Happy Thursday friends! I have a lot to say so I’m going to jump right into Thinking Out Loud Thursday post.
1. I’m so in love with Ramen that I may just turn into a noodle. The only ramen I’ve ever had before is those ramen noodles you buy for 99 cents that got banned in elementary school when we ate them raw. I know recently ramen has become really popular in Canada but I haven’t tried it yet. Boy was I missing out. I could eat ramen all day every day, which luckily is totally an option in Japan!
2. You may have also seen on my Instagram that I’ve fallen in love with sushi. I’ve always been iffy about sushi. I used to just eat the rolls but I’ve started to eat some smoked salmon pieces too. But I gave it a go in Japan and now I’m in love. I’ll eat straight up sashimi. We visited the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo and had sushi there, which means the fish was probably swimming about an hour before we ate it, so it doesn’t get much fresher than that.
We also hit up a conveyor belt sushi place, where you pick whatever you want and pay by the amount of plates that you have when you’re finished. It was a fun experience but one that can add up in a hurry too.
3. Tom and I thought we had bed bugs. We woke up with mysterious bites on our arms and chest. I immediately freaked out and started googling bed bugs. So far we haven’t got more bites though so I’m hoping it was just something else! That’s definitely not the way I wanted to start out our trip.
4. But speaking of bad things – I have a cold. I found out that the masks Japanese people wear are to prevent sickness. When someone is sick they wear a mask and some people also wear them because they want to prevent themselves from getting sick. Giving someone the flu is actually considered assault and you can be charged, so they take it seriously. Unfortunately, all this prevention didn’t seem to work on me since I’ve come down with a cold. But now I’m super self-conscious about coughing because I don’t want to be forced into wearing a mask.
5. We have been very unprepared for the cold in Japan. When we showed up to our Ryokan, there was snow piles past our heads and it was snowing hard! I’ve basically been wearing every layer that I brought with me. I can’t move my arms very well, but I’m warm-ish.
Unfortunately, the colder weather also means the cherry blossoms haven’t bloomed yet. I’m hopeful that we will get to see some but I don’t think that we will see full blooms like we had hoped.
6. KitKats are a huge deal in Japan. There are so many flavours! I want to try them all but they always come in big packages instead of just one chocolate bar.
I have to admit I’m regretting not buying the peanut butter jelly one, I’m hoping I will see it again. The Kit Kat sake is also intriguing.