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the infamous mos burger
Part of the experience of Japan is the food. Aside from the meals that I get in the dorm, I have been experimenting with different foods throughout Tokyo.

Sunday evening was rainy and so it seemed fitting to go out and get a hamburger, fries, and a shake. Mos Burger is to the average Tokyoite what McDonald's is to the average American. Yes, of course they have McDonald's here too, but why would I want to go there? The green neon signs can be found throughout the city and with decent prices and a nice selection of burger types (and hotdogs), it makes for a delicious, easy meal. The portions in Japan are quite smaller however than in the States, so hungry visitors beware! I happened to be extra hungry when I met up with my friends, so I ordered two burgers, fries, a vanilla shake, and oolong tea.
tako-yaki san
What a combination. It was mighty scrumptious though.

The other day, CIEE put on a luncheon for the students at a sushi restaurant in Akasaka. This was an event that allowed students to meet with the chief financial officer of CIEE over lunch to discuss their opinions and share with the director their experiences thus far. I happened to be one of the lucky few to join this luncheon. Only a few paces from the rear entrance of the campus, this little sushi restaurant is hidden away from the noise of the busy streets, adjacent to a beautiful park. This was some of the best sushi I've had while in Japan thus far. The wasabi kept me in check as it was packed neatly underneath each piece of fish, hidden from eyesight but definitely not hidden from the taste/nasal region.
tako-yaki
We were given an obento-type box set of 6-8 different kinds of sushi including tuna, salmon, shrimp, octopus, squid, and yellowtail. The miso soup had clams in it which was an interesting twist to the traditional Japanese dish. The lunch was filling and delicious, although I imagine it was on the more pricey side. Thanks CIEE!

Every night upon my return from the university, I make a stop by the two vendors who set up shop outside the train station. One vendor is the tako-yaki man, who makes octopus pastry-like balls for 400 yen. A mean dish that is covered with different toppings like mayonnaise and onions, this is a must after a long day of classes. The other vendor is a pastry man who sells pancake-cupcakes filled with different things like chocolate, anko (Japanese red bean), and cheese. At only 100 yen a piece, this has been my favorite. Hot off the cooker, these little muffins keep me company for the 15 minute walk back to the dorm from the station. Did I mention that both of these vendors' shops are actually the back ends of their vans? Delicious!
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the infamous mos burger
the infamous mos burger
tako-yaki san
tako-yaki san
tako-yaki
tako-yaki
my chocolate-filled pastry, still …
my chocolate-filled pastry, still…
a nice slice of americana in tokyo
a nice slice of americana in tokyo
oishii sushi sampler
oishii sushi sampler
enjoying Mos burger with friends i…
enjoying Mos burger with friends …
the pastry man
the pastry man
shinjuku, night, rain.
shinjuku, night, rain.
clear umbrellas are all the rave h…
clear umbrellas are all the rave …
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