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27 March 2014

Festival Kanda - Tokyo

Kanda Matsuri (神田祭)


Japanese Bowing to Each Other - Kanda Matsuri


Kanda Matsuri adalah festival yang diadakan pada pertengahan Mei, pada tahun-tahun dengan angka ganjil. Pada tahun genap, didakan Sanoo Matsuri.
Acara festival ini dirayakan sepanjang minggu, dengan prosesi arakan sepanjang kota tokyo pada hari Sabtu.

Saya kebetulan cukup beruntung untuk bisa mengambil foto ini, awalnya tidak tahu bahwa di hari itu ada festival akan melintasi kota. Kebetulan saat akan menuju Gunung Takao, perhentian bis tepat di dekat kuil.


Kanda Matsuri is held in mid May, in odd numbered years, taking turns with Sanoo Matsuri which are held in even numbered years. This event is held in an entire week, with processions taking place along central Tokyo on Saturdays.
I got a good chance to took this photo while en-route to Mt Takao, felt so lucky to get to witness it. I didn't even know there were a festival on that day.


Mosaik Surabaya - Short Review

Mosaik Resto Catering Cafe

Mosaik Surabaya

Resto satu ini terletak di jln Arief Rahman Hakim, beberapa ratus meter setelah Giant Supermarket
Tempatnya cukup menarik sehingga dalam perjalanan mencari Kwetiau enak, malah akhirnya menggok ke sini

This Cafe/Restaurant is situated in Arief Rahman Hakim street, just a few hundred meters from Giant Supermarket. It's quite peculiar, making me changing my mind from trying to find a good Kwetiau (horfun) in to going here.



Resto Harmoni - Kapasan Surabaya

Best Vegan "Beef Empal" in Town

Nasi Empal Vegetarian (Depot Harmoni) - Rp 18.000
Saat diet vegetarian, kadang ada saatnya ingin mencoba menu-menu yang berbeda. Berikut salah satu resto vegetarian yang memiliki resep unik dan berbeda dengan kebanyakan resto vege lain.
Salah satu yang menarik di sini adalah penggunaan bahan pengganti daging yang variatif, tidak melulu dari gluten (daging nabati).

When on a vegetarian diet, boredom usually ensues, there's when this vegetarian restaurant comes in handy. Here's one notable restaurant, which is quite unique where they use a variation of ingredients for their meat substitute. Usually other restaurant just uses gluten, which is both boring and not really my favorite as far as meat substitute goes.


25 March 2014

Domicile Surabaya - Part Deux

Domicile Kitchen & Lounge (Part II)


Domicile Surabaya - Black Ink Fettucini Seafood with Cream


Kali ini saya membahas kunjungan kali ketiga ke Domicile. Hingga berkali-kali ke sini bukan karena saya sendiri doyan, tapi berhubung saat itu baru buka, banyak teman jalan yang mengajak ke tempat ini.
Dua x berkunjung sempat geleng-geleng menghadapi servis yang acak kadut, kali ini moga-moga sudah ok, berhubung crew resto sudah lebih dari sebulan latihannya.



This post is about my third visit to this place, it's not that I really like the place though. Since it's a new and trending place, friends keep inviting to try the place so here I am on my third try.
On two occasions before, I was quite baffled with the service quality, crossing fingers, hope the third time is a charm. They've got over a month of exercise already, surely it's gonna be better
For the first part : http://www.foodgrapher.com/2014/01/domicile.html


21 March 2014

Floating Garden Observatory - Osaka

Umeda Sky Building
Tempat Menikmati Pemandangan Malam Osaka

Osaka Floating Garden Observatory

Floating Garden Observatory Osaka termasuk salah satu obyek wisata populer jujugan para turis. Terletak di Gedung Umeda (梅田スカイビル Umeda Sukai Biru) yang merupakan gedung tertinggi ke-12 di Osaka. Terdiri dari 2 unit gedung 40 lantai dan di dua lantai teratas terdapat jembatan yang menghubungkan keduanya. 

Observatory nya terletak di jembatan ini, berbentuk melingkar sehingga pengunjung bisa menikmati pemandangan osaka 360 derajat.


