donderdag 18 september 2014

JAPAN | After Nakano Broadway

The title of this blog is "After Nakano Broadway". I only had some pictures taken around the station after shopping in Nakano Broadway that day. But do not fear! I have a lot of footage saved, made with my Sony Action Cam of Nakano Broadway. It is a very interesting and fun shopping complex filled with figure shops, idol goods and other geeky stuff. Next to that the city Nakano is a lively student city. 

Unfortunately I only visited Nakano Broadway just once during my stay in Japan. Next time I will definitely go again  to get some figures and other geeky stuff. You would not believe your eyes. They have tons of anime related things!

After visiting Nakano Broadway

After spending a lot of hours walking through Nakano Broadway we felt pretty tired. We still needed to go back home with the train. Just to fresh us up a for a bit, we ordered these drinks that you can see on the pictures. It was something like a slush, but they added a ball of ice cream which is the most awesome idea ever! It tasted so good. Mine was melon flavor and Tatsuya had a cola flavored one.


Nakano Station






On the pictures you can have a feel of what Nakano Station looks like. Pretty crowded, like everywhere in Tokyo, with people constantly walking in and out of the station. From there on we went home to eat dinner and such.

Very short blog update this time. I promise they will get better soon! I'm sorting out all my pictures and content. Going to post at least once a week! I will find out what date will be the most convenient.

But again, thanks for checking out my blog! Also if you are interested in more, I upload video's every week on my youtube channel:  KASUMMIKRISSTV

zondag 14 september 2014

Japanese om-nom-noms #1

This summer vacation I have been in Japan snacking on all kinds of delicious foods. Some I already knew, some were completely new to me. So I wanted to share some of the things I have eaten over there and tell a bit about them. For example how the taste, smell and texture are. Probably I will make a few posts on this topic and call it the Japanese om-nom-noms series, because Japanese food is AWESOME!

Grape - Budo - ぶど





Japanese grapes are not so different from Western grapes. But you have very large ones and very small ones. In this case I will be referring to the small sized one. I ate it for the first time this summer in Japan. The taste surprised me so much! They are very sweet. I could not believe my taste buds, haha. These grapes are so similar to the taste of grape flavored candy or Fanta Grape flavor.

Japanese people always peel grapes before they eat them. That was also something new to me. The skin is much thicker compared to the ones I eat in The Netherlands. I think it is just a habit created through time, although Japanese people will probably have their own reasons not to eat the skin.

Watermelon - Suika - すいか

Excuse moi for the blurry picture. Though you might have seen that these are slices of watermelon. I ate tons of those during my vacation. Huge, juicy, colorful and tasty watermelons. They are not so different from those around the world, but I can confirm they are much more sweeter than the ones I have tasted in The Netherlands. Slowly but surely I came to the conclusion that that would be a fact for all the other types of fruits out there. The ones in The Netherlands were nicely juicy, but lacked in the tasted department. These Japanese ones, on the other hand, were exquisite :3!  

Biwa Wine Cake - Biwa wain keeki - びわわいんけーき







My boyfriends' parents had this on the table, so of course I couldn't help myself but try! This little treat was delightful. I didn't really know what it was and I hoped I wouldn't get drunk from it, but it sure didn't make me not want to taste it. This Biwa wine cake was nicely packed in foil and covered by a plastic wrapper. Once I opened it up I smelled the delicious scent of sweet pastry~ After taking a bite I found that there was this jam like substance in the middle of the cake. I remember that it added even an extra sensation to my taste buds! Mmmmm~ So jummy. 

Tuna and cucumber sushi rolls - Maguro maki - まぐろまき

This might not be unfamiliar to you as sushi nowadays is being sold everywhere in the world. So why even bother to put it in this blog?! Because it was super tasty! I had this for lunch together with my boyfriend and we felt stuffed afterwards. I really recommend you to eat sushi, maki or whatever with real Japanese rice. The texture is way better and so much more satisfying. 

Octopus sliced raw fish - Tako sashimi - たこ刺身


Almost every night we had dinner at Tatsuya's parents place. And literally every meal was restaurant quality.. This.. food.. I cannot.... AAH<3. I must say I have been a very lucky girl, yes indeed. But yeah, moving on. 

On the picture above you can see sliced raw octopus. I hope it won't freak you out, kekeke! Both curiosity and the fact that it was pretty unknown to me filled up my head and before I knew it I ate several slices. First I thought it would stick on the inside of my mouth, which unfortunately did not happen..lol. Overall it was pretty nice. Next time I would like to try it in nigiri form!

