Featured Image: Night sea in Kamakura, the foam on top of the waves was glowing with an awesome electric blue hue. No camera could capture that view.
You know, my main goal since I came here, is to try every silly food that exists. It’s the country of infinite possibilities! Also, after a quick experimentation session I decided that (apart from maccha that will always have a special space in my heart and stomach) my favourite flavour is kurogoma(黒ゴマ － black sesame). Subsequently, I started using kurogoma oil in pretty much every dish I cook at home.
Also, I tried to cook a traditional Greek dish with green beans the other day, you know? Ah, didn’t work out well. The beans that I bought at the supermarket had the correct colour, correct shape, correct texture – but they were not the normal green beans! It was soy beans, the ones that Japanese grill and eat while drinking alcohol. You cannot eat the outside part, so my whole dish was ruined, it was a disaster. Meh, they do say that ‘as long as you live, you learn’.
Man actually comes from China, but the Japanese love it, so it’s provided in a million different flavours. This is pizzaman.
guracha snack omiyage from kansai
Greek traditional food with green beans and tomato sauce (fasolakia) accompanied by salmon maki sushi
Caesar salad with avocado and spaghetti with eggplants
The famous maccha tiramisu in momiji, Kamakura. If it’s too crowded, you can always buy some takeout dorayaki
Some kind of pork donburi, I really didn’t like it, too much fat in the meat
Abura ramen. In these chain shops every bowl size costs the same. I ordered the biggest and I couldn’t finish it in any way
Tabehodai with yakiniku. Pay a certain amount and eat as much as you want for two hours. IT’S PARADISE
Red bean paste jelly sweet. Actually, it was fun eating in, with that slimy texture
4 flavoured pizza from pizza hat (not as bad as I expected it to be)
pachi pachi paniku! those soda caramels pop in your mouth (oh, and if japanese people give it to you without explaining, the element of surprise at it’s finest)
The japanese usually eat grilled soy beans while drinking
First attempt of homemade miso soup – I had no nori so I used green onion and parsley (foreigner fail!)
Kurogoma icecream. Such in interesting color selection for icecream!
Vietnamese sween from beans. The texture is powderish and it is not so sweet, but is excellent with tea
kurogoma taiyaki, I said it’s my new favourite, right?
Maccha ice cream in Harajukuuuuuu
Sashimi plate and beers in Aobadai
Driving schools or mobile companies usually give out those snacks for free. A lot of different flavours, one verdict – untasty
japanese wakashi (traditional sweets) – minimal presentation and balanced flavour
Ichiryu ramen in shibuya. The first time that I ordered karai-ramen and the dish was actually spicy!
Takoyaki from the takoyaki museum in odaiba. It even has a tako shrine!
meiji maccha cookies – oh my god I’m addicted
coconut biscuits, perfect as an afternoon snack in the lab
Italian ice cream with 1.sakura, 2.lemon tart flavours from Venus port in Odaiba
I found greek chocolate (love you ION) in a lawson!
Kit Kat! Top: Rum and Raisins. Bottom: Japanese Sake
Tempura in Kamakura. Worth it!
Finally, let’s hear what Yotsuba (from Yotsubato!) has to say about Taiyaki.
I personally conclude that the only reason the taiyaki shop went bankrupt was because of bad management – Taiyaki is soooooo much better than pudding.
What about this week’s stuck song?
Hydrogen Sea – Beating Heart (Always thankful to Suicide Sheep for the music he introduces us to)
Chocolate is good, and so are comics.
There are times that I am tired, anxious, frustrated
– a thirsty vampire in short (sth like–>>>) –
so much, that I desperately ask for a miracle to happen and help me pull myself together. Because I can’t. Can’t do it. Nope. Come and pull me, I can’t move. The stars are not in position for this tribute! Stars!… Can’t do it… Not today.
The doorbell rings, but I can’t bother to open. I finally do it -utter curiosity, that’s the one thing that beats boredom- and a strange package appears.
Well, in the past week I was a volunteer in Comicdom con Athens. I used to visit the con every year since I moved to Athens, but I wanted to take part in it.
I’ve never volunteered in such an event before. My only previous experience was some small scale school or village volunteering, therefore I was extremely anxious about what would be requested of me and how would I perform my duties. As the days went by, I realised that it wasn’t as serious as I had imagined. After all if you love comics and fictional heroes as I do, it’s a fun way to be around them. Belonging to a group made it all the more easy to meet and communicate with comic creators or comic shop owners or simply people having the same interests as you.
(Most of the) volunteer team
Regarding the con itself, I believe that year after year it becomes larger and more multielement. Famous artists around the globe visit for Q&A and signing sessions, as well as workshop conduction. I was lucky enough to meet Soo-san [Sookyung Yoo], a well-known manga creator and researcher (born in Korea, studied in Japan and Europe). There was also a great number of Greek artists and creators with their (self- or not) published work. Sooooo many comic book stores, so many fancy figures, so great discounts, you couldn’t even rest your eyes for a second. And of course a HUGE crowd all around.
manifesto – ilias kyriazis (famous στα εξωτερικά)
έκτορας – minimal δαιμόνια φαντασία
manifesto signed (last copies – it’s gonna be rare now)
fish & stripes signed
κθουλούριιιιι – μια υπέροχη ιστορία
And finally the cosplayers, the main attraction of every con that respects itself. So much work, so much detail, so many colours.
Personal best: RenePolumorfous [photo by The Art of Dimitris Koskinas]
Darkenya Cosplay [photo by The Art of Dimitris Koskinas]
(Oh god my last sentences are full of sooooo many so’s)
My trophies after the con
My con experience in a GIF: I just wanted to fix my hair and I made my friend to hold my cellphone as mirror. He wanted to annoy me, he wanted it bad, so he started tapping. But he stop! As the following equation shows 1 tap=1 selfie, and as a result i was left with a bunch of non-focused images. Hence the wierd-angry-rape-sweet face (cyclothymia at it’s best) .