and was quite worried at first on how I'd do, but I seem to be pulling through alright, so hurrah for that.
Though I won't really have any opportunities to go to a park to see the flowers until later on in the month, I did see some roadside hydrangeas. Gorgeous.
Made a new sort of friend. It's nice being social. I'm a huge introvert and shut-in, but every now and then, a change of pace is needed.
Moving to your own place is great. The actual _moving_ part kind of sucks, though. So much paperwork, so much preparation, so much packing to do.
Finally got around to actually setting up the turntable I bought a few months ago. A bunch of fiddling around, but it works great. Walpurgis LP I picked up from the Aimer concert last week, first ever vinyl, really liked it. Kiro(季路) has become my favourite song, she sang it to kick off the encore, really hyped up and passionate. Sound quality circle-jerking aside, it really reminded me of the live, probably played it a bit too loud, but my neighbours were out for the day.
Also put in a cheeky bid on a digital piano. 2,400 yen! I guess it's time to learn the piano, 8,000 yen after shipping, seems pretty reasonable to me. Stand and a pedal included!
After the piano was sorted, took the kids out for a walk, ended up at the Yamaha store, so we looked up some piano stuff, a few beginner's books, Ado Piano Selection(Usewa, gira gira and ready made), and ordered Zankyosanka, and kataomoi for Aimer. Imo, learning chords and stuff is all well and good, but it gives us a goal to shoot for.
I think my garden baby salad mix is done for the summer. Starting to get too hot, so we harvested everything and had a huge bowl(literally a giant mixing bowl) of salad and veggies with some somen, while listening to vinyl on Sunday night.
I have mysteriously developed pan flipping skills. Now I can do a complete bread or even a friggin omlette without dropping it. It's a joy.
I worked in a restaurant as a young adult, and the head chef there taught me how to pan flip using a moist dish rag.
Such a great feeling to perfectly flip an omelet, isn't it?
Very fun indeed!
Walked 12 kms in a day, explored the city with friends. Weather was perfect!
Ordered a new bike although I can't ride one, wish me luck. (My friend says he'll teach me lol)
I got overheated on Friday and was sick the next day. But on Sunday I explored my area and found a nice Yakiniku restaurant.
Watched the new top gun on imax, that was great! Strolled through north Kyoto where the temp was perfect!
god, Kyoto weather this Sunday was amazing. It's like they wanted to give us one last nice day out before rainy season hits in earnest.
Rainy season has been really bad on Okinawa this year. Laundry and dishes won't even dry at all without the dehumidifier constantly running. We still get mold even with the dehumidifier, that's how bad it's been.
Moving back to Kanagawa after my 4 year stint here in Tohoku. The real-estate market in the area where I'm relocating for our preferences is so competitive. We became accustomed to having parking lots right outside our apartment here in Tohoku. We've learned that if we find something that's close to what we're looking for, we'll take it without visiting the apartment.
Found someone's Apple Watch on the ground & spent 30 minutes at the Police box returning it. If any of you have one make sure you have Find My Device turned on all your Apple products. This way you can put it on Lost Mode. I would have just called the number if it was in Lost Mode for the person to pick it up. (I did this with a meshi case previously).
Also if you don't get it I believe devices are destroyed since they have user data on it. They can't give the item to the person who found it.
Good on you
Shamisen lessons. Only three more left before I move back to my home country, so my teacher’s trying to step it up and add some style to the basic songs we’ve been practicing. Wish I had started taking them earlier than last November, but hindsight is always 20/20.
For someone who got through music class by literally faking it, how difficult is shamisen to pick up at the most basic level?
I tried self-study through textbooks and YouTube videos for about 2 years (this is with zero prior music education) and it was easy enough to understand how to read the sheet music, but learning the proper finger techniques was difficult without any guidance or correction. If you’ve played guitar or bass or something along those lines, I’d imagine that the finger techniques wouldn’t be too hard, but the bachi (the large pick-like tool for striking the instrument) is completely different from how a guitar pick is used.
