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Episode 25: Miso Hungry Podcast goes to Japan – Part 1!


We’re back from Japan!

(Actually, we’ve been back for almost two months already. But we haven’t been able to record until now, so…)

We’re back from Japan!

Family Mart food

We’ve fallen hard for the combinis (convenience stores, like 7-11 and Family Mart).


We have a renewed obsession with onigiri.

More onigiri

And we miss Japan like crazy now that we’re back!!!

Day 1

So what did we do in Japan? Well, on the first day we were both there (Allison arrived a few days before Rachael did), we all went and visited the Tokyo Skytree.

Tokyo Skytree

And by visited, we mean stood around and looked up at it. When we were there, you had to have a reservation to get up into the Skytree, because it’s only a few months old.

So instead we got curry pastries.

curry pastry

And while we were sitting around eating, met some very interesting people!

sitting at the skytree eating onigiri

the girls playing with a dog

Day 2

The next day, we all rented a car, and off to Mt. Fuji we all went. (Mr. Fuji drove.)

We got to check out a Japanese rest stop, which is ridiculous compared to what we’re used to in the US. It’s got an entire food court!

Then around and around and around, up Mt. Fuji.

Mt. Fuji

Though it was quite warm in Tokyo, it was freezing cold and incredibly windy and rainy up the mountain, so we unfortunately didn’t get to spend much time there before sprinting back to the car.

The Fujis on Mt. Fuji

But it was totally worth it for the little udon restaurant we found at the base of the mountain.


The noodles were handmade – to die for. And the only meat available? Horsemeat!

horsemeat udon

And then, like any normal traveler would do in a foreign country, we went to Costco.


Seriously. We went to Costco. Which was one heck of a freaky experience in itself.

You walk in, and it looks exactly like every single Costco you ever see in the US.

But then they have some different things – like all sorts of different types of sashimi-grade seafood. Fish, fish eggs, uni, seaweed… we’re seriously jealous.

Allison in Costco

However, the real reason we were there? Rachael has been tempting the rest of us with Hokkaido Milk Soft Cream ever since we started this podcast, so Allison couldn’t pass up an opportunity to try some.

hokkaido milk soft cream

So worth it!

Stay tuned the next two weeks for the rest of our Japan trip!

We’re having a contest!

saibashi - cooking chopsticks

You can enter to win one of two pairs of silicon saibashi (cooking chopsticks, like these) that we brought back from Japan.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post.

One entry per person. You have until 11:59PM on Monday, September 24th, 2012 to enter. We will ship internationally, so anyone may enter. The two winners will be chosen using

Good luck!

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  • Kate @ Eat, Recycle, Repeat Sep 10, 2012 at 5:10am
    Wooo! I'm happy you guys are back to podcasting! You don't have to include me though - cause that is just unfair since I can source whatever I need here in Chiba. I just wanted to say how excited I was to listen to some podcasts again!
  • Abbie Sep 10, 2012 at 4:57pm
    Loving the podcast! Just got back from a trip to Japan about 4 weeks ago so your podcast is sooo making me homesick for Japan. Loved the pictures!
  • Iryna Sep 12, 2012 at 10:58pm
    So love your podcast and my 5 y.o. daughter likes to sing - "Me-So-So-Hungry!" Fun to know they have Costco! By the way, I recently was looking for bento boxes( for my kid lunches) and accessories. Oh, My! It is an art on its own! Never been to Japan, but really fascinated by this country.
  • Michele Rentner Sep 13, 2012 at 6:52am
    So glad I found this website & podcast. I love he chemistry between Allison & Rachel. I feel that i am learning soo much!
  • [...] (If you missed the first part of the trip, you can listen here!) [...]
  • c460053 Sep 20, 2012 at 8:11pm
    Love the podcast. Just found it yesterday. I'm catching up during a drive from South Tahoe to the house. I'm up to 16. Eat your Sea Veg! "Wocka Wocka!" Happy that you two are back at the mike. Maybe I'll be caught up by the time I'm back in WA. Curious as to the Japanese for "horse meat"?
  • Kaname650 Sep 21, 2012 at 3:53pm
    Finally caught up today & you know I'm especially loving the trip to Fuji-san since my father's side of family is from Yamanashi-ken.
  • [...] Today is the last day of the giveaway, so don’t forget to go enter! [...]
  • Alison (AlisonCanRead) Sep 24, 2012 at 6:56am
    So jealous that you got to go to Japan!!! We went exactly a year before the earthquake and I really want to go back soon. We didn't spend a lot of time in Tokyo. Next time I want to explore it more.
  • Carla Sep 24, 2012 at 7:58pm
    My 8 year old son and 8 love your podcast. We went to Tokyo twice but he doesn't remember so he keep asking me when are we going to go to Japan. Lovely trip!
  • Becky Oct 4, 2012 at 1:25pm
    Aww- I just listened to your last few podcasts and am SO sad that I missed the deadline for the contest. I've been starting to try to cook more Japanese food and would love a pair. Anyway- I love your podcast! ps- Terribly jealous about your trip!
  • […] got silicon saibashi […]

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