Hey folks. here is a video I made and produced for one of my International Business Ethics projects in Japan. The objective was to create a company and film a promotional video showcasing their ethical business plan. Would you visit Cafe.Innate?! - Let me know what you think in the comments below.
The Experience Japan Program here at my university hosts events throughout the semester to help foreigners and Japanese students get together to learn each others cultures and build friendships. I attended the first one which was called"Rice Pounding". We made traditional Japanese rice cakes called Mochi.
Basically what you need is some cooked rice, a giant stone bowl, and 2 huge Super Mario size wooden hammers. You pound the cooked rice until it becomes a gooey marshmallow type consistency. Then you break off small circular bits about the size of your palm and roll it around in some flour until you have a compact rice cake. Add some topping, like the traditional red bean paste (which tastes a lot like date paste if you've ever tried that) and your done! We even added some melted chocolate! It makes your mouth really dry and is super chewy so keep a drink around. These desserts are Oishī (おいしい )][ Delicious.
Found the Halal Indian restaurant thanks to a referral by some friends. Bonus that it is literally right outside the main gates to KGU. Always come here when I feel a little homesick and miss Mammas' cooking. The owners name is Mohammad, and he's a cool dude. His son actually owns a lot of property in Japan, and since he is retired he decided to open up an Indian restaurant in Hirakata Shi. His Japanese is on point. Always gives me and my friends free ice cream.
Found a lot of different Manga at the local 7-11. Can't read any of it because it's in Japanese and mostly in Kanji, but still cool!
Like I said in my previous post, that amazing halal restaurant, Areeba, was closed for construction so I was back to eating Fish Fillets. There is a pretty cool cafeteria on campus, 2 actually, but they are always pretty busy and I don't have enough time to pull out google translate to ask them for no pork or meat/alcohol so McD's is the safest choice for now.... Very cn
But not trying to sound ungrateful, their burger is actually very yummy! Fresh and the fries are a thousand times better than back home. Their is also a Seattles Best coffee shop on campus, Mocha's are awesome, they give you a little chocolate stick with it too that your supposed to mix in.
As I was walking to my university here T H I S catches my eye. Right in front of the east gate to my campus there is a halal Bangladeshi restaurant. But it had an Indian flag hanging out from the back and the menu had things like Biryani, Butter Chicken, Shish Kebab and the list goes on!
So I enter into the store VERY excited ( Keep in mind I have been eating McDonalds fish fillets for the past 3 days and I see it is all under reconstruction from the inside. A part of me died on the inside....
It is very cold here right now and as soon as I got to the seminar house I was shivering and I REALLY needed to use the bathroom right, so I run into the bathroom all shivering and then I see this beauty. I heard a lot about them, but oh man, when I sat down on that heated toilet seat... let's just say it was magical. The bidet also plays music and sprays deodrant, pretty damn cool.
Since we arrived in pretty late last night from the airport, a bunch of us decided to go to a supermarket called Top World to grab some food. I had NO idea what any of the ingredients on the food said haha, so I opted for some really red juicy strawberries. B E S T decision. Sweetest strawberries I have ever had. Apparently winter season is when they are best in Japan.
Encountered my first vending machine on the night I arrived! These things are supposed to be everywhere in Japan, about 3.8 million to be exact (they even have one at the TOP of Mt. Fuji!). Some peculiar drinks in here though.
Interesting fact: Vending machines in Japan are all equipped with a sticker that shows their location. This is a huge help if your lost but the main reason behind these stickers is a partnership between police/emergency respondents and the vending machines industry. The sticker allowed them to track and locate crime/disaster events much more efficiently.