Cool things I found while wasting time online #4

This is a post of interesting things I‚Äôve found online (and sometimes offline) in one week. These things may include among others: recipes, fandom stuff, interesting articles or artwork. Drop me a line or two if you liked or found anything interesting in my choices as well ūüėÄ

  • I should make these roasted shrimp quinoa spring rolls when I buy quinoa again. They sound so good and I am super craving shrimp again.
  • I also want to eat this enchilada pasta skillet so badly. Not sure if we have enchilada sauce available in Estonia however, so I‚Äôll keep my eyes open for that or perhaps the sauce is something I could put together myself at home?
  • ŇĽurek Wielkanocny (Polish sour rye soup). Absolutely going to try and make this next week when I have more money again to buy some ingredients for it.
  • “I’m A Little Teapot” with added drumming by Joey Muha. I think this is amazing xD Works so well with the song ūüėÄ
  • I would totally buy this milk. I like quirky and fun packaging.
  • I really love this fleeting form of art this man has created. It’s fantastic and beautiful and makes me want to go outside.
  • A friend linked me this video of Japanese history. It‚Äôs funny and informative at the same time ūüėÄ I really did laugh at the way things were described and if I had a test on Japanese history coming up, I would probably use it as a quick summary to refresh my facts :p

Cool things I found while wasting time online #3

This is a post of interesting things I‚Äôve found online (and sometimes offline) in one week. These things may include among others: recipes, fandom stuff, interesting articles or artwork. Drop me a line or two if you liked or found anything interesting in my choices as well ūüėÄ

  • Metal Kitchen #3: Atreyu Makes Spaghetti and Meatballs with Linzey Rae. This is my kind of cooking show xD
  • A mini-documentary thingy about Japanese plastic foods. When I was in Japan for the first time, I thought it was real food on the windows of restaurants. I believed that they sprayed the food with some sort of lacquer to make it look so solid, shiny and pretty. I was super surprised when I was finally told that it was in fact plastic. Amazing how it’s made:
  • Potato chips flavored cola exists. I shouldn‚Äôt even be surprised.
  • I found more Deadpool inspired merchandise I want:
    1) A Mercenary Time red tanktop.
    2) Too Kawaii to Live, Too Sugoi to Die white tanktop.
    3) Negasonican Do It! black tanktop.
    4) This Deadpool black hoodie.
    Someone get these for my birthday?
  • I really liked this TED talk on procrastination. Yeah that‚Äôs my life basically :/
  • I also liked this animated video explaining the Marvel Civil War comic storyline. That‚Äôs some crazy plot bunnies right there if you ask me xD I hope the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War” movie will be less wack, but awesome still. Although, I am still NOT into the whole idea of a Civil War‚Ķ they should have made at least 2 more Avengers movies before all of this trying to off each other crap. I wanted more Avengers bonding and hanging out at the Avengers tower dammit.
  • A cross-over fanfiction of ‚ÄúThe Avengers‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúThe Hunger Games‚ÄĚ called ‚ÄúFive Avengers who were Hunger Games Champions (and one who wasn‚Äôt)‚ÄĚ. I sometimes like fanfiction where you take characters from one universe and put them in another to see how they would do in a completely different situation whilst remaining kind of their old selves. Really well put together this one and the ending made me laugh so damn hard xD
  • This artist makes amazing fantastic porcelain dolls. I usually find porcelain dolls to be really creepy, but I really wouldn‚Äôt mind some of these beautiful girls around. I especially adored The Shape Shifter and Kia because I am a sucker for redheads.
  • Asparagus Pastry Straws. Oh the stars, what a simple and delicious sounding idea. I need to make these.

Candy Japan‚Ķ 24. November 2015

 Rice with chili con carne

 Some chocolate filled cookies

 And rice with chili con carne for dinner

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We signed up for a Japanese snack box service called Candy Japan a while back and got our first shipment this month. I thought it would be a bit of fun to get some Japanese sweets and snacks dropped into your mailbox now and then again.

Our first box contained a candy making kit, a fugashi, a bunny figurine with a piece of gum and sour lemon gum. I’ll probably write more about these things when I finally try them.

 Cute bunny character called Usapyon :p

Tokyo Disney Sea

Date day @ Tokyo Disney Sea. The rides were all super fun, however the scenery was a bit… dull. I did prefer the fantasy scenery of Disney Land more to be honest, because as impressive as all these port city reconstructions looked, for people from Europe… well we have kind of seen stuff like that already. It wasn’t all bad though. I really liked all the boats and all the bloody details that had been put into the buildings. My favorite part was the island area with all the ancient building, jungle and a volcano.

