roguealy Another bit of candy excitement today: Made candy from a Japanese kit I bought in Thailand. (Search for "popin fresh sushi" on YouTube – it's mesmerizing, especially when they get to the roe.) The candy itself is kind of gross, but the fun is in the process. 5d

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roguealy Colleague Livia brought HOMEMADE POCKY as a parting gift for the team and it was amazing. #nprlife 5d

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roguealy #safetycard people, ANA B777-300 edition. Farewell, Japan. 1w

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roguealy Yesterday, since we found Go! Go! Curry in Shibuya, we decided to also visit CoCo Ichibanya so we could more clearly rule on which of our favorite Japanese curry chains was better. CoCo won the day pretty handily, with better food, better music and a slightly nicer diner feel. 1w

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roguealy Old and new: Senso-Ji Temple and the Tokyo SkyTree. The area around Senso-ji is so lovely – and quiet – to wander at night. 1w

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roguealy The MUJI flagship in Yurakucho has massively expanded its book selection since we were last there. Mostly Japanese selections (though we picked up a bilingual book about how to correctly wear yukata), and the categorizations are sometimes unexpected. 1w

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roguealy The Tokyu Hands in Shibuya has a pet supply section. And bunnies. (And hedgehogs, too.) #latergram #bunny #rabbit # 1w

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roguealy We're big fans of Go! Go! Curry in NYC, so when we found a location in Shibuya, we had to stop in. It's pretty similar, except the sizes seem to reference sumo weight classes rather than baseball scoring, and we ordered via vending machine. 1w

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roguealy Diamond-shaped windows at the Kappa-dera temple #latergram 1w

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roguealy A quiet Asakusa side street and the Tokyo SkyTree in the distance. #latergram 1w

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roguealy It's our last full day in Japan (and our only full day in Tokyo this trip), and we have several things on our list. Among them: Find Kappa-dera Temple (Sogenji Temple), dedicated to a mythical creature native to the area. (I recommend looking it up on Atlas Obscura. The folklore around it is interesting.) 2w

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roguealy Marker along Kappabashi-dori in the Taito section of Tokyo. 2w
  •   jatamanzi Their selection of oddball cookie cutters is unmatched. Wish I'd spent more time/money there! 1w
  •   roguealy @jatamanzi My Kappabashi-dori timing is always wrong. Last time we came by too late and everything was closing. This time was too early and very little was open. One day we'll get it right! 1w

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roguealy Totoro greeted us at our hostel last night. 2w

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roguealy Plastic models of crepes at a Harajuku stand 2w

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roguealy Visited Meiji Shrine ⛩ and Yoyogi Park just before closing with Rob and Meghan. We returned from Hakone just in time for the Friday evening rush at Shinjuku. A perfect counterbalance: Friendly conversation and a stroll through a quiet park. 2w

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roguealy Lunch at Yubadonnaokichi, a restaurant near the Hakone-Yumoto train station that specializes in yuba (bean curd skin). I got a yuba, egg and dashi dish that arrived still-boiling in a clay pot. Once it had cooled a bit, I spooned the mixture over rice. Surprisingly light, and pretty tasty. 2w

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roguealy Crabmeat (l) and cabbage (r) gyoza at the Gyoza Center in Gora. #dumplings #noms 2w

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roguealy Yuzu ice cream with little bits of zest throughout. Refreshing! 🍋 2w

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roguealy Mt. Fuji, more clearly. 🏻 2w

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roguealy We returned to the lake today, and Fuji-san came out to say hello. 2w

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