The Weekly Bulletin: Week 8, 2015
It’s been rather chilly this past week, with strong gusts of wind that had me literally shaking the whole time outside. That is, with the exception of sunny lunchtimes which lured me into a false sense of security thinking it was warming up. Ha. Nope.
- The weather/temperature in Sweden isn’t much better than Tokyoーin fact it’s most definitely worseーbut there we’d have the deliciously fattening semla to tide us over the worst of it. A cafe in Osaka called Fågel Blå is apparently selling them, but I’ve not found any in Tokyo… woe! What’s the big deal about this weirdo semla thing you ask? Imagine a sweet bread bun with almond paste, freshly whipped cream and sprinkled lightly with powdered sugar… simply delicious. If you can’t imagine it, or want to try a hand at making one of your own, take a peek at this!
- “Faster than a speeding bullet train!”ーthe sell out rate for tickets on the new Tokyo-Kanazawa Shinkansen line. Seriously though, sold out in 25 seconds. This is why slow people like me can’t have nice things in Japan. That and because I refuse to stand in line. ^^;
- I think a lot of people have, like me, dreamt of a non-stop traveling lifestyle. Benny from Fluent in 3 Months does it, but he does share some of the unglamorous aspects of always being on the road.
- For those looking at traveling to Japan this year, Notes of Nomads has a short guide on how to connect to the free Wi-Fi at Starbucks if you can bear the awful coffee. Free wi-fi is notoriously tricky for travelers wherever you go, and Japan is no exception. There are often deals to be found for wifi rental at the airport when you arrive, but they change often so it’s best to check what promotions are available just before or upon your arrival.
- Since I’ve designated February as Valentine’s month, lovey-dovey posts will still be posted until the 28th! But love isn’t just for Februaryーand it’s certainly not just about Japanーthis post shares cute pet names people have for each other in languages across the world. I remember the first time I encountered one of the French ones, “mon petit chou” (my little cabbage), and was surprised at how unsexy and unromantic calling your partner a cabbage was. Then again, everything sounds better in French, n’est pas?
- Texan in Tokyo just released a new comic book, “My Japanese Husband (Still) Thinks I’m Crazy”ーthe comics are cute, funny and full of cultural insights into Japan, definitely worth a read!
- Popular tennis player Kei Nishikori traded in his tennis racquet for a Nissin noodle commercial recently:
- As commercials go, I think the next one from Saga city (in Kyushu) is one of the best! Japan is known for its sometimes weird seafood options, and Saga is happy to promote one of the weirdest of them all: the warasubo! With a horror/suspense movie-like setting it’s a pretty fun watch! (Not sure it makes me want to try it though…)
- Red pandas playing in the snow, because red pandas:
- YJ and I wandered around Kiddy Land last week. Well, by “wandered”, I mean we went straight to the 4th floor. And by “around”, I mean YJ spent a full 20 minutes watching a Gudetama DVD that was on repeat when we got there… Here’s one of the clips:
- YJ’s heavy work schedule mentioned last week has finally calmed down a bit, and there will hopefully be some changes and developments over the next couple of months! More news on that soon, I hope!
- Waiting for the cold to go away and the warmth and flowers to arrive! Until then, I will take a leaf from Rilakkuma’s book of wisdom:
Do you prefer hot or cold climates? (And if the latter, would you hibernate if you could?)