a The Transit Lounge: March 2010

Back in the Day: I had a quarter life crisis, headed to Osaka, Japan for the unknown–only to discover that a passport plane ride are not necessarily a ticket to escape. Some Years Later: Settled back in Oz, the man of my dreams ended up in Tokyo for work–which is how a passport and plane ride showed me home is where the heart is. And Now: Well as luck would have it, we are about to embark on Japan Mark 3, with a baby in tow and another on the way...

Tuesday, March 30

Japanese Wedding Dance

I am getting hitched this week. We are not having a first dance, but if we did I bet it would go a little something like this...

It's time to boogie!

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Thursday, March 25

The Price of Beauty

I was very "lucky" to road test some Japanese beauty products for an article I wrote for Weekender. I say "lucky" because some of them were wonderful...and some of them were definitely detrimental to my natural beauty hehe.

Read here to find how I went with some of the more wacky beauty products available on store shelves in Japan: The Price of Beauty.

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Tuesday, March 23

Tea Time

So this isn't strictly a Japanese commercial but it IS to do with tea. Lipton Tea to be precise.

I do love me a bit of Hugh Jackman, especially the dancing variety.

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Monday, March 22

The Bad Side of Monkey Business

Spotted at a Roppongi pet store: A young rhesus monkey, in a cage far too small, looking extremely bored.

This is extremely sad. The poor, little thing was on sale for about AUD$5,000. For more information on how Japanese view their pets and animals, read this article in the Weekender magazine.

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Wednesday, March 17

A New Shibuya

Ok, so we are all so used to looking at the infamous Shibuya from the second level of our trusted Star Bucks. So for something different, why not cross the road and head to LOHB for some great food and a new appreciation of Japan's most notorious crossing?

Check out what Weekener magazine had to say about LOHB Oriental Dining right here.

All I can say is that looking down on it all from this view is like turning the Scrabble board 180 degrees and noticing a new place to put your awesome word...

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Monday, March 15


You're not fat, you're just significant. Ron Bennett says so.

I really am Japan homesick.

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Thursday, March 11

A Taste of Japan

Tetsuya's salmon

It seems like my fiance and I crave a good Japanese meal the second we leave the country. We love Japanese food and find that on our travels, we eat away through the local produce as well as the local Japanese restaurants. Which is how we found ourselves at Tetsuya's Restaurant in Kent Street, Sydney, earlier this week.

Tetsuya's is a whole experience - and one of the few times I have let my vegan eating slide over the last few months. We feasted on the 12 course degustation menu, accompanied by selected sake and wines. The menu included oysters in ginger and lime, cold pumpkin soup with miso cream, Kingfish sashimi, wagyu beef with lime and wasabi as well as a range of desserts.

The wines were from different wineries across the country including Rutherglen, Eden Valley, Claire Valley and Margaret River and complemented the food superbly. In fact, one or two drops on their own were not exactly to my taste until I tasted it them again with the food. A sign of a fantastic sommelier!

Although the dishes were not strictly Japanese food, the cooking methods and accompanying ingredients were. The only disappointing aspect of the night was that the restaurant itself was not in Japanese style - but that is just my thing and I am yet to find a restaurant outside of Japan that has decided to tackle this aspect of Japanese dining.

I am still salivating just thinking about it...いただきます!

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Monday, March 8

Even Princesses Get The Blues

School bullies do not discriminate. Princess Aiko has been off school this past week due to some classroom bullying, as reported on BBC News.

It is a definite step forward for the Palace to allow this to be publicized. It took a long time for the Palace to come to terms with and be open about the anxiety and depression suffered by Princess Masako, Princess Aiko's mother. It is said her illness has been brought on by the stress of living within the Imperial Family. For many years, the Palace denied there was anything wrong.

Hopefully the Palace is learning how to become a little bit more human.

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Thursday, March 4

Print Club

This week, Tokyo in Heels talks print club. Check out the blog here: Print Club Craziness

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Wednesday, March 3

African Safari

Spotted: a Japanese man in Cape Town, wondering around the Waterfront with a helmet on. No lions and elephants within at least a 200km radius but maybe it was just in case??
Loving South Africa and loving the fact that Japan wacky can be found all across the globe.

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Monday, March 1

Japanese Wii

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