This was supposed to go up ages ago but the schedule in France/London and then the unexpected volcano which left us stranded in Europe means that this two part edition comes extra late.
Since we spoke last, managed to get tickets for the Eurostar and come back to London. Also managed to change our departure from Heathrow instead of Charles de Gaulle. Currenty waiting for seats for Saturday but have confirmed seats for next Wed. Europe has been great but really want to get back to Tokyo! Many challenges in running a business remotely - especially the meetings which I'm supposed to be in which don't quite work well with Skype.
Starting off with ramen wars - a ramen (noodle) place opened opposite this one and was serving a bowl of good ramen for 500 yen. This place only recently started to counter attack with a discounts dotted through the week starting at 330 yen per bowl.
Probably would have to live in the UK for longer but for my current short stay, I felt that it costs much cheaper to live in Japan. Some folks write horror stories about how apples in Japan costs 5000 yen each. If you want a 5000 yen apple then you can certainly find one but that's not what they cost normally.
Decent one room apartments in central Tokyo can cost from about 50000 yen per month. Will talk more about the cost of living separately. How did you feel about the price of food and travel when you visited Japan compared to where you live?
The first thing I want to eat when back in the land of the rising sun is some Sushi. Each piece here is about 120 yen. Sushi in your neck of the woods at reasonable cost or require saying goodbye to one of your limbs?
Not sure if you was aware but the Tokyo metropolis includes a load of islands - all can be reached by boat but only some can be reached by plane. If you fancy a break from the metropolis then you may want to give them a whirl.
More details about the islands at tokyo-islands.com.
Never seen this anywhere before and only recently came across this at Narita Airport on the way to Hong Kong - picked it up immediately! Tis small and lightweight and cost about 2000 yen. You can find it after going through immigration at one of the souvenir shops - the one with a load of dry snacks at the front after the Akihabara store.
Usually warm up some milk in the microwave while the water boils. The tea bags go in the mug and brew for a while with piping hot water. Then more water is added topped off by milk. Sugar goes in just before the milk. Add sugar too early and the hot water doesn't flow through the tea bags properly.
The Ikea mug stores about 3 cups of tea which is not only a time saver, it helps keep tea hot for longer.
Sticking the futon out the window or balcony on a sunny day is the norm over here which helps to kill fleas and get rid of moisture. When bringing the futon back in, one would normally beat the futon to get rid of accumulated dust just like this guy below.
I saw some futon hanging out the window in France the other day and wondering if this is also a custom in your area too?