Tiptastic Tuesday! Samurai: Hibachi and Sushi of Bowling Green

 

This Tiptastic Tuesday is a restaurant review for the Japanese hibachi restaurant Samurai on Scottsville Road. When we went in, we were shocked to find we were the only customers. I think this is because there are two other Japanese places named Samurai on Scottsville Rd. The one we went to was 1713 Scottsville Road, Bowling Green, KY.

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We were led to the grill and sat down. I ordered a coke, my son a Dr. Pepper, my daughter a sweet tea. We then looked over the menu. They had a large selection of sushi and informed us they were doing a half off on sushi. I ordered a KY Derby Roll which had crab and shrimp and a Dragon Fly Roll which had eel and shrimp. The kids ordered their kids meal, my son steak, daughter shrimp and I choose a steak and shrimp combo. The waitress took our order and then came back with our soups.

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The soup was superb, a clearer soup than at Shogun’s but delicious. The waitress then brings out the sushi and my salad. The wait had not been long, but we were hungry and dived into the sushi. It excellent. The ginger dressing on the salad was just right and not a single sushi remained.

The chef came out and did the standard show. He did a good job and kept us entertained. Once the food was cooked, we dived right in. I would give the place 4 out of 5 stars. It was clean with great staff and good food. The place had an unfinished feel to it though and no other customers. If the décor was improved, perhaps it would be five stars. If you are ever in the area stop in and give them a shot.

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The Ikefukurou Café

Written By : Aaron Knapp

There’s a café in Ikebukuro, Tokyo that is fascinating. This café is a niche interest place for certain individuals. You can make reservations online for this café and it is encouraged. Included in the entrance fee, is a refreshment for participants. The inhabitants of the café live there. Ikebukuro, Tokyo is known for its department stores, shops, food, and it’s large train station. One can easily get lost this area. Luckily a few friends are placed around the area to help you out. Statues in the subway help to show people a good meeting point for meetings friends. The bushes outside showed people the importance of reading.

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Owls Reading

The café I was interested in was not about department stores, shops, or food. This part of town held my interest as the location of an owl café named Ikefukurou. Ikefukurou is named such as to combine the name Ikebukuro and the Japanese word for owl: Fukuro.

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I was searching cat café’s and saw an ad that had an owl café. I stopped to look on their Facebook page and found their addres. I enjoyed the look of the place and thought the cafe might be a fun place to visit. I was going to Sunshine City (department store area) that morning, so I made my way to the area and found the place. The café had just opened, so I made my in person reservations, only to not be able to make reservations till after lunch. This worked out okay as I was hungry and had not had breakfast.

I went to Sunshine City and came back to the café that evening. I dropped my bags off I paid my entrance fee, which had to be paid in cash. Not a big deal as I had the correct amount of 1200 yen (around $11 USD). After a quick introduction of the rules the employees gave us all hand sanitizer and we came into the cafe.

I took pictures and got to pet several owls. I could not pick a favorite as I enjoy owls. The owls looked well taken care of and were well adjusted to contact with human strangers. Most seemed eager to get to a higher ground by climbing your shoulder. Most enjoyed getting the little head scratches, and pets. I was sad to leave after my 45 minutes were up. I received my refreshment, gathered my bags, and bid my farewells to my owl friends. I left with a smile on my face and a few pictures on my phone.

 

@Home Maid Cafe

By Aaron Knapp

The first thing I wanted to do in Japan was go to a maid café. Food quality and drinks selections at these can be desired. Your next question is, then why go to the café at all? It’s all about the experience.

I went to the Don Quixote store in Akiba; if you are unfamiliar with this store, it is a huge department store that deals with all things Japan. You can find almost anything and it has seven floors. Plus the top floor has a concert space, mainly for AKB 48. I was in the store to see what all they had. The store itself has a huge blue figure outside the store front, which drew me in.

I was in the market for some snack’s. Well they had snacks, and all kinds of other merchandise. Each floor is set up with a theme. Stationary, bathroom, household, and a small arcade, etc. Each floor had sections, and had all sorts of things in them. overseas snack, Japanese snack’s, luggage, cosplay props, light sticks, anime influenced goods. On the fifth floor was something that is not exactly posted on the ground floor. In fact I originally found a competitor’s flyer right outside when I was on the street. I almost didn’t see it as it’s in a corner of the floor and not well noticeable until you go down stairs. I even walked by the store as I wanted to see what was on the second floor. It just so happened the sixth floor was block off for today. I went back down the stairs and saw it staring right back at me; a maid café.
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This maid café is all over Japan and in Akiba they have their own 5 story building dedicated to the maid café. I was intrigued that this café had no wait to get in as their other store always had a long lines. I went inside and a maid escorted me to my table. “Welcome home my master,” they said in Japanese. As I sat down a maid came over and explained the menu in English. I was shocked and awed at this.

