I was supposed to fly out of Japan on Monday, however I've had to extend my stay due to some missing immigration documents as a F1 student. While I sort everything out here in Japan, I'll probably have to slow down on the blog posts, instagram and tweets. Just give me a few more days and I promise I'll post many many more Japanese recipes for you try!
Meanwhile, please enjoy some shots of Yokohama and Tokyo I've been taking on my iPhone4.
Shibuya, "Hikarie": The new building connected to the new portion of Shibuya station. It's a mall with shopping, restaurants and delicatessens.
"MARKIS", a new shopping mall in Minato Mirai (where I live), opening on the 20th of June. Hundreds of shops such as Uniqlo, Sports Authority, Toys'R us and restaurants will be open.
Haneda International Airport. This airport only opened very recently so it's very brand new and tailored for tourists (as you can see, the interior is very Japanese). I highly recommend having lunch at "Yakiniku Champion" for their Korean BBQ lunch plates (such as the "bibimbap" below) and then green tea, matcha dessert at the "Kyo-Hayashi-Ya".
Amazing mall entrance at Omotesando/Harajuku. The stores are regular chain stores and restaurants which are not that unique to the area but definitely worth a visit to take a photo!
I've already shared this on my instagram/twitter but it's always important to enjoy and to not forget the face of old/traditional Japan. Modern Japan is great but this type of Japan soothes my soul. Photo taken at "Sankeien" garden in Honmoku, Yokohama. $5 entrance fee and you get to enjoy a huge park with amazing buildings, culture and spirit.
One of the many things I love about Japan is the variety and quality of lunch menus. I can confidently say that the majority of restaurants offer lunch menus for amazing deals, usually around the $10 range. $10 will give you a whole "teishoku" (meal) with rice/noodle/pasta, entree, soup, appetizer and drink. Cannot forget to mention that the menu is usually very healthy too.
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