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Yakitori “Toritaka” at Futakotamagawa

My first time to visit this Yakitori restaurant where is located 5 min walk form Futakotamagawa Sta. of Tokyu Denentoshi line. The name is Toritaka(酉たか), which is well known and high evalueted by Tokyo people for its great Yakitori tastes. I have tried a dinner course this time. I booked 2 seats just 1hour befo re my visit and found available. I guess weekday is not as busy as weekend.

Entrance of Toritaka

Entrance of Toritaka is clean, quiet and very Japanese style.

They prepare 3 types of dinner course and a la carte menu and courses varies by the number of yakitori skewer like 1,980 yen for 7 skewers, 2,780 yen for 10skewers  and 3,380 yen for 12 skewers.

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Menu

Menu of Yakitori courses and a la carte (Japanese)

A variety of Yakitori and vegitable menu is available. Chicken noodle, soup, Oyako-don which is a dish consists of raice and half-baked egg are much attractive to me but couldn’t try all this time..

Chouchin

Chouchin (Ovary of rooster), tastes like strong egg yolk and juicy chicken legs. Good to eat with sauce!

Very strange visual to you, isn’t it? More good yakitori resutaurant service this.

Soroban

Soroban (Neck of chicken), chewy and tastey.

Chicken lever

Tender and very fresh chicken lever. It has no blood smell at all.

Most of Japanese people love chicken lever. So do I.

Chicken hearts

Chicken hearts is one of my favorite Yakitori. It’s good to eat seasoned with salt.

If you don’t like the taste of lever, you can start with this, a heart of chicken. Very less smell of blood if it’s fresh as the one in the picture.

I don’t remember musch but it may be leg of chicken. Grated raddish is on it.

Maybe this is “Bonjiri”.

Seasoning of this Bonjiri is salt and gurlic butter. It never can be undelicious.

Maybe this is “Kashiwa”.

 

This is “Nasu miso dengaku” , which is Japanese traditional homemade food and I rarely find nowadays. Miso mixed with minced chicken is on fried eggplant. It tastes awesome!

You can try this supreme Yakitori dishes near Futakotamagawa Sta. of Tokyu-Denentoshi-line. Here’s external links  for your reference.

Toritaka(酉たか) on Google map
Toritaka(酉たか) on Yelp
Toritaka(酉たか) on Tabelog

Rest or work or exercise?

 A question everyday comes up on my mind. Should I rest or work or exercise today? Meaning, I’m wondering how to spend my free time to  improve quality of my life. Personally I prefer taking rest to do something consuming my energy while I know that taking too long rest ends up to a lack of exercise that worsens my physical/mental condition and deteriorates efficiency of my work and personal project that could make some profit or my skill-enhancement.

At the end, I’ll fail in keeping myself in shape. This predictable bad end always worries me when I choose “taking a rest” out of the above three options. Then, I move my ass to take the same action as always: I start killing my resting time by doing more exercise and improving my physical strength and stamina. I have been repeating the same trial in recent years and come back to the initial position eventually and rethink “Rest or work or exercise?”. The loop always goes on in my life. Sounds very lazy but this is human being, right? I won’t rush and blame myself. I will just struggle anytime to make tomorrow a better day believing it will surely be.

 

Do you know “Suddenly! Steak”?

Fillet steak at Ikinari Stake

200g fillet steak at Ikinari Stake

I want you to introduce you  about “Suddenly! Steak (Ikinari Steak in Japanese)” when you comes to Japan. “Ikinari” means “suddenly”, “all of a sudden” or “without preparation”. It looks they are trying to express that beef-lovers can eat beef steak anytime they want  right after they step in the steak house.

The stake house chain is getting popular now and newly opened in New York city as well.  You can eat huge and good quality beef with cheaper price here and order your stake per gram. Example, regular beef stake costs 6 yen (converted to 0.6 USD) per gram. Also there is a variant  part of beef like rib, sirloin and fillet etc. All meats are very tender and super delicious and you must be satisfied with its volume more than anything! As far as I know, the beef stakes here are the cheapest and most delicious house in the present Japan.The stake houses are located everywhere in Japan and especially Tokyo such as Asakusa, Akihabara, Shibuya, Ebisu , Shinjyuku, Ikebukuro  and also my home town Sangenjyaya. (See this resutaurant location list.)

An interst thing is that this chain restaurant issue “Niku” milage card. Niku means meat in Japanese and the milage are counted according to grams you eat at this house. When you achieve rank-up on the milage class, you will gain a free drink and certain discount for your meal.

