The Japanese Convini Is Where Your Dreams of Convenience Come True

Why do I love Japan so much? To be totally and horibbly honest, it’s the fact that at 3 in the morning I can go to the nearest brightly lit convini (convenience store) and buy a super noodle cup, a candy bar and a lemon chu-hi. The convini is there for me like a good, good friend that never lets me down.

Okay, maybe that’s not why I love Japan so much, but it certainly helps. In the US, your local convenience store has nothing but questionable taquitos rotating in a grisly slow death on a filthy grill and nachos whose cheese comes from a ‘bladder.’ Oh, not to mention liquid meth energy drinks and frozen pot pies. Continue reading

6 Things You Should Know Before Moving to Japan

I was sitting in a hotel dining room in Marshall, Missouri, kidding myself that I was working (working on watching YouTube videos, more likes!). Two of the hotel staff were cleaning up the continental breakfast fixings and having an ‘I’m gonna quit this town’ conversation. One of the ladies asked the other, ‘Where do you want to go?’

‘I dunno,’ the other said, ‘Some other country maybe, like… Japan.’

‘Japan? Well, that guy over there with the computer lives in Japan.’ Continue reading

Renkon Is Japan’s Tastiest Tuber

Renkon is another delicious and healthy food that Japanese folks love.  It’s known as ‘lotus root’ in English and it’s actually a part of the lotus plant’s root system.  Apparently, lotus plants have stems that extend horizontally from the main root.  This is the part that we eat.renkon

Renkon is used throughout Asia in a number of dishes and I think people in the West are starting to discover its wonders.  I found some stuff about lotus root supplements and products on some natural health websites. Continue reading

I Am Addicted To Japanese Convenience Store Sandwiches

When I first came to Japan, I was dazzled by the array of foods offered at convenience stores.  I think everybody from the US is blown away by Japanese convenience stores because they’re so impressive, and also because ours back home stink.  They usually have just a crusty 3-day-old taquito rotating in the oven looking like it died and forgot to lie down.

Japanese convenience stores offer all kinds of different food.  The only trouble is that when you first go to Japan, you have no idea what any of it is. Continue reading