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Sara@JKI
09-14-2012, 06:28 PM
I'm committed to update every meal we have in Japan.... I'm posting this resolution because I need some morale boost to stick with this because usually we run out of time to do anything including updating our blogs etc.

There is always some "madness" right before our Japan trip - preparation for the trip is CRAZY....

http://imageshack.us/a/img542/4521/img9414v.jpg

SpikeC
09-14-2012, 06:37 PM
Oh yum! This is going to be good! Don't fail us!!

Eamon Burke
09-14-2012, 07:28 PM
Instagram!

markenki
09-14-2012, 07:35 PM
Please do post! I love Japanese food! Even when I can only look at it.

Sara@JKI
09-14-2012, 08:11 PM
oh yes, we have a smart phone in Japan this time.... I will make sure I'll take a lot of photos.

Sara@JKI
09-14-2012, 08:14 PM
Still, I need moral support otherwise I would get lazy really quick...

Cutty Sharp
09-14-2012, 08:25 PM
Will be interesting to see.

Also, when you post can you tell us where the meal was? I don't mean the resto's name, unless that's important, but maybe the city & prefecture. Would just be interesting to know where the knife trail takes you. Plus, I've already been preparing my huge JKI Japan Expedition 2012' map which I'll put on my wall and continuously update with your news, placing little flags around each destination. :razz:

I expect you and Jon to gain at least 5 kgs. How about before and after pictures? You two can compete to see who can gain the most.

JBroida
09-14-2012, 08:36 PM
i think i have to take it easy with the food this year... loose 5kg, not gain. Its tough though because the food is so freaking good everywhere.

tweyland
09-14-2012, 08:51 PM
I'll be following!!

Cutty Sharp
09-14-2012, 09:10 PM
i think i have to take it easy with the food this year... loose 5kg, not gain. Its tough though because the food is so freaking good everywhere.

Yeah right - good luck! :spiteful:

And you'll certainly be invited to drink a lot over there too.

Even with the quality on hand, there are at least worse countries with heavier food that would be more a worry for your waistline. I'd say walk a lot during your trip and enjoy the food.

Sara@JKI
09-15-2012, 05:25 PM
we usually go crazy with chocolate melon bread from convenience stores (and plantan in Sakai), but this year, since a lot of people will be "watching", we'll refrain from eating too much of melon bread....

Staying up all night with my family during the kamataki (firing of the wood kiln) is hard though... watching the kiln and trying to be awake means eating a lot of junk food....

i already have some restaurants in my mind.... 4 more nights to go!

Cutty Sharp
09-15-2012, 05:31 PM
First thing I wanted last time was a bowl of good ramen. Next, visit to an izakaya. Thoughts of chocolate melon bread would never enter into the equation.

Another suggestion: live streaming trip-cam

DwarvenChef
09-16-2012, 02:34 AM
I will be watching for all the great dishes you post :) I really love pics with that "home meal" touch. Not that the elaborate plattings are cool to see and all, it's just all one sees nowdays and I'm drawn to simpler presentations these days :)

Sara@JKI
09-17-2012, 05:09 PM
yes, I also love "home meal" type of dishes too :) When traveling over few weeks, eating out can be also exhausting, so easy going, simple meals are always appreciated... Just 2 more nights of sleep, and we'll be departing!

Sara@JKI
09-20-2012, 09:57 AM
Day 1: Arriving in Tokyo

okay, this sounds really lame, but i was literally too tired to eat :( Jon of course picked up an obento - it looked really great! We got it from the basement of a nearby mall. In "デパ地下(depa chika)", or the Japanese abbreviation for a basement of department mall, you can find a lot of small obento (or take out meal) shops.... Jon could have spent 3 hours, but I'm proud that I drag him out of there within 30 minutes!

Here's Jon's obento for dinner/late night snack.
http://imageshack.us/a/img207/7604/photokvk.jpg

Anyway, I just wanted you guys to know we are here in Japan :)

http://imageshack.us/a/img507/566/photo2jo.jpg

Johnny.B.Good
09-20-2012, 10:18 AM
Glad you made it safe and sound.

Keep the updates coming Sara!