Eel biscuit - Unagi pai - うなぎパイ

Unagi = Eel, Eel = Fish..... So you are telling me that...?
Eels are an order of fish which consists of four suborders, 20 families, 111 genera and about 800 species. Most eels are predators. 

Source: Wikipedia.


On the flip side, this might be one of the most delicious biscuits I have ever eaten! I did not even find or tasted a trace of the eel. It is very light and crispy. Next to that the taste is so sweet. Definitely some awesome biscuit quality. I must say, eel in general is pretty tasty so I wouldn't have mind tasting it some more in the biscuit. This Unagi pai was one of the first things, after a ramen lunch, that I ate when arriving in Japan. I WANT MORE!

Sesame tofu - Goma Doufu - ごま豆腐

This pudding like thingy wasn't a dessert after our main course. It was part of dinner. It looked very interesting to me and I wanted to know what it was. I was told that this was a type of tofu made out of sesame seeds. It was a cold dish with some sauce on top of it to add more flavor. I liked it very much. I think this one is made out of black sesame seeds. There are also variations of white sesame seeds.



So that was it for this blog post. I hope I could make you somewhat interested in one of these. Or you maybe already might be know with them? Leave a comment if so ^_^!

Thanks for reading :).

zaterdag 13 september 2014

KASUMIKRISSTV | Kashiwa Matsuri 2014

My very first Japanese matsuri (Matsuri = Festival) experience caught on camera! And not just a camera, everything you see in this video is filmed with a Sony Action Cam :). Now a side note to it is that Pro Mode hasn't been used in this video, because we did not have the right SD-card for it yet. But be sure to stay tuned because later on more video's will be upload with in Pro Mode.

Now for the video you all came for hehehe....



KASHIWA MATSURI 2014


I would really love to know if you ever been to a Japanese Festival? If so, what was it like?


For those who are interested in more details about this festival, go check out my other blog post HERE.

Thanks for checking out my blog! I hope to post very soon again :)

vrijdag 5 september 2014

JAPAN | Ameya Yoko Market and Ueno Park

Long time no Japan blog update! Last weeks in Japan were so busy that I barely touched my laptop or mobile phone over there. Now I am back in the Netherlands and next to school I can start blogging and editing video's again. Very happy about that ^_^! Now.. sit back as I take you through my pics I made in Ueno, Japan. Lots of pictures this time again.

Ameya Yoko Market アメ横





This market was a place I definitely wanted to visit. It is a pretty busy market street not far from Ueno station. Ameyoko is shortened for Ameya Yokocho, which translates into Candy store alley. A lot of American products were sold at this market after World War Two. Nowadays you can find everything from clothes, cosmetics and bags to different kinds of spices, fish and fruits at very affordable prizes. 

That's a nice thing of these kinds of markets, they sells stuff for a lot cheaper. Though you should pay attention to weather something is fake or not. But yeah, if the quality is good.. who cares about the brand!

Tatsuya filming with the Sony Acion Cam.




The market street was a lot of fun! There were so many people yelling about there discounts and how good their products are. I also saw a plenty of spots were you could sit and eat a meal. Even several kebab stores are to be found around there. The only thing I ate from the market was a piece of pineapple on a stick, which was very delicious. But the man who sold them was an asshole, he was so rude! Something I would not immediately expect in Japan. 

I surprised myself as I did not buy anything else apart from the pineapple on a stick. The main thing I was looking for were green tea kitkats, or other kind of flavors. Unfortunately I could not find them, although maybe they had them somewhere in some store. 

Ueno Park 上野公園

Shinobazu Pond


When we were done looking around at the street market our tummies were kind of rumbling. So after a stop at a convenient store for some more food on sticks, we continued our day in Ueno Park. This big park is located next to Ueno station. If you're ever in Ueno, you should not miss out on this!

Some time ago this park originally was part of a temple, which has a lot of history behind it. I was already wondering if there was any temple in or around Ueno Park, because I saw a lot of architecture, gates and statues which looked like there must have been one. 

People mainly visit the museums and the Ueno Zoo. I did not though, but I hope to go some other time! They look pretty interesting. Would have been nice to see some different types of animals for example.


Little turtles <3








My boyfriend thinking deeply about dinner

Zeldaaa, Link? Where?!















It was so relaxing to walk around in Ueno Park. The heat was a torture and so were the mosquitoes too, but that did not stop us from having a great time. We did not see all of it, but maybe sometime soon we will get another chance.

I hope you enjoyed this post and liked the pictures. I will continue with writing other blog posts about Japan!

Thank you for reading, or looking at the pictures haha. Both are fine :D!