Ah, was a good day ūüôā

 pseudo Venice

 falling to our doom @ the tower of terror

 feels like we never left home

 :p

 boat!

¬†Da Vinci’s flying machine

 planetarium

Enoshima

Photos from one of my favourite places in Japan.

 Why so scared?

 Trendy chicks

 A faraway Fuji-san

 Omnomnom

 Welcome to Enoshima

 Spitting dragon

 Island cat

 Piggy buns

 Drooling turtle

 Dragon King

 Fishermen

Getting our toes soaked

 Exploring the caves

 Dragon lantern

 :p

 Pretty *_*

 Locked together forever

 God rays

 Just before leaving we got to witness a Buddhist ritual. It was amazing!
The temple sold wooden plates that visitors could purchase and then write their worries and troubles on them. During the ritual these plates were then burned and thus the worries and problems were also symbolically burned.

¬†The chanting,, fire and… it was just really intense!

Video of the ritual

 And then- Nyan-cat!

All the high places

 View from the Tokyo Government Building

 Flea-market

 Akihabara in a nutshell

 Ryogoku area is a nutshell

 Shinjuku

 Shinjuku Golden Gai friendliness

 Tokyo Tower

 Tokyo at night

 Flower of light

Walking down from the tower

Structure

Christmassy Tokyo Tower

Romantic Tokyo Tower

Hachiko and boyfriend

Sushi time

 

Nakano Broadway aka the original otaku meka tour

 Happy animal graffiti

 Nifty Alien findings

 Super awesome soft ice cream

 Military store

 Build your own military doll

 Picking out figurines

 Ika-musume

 Old coins

 Pretty Xenomorph

 Awesome Alien Queen

 Yo-ho! Captain Sparrow

 Ancient hand-held games

 Some stores were like a walk through a museum

 Boop-bop-de-doop

 Warhammer

 Now this is one board game!

 Nice metal work

 The childhood dream of my generation

 Cone-heads!

 Educational toys

 Mandarake

 Dried snakes, tortoises etc

Shinagawa Aquarium

Equilibrium

 Reflections

¬†‚Äėtsup?

 Find the fish!

 Fancy meeting you here

 Jellyfish stalker

 Kurage-hime

 Glass fish O_O

 Octopussy

 Lady Santa-san playing tricks with the fishes

 Hullo

 Dun-dun-dun-dun-dun….

¬†Dolphins ūüėÄ

¬†ūüėÄ

 First I took a picture and then I yelled at him because you weren’t supposed to even touch the statue

From Tsukuba to Tokyo

Random photos:

Meeting of feetses

On the train to Tokyo

Peanuts

At the hostel

Sunset over Tokyo

A penis corset. Yes.

Elevators in Akihabara

Moomins ūüėÄ

And girls with giant boobs

Also cute bunny dolls

Guardian of the temple

Flower samurai

Buzzing power lines

A trip to Mount Tsukuba

My boyfriend and his brother came to Japan to play tourists and then travel back home with me afterwards. Our first stop, after a night’s sleep, was Mount Tsukuba. The trip there took forever because of a traffic jam. I think it took nearly three hours to get there instead of the hour it should have taken. Which kind of sucked, because it stole two hours on the mountain from us. Oh well.

The mountain was cool. Some might claim that Mount Tsukuba isn’t even that high of a mountain (877 m), but considering that the highest mountain… well, more like the highest hill (Suur Munamägi aka the Big Egg Mountain)… in Estonia is only 318m high then this was pretty big deal for me. Previously I had been to Mount Takao which was 599m high.

Now the tiny town on the mountainside and the Mount Tsukuba shrine were lovely. I’m a real sucker for shrines, temples and Japanese nature in general.

We took the mountain cart up to the mountain which to be honest was a pretty scary experience for me, because occasionally the mountainside was rather steep and it was scary to look down. But once we got out from the claustrophobic environment of the cart it was okay again. The view from the mountain top was gorgeous. Unfortunately we couldn’t go to the highest spot possible, because of the two hours we had lost while sitting on the bus, but it was still great. The problem was that we wanted to go down the mountain on foot and had to do so before sunset, because it just gets too fucking dark when the sun sets.

The hike down was pretty fun. It was tiring as hell and my knees hurt afterwards, but it was still super great. Now the funny thing on the way was that I spotted several Japanese girls going up and down on the mountain while wearing stilettos! Seriously, I am not even kidding. That was pretty crazy imho. But whatever suits them.

Photos:

My epic fashion sense

Swords

And paper flakes


In flames

The view

That’s us and yakimochi

Going down

:p

… and down

And we’re down!

Oh looky, it’s Fuji-san!