Japan 2013, Jan 15: Cupnoodle Museum – Closed Sign Exhibit

Today was very very super exciting! We were going to go to Yokohama and make our very own cupnoodles!!!!! Jan 14, 2013 was the first day of snow in for the year, I didn’t think it would have last all day. It did, then I thought “it’ll melt soon, this is Tokyo!” So I was really surprised when I woke up this morning! びっくりした!

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We all woke up early, met on time. So on we got onto the train to begin our very, very exciting cupnoodle adventure!! =D

Gandi and I
Gandi and I

Trying to take a sneaky pic of the train driver.. focus fail..
Trying to take a sneaky pic of the train driver.. focus fail..

The Cup Noodle Museum isn’t exactly IN Yokohama, it’s at the stop before, Minato-Mirai. We get off at Minato-Mirai and was my job to ask the locals for direction with my elementary Japanese… so we make out way over in that-the general direction. It was a really beautiful day today. So we had a really pleasant walk there even though we didn’t really know where the place was =P

Sun-shiny day ( ^______^ )
Sun-shiny day ( ^______^ )
We were REALLY excited! =D
We were REALLY excited! =D
Port?
Port?

Back in the Edo period, Yokohama was a fishing village that turned into a port town. After a peace treaty was signed between the Tokugawa Shogunate and the Americans, it was one of the ports that allowed port for the foreign ships that came to Japan for international trade and commerce. Thus quickly becoming the base for foreign trade. During the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, much of Yokohama was destroyed and later rebuilt only to be destroyed once more during WWII.

Fast foward to 1983, the major urban construction of reclaimed land, Minato Mirai (meaning Future Port) , commenced. It was initially designed as a new urban center for the use of connecting the traditionally important areas of Kannai and Yokohama Station.

Ok history lesson 終わり (end)!

We arrive the the cupnoodle museum and were super happy! Note: Even though the below pictures are in CHRONOLOGICALLY order, we still didn’t realize the museum had the special closed sign exhibit XD DO NOT GO ON TUESDAYS

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YAY! CUPNOODLES!
My bad guys... should have checked the website first...
My bad guys… should have checked the website first…
Stupefy!
Stupefy!

After this LITTLE mishap of mine, we decided to head to Yokohama for some ramen lunch. At the train station we found a MISTER DONUT!!! BEST DONUTS IN THE WORLD =D My FAVOURITE DONUT IN THE WORLD IS PON DE RING! I was slightly excited =P

SIDE TRACK!! Omgoodness they have one with Pon De Lion’s face on it now! For their 10th anniversary if i’m not mistaken. wowwowowwow!

Pic from Mister Donut website
Pic from Mister Donut website
misdo virgins
misdo virgins
omnomnom
omnomnom

After our misdo snack, we walk around Yokohama station, which I forgot to take pics of because I was hungry (still!). Yokohama station is big, kind of like Tokyo station, where there are rows and rows of underground shops malls incorporated into it. We decided on a shop, with the best poster!

NO RAMEN, NO LIFE!
NO RAMEN, NO LIFE!
Friend's ramen with the works
Friend’s ramen with the works
Mine looks pathetic in comparison.. delicious nonetheless =P
Mine looks pathetic in comparison.. delicious nonetheless =P

After being fattys, we headed back into Tokyo for some shopping in Shibuya. Mainly, at Loft and Tokyo Hands! Loft and Tokyo Hands are kind of similar department stores, they sell the most awesome stuff and you can really just spend the whole day in the stores. The Shibuya branches are the biggests of both stores, if I’m not mistaken. Here are some cute things I decided to take pictures of cause they were somewhat new to me, compared to the previous year:

For make onigiri, for kid's bento boxes?
For making onigiri, for kid’s bento boxes?
NAMEKO!!!
NAMEKO!!!
Cute robot .. things
Cute robot .. things
I wanted to get the orange rabbit =P
I wanted to get the orange rabbit =P
GOT AN ORANGE POLAROID INSTEAD =D
GOT AN ORANGE POLAROID INSTEAD =D
Gandi found his twin
Gandi found his twin
Some cool masks
Some cool masks
If you are looking for a flask, get this brand, Thermos. It is THE BEST! It will keep your drink hot or cold for at least half the day. My whole family swears by it XD
If you are looking for a flask, get this brand, Thermos. It is THE BEST! It will keep your drink hot or cold for at least half the day. My whole family swears by it XD

After shopping, we headed over the the Burton store in Harajuku cause gandi forgot to bring his snowboarding socks. It was such an adventure! My google maps wasn’t really accurate, and we decided to walk from Shibuya to Harajuku cause it didn’t seem that far… of course I forgot to document this “shortcut” as we were busy pointing fingers at each other and leading each other in the wrong directions, as we ended up in a residential area…… ok.. they were mainly blaming me… I had to hand the map over to gandi. we cut through someone’s house and emerged through some hedges, people stared at us while we pretended to be normal hahahhaha!

Here’s some old school snowboards in the Burton store:

Pioneers
Pioneers

I met up with Taiki for some sushi dinner while the guys went to the Ninja Restaurant in Akasaka. I’ll post up those pics in another blog, gotta find where I saved the guy’s photos!

Akai Ebi (Red Prawn sashimi) and Chawanmushi (steamed egg with seafood inside)
Akai Ebi (Red Prawn sashimi) and Chawanmushi (steamed egg with seafood inside)
Top: Ootoro (fatty tuna belly) Bottom: Hotate (scallop), Toro (tuna belly), something kingfish i think, and Toro again
Top: Ootoro (fatty tuna belly)
Bottom: Hotate (scallop), Toro (tuna belly), something kingfish i think, and Toro again
Saikyoyaki Ginadara! Grilled snow cod fish
Saikyoyaki Ginadara! Grilled snow cod fish
hahah funny crab sushi
hahah funny crab sushi
Aburiing my nigirisssssss
Aburiing my nigirisssssss
Aburi Nigiri Setto
Aburi Nigiri Setto
Anago (freshwater eel) and Negitoro (mushed tuna belly and spring onions)
Anago (freshwater eel) and Negitoro (mushed tuna belly and spring onions)
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