Wednesday, April 28, 2010
View a beautiful sunset from Tempozan
Tenpozan Harbor Village is famous for offering one of the most beautiful sunsets in Japan. It is located where the Aji River flows into Osaka Bay. The surrounding area has been developed as a modern port, "Osaka Port & Harbor."
Tenpozan Harbor Village offers an excellent view of Mt.Rokko to the north (right), Awaji Island across the bay in the west (front), and skyscrapers at Nanko Cosmosquare to the south (left).
Shabu-shabu (しゃぶしゃぶ, , also spelled syabu-syabu?) is a Japanese variant of hot pot. The dish is related to sukiyaki in style, where both use thinly sliced meat and vegetables, and usually served with dipping sauces, but it is considered to be more savory and less sweet than sukiyaki. It is considered a winter dish but is eaten year-round
Shabu-shabu was introduced in Japan in the 20th century with the opening of a Shabu-shabu restaurant "Suehiro" in Osaka. Its origins are traced back to the Chinese hot pot known as "shuan yang rou". Shabu-shabu is most similar to the original Chinese version when compared to other Japanese steamboat dishes (nabemono) such as sukiyaki. The name of Shabu-shabu was named when Suehiro served it. After that, Suehiro registered the name of shabu-shabu as a trademark in 1955. The cuisine rapidly spread through Asia. Together with sukiyaki, shabu-shabu is a common dish in tourist hot-spots, especially in Tokyo, but also in local Japanese neighborhoods (colloquially called "Little Tokyos" or "Japantowns") in countries such as the United States and Canada.
We've found that regularity is important in Izakaya ballooning if you are to make friends and gain trust. Several tencho's have been opening up more to us since our moving into a smaller situation. One of them has been giving us a tabehoudai of its special dish, Shabushabu, every time we balloon at his shop--FREE OF CHARGE! They let us choose from 4 styles, and then put out 2 servings of 4 kinds of meats, some vegetrables, raw egg, and a choice of beverage or beer.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
These are one of those educational toys that are extremely messy; that you'd want to be sure to keep out of your kids reach. Kids can take the 6 available colors and make a huge disaster somewhere. The reason I am posting this is because I thought it was funny how in the instructions it cautions its buyers to only let ages 3 through 105 play with it.
Monday, April 19, 2010
We were finally able to get a year-pass for one of the world's largest aquariums in the world. If my information is correct, the world's largest aquarium is located in Okinawa, and the Kaiyukan located near-by here is one of the largest in Japan, it seems. I'm pretty sure this is accurate info. ha
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
"The Sun Princess"--explanation in before post
Outing with Grandma Sunshine
We found shelter from the pouring rain in this cute Chinese cafe' and bought one of its renowned snacks. It's something or another like a giant deep-fried omanjyu. It's really good though. It was the 3rd time I got it--really quite addictive.