The Umeda Sky Building (梅田スカイビル Umeda Sukai Biru) is the twelfth-tallest building in Osaka, Japan, and one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. It consists of two 40-story towers that connect at their two uppermost stories, with bridges and an escalator crossing the wide atrium-like space in the center.[1] It is located in Kita-ku. (Wikipedia)

The observatory itself is in the bridge, the level itself is doughnut shaped, which flooring are round, so you can have a 360 degree view of Osaka.

17 March 2014

Osaka Tombori River Cruise & Dotonbori

Murah Meriah Menyusuri Sungai Osaka

Tombori River Cruise Guide

Obyek wisata pertama yang dikunjungi di Osaka adalah wisata menyusuri Sungai Tombori yang terletak di daerah Dotonbori. Dotonbori sendiri adalah salah satu tempat wisata paling banyak dituju di Osaka. Wujudnya berupa satu jalan lurus, sepanjang kanal Dotonbori di Namba. Tempat ini sebelumnya dikenal sebagai daerah 'merah' dan teater kuno, tapi keduanya sudah tidak ada, digantikan dengan toko dan restoran.

Here's the first tourist spot that I went to in Osaka, Tombori River Cruise. It's in the famous Dotonbori area, which is a premier downtown shopping area.

Here's an entry about the place in Wikipedia :
Dōtonbori (道頓堀?, pronounced [doːtomboɽi]) is one of the principal tourist destinations in Osaka, Japan. It is a single street, running alongside the Dōtonbori canal between the Dōtonboribashi Bridge and the Nipponbashi Bridge in the Namba ward of Osaka. A former pleasure district, Dōtonbori is famous for its historic theatres (all gone now), its shops and restaurants, and its many neon and mechanised signs, including snack/candy manufacturer Glico's giant electronic display of a runner crossing the finish line. (Wikipedia.com)

14 March 2014

Osaka - Dotonbori Okonomiyaki

Tempat Asalnya Okonomiyaki

Dotonbori Okonomiyaki Restaurant


Salah satu menu wajib untuk dicoba di Osaka selain Takoyaki adalah Okonomiyaki. Hari pertama kita tiba di Osaka, kita membeli tiket terusan subway 2 day pass seharga 2700 yen atau sekitar Rp 300.000.
Biaya ini cukup murah, karena selain tiket subwaynya sudah termasuk dalam kota Osaka, kita juga mendapat beragam obyek wisata, serta discount.
Discount nya juga berbeda dengan negara-negara lain yang ala kadar dan sekedar jebakan turis seperti tokok suvenir atau sejenis, di sini diskonnya diberikan untuk obyek wisata juga, termasuk tempat onsen / pemandian air panas, taman hiburan dan Universal Studio.



One of two food that is a must in Osaka is Okonomiyaki, and in case you're wondering the other is Takoyaki :D

We stayed a total of three days here, and choosing to use the two day subway pass. It's a great bargain, considering for 2700 yen, you'd get to ride subway around Osaka, and also a bunch of free entry to the tourist site, and a lot of discount.
This discount isn't the typical tourist trap though, which usually just consists of souvenir shops and shopping malls. This discount is given with genuine interest of travelers, where you can get discounted price to enter some onsens / hot bath, amusement parks and the famous Osaka Universal Studio.


07 March 2014

Getting Lost in Shibuya

Serunya Kesasar di Shibuya & Bertemu Hachiko


Public Bus in Tokyo
Hari ketiga di Tokyo kita mencoba untuk memakai bis umum, setelah dua hari menggunakan subway train. Sempat mencoba mengikuti jalur bus hingga ke pinggiran kota Tokyo, dekat dengan Yokohama. Sebetulnya jauh lebih mudah membaca rute subway dibanding bis, tapi di bis kita bisa mendapat pemandangan yang lebih menarik.

On our third day in Tokyo, we tried using public bus for our adventure in Tokyo,we ended up right in the outskirt of Tokyo City, maybe close to Yokohama at one point. It's much easier to navigate the subway route in comparison with bus, but we get better view on the bus, so that's the main drive.


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