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Japan Trip Pics #3 – Food, Food, and More Food!!

Hi everyone! How are you doing today? ๐Ÿ˜‰

First of all, I want to say that my boy friend came up with this title, and not me. He likes to be silly sometimes ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you missed my two trip posts, you can check them out hereย and here.

FINALLY, this is the LAST POST ABOUT THIS TRIP. (I have so much more other stuff that I want to post, but I know I should finish this first) So foodie post, here it goes!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

1.) Vegan Airplane food is disgusting.

Ew, what is this fake curry thing… I only ate the left and the right side (not the white rice – yuck!!!)

Breakfast…The puffy cake-like thing on the right tasted like NOTHING. I seriously had NO IDEA what it was.

Breakfast in Japan was vegetable/fruit juice such as this.

Konjac noodles. I love these and they were my lifesavers.

Soba noodles with original soy sauce + vinegar dip. Can taste the soy sauce A LOT, and I thought it was funny ๐Ÿ˜€

I found it in a grocery store. Hershey’s crunch ball. Probably like dibs…yum for people who eat them! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Cherry Blossom Sherbert. Mmmmm it tasted pink! ๐Ÿ˜€

Yeay more konjac! (the green sashimi-looking thing) It’s good, in my opinion. With a little mustard-like sauce…Mmm!

A Vanilla bagel I got at the big mall down town. (yes, it’s vegan! Yeaaaaaaaaaay!!!) It was very vanilla-y. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I bought it again a few days after. ๐Ÿ™‚ It was that good (and when you can’t find good vegan food like the US, anything would help)

And remember how there was a drink store called Vegetaria?

They used fresh vegetables and fruits to make their drink right on the spot.

Because my mom and I are such unique people, we got bitter melon + pineapple and dragon fruit juice.

Mom’s choice of bitter melon + pineapple. It was SUPER BITTER. I liked that expression on her face, because I knew it was bitter!!! (and I tried it and it was…weird!)

My dragon fruit drink. It was very unique, sweet, and good. It tasted like a mango-type tropical awesomeness. ๐Ÿ˜€

Food from the US I brought with me. I’m surprised that it actually held me for 21 days. Next time, I taking these in boxes!!!!!!!!!! That’s how much vegan food I need in Japan!!!!!

Kabosu juice. Kabosu is a fruit that’s similar to a lime. Famous fruit in Oita.

More soba noodle. This time warm. ๐Ÿ™‚

Shitake mushrooms. This was when we celebrated our grandmother’s 77th year. (not birthday, but a special day because her age is 77)

Fried tofu. Always a yum. Even in America. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ha ha ha ha ha ha. If you can read this, it’s funny, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰ It has the kanji for “man” (otoko), right on the surface of the tofu. Pretty funny, huh? ๐Ÿ˜‰ And it’s called Otokomae-tofu. (aka “Handsome tofu”) The name gives me a good laugh, too. XD

Brown Sugar popcorn. This was good, I have to tell you. Even my grandma liked it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ (and it’s vegan! Ha!)

The last “snack” I ate. Apple Sherbert from Baskin Robins. (at The Mall) This was very yum, and it tasted like apples! (Probably chemical apples, but what the heck. I’m regained my health back when I got back home, so it’s all okay) ๐Ÿ˜‰

Food going back. They did a little better, but the steamed veggies didn’t really taste like anything.

Again, breakfast; weird spongy-cake thing. I didn’t even eat this because I knew how nasty it was from the going-to Japan flight. Ew. Absolutely ew.

But but, the funniest food bought during this whole trip is this!

Boobie chocolate!!!!!!!! Our grandma bought it for my girl cousin (age 6) because…it was cute! (I don’t know!) On the front, it actually said how to eat it. “Lick it, suck it, etc. etc.”. It was so funny, I couldn’t stop laughing inside my head!!!! What do you think of this “Boobie Chocolate”? (ooh, and don’t worry. There was also “Penis chocolate”, too. But boobies are totally better than penis, right? Ha ha!!) ๐Ÿ˜€

I have sooooooooooooooooooo many more pictures, but if I were to finish this post in one day, this is all I can put up. And if I tried to put all the pics, I’d never finish these posts about the trip!!!

And guess what? I totally missed my One-Year Blogaversary!!!! (9/1/2009 was when I started) Oh well ๐Ÿ™‚

And two, before I left for Japan, Michael and I went to an all-vegan cafe, so I’m going to have that post coming up next!

To give you a clue what we had, I’ll leave you with this picture.

And now, you get to wonder what it is until my next post! Muhahahahahahaha!! >:D

Well everyone, this is the end of my Japan Trip Recap, and like always, thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanks for coming!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Japan Trip Pics #2 – Landscapes/Stores

Hi y’all! How are you doing today? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hey! It’s another one of those days where I randomly feel like doing a post! I’m glad those days come, because if they don’t, I won’t blog as this often! ๐Ÿ˜‰

So here are pictures of landscapes and stores! (you can look at the first pictures here)

Near by BBQ restaurant.

Driving on the “wrong side”, I know. Oooooo ๐Ÿ˜‰

Seven Eleven in Japan. You see these (and other convinient stores) every couple ofย blocks. It’s INSANE, I tell you! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

A steakhouse. All of a sudden, Japanese likes meat…What happened to their fish culture?!?!?!?! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

Hey! It’s a Toys ‘R’ Us! ๐Ÿ˜€ (with frikin’ expensive toys. pics to come later)

A Half Price Books-type of bookstore in The Mall. (no, it’s actually calledThe Mall“)

The more fancy clothing section of the mall. (and really really expensive. Don’t even ask me about it! It’s crazy!!)

