It’s no secret that aside from the Philippines, our favorite destination is Japan. Last year alone, we spent much more than 80 days in the Land of the Rising Sun. That’s over a quarter of the year! So far, we have set foot in 22 of Japan’s 47 prefectures, and we don’t see ourselves stopping soon. We will continue returning over and over again in purchase to create new travel guides and update the existing ones.
In between trips, we get Japan withdrawal syndrome too. Sometimes, we miss our times in Japan so we crave some dose of it even here in the Philippines. Hva å gjøre? Well, here are seven ways you can scratch that itch without having to splurge.
Little Tokyo is located at the corner of Chino Roces and Amorsolo streets in Makati City. This isn’t an entire district like the Binondo Chinatown in Manila. It’s just a small commercial compound where you can feel like you’re in Japan for a moment. A red torii gate marks the entrance, which will lead you to a comfortable garden surrounded by over a dozen establishments like Japanese grocery stores and a sushi bar, among others. Don’t end your check out without downing some Asahi or Sapporo beer!
McDonald’s Flavors of Japan
A lot of my pals have been talking about McDonald’s Flavors of Japan, a lineup of Japanese-inspired delights! So we tried it and it looks like they’re all in! We were amazed when the staff greeted customers with Konnichiwa. and they’re all in Japanese-inspired uniform too!
The Sakura meal has become our go-to McDo meal, which is composed of the following:
Teriyaki Samurai Burger. My personal pick. I’m not really a fan of burgers in general but I love anything teriyaki, so I wasn’t amazed whatsoever that this one was what I liked the most in the roster. It’s 100% beef patty glazed in sweet teriyaki sauce, topped with lettuce and mayo, and sandwiched by a sesame seed bun. This is what I always purchase now at McDo.
Strawberry Sakura McFloat. This is Vins’s favorite. He loves soda and vanilla soft serve, so the McFloat is something he looks forward to when we’re at McDo. The Strawberry Sakura McFloat adds a fruity cherry and strawberry punch to it.
Nori Shake Shake Fries. This gives a Japanese twist to the the Shake Shake Fries. When you order, you’ll be served the fries, a nori powder sachet, and a paper bag so you yourself could mix the sweet-and-salty seaweed flavor with the fries.
As someone who doesn’t like going out to the far corners of the city, I am pleased about this because there’s a lot of McDonald’s stores where I live. Also, when I’m in the province–and there are no Japanese restaurants in our area–I could have quick access to something that could remind me of my time in Japan.
You can try these for yourself! Head over to the nearest McDonald’s store and purchase a Sakura meal so you get the full experience!
Japanese grocery Stores
I love to cook Japanese dishes, but when I use non-Japanese ingredients, they don’t really taste right. That’s because Japanese dishes have that distinct taste that come from authentic ingredients. change some of them and the resulting dish will be very different.
Thankfully, Japanese ingredients are not that hard to find these days. Although they are not as widespread as Korean grocery stores, there are Japanese stores around Metro Manila, where you can purchase a broad range of products. places like Kobeya and new Hatchin grocery are just a couple of stores you can shop at.
Big supermarkets also have an “imported products” section and Japanese items are typically present. just last week, I was able to purchase some condiments and miso soup packs!
Japanese budget Shops
Throughout Japan, you’ll find numerous 100-yen shops where you can find a multitude of low-cost items, from cosmetic products to office supplies to kitchenware. one of the most successful is Daiso, which has over 2,800 branches in Japan. They also have stores in the Philippines. A substantial fraction of their products are made in China, but they have Japanese aesthetic – typically easy and minimal, but useful and useful.
A new player, Miniso, is also getting popular in the country. Miniso is a Chinese-based company but features Japanese branding and Japanese-inspired designs. For low-cost home products, Japan home center is a place to check out.
Eigasai Japanese film Festival
The Eigasai Japanese film festival is an annual event featuring screenings of select Japanese films that you can delight in for FREE! It is organized every July by the Japan foundation in celebration of the Philippine-Japan friendship Month. The festival is now on its 22nd year.
For the longest time, it was held in Manila, but last year, additional screenings were held in Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, and Naga. If you would love to see award-winning Japanese films for free, view out for the announcement for this year’s schedule!
Artwork courtesy of Eigasai film Festival
JaPanesefunksjoner på Netflix og Crunchy Roll
Det er mange japanske titler på Netflix. Bortsett fra de typiske live-action-fortellingene, kan du skanne etter anime eller dokumentarer.
Jeg gleder meg alltid over å se på Fullmetal Alchemist og dokumentarer om japansk mat mens jeg kjeder meg. Vins, derimot, elsker å se på episoder av Naruto. For anime -titler som ikke er på Netflix, går han til knasende rull i stedet.
Når det gjelder turisme, er Japan på toppen av spillet i disse dager. Mye mer og mye flere skal til Japan, og det vokser raskere. Mye av det er på grunn av aggressiviteten til prefektur- og byturisme -styrer i å fremme deres respektive områder. De er til stede overhodet store reiseeksponer i landet, og det er grunnen til at vi oppfordrer deg til å komme innom når det er en.
På den siste PNAA Travel and Trip Expo hadde Japan to dedikerte ganger (3-4 baner FO-bås). Tokyo, Okinawa, Kansai -regionen og enda mindre kjente prefekturer som Tottori var alle der! Den siste Kook Fest inneholdt også Japan og Cherry Blossoms -sesongen fremtredende!
Hos Expos som disse gjør de vanligvis noen gaver og noen morsomme forestillinger. De inviterer også ressurshøyttalere til å gi reisetips! (Vi har holdt foredrag på begge arrangementene!) Men mange viktigere er at du finner kampanjer og rabatter, slik at du kan gjøre din neste Japan -tur til virkelighet. Ikke bare får du en rask Japan -løsning, du kan også begynne å forberede deg på et ekte Japan -eventyr!
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