Anyway one of the popular souvenir of Ueno Zoo is "Panda Ramen", it is non- fried instant ramen with soy sauce suop which is made by Fujiwara Seimen. Originally Fujiwara Semen made Sapporo Maruyama Zoo's "Polar Bear Ramen (salt soup) " first and it got be very popular and made good sales, so they made each local big Zoo Ramen series now. Besides these, there are Osaka Tennoji zoo Tiger Ramen (Curry soup), Fukuoka Zoo Felis silvestris Ramen (tonkotsu soup), Koyto Zoo Gorilla Ramen (Soy sauce soup) and Chiba Kamobaga sea world Orca Ramen (salt). I have tried Polar bear only but I promise, it is very good.
When you go to the super market, you will find another series of animal ramen. it is Kirin (Giraffe) Ramen made by Ogasawara Sifun. Comparing to Zoo ramen series. Their history is old and they released it in 1960'. Kirin Ramen's taste was different by color. Red is soy sauce, Blue is salt, Brown is miso soup. Penguin one is sea food soup and Capybara one is soy sauce one with yuzu flavor. Why Capybara? I don't know. They made Flounder Ramen before and it has Curry soup. Because Flounder is called KAREI in Japanese and Curry and Karei sounds similar to Japanese. So They don't have deep thoughts to name it. You will see a kind of ZOO in a super market's Ramen shelf. lol.
Top three manga in 2016 which are recommended by bookshop workers in Japan.
No.1 Dangeon Meshi (Dangeon Gurmet) : It's a Japanese fantasy comedy managa. Knights who have to venture in deep dangeon cook the monsters as their food. Big scorpions use like shrimp, slime is used as gelatin etc,. When you read it, you can imagine the taste and even it looks good. Here is the English version, I found. Check it out.
No.2 Hataraku Saibo (Working Cell) : This manga personify Cell and show how they work inside body. When bacteria attacks, when allergy happens, when you injured, how our a red blood-corpuscle, white one, other our cell work to keep our body. If I could have this monaga when I was kids, I could be interested in science more. I love white coz he looks very coo. Here is the English version.
No.3 Black Clover : An adventure manga set in magic world. I didn's know this managa. Synopsis (copy) Aster and Juno were abandoned together as babies in baskets at the same church on the same day, and have been inseparable since. As children, they promised that they would compete against each other to see who would become the next Wizard King. However, as they grew up, some differences between them became plain. Juno was a quiet genius with magic, with amazing power and control, while Aster could not use magic at all. In a country where magic is everything and athletic ability is nothing, Aster tried every day to provoke even the simplest magic out of himself with physical training and loud proclamations of his will. Here are some pages.
I knew the range of Kitty is wide and she doesn’t choose the job basically. But I didn’t know she is working for the construction’s site in Shinjuku and also it is well know for foreign tourist as Kawaii construction. hmm.
We will say Kitty is work even as “Gaten”. “Gaten” is the name of job searching magazine published by Recruit Holdings Co.,Ltd. The job in that magazine was limited in Construction, drivers, cooks such manual labor, Japanese call manual labor “Gaten kei” or “Gaten”. Although the magazine was discontinued in 2009. We still use the word “Gaten”. Gaten people wear their unique clothes of Knickerbockers and Jikatabi shoes.
I know KitKat maccha flavor is popular souvenir for foreign tourist, this year Nestle Japan released KitKat Sake flavor! This is sold in souvenir shop in airports. Not only maccha and sake, there are more unique Japanese flavor of KitKat.
The most notable changes were made to religious places. The cross sign representing a church has been replaced by a simple symbol representing a church and the swastika sign representing Buddhist temples has changes to a pagoda. Because for most Westerners visiting Japan, the symbol looks Nazi Germany. For that changing, questions were raised a bit because the temples symbol is swastika, traditional one and not related Nazi. But since the changing will be made for foreigners, I think easy to understand is most important.
Here is another map symbol. Can you guess what it is? The right side is current symbol and the left side is new for foreign map. From the top, Hotel, Temple, Hospital, Police station, Post office, bank and convenient store. http://rensai.jp/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/kigou.jpg And there is Japanese original symbols, to be honest with you, many of them are impossible to understand even for Japanese.
The latest food diet trend in Japan following the likes of Natto, Tokoroten, cabbage, and a host of others was Enoki, the boom was a few years ago though.
What you do is you buy some enoki mushrooms, divide into small bundle. Dry them in outside a few days. Then make it tea consisting of 300 of 500 milliliters of water and 5 grams of dried mushrooms. Boil the water and mushrooms and then remove from heat and let sit for 30 minutes. Then drink it. Do this for 2 weeks and your gut will shrink (supposedly).
Here is another enoki's healthy method . As you can suppose, next day of the TV show, enoki disappeared from the store, but now the boom was gone and we can buy easily lol. What will come this year?
Recently some unique concept hotels have been built. I picked "First Cabin" long time ago, but I didn't know that airplain concept hotel has 17 locations already. The one I want to visit is"Book and Bed Tokyo". "an accommodation bookshop" is their theme, you can stay and read all books freely. Even you don't read them, I think it will be comfortable be surrounded by books and enjoy silent mood. More hotels will be build until Tokyo Olympic, however people doesn't want new hotels for only one time events. So finally Airbnb has started to gain attention.
Here are some very very charming place you can find in Airbnb in Tokyo.
Historical Nakagin Capsule Tower : This building is designed by Kisho Kurokawa in 1972. The one of important work of Japanese Metabolism movement. It is very nice that retro near future mood, but unfortunately they don't have hot water.