McDonald’s in the food court. (going to McD’s in Japan as well as America? I know, but that’s what my dad wanted.)

Baskin Robins. They have cuter names for the flavors. (they had an apple sherbert that I could eat! Yeay for vegans!) ๐Ÿ˜€

(FYI, they had a “snowman special”, where if you ordered one large scoop, you got a kid’s size scoop on top for free. And since it looks like a snowman, the characters that display it are snowmen!) Japan snowman has two parts. America has three. Different culture, different structured snowmen, I see. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Toy vending machines!!! That’s a lot, isn’t it?! (on one wall, too!)

Dolls at Toys ‘R’ Us.

$43?! (thinking $1 = 100 yen) I’ve seen this at Walmart for $35! Man they’re pricy! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

The manga section of the bookstore. It’s HUGE and PACKED! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

Near by airport. It’s a small one, so I don’t think there’s that many/no international flights from here.

This is in the bigger city. Lots of buildings, narrow roads, and lots of cars!

Different mall in the big city: The little flower shop in the corner of the store right by the enterance. It was cute, but really expensive!! (they can easily go up to $100! $100 for flowers?! No thank you for me!!) I’d rather spend it on food or clothes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Vegetaria!! Sounded vegetarian, so I checked it out, and it was a little drink store!! (recaps here on the next post)

On the 14th and the 15th, my familyย + grandma + our cousin & family went to Yufuin. (city really far from where I was)

Going in to the Gibuli store. (totoro, ponyo, etc.) We didn’t buy anything because again, it was really expensive! (but cute!)

A gift store called “Yufufu” (because the city’s name is “Yufuin”. It sounds cute, I think) ๐Ÿ˜‰

A burger place. No pics, but their burgers (on display) were huge!!! (about 5 in. in diameter. That’s huge!!) ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

And a perfectly blue sky with a bird-shaped cloud when we were heading home.

Fhew! Photos take a long time to upload! (I would put more pictures, but I just have too many to fit in 3 posts!) But I’m glad that the weather was nice for the most part. (it rained hard on the second day we were in Japan; yeay, a storm!!) It was very, VERY hot. (36 degrees?! Holy cow! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ That’s never going to happen in my state!! It’s way to cold and rainy for that to happen!!)

Do you like to travel? Do you have any favorite malls that you go to often? (we couldn’t go that often because mom had to take care of everyone in the family and it was hard for her to make time with me to go to the mall.) But I’m happy that we’re back in the states and back on track with my eating life! ๐Ÿ˜€

The next post is the food post (finally!)!! ๐Ÿ˜€ So until then, thaaaaaaaaaaaaanks for coming!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

PS: Katie’s having a larabar giveaway! ๐Ÿ˜€

Japan Trip Pics #1 – Airport and House

Hi y’all! How are you doing today? ๐Ÿ˜‰

For the longest time, I really didn’t feel like doing a post. Why? Because the more I told myself “I have to do this”, it became more like a “chore” where I had to do. But because today’s sunny, that motivates me to do it a little bit more than when it’s not. ๐Ÿ˜‰

One of the first things we saw at the airport; a vending machine. You see this technically anywhere you look, it’s quite scary. (I’ve never seen as many vending machines in the US before!) Every few blocks you see one; crazy, I tell you!

Lots of little shops in the airport.

Outside the airport. One of my favorite scenes to see in Japan.

Their street lights are different from the US’.

Guess what this fancy, bright building is? It’s a casino (pachinco)!! There are quite a lot of these in Japan, too. (and they’re so big and fancy!) ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

A typical-sized gas station that we passed by as we were driven home. It’s pretty big, isn’t it?

And once we arrived to our grandma’s house, I had to snap some pictures around the house for all of you ๐Ÿ˜‰

That’s my brother standing to show how narrow the stairway is.

The room where my mom and I slept. (with lots of orbs, I see) ๐Ÿ˜‰

The “living room” right by our room. (again, with lots of orbs)

And the downstairs living room. Trust me, this place is SMALL!

Look how “big” the bathroom is! It’s length is from my middle finger to a little bit past my elbow (by about 2 in.) Small, I tell you!!

The traditional way to put your futon back. (and out) It’s not a closet, but a “oshiire” (literally translates to “push and put in a/the place”. Makes sense.)

And this is how close the house is to the house next door. (it’s like “right there”) You can hear if the person’s speaking loud enough. That’s how close the houses are. (this was from our room)

How’s Japan so far? Is it different? Small? Surprising? All? Tell me what you think!

More pics to come on the next post! (post #2 – landscapes/stores, and post #3 – food) I will make more posts if I need to, but this is what I have in mind. ๐Ÿ™‚

So these are it for now, and thanks for coming! ๐Ÿ™‚

Wow, What Did I Miss?

Hi everyone!!!! How are you doing today? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Oh My Gosh. Thanks for all of you who commented on my last few “scheduled” posts!!! I’m very thankful about it!!!

So why was this girl 1.) Not commenting back and 2.) Not commenting on other blogs????

That’s because….

*drumroll please*

I WAS IN JAPAN FOR THREE WEEKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

(can you tell from this that I had fun?) ๐Ÿ˜‰

So that’s why I was MIA for the longest time!

Posts about it will come soon!!! (I just have A LOT of pictures to upload and talk about!!)

And I want to get caught up with google reader as well. ๐Ÿ˜€ But I’ll leave you with a picture of Japan; a sneak preview. ๐Ÿ™‚

So until then, have a great day and thanks for coming!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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