In the past few years there's been a bit of a craze for craft beer in Japan, the best part about it has been the Craft Beer Festivals. The worst part, expensive wanky restaurants selling fancy food and beer have popped up all over the place, like pimples on my proverbial buttocks. You know the … Continue reading Osaka Craft Beer Craziness
Here's a short list of what you can do at a conveni in Japan: post a package, buy concert/ sumo tickets, pay your health insurance, utility and tax bills, print photos, make photocopies, make instant ramen, buy a hot coffee ¥100, buy alcohol 24hrs, buy hot food, ice cream, toiletries, bananas, use it as your … Continue reading Conbeeni: Japanese convenience stores
This year I was determined to enjoy the cherry blossoms and hay fever with my friends. Luckily it was my mum's first spring in Japan, so we had an excuse to celebrate. TIP: Don't try and wing Cherry Blossom season. Scout out a good place well in advance of the day. Look for toilets nearby, … Continue reading Hanami花見: Cherry blossoms in Osaka
They've finally changed the music in the 7-11! It's an orchestral version of Michael Jackson's Human Nature, it's not bad. Or maybe that's just a depressing indication of how long I've been here and maybe I need to get back to the real world, hmmm . . . Better late than never, which is what … Continue reading Conveni Browsing: March selection
My friend Claire told me she had a chip addiction and I think it's something most of us can empathize with. Living in Japan, it's hard to stay off the chips. I'm on the Chip Wagon most of the week, but oh boy, when the weekend arrives, it's a chip-frenzy! Chip flakes all over the … Continue reading Conveni: Top picks for March
It has recently been brought to my attention that Daiso in Cairns, Australia, boasts an incredible range of Japanese products, including, but not limited to, the ever versatile and delicious yuzu ponzu. Yuzu is a kind of aromatic, yellow citrus popular in Japanese food and also bath rituals (don't ask) you can find out more … Continue reading So you think you can ponzu?
Oh man, I need to stop hanging out at the conveni; if I hear "Sleepy Jean" one more time, I'm gonna burn that place to the ground. Here's February's top pick from the conveni - can't pass up the sticks . . . so flavourful. Ice cream section . I think it's worth mentioning that … Continue reading Conveni Browsing: February selection