Since one of our members will be making a trip to Tokyo again this week, here is an introduction to 2 interesting spots in Shinjuku, the area in Tokyo which never sleeps. 😄
Located in the Golden Gai(新宿ゴールデン街, “街” is Japanese for “streets”), this area boasts the most number of bars and pubs clumped together.
Why this place, you may ask.
It is a simple bar which seats about 8+ people comfortably, but the master knows his stuff, and can put together any drinks to suit your whim and tastes.
Also, this place has also been featured in many famous Japanese magazines such as “Men’s Ex”, “Otona no Shumatsu”, and even in the famous travel mook, “Shinjuku Walker”!
Alright, so the above establishment may not be up your alley if you are looking for more otaku-ish places.
In that case, how about:
Sub-culture Café and Bar, New Type Shinjuku
If you are into the sub-culture scene, this place will be perfect for you!
Besides the great food and drinks, which may have otaku origins, this place also holds events on certain days.
For example, the all night karaoke session from Friday night all the way to early Saturday morning,
or even the table-top game and Monster Hunter game sessions on Saturdays!
Kindly refer to the main page above for the latest updates regarding events.
The above 2 places can handle conversations in English(simple ones anyway…), so do not worry about communication problems and give them a try! ^_^b
For the past few posts, we had otaku only info, then food related info… for this latest post, how about both? 😄
Spending a few years working in Japan meant having to drink occasionally, and the cheap prices for alcohol compared to Singapore did not help matters either. The relative cheapness of wines and sake meant that even anime, manga or even illustrators can produce a line of moe alcohol!
Here are a few examples:
KanColle sake, last we heard, they were still available at anime retailers like Animate.
May look familiar, as this is the same illustrator as the Madoka☆Magica series.
(*Sorry, we drank the contents before remembering to take a photo… XD)
This photo was taken at the event where they revealed this Touken Ranbu product for the first time.
The bottles had a hollow center design to hold the slip of paper with the illustration. Sakura sake, by the way. Oh, and should also be still available in shops like Animate.
Some of the other collaborations also included: Macross Frontier, King of Braves GaoGaiGar, Maison Ikkoku, and so on. What other titles have you seen with an alcohol collaboration so far? Xp
Just earlier today, we had the press conference in Tokyo for the updates for Macross Delta!
Following that, the main page has also been updated with the latest info:
- One character visual
- Mechanic updates
- Two key visuals!!
Head over to the main site for details.
You’ve gotta admit, the valkyrie designs are as beautiful as ever, and the Sv series transformation is something to look forward to!
On a side note, some of the guys are already calling this series: Macross Love Live!… wonder why… 😄
It looks like the latest Gundam series is picking up steam with the latest episode 3 just released today, and we have One Punch Man for comedy relief this season, so it probably won’t get boring anytime soon. Oh, let’s not forget about Kamen Rider Ghost and the upcoming Macross Delta press release coming up on the 29th of this month.
But enough of the otaku chat, as mentioned in the title of this post, we will be looking at another topic today. Since we have a member who has lived in Tokyo for the past 5 years, let’s take a look at some nice food places in Tokyo!
According to our sources, it seems that a quite a few people have already tried out this place too, so please feel free to comment if you have a recommendation from this restaurant too! 😄
You can find a sample of the menu here: http://pasta-moses.com/store/menu.html
This place features the traditional Italian pastas, as well as the Japanese style pastas for the courageous diners. (Seriously, some of the Japanese pastas contain fish roe, natto or sea urchin, so be prepared…)
That said, the most sought after item there should be the Salmon Cream Fettuccine Pasta, as it tends to sell out once the sauce is finished for the day. Do check with the chef on the availability before placing your orders. a good suggestion of to go for dinner there, as the best set meal (set C) is only available at dinner. It includes soup, salad, drink and dessert for less than 2000 yen!
We are not sure if any English menu is available on site, so those going may like to take note of the following items when visiting:
うに (uni) – sea urchin
明太子、たらこ (mentaiko, tarako) – fish roe
しめじ (shimeji) – mushroom, long variety
あさり (asari) – clams
納豆 (natto) – fermented beans, normally comes coated in a sticky residue
That should cover this restaurant for the time being, but do let us know if there is any food you would like us to cover in the future non-otaku related posts! ^_^b
Most of the new season animes are already shown on TV in Japan, and the latest Gundam series: Iron-blooded Orphans was just shown today as well.
Good news for the Gundam fans living outside Japan though, as the series is available for viewing with subtitles on the official Gundam.info channel on YouTube!
鉄血のオルフェンズ Iron-blooded Orphans
For the fans who wish to watch without the subtitles, just choose the Indonesia, Malay, or Tagalog sub version and do not switch on the subtitles… 😄
Otherwise, the Korean, Mandarin or English subs will do nicely.
In the event that you are not aware, there are plenty of Gundam series available for viewing on this page too, so do remember to check them out!
Personally, we enjoyed the first episode of this new series, and hope that we have a great story ahead… ^o^/
(*Although, the OP song could be easily mistaken for a Future Card Buddyfight song… wonder why… XD)
A new Kamen Rider series will be hitting Japan’s Tv stations tomorrow morning: Kamen Rider Ghost!!
Strangely enough, some of the toys have already hit the shelves in Japan, and one of our favourite toy reviewers (Wotafa / ヲタファ) have already covered a few of them.
You can check out the previews to the toys before the first episode is on air here, but be warned that it does give away some information before the actual show, so proceed at your own discretion…
Wotafa does a lot of great reviews, so do comment or support his channel if you find the videos useful! ^_^b
Well, now that the best anime series for me this year (so far) has drawn to a close, it’s time to loop the OP and ED songs indefinitely in order to learn the songs for the next karaoke session… 😄
Picked up the CDs from the last trip to Tokyo from Toranoana.
Came with a box to hold both discs as a tokuten (supplement) apparently…
For the anime lovers who like a rather unusal kind of love comedy, do check out the series:
モンスター娘のいる日常 Everyday Life with Monster Girls
A gag series which makes me literally laugh out loud, something no other series has accomplished in a long, long time.
The western market seems to agree with me too, as all the manga volumes have topped the New York Times Best Seller list so far upon release.
Maybe the next post will feature the character CD singles… stay tuned!!!