Eamon Burke
09-20-2012, 11:46 AM
Yum.

markenki
09-20-2012, 01:38 PM
Looks yummy. I love Japanese food!

JBroida
09-20-2012, 07:17 PM
sara and i forgot to take pictures of our breakfast today, but god damn bread here is good. Cheese bread, ham and cheese bread, ham cheese and onion bread...

I'll take pictures next time.

Anyways, one day in tokyo to get situated and then the real work starts

DwarvenChef
09-20-2012, 08:41 PM
Bread huh :p didn't you say you where going to avoid to much bread this time :p LOL

hax9215
09-20-2012, 10:22 PM
we usually go crazy with chocolate melon bread from convenience stores (and plantan in Sakai), but this year, since a lot of people will be "watching", we'll refrain from eating too much of melon bread....

Staying up all night with my family during the kamataki (firing of the wood kiln) is hard though... watching the kiln and trying to be awake means eating a lot of junk food....

i already have some restaurants in my mind.... 4 more nights to go!

Beautiful Miss sarah, I say this with the upmost sincerity; life is short, pain is long, and grab the melon bread while you can.

Hax the Cook CLEAVERS RULE!!! :D

JBroida
09-22-2012, 07:25 PM
i think i'm doing an ok job at keeping things updated on facebook here http://www.facebook.com/JapaneseKnifeImports

DwarvenChef
09-22-2012, 07:54 PM
No execution oders passing by, so ya looking good :p

Sara@JKI
09-23-2012, 05:43 PM
sorry for not updating more often... here are some more photos - i took them with my cellphone, so forgive me for the poor quality :( !

one of my favorite convenience stores - looking really fancy and actually do amazing job:
http://imageshack.us/a/img825/5000/20120922152510.jpg

Yesterday was our traveling day, so we grabbed some bread in the morning:
http://imageshack.us/a/img338/7167/20120923093133.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img856/1104/20120923093354.jpg

Of course we "had to" eat lunch box from a train:
http://imageshack.us/a/img442/3531/20120923123534.jpg

SameGuy
09-23-2012, 07:12 PM
Which hotel were you at in Tokyo? We were enjoying our ginbura in the heart of Ginza Thursday through early Sunday before coming back home. We picked up morning baked goods from a fantastic bakery stand in Ginza-Itchome Metro station and we stopped in at Kimuraya around the corner, too! But we started out short stay with 6:00 am breakfast omakase at Daiwazushi in Tsukiji. :)

JBroida
09-23-2012, 07:31 PM
we were near shinawaga... very convenient for the yamanote line

Cutty Sharp
09-23-2012, 08:00 PM
Which hotel were you at in Tokyo? We were enjoying our ginbura in the heart of Ginza Thursday through early Sunday before coming back home. We picked up morning baked goods from a fantastic bakery stand in Ginza-Itchome Metro station and we stopped in at Kimuraya around the corner, too! But we started out short stay with 6:00 am breakfast omakase at Daiwazushi in Tsukiji. :)

Hey, SameGuy - ahh, finally the Tokyo trip you were looking forward to. If Sara/Jon are posting photos (albeit of 'meron bread' ahem :tongue:) then you should be sure to as well, especially any blade-related. D'accord? You do it and in a month when I'll probably be in Kansai again, I will try too.


we were near shinawaga... very convenient for the yamanote line

Ah, Jon, I think you mean 'Shinagawa' - unless they've invented an entirely new name and place! :scratchhead:

SameGuy
09-23-2012, 08:37 PM
I think all areas of Tokyo are conveniently served by the trains... Imagine what it would be like in LA (or here in Montreal, or Toronto) with a vast and efficient train/subway system covering the entire metro area the way it does in Tokyo.

Cutty, I'm already home. Too short, I know. But we had great seats at the Big Egg to see Chono and Abe's heroics as the Giants clinched the Central Division title on Friday night, and then we made our way to the Ryōgoku Kogukikan and saw Ozeki Harumafuji and Yokozuna Hakuho each take victories on Saturday afternoon, setting the stage for their epic Sunday showdown. It was outstanding entertainment, and a privilege to watch two artists of the ring in action on the penultimate day of the Autumn Bashō. All in all, along with the fresh sushi to start it, it was a fantastic weekend trip!