Here are pictures of stake I ate last time.

300g Rib stake I ate.

200g sirloin steak I ate.

How does these look to you? I’m sure you mouth is watering now.

If you like to get futher information about this steak, see the following link.
Official website of “Ikinari Stake”

My English is all about my curiosity

I haven’t been liking learning English until now. I don’t feel any delight or pleasure even I become better at English. It’s so boring to study it on the book and I feel it’s wasting my time. Then why I learned and now use this language, it’s because I just wanna communicate people living out of Japan, who are various nationalities and have different views and values from me, know things I cannot find in Japan and visit somewhere I haven’t seen in my life. To accomplish the objectives, I had no choice but to learn English but I’m really appreciate my talent  to be eagar for doing that otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this post now. I still need to improve my level in English more to get more experience and knowledge in my life but rushing is not necessary I think. I’ll take it easy and start learning with my curiosity relevant to English such as American novels, dramas and movies..

My life base, Sangenjyaya

My home town Sangenjyaya is the place 5min ride from Tokyo downtown Shibuya where had been low city and residential area of Tokyo until I became age to recognize things. It’s well balanced town with a variation of shops, restaurant and amusement after some fashonable mood had come from Shimokitazawa where is the very fashonable town for young people and there are nice cafeterias, restaurants and bars. Route 246 goes across the town toward Shibuya, Aoyama, Roppongi for inbound or Futakotamagawa for outbound. I rarely find foreigners meanwhile there are many in Shibuya where’s 10 min far from here. To tourists who visit Japan, I highly recommend to drop by this town getting off Tokyu-Denentoshi Metro line at Sangenjyaya station. Soon I’ll be share info about this time on this blog for you.

Turkish food

Turkish Food Love

A few days ago, I got a chance to eat in Turkish restaurant placed near my living area. Remembering my past trip in Turkey 8 years ago, I remember that Turkish food  has a variety of fish, mutton, beef and chickin dishes which have been seleceted as one of the Three Grand Cuisine in the world. This time I didn’t expect much about this restaurant because here is obviously the deepest countyside where I’ve lived in ever in my life but such my expectation was betrayed after I ate the first dish I ordered. Beef kebab and ram chop taste so great like the best in my middle east life. In additon to the excellence, my favorite green chilies were with each meat dishes. Finding tasty food makes my life better. I love kebab and Turkish food!

I left Phillipines 2 years ago…

I’ve been working in Cebu, Philippines until the summer of 2015 since the middle of 2013 while running online English learning school. It was small business whose service terminated and didn’t expand at all as expected. The reason why I embarked on such business is because I loved Cebu that had beautiful natures and cultures that I had known when I studied in one of the English academy in Cebu city of Phillipines in my university days.

That was my first personal project in my life and I’ve learnd a lot like how difficult successful business start-up is, how much knowledge you need for starting, working stably in a foregin country, how tiring managing Fillipinos is, how Japanese are reluctant to learn English and so on. I know those difficulties have come from insufficient my skills and knowledge. Such an experience has been nominated as “a hardship” on my life and I couldn’t overcome it with a number of reasons unfortunately however it meant more than my time, money and life spent in 2 years. Of course I have no way not to think like that though. At least, I got a job now with a great deal utilizing my experience of the past project. From the view point of that, I’m really greatful to anything invelved in my Phillipines business anyway and more to my frineds, family and ex-colleageues.

It has been 2 years after I left Philippines. Some times I look back at those days but somehow I never wish to go back. I mulled it over why. Probably it’s because my objective and stage of life have totally changed, in short, age of appropriateness. It’s still uncertain for me to decide what course to follow in the near future in spite of my stability and settlement but I still have an interest in Philippines where friends of mine are living there. I would come back after years when decide my way to proceed.

Negotiation is not always versatile.

I’ve been learning through all my life about how to negotiate people in disadvantageous situatian and I’ve been believing skills in negotiating and convincing are often useful and save myself like gaining unexpected profits or getting through a hardle that seems to be impossible. In reality , a life has a case that can’t help anyone and anything how much you negotiate and persuade and that was what I faced and was reminded by my wife last night. That was good relearning for me at the age of 31. I’ve already made up my mind to acceept my fate and position here and just move forward positively.