The maid took my order and suggested I take the photo option as it was my first time there. It was a little expensive for the food, table, and drink. My drink came out first, the maid asked what she could draw for me. I picked a cat, pretty simple, I like cats I’m okay with that. The maid drew a cat on my mocha. Then my food came out, at this point I ate my food quickly. It had a ketchup art on the eggs, which I did not get a picture of.

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CAT ❤

Other customers were getting their picture taken with various maids. I for obvious reasons picked the maid that took my order to have my picture taken with. I got my picture taken with my kawaii maid, then she said to hang on a minute. Tonight was the night that they picked to do a live performance. Pink Light sticks with @Home Café were given out.

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KAWAII

 

After the cute little song and dance by the maids, my maid presented me with a ‘master’ card. She told me to use the card next time, and that I would have the gift of getting things at a better price when (I) ‘my master comes back to visit.’ I paid at the front thanked my maid and headed out. All in all it was fun. They prefer you not to take pictures of the maids while you are there, but food pictures are fine. It was a little dark on the inside, but @Home maid café was a fun and the Don Quixote location was easy to get into.

Stop, Look, and Listen

By: Aaron Knapp

“Stop, look, and Listen,” three well-known words for crossing the street. Only this time it’s on the grandest of stages.

I received a fountain pen from a friend in Japan. Being my favorite pen it needed refills. After doing some investigating I found that I can get ink for my pen at a Tokyo Hands store. I also wanted to look at some Godzilla statues since the new Godzilla anime was coming out soon and Shin Godzilla that was previously released had sparked my interest.

I bet you’re asking now, “What does Godzilla, a fountain pen, and the title “Stop, Look, and Listen” have in common?” My response is location, location, location. If exit Hachiko rings a bell, then you’re speaking my language. That’s right boys and girls it’s Shibuya, the largest crosswalk known to man.

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It starts off as a quiet intersection, but in a matter of minutes becomes a chaotic display of human exodus. You have several hundred people crossing in many directions at once. I set off for this phenomenon, well before noon from my station of choice, Minami-Senju. Once I arrived the crossing flowed with people. After crossing myself I gathered myself and went on my way to find Tokyo Hands. After walking up a small hill I found the shop and had the grail (ink) in my hands.

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Mandarake was practically next door to Animate, so I took a quick walk to Animate to waste time until Mandarake opened. After thirty minutes sacrifice to the manga gods I strolled down to Mandarake. I found Godzilla too much to take in for my fancy. I enjoyed looking around the Mandarake shop trying to find the “Destroyers of all Monsters”. I made my way back to Shibuya and found the crossing just how I left it, in chaos. If you don’t mind large crowds and coffee, then Shibuya should be on your list of to do’s when visiting Tokyo.

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My Trip to Senso-Ji Temple

Written By
Aaron Knapp

After waiting a lifetime, the day finally came. The night before I returned to my one room tatami lined floor with a futon and pillow for a good night’s sleep. I set my alarm clock for seven o’clock in the morning. I woke up early the morning of my adventure to the sound of honking from a nearby passing car. It was only six fifteen. Since I was already up, I brushed my teeth and got ready. With my camera in tow, I locked my door, and was on my way. I walked the mandatory 15 minutes to Minami-Senju station my nearest mode of transport. I would have taken the bus, but they needed correct change, and I already had plans to get a small breakfast at the seven eleven nearby. I put 500 yen on my Suica, the public transit card, for the day, and I was on my way.

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Pigeons in Japan

After a short crowded trip on the Tsukuba Express, I was at my destination. Since it was early in the morning I had the grounds of Senso-Ji temple to myself. As Senso-Ji temple was getting work done, Hondo was my main objective. The Hondo is the main hall building.

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Kaminarimon, the thunder gate.

After an enlightened reflection I was back off to my self-guided tour of the grounds. This early in the morning shops are closed, but you could observe art on the closed shops. The grounds were calm and quiet. Unlike times in which most tourists visit the grounds.

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Art work on shops.

This trip was one for giving thanks for coming to Japan, and to give thanks to things in the past. I enjoyed my little adventure to Senso-Ji and look forward to returning sometime soon.