SameGuy
09-23-2012, 08:43 PM
PS: every time I came across any of the throngs of K-tourists, I subversively mumbled, "오-오-오-오-오-오-오빠 강남 style!" to see if I could get a reaction. About three quarters smiled or even laughed out loud. :D

Cutty Sharp
09-23-2012, 09:20 PM
PS: every time I came across any of the throngs of K-tourists, I subversively mumbled, "오-오-오-오-오-오-오빠 강남 style!" to see if I could get a reaction. About three quarters smiled or even laughed out loud. :D

Hehe good one! I even get the small kids to do the horse dance in class here. They don't think that's at all unusual.

By the way, just in case you hadn't realised, much better to shout out '오빠 강남 style!!!' to Korean tourists than 'Heeeeeyyyyyyyy, Sexy Ladeeee!!' Though to be perfectly honest, I haven't tried that either. Maybe will if '오빠 강남 style' works.

Okay... we await your Tokyo photos, perhaps on a separate thread. Still amazed you'd fly there for a 'weekend trip' but I guess I would too.

JBroida
09-23-2012, 11:47 PM
Hey, SameGuy - ahh, finally the Tokyo trip you were looking forward to. If Sara/Jon are posting photos (albeit of 'meron bread' ahem :tongue:) then you should be sure to as well, especially any blade-related. D'accord? You do it and in a month when I'll probably be in Kansai again, I will try too.



Ah, Jon, I think you mean 'Shinagawa' - unless they've invented an entirely new name and place! :scratchhead:

yup... shinagawa... was typing from my cell phone

SameGuy
09-23-2012, 11:50 PM
Looking forward to many more of your (and Sara's) photos and stories! Bread is nice and all -- yes, the Japanese seem to have developed an incredible passion for the French baking tradition -- but I hope to see you featuring foods that are unusual to us in North America and Europe.

Keep'em coming!

Sara@JKI
09-24-2012, 12:57 AM
well... I think eating out is finally getting to the point where I feel like I need to skip some meals...

We had unadon today at lunch.... it was unhealthy and VERY tasty. high five for our business meetings with tasty meals.

Crothcipt
09-24-2012, 01:14 AM
Lol Sara you look so happy to have some bread on the train.

Johnny.B.Good
09-24-2012, 01:42 AM
Thanks for the updates Sara!

schanop
09-24-2012, 02:06 AM
We had unadon today at lunch.... it was unhealthy ...

Funny you mentioned that unadon was unhealthy :-)

Cutty Sharp
09-24-2012, 02:30 AM
Funny you mentioned that unadon was unhealthy :-)

Nah, not bad if you have some vegs with it. Certainly better than that choco-melon bread stuff.

I wonder what the kilo count is now. How many days in Japan so far and how many kilos gained?

JBroida
09-24-2012, 02:37 AM
Nah, not bad if you have some vegs with it. Certainly better than that choco-melon bread stuff.

I wonder what the kilo count is now. How many days in Japan so far and how many kilos gained?

thanks to the heat/natsubate, i think we're doing ok

Sara@JKI
09-24-2012, 05:06 AM
Nah, not bad if you have some vegs with it. Certainly better than that choco-melon bread stuff.

I wonder what the kilo count is now. How many days in Japan so far and how many kilos gained?

easily 50000 cal for sure. sad :(

Chefdog
09-26-2012, 09:09 AM
Jon/Sara,
Facebook photos look awesome. Especially the grilled meat & seafood setup. Those shortribs (?) made my coffee and bagel seem so lackluster. Excuse my ingnorance of Japanese food, but what do you call that style of dining with the little tableside grill (assuming that's what it was...)?

Keep 'me coming, we're living vicariously through you.

JBroida
09-26-2012, 09:14 AM
lets call it yakiniku ;)

Sara@JKI
09-27-2012, 08:31 AM
jon is taking a lot of photos of our serious dinner etc., so i decided it's my job to take random photos of our snacks...

Yukimi Daifuku - possibly the BEST mochi ice cream.
http://imageshack.us/a/img411/525/20120925190813.jpg

Little ice cream - Pino!
http://imageshack.us/a/img443/6415/20120926191031.jpg

soup in bread - what do you call it?
http://imageshack.us/a/img713/3725/20120927124248.jpg

Zwiefel
09-27-2012, 09:39 AM
Bread bowl!

