So 2013 is almost over. I’m a bit sad to see it go, because my 2013 was pretty awesome. Here’s some of the stuff I did in 2013.
Left Toronto and became a resident of Japan.
Spent New Year’s eating osechi with Japanese neighbours.
Tried all the delicious winter chu-hi flavours.
Ate a lot of weird 100 yen sushi…
…and really good yakitori.
Enjoyed the greatness that is raw Japanese eggs.
Survived fukubukuro shopping.
Hung out with mascots at the Furusato Matsuri.
Did a lot of planespotting.
Went to the Ghibli Museum (again).
Climbed Mount Takao.
Flew an airline with pink planes.
Went to Okinawa, became obsessed with umi budo…
…drank a lot of Orion…
…and spent time on the beach.
Oh yeah, and Mike accidentally ordered a whole giant bottle of awamori.
Fed the deer in Nara.
Lived in Osaka for awhile and ate all the Osaka foods.
Got interviewed on Japanese tv.
Went to an izakaya where you catch your own dinner.
Dressed up like a Lolita.
Spent a day in Harajuku with the adorable Misako Aoki.
Drank a lot.
Ate a zillion course meal made up entirely of crab dishes.
Saw the cherry blossoms in Kyoto.
Took a lot of photos of cherry blossoms.
Did a lot of hanami-ing under the cherry blossoms.
A million nights of karaoke.
And more hanami.
Spent my birthday at Universal Studios in Osaka.
Ate delicious kushikatsu at Daruma in Osaka.
Ate Kobe beef in Kobe.
Mike spent some time inside a box of Pocky.
Had Hello Kitty donuts.
Saw a Hanshin Tigers baseball game.
At an all-lobster meal.
Rode the Tama Densha in Wakayama.
Hung out in Kyoto.
Did purikura at Fukuoka Airport.
Ate Hakata ramen in Hakata.
Rode a lot of Japanese trains.
Finally visited Kaita Town in Hiroshima.
Saw the atomic bomb dome in Hiroshima.
Went to Miyajima Island.
Went to Seoul and ate as many hotteok as possible.
Visited the DMZ and stared at North Korean soldiers.
Found the Hello Kitty cafe in Hongdae.
Ate a ramen burger.
Embraced Duffy madness at DisneySea.
Went to a Japanese matsuri.
Went to the amazing Totoro house in Nagoya.
Said goodbye to Tokyo and was sad.
Spent a week in Las Vegas.
Tried In-N-Out Burger animal style fries.
Missed Japan, so took an impromptu trip to NYC to eat some ramen.
…and do Japanese-style karaoke.
Flew on Emirates for the first time.
Went to Florence, Italy.
Went to Venice.
Had a lot of Italian wine and prosecco.
Went to Milan.
THE END. I’ll be happy if 2014 is just half as awesome as 2013 was. I have trips planned to Tokyo, Bangkok, and Dubai in the first couple months of 2014 so we’ll see!