Perfect breakfast

When I was a kid in a school, one of my classmate said “A combination toast and a cup of coffee at breakfast is great. It makes you intelligent”. I still don’t know how did she get the nature and if it’s true (maybe not). But the doubtful tip was somehow impressive to me and since that moment I’ve been liking eating toast and coffee at breakfast. As I grew up, I’ve get to like egg omlet and bacon too. Now that, speaking of my favorite breakfast, the combination a few slices of buttered toast, bacons, egg omlet (with cheese is the best) , bacons and a cup of coffee like as above picture is the most splendid and perfect breakfast for me. Here’s unknown restraunt in a country of the Middle east.

You better jump into Japanese cryptocurrency market

Have you started to buy and sell Cryptocurrency? Investing Bitcoin and the other Cryptocurrencies are now really baking hot here in Japan. I won’t explain here about what is bitcoin or cryptocurrency because it’s already fully explained on Internet. If you are interested in just google it or see the provided shortcut links as follows. links.

What is cryptocurrency?

What is Cryptocurrency: Everything You Need To Know [Ultimate Guide]

What is Cryptocurrency? – CryptoCoinsNews

What is cryptocurrency, how does it work and what are the uses?

How I encountered cryptocurrency.

I have started exchanging cryptocurrencies on Japanese exchange market since the end of  January this year. I took a risk to buy bitcoins even any fiends of mine hadn’t started yet. Why I was so rushing? Because that was the best timing when Bitcoin price was falling down after marked the highest record in early January. I was rushed to get Bitcoin anyhow since the sudden price rising of the coin was significantly and probing me that cryptocurrency had much potential to grow in the future. I was never a rich man when I made up my mind to get the first cyptocurrency but I had no reason to not want to buy it as long as I have some little capital.

What is my result of investing on cyptocurrency?

Through 7 month of my invenstment on cyptocurrency, luckily I got little capital gain which I didn’t expect at all. And this is not an end. I believe this remarkable growth in cyptocurrency market this year is only the begining and it will expand more in a long run as 5-10 years, which is said by not only me but also more well-known business persons and investors all over the world. Why don’t you listen to such common forecasts which comes from people knows more about Finance and Technologies if you want to ride on this big wave?

How to start cyptocurrency?

What to do for starting invesitment? It’s simple. Opening your account on cryptocurrency exchange is the first step. You may already have it but i wonder..how about the one in Japan?Because the price beween Japan and your country is very different, it’s called “Japan premium” in the cryptocurrency field.

Japanse are getting crazy about cyptocurrency!

Please be noted  that Japanese are really love to bet on cryptocurrency potential. Even elder people like my mother and her friends know about Bitcoin and she is willing to invest on cryptocurrency.  I’m not really sure the reason why they want Bitcoins not stocks or any other finantial product in the bank… Probably it’s becasue Japanese economy is getting down and people are seeking something bigger that dreams you of future hapiness? or maybe we are tired of working too much for low salary and pention. It’s just my opinion though.

Why don’t you join Japanese market?

Anyway, what I strongly recommend you is “Open your wallet/account on the Japanese cryptocurrency exchanges”. It will help you getting Japan originated cryptocurrency and token such as XEM(NEM), Mona coin, Zaif token and COMSA(ICO to start in this Oct), and the differecial price so called “Japan premium” enables you to get some profits by arbitrageing through your foreign market to Japanese market.

3 Japanese cryptocurrency you must register right now.

We presently have 3 big exhanges mushrooming in Japan.

Zaif

This exhange is one of the oldest and highly recommendable by me. It has full English description for all the user interfaces and Japanese unieque coins and tokens such as MONA, XEM (or NEM) and Zaif token. Mona is the first launched cryptocurrency in Japan and XEM’s capital volume is currently No.6 in the global market. User chat room is available and it’s new and unique that you can toss your coin tips to any users if you wish.

BitFlyer
bitFlyer ビットコインを始めるなら安心・安全な取引所で

BitFlyer is the biggest exchange in Japan and the operating company is very reliable to be listed on the Japanese stock market. Advantage of this exchange is higher userbility and very understandable interfaces. As Japanese translation is not applied yet, Google page translation is required if you don’t understand Japanese.

Coincheck
日本で一番簡単にビットコインが買える取引所 coincheck bitcoin

This is also very famous and popular exchange and listing various coins such as  Etherirum Classic, Lisk, Factom, Monero, Augur, Ripple, Zcash etc. If you persue profits by abitraging between Japan and overseas, I guess this exchange will be the best profit maker. English pages are fully available.

Feel free to ask me for further information

I know the aboves are only introduction for people who are willing to get information about Japanese cycrocurrency market. If you wish to know futhermore, please free to contact me or leave comment below. I’m glad to search more and share with reader of this blog.