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Ikebukuro & Shibuya

on Friday, February 17, 2017
Besides Shinjuku Gyoen, I visited Shibuya and Ikebukuro, which were two places in Tokyo that I wanted to visit the most for the first time. The sightseeing spots for the day were: the Sunshine city mall (lots of cute things!) and the Shibuya crossing (super crowded!).

How to reach Sunshine city mall in Ikebukuro

When you get out of the Ikebukuro metro station, you will see something like this. In the very back, you can see a building with a dome shaped roof. That is where you need to be.

road towards Ikebukuro sunshine city mall Tokyo Japan

Takumi Düsseldorf in Rotterdam

on Monday, February 13, 2017
Takumi Düsseldorf opened a ramen shop in Rotterdam last Friday evening and I immediately went to have a ramen lunch the next day. It was on a late Saturday afternoon and only half the store was taking orders. I think that the kitchen staff cannot handle the large crowd yet and they did this to have a better quality control. When I asked for a table for three, the waiter told us that the wait was about an hour, but we were allowed to sit and study the menu at the tables on the one side of the ramen shop that they kept empty. As a real Japanese ramen mania, I decided to just wait it out.       

Takumi Düsseldorf Rotterdam sapporo ramen restaurant west-kruiskade 9

Review: Saimdang, light's diary

on Friday, February 10, 2017
Currently, I am watching the Korean TV drama series, Saimdang, light's diary. Until now, only 6 episodes have aired out of the 30. I have watched the first 4 in Cantonese, but I decided to watch the rest in Korean as I prefer to hear the original voices of the actors and actrices.

The story line is a bit complicated and hard to follow. It is about a Korean history university lecturer, who gets framed by her supervisor, and the only way for her to have her career - she worked so hard for - back is proving that a famous painting is fake. I think that they are implying that she is the reincarnation of Saimdang, a famous artist in the past. She sometimes gets headaches and then, long lost memories seem to come back, and sometimes, she is reading parts of Saimdang's diary together with a hoobae (a younger male student from the same university as her, who happens to look the same as Saimdang's first love and maybe also an reincarnation), and these are the times that the story takes us from modern times to the joseon era.