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Yakiimo is one of the most annoying foods in Japan.
How can roasted sweet potatoes be annoying you  ask? It's not because I think they taste bad, or because they're hard to get. In fact this time of year they're super easy to get. There are people who drive around in trucks who cook and sell them, sort of like an ice cream truck.  Unfortunately, unlike an ice cream truck the way they get your attention isn't a nice catchy tune. It's a steam whistle. It doesn't stop and is super loud. The first few times a heard it I thought it was an air raid siren going off. At least those stop; the yakiimo whistles continues on until it's out of earshot. Heaven forbid they stop. I had to listen to one for half an hour today.
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Halloween isn't a huge deal in Japan, but it's big enough. Most department stores have children's costumes and a few have adult ones too (Halloween costumes that is, they always have nurses and school girls and things like that.) But there are a few things that are rather difficult to find. Costume makeup for one. It's easier to go and get the stuff from Cosmates, the same for wigs. I have not been able to find good vampire fangs though >.< I've been able to find the huge ones that look horrible, but not the smaller ones that stick on your teeth. I'm almost too the point of trying to make them, as I have found a good tutorial and the modeling stuff is actually really easy to find here.
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Omurice is one of the foods I will miss the most when I leave Japan, but also one of the easiest to make ;)

Omurice is basicaly fried rice with an omelet thrown on top. The twist? The fried rice is made with ketchup (Although sometimes they use other stuff). I really like it when it's made with ham or sausage, but normally Japanese people use chicken.  There aren't really a lot of rules when it comes to what you put in the rice, so it gets adjusted a lot. I've made some really kick'n omurice using salsa. On top you can put more ketchup, demi-glace sauce or even gravy.   It's a great way to make a meal out of left over rice.

Now, some Japanese people claim Omurice is western food, but that is a lie, a delicious delicious lie.
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Japanese spiders

Japanese spiders are pretty hardcore. Not only are many of them big and black and bright green, but on the way to my bus stop one of them has built a /huge/ web. It goes from the telephone wire all the way to a fence about 3 feet off the ground. It's about two stories tall. I've also seen one that had an acorn hanging in it.
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So, in Japan McDonald's has monthly McFlurry flavors. I just had a Gateaux  Maron flavored one. I've been trying to avoid eating McDonald's, but I couldn't resist when I saw the sign for it. It was very very good, although it didn't really taste much like Gateaux Maron. I just like it when they mix cake in. The Strawberry Shortcake was my favorite flavor. They actually have two flavors right now, the other being Mint Oreo, which is about as awesome as it sounds.
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Jazz Festival

This weekend is the Johzenji Street Jazz Festival. Even though I'm pretty sure Sendai is pulling a fast one when it says it's the biggest music festival in the world it's still pretty big (They have stages scattered over the entire center of the city). Yesterday me and some friends went in the afternoon. We didn't wander from the central area very much, but we did see a few bands. No one famous but some of them were pretty good. It felt like 9 was really early to end stuff, but I guess with being in the city they don't have that much choice. I did give us enough time to go do Karaoke though.
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Grass Jelly Deja Vu

So, as I think about things, Japan has changed my tastes somewhat.
Back in college my friends and I got to partake of some rather.... interesting beverages. Grass Jelly and some weird rice drink among them.... I did not like them much at all. The texture was very strange. Now, weird bits in my drinks do not phase me at all. Tea Apple drink with konyaku jelly and apple bits, that is pretty tasty stuff. Muscat aloe drink with bits of aloe? Pretty tasty too. Amazake (It's a sweet drink made of rice, served warm)? Best part of winter festivals!

.... and Japan's Kit-Kats are still strange I found some ones that I think are apple carrot.... that's what they have on packaging anyway. They sorta taste like very sweet V8 Splash. They are much better than the Ramune ones.
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Book Meme

So, I've been seing quiet a few people doing this, although the direct source for me was sadisticsaint 

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?

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I don't think I've seen anybody go below 10 on this list, but I guess the type of people who do this meme are the type of people who actually read?