Thursday, August 19, 2010

Moon: Living Abroad in Japan

Today I bought myself a copy of the book Moon: Living Abroad in Japan by Ruthy Kanagy. I had first seen this book at Fully Booked last week and was about to buy it at Php958, but then I decided to check out other bookstores first. I am so glad that I did, because I found it at National Bookstore priced at Php785... and with a 50% discount because they're on sale! So I spent only Php392.50 instead of Php958. I'm so happy! I can't wait to get started on reading it.

"Engaging, honest, and packed with information... the Moon Living Abroad series provides well-rounded insight into the country and its culture, and then gives you the real scoop on how to make the best move." - Transitions Abroad

Monday, August 9, 2010

Local Cuisine of Hokkaido, Japan

Hokkaido has a rich variety of fresh fish and seafood such as crab, scallops, sea urchins, salmon roe, salmon, herring, flounder, cod, arabesque greenlings, squid, octopus, shrimp, abalone, surf clams and kelp which are harvested from the northern seas of Japan and are rated among the best of their type for their exquisite taste and flavor. The crab in particular is exceptional.

Ishikari-nabe is a typical dish of Hokkaido made from chunks of salmon which are stewed with vegetables, tofu and konnyaku (devil's tongue) in kelp stock flavored with miso. Locally produced potatoes and cabbage are also added to the delicious flavor of this hearty dish which utilizes fresh salmon from head to tail.

Genghis Khan nabe
The Genghis Khan nabe, a dish in which thinly sliced mutton and vegetables (bean sprouts, cabbage and pumpkin) are basted and roasted, is renowned for its hearty taste and unique rustic flavor. Many restaurants around Hokkaido specialize in Genghis Khan nabe. The dish is also very popular in large beer parlors.

Photos courtesy of Japan National Tourism Organization.

Moerenuma Park in Sapporo, Hokkaido

These are the major facilities at Moerenuma Park in Sapporo, Hokkaido. Photos, from top to bottom, are:

  • Forest of Cherry Trees
  • Moere Beach
  • Play Mountain
  • Tetra Mound
  • Music Shell 
  • Aqua Plaza
  • Sea Fountain 
  • Glass Pyramid "Hidamari"
  • Mt. Moere 

Photos courtesy of Moerenuma Park.

Forest of Cherry Trees

Moere Beach
Play Mountain
Tetra Mound
Music Shell
Aqua Plaza
Sea Fountain
Glass Pyramid "Hidamari"
Mt. Moere

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Useful Videos of Japan

Stay at a Japanese inn

Enjoy the foods of the Edo era

Arrival in Tokyo

Wander around Akihabara

Inspiring Videos of Japan

Beautiful Japan

Cool Japan

Delightful Japan

Soulful Japan