Dec 22, 2013


Kanadajin3's top wanted list. Reward. Eternal happiness for Mira and the other people in search of this wanted thing. That thing is....mustard (in Japan)

As a Canadian, I gotta have my daily dose of mustard. When I make a sandwich, when I have a burger, a pogo etc. You just gotta have mustard.

Let me warn you something about Japan. When a Japanese person asks you in broken in English "do you want mustard". RUN!.  Naw, not really.

You don't need to run, but you should be aware it is a mistranslation. What they mean is do you want "karashi". Karashi is actually a type of mustard plant, but it is not the same breed of mustard that you can find in Canada. It is very spicy and nowhere near alike. Thus you will be very disappointed if you accidentaly are given it.

You see, mustard is a nice sweet, mustardy taste (there isn't even another English word I can use to describe it because it IS its own flavor)

< This is mustard. It is made by a company called HEINZ. Which is a wonderful Canadian company that makes a large variety of food (at least Canadians think it's a Canadian company, till someone pointed it out to me)opps. The funny thing is you can find HEINZ ketchup in Japan, but I have yet to find mustard (except for this one). Yes folks, its the real deal. 100% real imported heinz mustard.

This can be found at a Hawaiian burger joint in LALAPORT.

The moment I saw this I was in heaven. It has been 3 years since I had a bite of the beautiful yellow cream from the lords above that sounds creepy.

I over loaded my burger with it knowing I wasn't going to get to taste this for the next 3 years (or till I come back to that store)

The only other time I found "mustard" in Japan was...well the time I was let down and very angry. I found a tube of what was labeled as "mustard". It was tsubu mustard, the kind where it has the seeds still in it.  I thought it would do, since I gave up trying to find heinz mustard here. I bought it and rushed home to eat my raw ham sandwich with a truck load of mustard sprayed on top.

I took my first bite and my face and eyes turned red and began to water. KARASHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!! CRAP!.    It was not mustard but karashi. The front English label was in romaji and katakana labeled as mustard (sometimes Japanese fk with English because it is cool).  I turned the box around to find labeled on the ingredients "karashi".  Not a single drop of mustard was in there. :(

So be careful. And stock up on your mustard (or other condiments that you love and might not have in Japan).

Dec 20, 2013

Japanese CHRISTMAS lights

It's that time of year again.....time to eat kfc  seeing Christmas lights!!

In Japan, everywhere and anywhere during winter (usually end of November- start of January) everywhere you can find Christmas lights displayed.

Most people don't put it on their house, however it is safe to say every mall, tree downtown, important building will be plastered in lights that we call in Japanese, Illuminations.

There are usually events that go on in designated areas where you can go view them. It is considered almost like a festival and some of these hot spots attract hundreds of thousands of people.

Luck thing is most of them are free to go and see (I wonder who sponsors these things?)

They seem to get better and better every winter as competition grows.

There are even places you can go to see water light shows, laser shows, fireworks, ice skate shows and light "plays" on movie screens. It can be really fun.

So if you are a person who is interested in such a thing you will really love Japan in the winter time. Don't forget to bundle up though, it can get VERY cold in the winter here.