Eat your catch!

Are you a fan of fishing? Considering the love of Britons for fish and chips, I thought it would be a good idea to recommend a great spot for anyone visiting Japan. I’m talking about the restaurant called ZAUO which is really popular among tourists, therefore, they have a menu in English. I went to their branch in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

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Basically, you can catch your own fish and then the restaurant cooks it for you in the way you  like it: raw, grilled, boiled, fried, deep fried, sushi, in a soup etc.

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If you fail to catch the fish you want you can still order it but it will be a bit more expensive. If you’re successful like me then you can enjoy eating your catch at a lower price than the market value. I like raw fish so here is how my catch ( a flounder) looked like ten minutes later.

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At ZAUO you can also catch abalone, lobsters and other seafood.

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grilled abalone hidden under the vegetables

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horned turban shell

Something that I found bizarre and surprisingly tasty was that you can actually eat the bones of the fish. They simply deep fry the skeleton of the flounder and then it’s ready to eat!

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Overall, the fish is fresh and catching it was fun. 🙂 I think if such a restaurant opens in England that would be great!

Tokyo Disneyland!

Tokyo Disneyland is a fun place to visit if you still keep the child inside you alive. The ticket for 1 day for an adult costs only 35 pounds and you can easily buy it online. The park is open from 08:00 am until 10:00 pm all week round. You don’t need to pay extra for the rides. Beware, choosing a day with nice weather is extremely important if you want to enjoy to the fullest.

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There is a map of the park available in a variety of languages, such as: Japanese, English,Chinese, Korean etc. The first thing you will notice is the variety of people from around the globe but predominantly people from Asian countries.WP_20150807_053

The park is divided into different themes: Adventureland, Westernland, Critter Country, Fantasyland, Toontown, and Tomorrowland. On some popular rides the queue is so long you need to wait for at least 1 hour, unless, you have a fastpass ticket which can get you in much faster.

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The weather in August was extremely hot (32-3 C) so staying hydrated is vital.WP_20150807_065

There are performances and parades going on around the park, however, all of them are aimed at children under the age of 10.WP_20150807_140

There are plenty of shops to buy souvenirs from. Goods consist of stationery, toys, key charms, home decorations, foods etc.

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Here are some shots from the rides which I took even though it’s prohibited! (* ̄∀ ̄)  *awkward laugh*

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Star Jets, Tomorrowand
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Mark Twain Riverboat, Westernland
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Tom Sawyer Island Rafts, Westernland
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Beaver Brothers Explorer Canoes, Critter Country

The Cape of Inubo, Japan

Recently, I went on a trip to Chōshi (銚子市), a city located in Chiba prefecture of Japan.
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It takes only 2-3 hours to reach Choshi with a train from Tokyo. The fare (one way) costs between 11 to 22 pounds.
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To see the ocean you need to go to Inubo station  by local electric line/train which is almost 100 years old.
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THE CAPE OF INUBO (犬吠埼 ) reveals a picturesque view of the Pacific ocean. It is also surrounded by a forest making it a popular tourist attraction.

Inubōsaki Lighthouse (犬吠埼燈台) located on the cape of Inubo was built in the 19th century with the help of the British engineer Richard Henry Brunton.
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There are Japanese style hotels (ryokans) nearby where you can take a rest, enjoy local food and japanese hot springs (onsen). I really enjoyed watching the ocean while bathing in an open air hot spring at Umi to mori ryokan. In onsen you need to take a shower before entering and also remove all of your clothes. No swimsuits are allowed but you can take a small towel with you. Onsen are gender separated.WP_20150808_017

You can also enjoy drinking tea and eating local snacks (wagashi or rice cakes) while staying at a ryokan.

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The menu consists of Japanese dishes and, occasionally,some Western dessert/dish. Raw or grilled fish, beef, tofu, rice, salads and pickled vegetables are the foods I encountered the most. Soy sauce replaces salt, and fish stock is the base of most soups. Seaweed is commonly used as well. Everything was fresh and yummy.

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I really enjoyed my trip and would love to go there again in the future.

First days in Tokyo

After an 18 hours flight I have finally landed in Tokyo. I will be spending a few weeks in Japan before my 2nd year of Nursing begins.

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One of the things I really want to achieve is learn basic/intermediate Japanese. Even though I had studied English for 10 years back home, it wasn’t until I moved to England when I started learning English much more in just a few weeks. I hope I learn Japanese too in a similar way. I will be studying mostly on my own with study books and some apps.Wish me luck!

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My first impression is that Tokyo is way too hot with daily temperatures of up to 35 C. My skin skin feels clammy throughout the day and the night.

On the positive side, the food here is fresh and tasty with a variety of cuisines. I was curious about Korean food so I had the chance to try it out and it was really nice.

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Trying yakiniku (grilled meat) was such a pleasure! You cook the meat for only 3 seconds in total! That was so surprising at first, but it actually tastes really good. Would definitely recommend it.

WP_20150802_016I spent my 20th birthday travelling here and there and finishing with a nice dinner in a great company. Now I am officially an adult in Japan and no longer a teenager.WP_20150803_017 (2)

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