Showing posts from March, 2016

Gaijin Gourmet – By Far the Best Ramen in Futakotamagawa: Kokumaro!

I found the best tasting ramen for the best price in Futakotamagawa. It’s a shop called Kokumaro and it is the most delicious and reasonably priced ramen in town.

Hello! My name is Mike (in Tokyo) Rogers and I am the Gaijin Gourmet!

Futakotamagawa’s ONLY ¥600 ramen shop! This is the regular ramen for ¥600 yen (tax included.) includes two slices of pork in Tonkotsu (Kyushu-style pork based soup). In this photo and egg is included at an extra ¥100. Best ramen deal around!…. And, of course, there’s no tipping in Japan!
Futakotamagawa is about 10 ~ 15 minutes from Shibuya station on the Den-en-toshi line. It is famous for Takashimaya department store and a bunch of other high class shopping establishments as well as the headquarters of online shopping giant, Rakuten.
Since this is a high class shopping area, nearly all of the restaurants are expensive; and filled with rich housewives. That’s why a find like Kokumaro is a lifesaver for the Gaijin Gourmet who is always watching for…



We went to the store to buy popcorn the other day... They were "Sold Out!"

This is Hillary-ous!

It's Gonna be Huuuuge! Donald Trump and My Dream for Next Japanese Prime Minister!

Donald Trump is evil! He is a racist, is divisive, is the cause of violence.... Blah, blah, blah. So what? Is he any worse than any other of these scumbags that are running for president?

You have to be a scumbag to be president. Hillary is evil incarnate and a scumbagette. That's why she is the perfect candidate for president. But Hillary isn't funny, so I don't like her.

Don is funny.

If I voted, I'd vote for Donald Trum....... Er, no, I wouldn't. I wouldn't vote... I don't vote. Ever.

But I do really enjoy the show. I especially enjoy the squirming.

Regular readers will know how much of a crusade I've promoted against TV watching and the Lame Stream Mass Media for well over fifteen years. It is hilarious how the MSM and TPTB keep trying to paint Teflon Don in a bad light, but he keeps coming back smelling like roses.

Don't think I am dissing the Don. I am not. I laugh at how many said he wasn't a "viable" or "serious politician"…

Wray Performs Beethoven at Suntory Hall (Japan's version of Carnegie Hall) March 6, 2016

My son won second place in the All-Japan piano finals. In the past, he has placed first and third. I thought he'd be disappointed but he was really happy and told me, "Now, I've placed first, second and third!"

I guess it's kind of like collecting sports cards. Gotta have them all, right?

Anyway, we are all very proud of him.

I made this video on the fly.

Beethoven Sonate No.8 OP.13 ’Pathétique’ 1st mov. Wray Blake Rogers 12yrs old

Almost Cherry Blossom Time in Tokyo

“What a strange thing! to be alive beneath cherry blossoms.” ― Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828)
The plum blossoms are out...

The cherries will soon be here....

Time to enjoy the spring of another year.

Another year of renewal and hope.

(Photo taken on an iPhone 6 by me!)
“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.” ― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome." ― Anne Bradstreet, The Works of Anne Bradstreet

“If people did not love one another, I really don't see what use there would be in having any spring.” ― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

"Gratitude is the fairest blossom which spring…