Archive for August, 2010

Ramen for a carnivore
August 13, 2010

On my way home from Tokyo, I spent a night in the Susukino district of Sapporo. After leaving Hokkaido for a month, I was yearning for some good miso ramen.

I headed for the Ramen Yokocho, a famous alleyway that houses a plethora of tiny shops. I took a nap after my flight and wasn’t able to stumble in until around 2 am, so only three or four shops were open.

Halfway through the alley, I caught a glimpse of an advertisement for one of them. Meat was literally overflowing from the bowl. It’s name was Double Chashu, but compared to the meat content of other ramen, it could have just as easily been called Quadruple Chashu… (Chashu is the thinly-sliced pork loin that is usually floating on top of the ramen noodles).

Behold its glory:

This could have been Bob’s fate…
August 13, 2010

While exploring various neighborhoods around Tokyo following my month of mayhem in the USA, I stumbled into an arcade to take advantage of the air conditioning. The arcade, located a stone’s throw from the famed “Senso-ji” temple, had a UFO catcher that may well outdo the “schoolgirl panties” urban legend: Live upalupas.

For a mere 100 yen a try, you too could learn of the wonders of upalupa ownership (if you’re lucky).