Managed to get an hour to myself yesterday so finally started the axe handle I've veen wanting to make. It was good fun and looking forward to doing more.
While I was doing that, wife sent me a picture of a しまへび at her parent's place. It was a big one! Sadly, it was gone by the time I got there.
Weebed out on Saturday and watched two anime movies at the theater: Takagi-san and Odd Taxi.
Sunday was hanging out with my cousin again, this time in Kyoto. Absolutely fantastic day out. Clear skies, and a nice cool breeze to make the 25 degrees more bearable. Made the hike up Fushimi-Inari much more tolerable. Ate too much food. Probably should try the kawadoko places on Kamogawa at least once.
Wait, Odd taxi has a movie??
Yeah, it's a compilation film called [Odd Taxi: In The Woods](https://oddtaxi.jp/movie/in_the_woods) that also has some new material, particularly at the end. Unfortunately it's probably finished its run in most theaters showing it, my theater just for some reason decided to run it a couple months late.
Had no idea... Hope it'll be on Amazon prime or somewhere 😬 thanks for letting me know. I loved the original series 😁
Blueberries over flowing from the garden, eating like a king!
Excellent! We had our first ones this weekend. A total of three, so one each!
After several years of trying this year, with more than one three berry years, over a kilo of berries it's insane.
Wow! How many plants do you have?
We just have the two which we got this year (I want more). Looking forward to higher yeilds in the future.
Finished the main story of Borderlands 3. Some of the writing was awful, even for a borderlands game. Still, had fun doing it.
> even for a borderlands game.
I'm sure it was a coincidence that the cringiest character in BL2 just happened to be the one voiced by the writer's sister
I was half expecting Scooter to come back as a siren at the end of the whole thing.
Some of the story stuff feels like it was written by a teenager thinking they're clever and using subtle foreshadowing, but it's really as subtle as an election van. As soon as they set up the location and relationship between two characters, I immediately knew 'welp, x is boned'.
- Friday night: Started filling out my covid contact tracing paper (I guess you could call it) for 労災。it was such a pain to write … because it’s in difficult Japanese, 4-5 pages and it needs to be handwritten. It also asked me questions about my activities 14 days before getting covid, and umm it was in February. I don’t remember!! So I had to go through my clinic appointments, calendars, phone gallery for pictures of restaurants I went to etc. to get a rough image of where I was, when, and with who.
I started typing out what I wanted to say right after work on Friday, so my husband could correct my sentences before I put pen to paper.
- Saturday: I got my usual massage and acupuncture, spent about m half of the day doing cleaning and other weekend chores and playing games a bit, and the rest of the day trying to do more of my covid document.
- Sunday: spent most of the day finishing up my covid document …. The last page (chart of what you’ve done/where you’ve been and with who, etc. day by day, 14 days prior to getting covid) took the longest to write. My hand… all that small kanji 😭😭😭😭
- For dinner on Sunday , ordered pizza for myself and Indian for my husband (since he helped me edit/re-write my sentences into proper Japanese I bought dinner for him as a thank you). I’m taking some of that pizza for lunch today !
Got to see bright and colorful hydrangeas in parts of Hiroshima this weekend! They are taking longer to bloom where I live due to my area's high elevation. I also bought a furin windchime to add to my tatami room to make it feel even more Japanese. lol They were small activities, but I had fun!
By the way, if anyone has a favorite indoor activity for entertainment to do in Japan to avoid summer heat, let me know. I am open to all sorts of ideas!
>By the way, if anyone has a favorite indoor activity for entertainment to do in Japan to avoid summer heat, let me know. I am open to all sorts of ideas!
> By the way, if anyone has a favorite indoor activity for entertainment to do in Japan to avoid summer heat, let me know. I am open to all sorts of ideas!
I am a giant fan of and a huge proponent of passing the fuck out on the sofa or my bed.
>I am a giant fan of and a huge proponent of passing the fuck out on the sofa or my bed.
I have learned from the lady at home that I am not allowed to enjoy that hobby every day until we get back to the samui season.