Video Games, Music, and Ramen in Tokyo

There’s a ramen restaurant near our house. Because of its location, it’s almost unknown, but it’s really trendy. It’s somewhere between a bar and a restaurant and has a theme that’s sort of a mix between music and surfing.

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This time, the owner got out his old SNES console and asked us if we wanted to have a go. Food and games?? I’d just spent the past nine hours on the PlayStation 4 but nobody needed to know.

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He set it up and we had enormous fun playing Super Mario, Tetris, and Street Fighter 2.

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On top of that, we of course got to eat yummy ramen! I like this place because although there isn’t as much variety as other ramen restaurants, the guy can make killer tonkotsu (pork) ramen.

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We also had some gyoza dumplings and it was yummy. What a nice evening!

If you find yourself in Meguro, definitely give this place a try. It is right next to Kushi-Katsu Tanaka and it’s called Iki. Here’s the location on Google Maps.

Meet My Hamsters

Day 15 [New Year’s Resolution]: Meet my Hamsters

Did you have a childhood pet? I think kids were pretty much divided growing up: the family who had a cat, the family who had a dog, the family where one or both parents hated animals, and the family that couldn’t or wouldn’t have a larger animal and had some kind of rodent.

I vaguely remember we had a cat at some point, and we had this big grey hamster that was scared of everything.

About a year ago I was thinking about getting a pet, something I could take care of that was a bit more impressive than a fish. They eat fish here, anyway; if I had one, every time I’d come home with some sushi I’d feel guilty.

Hamsters are sweet little things and affordable, too. To celebrate getting my job last year, I went to a pet shop in Daikanyama and got Shakespeare. He was old and he nibbled, but he was such a little prince. We had a happy six months together before he died of old age.

It didn’t take long to get lonely after he died, so one day I impulse bought a pair of hamsters. I named the boy Hemingway, continuing the trend of naming them after famous writers, and I named the girl Zelda after the princess.

Hemingway is very affectionate and Zelda is more feisty. I had to separate them so they wouldn’t have babies and my second cage was a very small one, so I think she was mad at me for a while. Eventually I gave in and bought her the same three-story house in pink.

She got a lot friendlier after that.

If you want a pet but you’re not sure what to get, I definitely recommend a hamster; they’re easy to look after and they don’t really get lonely if you’re too busy to play with them every day.

They’re really easy to tame and they’ll eat leftover vegetables as well.

And they’re really very sweet.

Tell me about your pets!