Cutty Sharp
09-27-2012, 11:42 AM
soup in bread - what do you call it? http://imageshack.us/a/img713/3725/20120927124248.jpg

Don't know - 'supu naka pan'? - but know the Japanese find it sugoi.

stereo.pete
09-27-2012, 11:44 AM
I never imagined that there would be so many baked goods in Japan, especially breads.

Cutty Sharp
09-27-2012, 12:00 PM
I never imagined that there would be so many baked goods in Japan, especially breads.

Probably has something to do with what appeals to Jon&Sara.

I'll say this - they have a strong feeling for comfort foods there. A fairly mild winter in Tokyo feels a lot colder - in the chilly Japanese homes - than a colder winter in Canada, for example, and so ohhhhh the wonders of a hot bowl of ramen or heated sake, not to mention trips to the onsen. Bread and baked goods are certainly comfort stuff too. And now Sara is back home and maybe enjoying herself.

mhlee
09-28-2012, 04:29 PM
I never imagined that there would be so many baked goods in Japan, especially breads.

Japan has fantastic breads and pastries and Japanese people love baked goods. Fruit tarts, profiteroles (IIRC, they're called "shu kureemu" or "choux cream"), cream pan, white bread or shoku-pan (the fluffiest, best tasting and textured white bread) . . . there are so many great baked goods there.

Man. I need to go back . . . :sad0:

Ucmd
09-28-2012, 09:22 PM
Jon, More pics please. My dream is a Japanese vaca.

JBroida
09-29-2012, 10:31 AM
trying, but from today we got even busier... started at about 6am today and just finished now a little after 11pm. tomorrow we need to get up at 5am ;)

Sara@JKI
10-02-2012, 03:06 AM
sorry guys for not updating as often as i promised :( !

Sara@JKI
10-02-2012, 03:20 AM
here's some more update :)

some simmered food - nimono
http://imageshack.us/a/img51/846/20120930181645.jpg

ekiben (meal box from a train/station)
http://imageshack.us/a/img689/9042/20121002095311.jpg

possibly the best strawberry chocolate
http://imageshack.us/a/img31/3086/20121002100804.jpg

Cutty Sharp
10-02-2012, 12:47 PM
Oh, I'm surprised to see the green chili - even if it's not such a hot one - in the middle of this.


ekiben (meal box from a train/station)
http://imageshack.us/a/img689/9042/20121002095311.jpg

JBroida
10-02-2012, 05:41 PM
shishito pepper

Sara@JKI
10-05-2012, 06:44 AM
shishito is so tasty..... :) !

Sara@JKI
10-16-2012, 01:05 AM
Feeling really guilty for not updating for a while (I mean, for a very long time)....

here's some more photos!

Jon tried a lot of new sake, syocyu, imojyochu etc. this year.
http://imageshack.us/a/img213/2800/img3654w.jpg

Salad @ izakaya
http://imageshack.us/a/img832/8826/img3656no.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img845/237/img3655g.jpg

harumaki
http://imageshack.us/a/img94/5122/img3661d.jpg

osashimi
http://imageshack.us/a/img819/5100/img3662kj.jpg

tororoimo okonomiyaki
http://imageshack.us/a/img802/40/img3664k.jpg

avocado fry
http://imageshack.us/a/img152/7245/img3666ev.jpg

tonkotsu ramen
http://imageshack.us/a/img849/7587/img3687d.jpg

tsukemen
http://imageshack.us/a/img822/3821/img3688xk.jpg

gyoza
http://imageshack.us/a/img21/6364/img3690g.jpg

lunch in middle of nowhere
http://imageshack.us/a/img59/3808/20121004115059.jpg

desert inspired by halloween :)
http://imageshack.us/a/img826/1341/20121004192256.jpg

two in one ice cream
http://imageshack.us/a/img4/3919/photocgup.jpg

sweet potato pastry
http://imageshack.us/a/img545/8049/photo1nw.jpg

why are we not updating more? well, it's all because of this massive kiln (Gesshin Gama)
http://imageshack.us/a/img88/2644/photo2md.jpg