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In search of companion to travel world

It’s a dream of mine to both travel the world and live without money. I have found out that both can be possible with enough will power and faith in the kindness of strangers. I gonna start my journey from Delhi, India around mid august on a bicycle heading to Nepal and from there Neighboring countries. Not sure if I will keep or drop the bicycle at any point and continue hitchhiking. I will be covering Asia first for at least a year since there will definitely be lots of volunteering on farms, villages and schools  involved. I welcome one or two travel companions for all or parts of my adventure, because after all, what’s a experience when it’s not shared. Reply here or send me a private message if you’re interested. Further things discussed on PM how to travel with shoestring budget.

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No Ramen, No Life, Say Itadakimas

I’ve been doing thorough research on great ramen shops prior to landing in Tokyo. Menya Musashi was on my list and I came here right after I checked into my Shinjuku hotel. WOW!! That’s all I kept saying throughout my meal. I slurping my ramen and eating ravenously, while uttering the same word over and over again – “WOW!!”The noodles were thick and perfectly cooked, the broth was amazing, and after trying out about 10 or so ramen places in Japan.

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Black Ramen

True to its name, the soup is a deep dark color and has all of the flavors you would expect from a Japanese-style curry, without the gravy-like thickness.The ramen includes a slice of succulent pork, spinach stalks (at least they tasted like it), and some cabbage and corn drizzled with basalmic vinegar.  The basalmic vinegar might sound a little odd, but I thought it tasted good with the vegetables and chicken, and went well with the flavor of the curry soup. It seems that no bowl of ramen in Japan would be complete with a poached egg, which beautifully contrasts with the dark colors in this bowl ramen.

Special Ramen

One of the first things that stand out about the special ramen is the soup — unlike the usual white tonkotsu (pork bone) stock, this version is a brownish combination of miso and tonkotsu that was very delicious. It also includes seasoned ground pork and fresh cabbage topped with a red spicy sauce, to go along with two pieces of roast pork and black garlic oil.Furthermore, Ippudo uses a thicker, softer, and curlier egg noodle than the white, thin and straight kind that normally goes into their and other Hakata-style tonkotsu ramen. I liked how well the thicker ramen noodle soaked up the soup. However, when you ask for kaedama (extra noodles), they give you the normal thin noodle with pad of butter on top. A little odd, but I still enjoyed trying both kinds with the soup (the thicker ones go better, though)

By the way, if you happen to be interested in tsukemen (dipping noodles) and are unsure about how to eat it, Ippudo has posted an easy illustrated guide.

Steps to follow

Steps to follow

My nights in capsule, tokyo

So what is sleeping in a Capsule hotel like?

It’s much a like to sleeping in a giant dorm room but with a lot more privacy and amenities. Each bed comes with it’s own set of power sockets, radio & alarm, and television, as well as a set of curtains you can draw or a blind which you can pull down for privacy.My only real qualm with the beds is that the mattresses are very thin and so my sleep wasn’t as comfortable as I was hoping.

The hostel workers speak varying degrees of English – the first worker I spoke with was near enough to fluent whilst some of the other workers just used gestures to communicate with me. Due to this lapse in language it is important to be mindful of customs which the Japanese such as taking your shoes off when entering the hotel.

There is beer and other drinks available for purchase at the hostel, lockers in the reception, and fast WiFi throughout the hotel – perfect!

After spending a lot of time sleeping in hotels in India, capsule hostels which Japan are famous for but with all of the features included inside the capsule, the convenience, and space being at a premium in big cities like Tokyo, it is understandable why they are such a popular option with both locals and foreigners wanting to try something new.

So, what do you think?
Would you like to stay in a Capsule Hotel?

Day 2 Staying up all night just for SUSHIDAI (Tsukiji Market)

I visited Sushidai that have the longest line in front of the shop in Tsukiji Market.
When I got to the market, it was still 4 a.m.

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But some people was already there. To my great happiness, we could enter the shop just after the opening time 🙂

Almost all people ordered a chef’s choice set (3900 yen) or a assorted nigiri set (2500 yen)
But we ordered some nigiri what I like 😀

Young tuna and filefish with its liver 

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Truthfully speaking, I intended to order my those sashimi as nigiri
But the young tuna was so fatty and tasty. I wanted to have second helping of it 😛

Boiled squid 

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I had  two pieces of it 🙂 It had rich taste of those eggs. It was seasoned with spice. Very good.

Yellow tail

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Tamagoyaki

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Grilled soft roe

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It melted quickly in my mouth …. Smooth….

Monkfish liver

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Ark shell

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icefish

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Traveling to Japan

In few days I will be traveling to Japan, for 7 days, spending most of the time in Tokyo and Kyoto =D Like a dream come true, I have always wanted to travel there!

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There are a lot of things to prepare: first, gathering information about the hotels. I found that most of them believe that hotels in Tokyo have too small rooms, and that traditional Japanese rooms (ryokans) have no beds, and some have no traditional “international” breakfast in their buffets… it is going to be difficult to find hotels suitable for my life style. I enjoy discovering different cultures and life-styles, but not when it may disturb my sleep! Sleeping is a sacre, ubber-holy activity, even more if I am on vacations! I can stand stand barely eating, or drinking, and walking for hours and hours without resting, or communicating with mimics with people that don´t understand English , but don´t mess with me while I´m sleeping or you will have trouble!

Second: what to visit with such few time?! I would like to see the more traditional and medieval Japan, rather than the excesive and modern aspects of Tokyo, but at the same time I don´t want to spend all my days seeing temple after temple. I need information about castles (I would love that!).

Third: Ninja restaurant!

Fourth: Sakura Blossoms

Fifth: Many more like cos plays, anime, Naruto Bridge, Ramen, Dumplings…

anyone from Japan? It would be great to see you there, and a few advices would come in handy