Spell Saab

Our fourth day in Japan was spent going around the famous Nishiki Market (Kyoto), a really long and narrow arcade that stretches for five blocks. It’s lined by over a hundred shops and restaurants. It’s known as The Kitchen of Kyoto because you can sample many of the city’s cultural delicacies all in one place. The history of the place is amazing:

Nishiki has a long history that originated about 400 years ago, but its true beginnings go back even further. When Japan’s capital was first transferred to Kyoto, the distribution network for goods was undeveloped and citizens couldn’t enjoy eating a wide variety of foods. In 1573, a lot of local merchants visited Kyoto’s Imperial Palace to dedicate local products, such as fresh fish and game for meat. Gradually, they got used to cooperating in order to keep these products fresh by utilizing the abundance of freezing underground water beneath Nishiki, which remains 15 degrees C even in summer. Even today, this water guarantees the freshness of fish sold in the market. (source)

Here are some photos I took that day.

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Jim “gathering good energy and balling it up” for good vibes

We're heeere

We’re heeere

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Oooh matcha mochi!

Oooh matcha mochi!

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But we had to eat lunch first and I read about a good okonomiyaki place right by Nishiki Market called Warai. Okonomiyaki is like a grilled pancake of whatever ingredients you want. Literally okonomi means “whatever you want/like” and yaki means grilled or cooked.

anyare sa hair

anyare sa hair

labo ng holding hands haha

labo ng holding hands haha

we ordered this thing which looked better than it tasted - I don't even know what it's called basta it was quite dry

we ordered this thing which looked better than it tasted – I don’t even know what it’s called basta it was quite dry

the okonomiyaki was good!

the okonomiyaki was good! I like how the fish flakes kept dancing on top because of the heat!

It was raining

It was raining

Luckily, the whole stretch of the Nishiki Market is covered by this gorgeous glass roof

Luckily, the whole stretch of the Nishiki Market is covered by this gorgeous glass roof

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It was so nice just looking at all the cute things for sale

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CUTE

CUTE

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Tried this Yomogi Yakianmochi: grilled mugwort mochi filled with sweet red bean paste

Tried this Yomogi Yakianmochi: grilled mugwort mochi filled with sweet red bean paste

Sarap!

Sarap!

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Takoyaki!

Takoyaki!

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Wouldn't you wanna put something like this sa entrance ng bedroom mo? Haha!

Wouldn’t you wanna put something like this sa entrance ng bedroom mo? Haha!

Yikes o_O

Yikes o_O

Cotton flowers!

Cotton flowers!

Then we found this store full of new and used military gear and we just had to check it out

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Got some jackets and more

Ended up buying some jackets and more

We had to try the fish at the market so we went inside one of the restaurants and had fresh sashimi. UGH. Sobrang perfect.

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I wanted to try authentic takoyaki balls because I got to try some in the Philippines for an episode of Taste Buddies and they were quite tasty!

This could be an ad. Yes, this was right after I bought my Adidas Superstars

This could be an ad. Yes, this was right after I bought my Adidas Superstars

The takoyaki I got was quite disappointing. It wasn't cooked all the way and I swear I was eating raw batter. Had to throw it away :(

The takoyaki I got was quite disappointing. It wasn’t cooked right and I swear I was eating mostly raw batter :( I guess the cook was in a hurry because of the long line.

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I really should've gotten this cup haha #SpellSaab

I really should’ve gotten this cup haha #SpellSaab

Que horror

Que horror

Nishiki Market opens at 9AM and closes early at 6PM. We walked around to look for a place to have dinner. Grabe, puro kain lang ang ginawa??

Look, we spotted Ippudo! But we have that here in Manila so we wanted to eat elsewhere.

Look, we spotted Ippudo! But we have that here in Manila so we wanted to eat elsewhere.

Sabbado!

Sabbado!

We chanced upon this restaurant called Za Watami located on Sanjo Kiyamachi st.

It's in the basement of a building we passed by and we were freezing outside so we took our chances

It’s in the basement of a building we passed by and we were freezing outside so we took our chances

Inside was a warm and toasty restaurant and bar

Inside was a warm and toasty restaurant and bar

<3

<3

We seriously had the best date ever in that restaurant. We ordered 3 different sakes to taste at the beginning of our meal and we ended up staying for about 3 hours just talking, laughing, and getting drunk on Kirin beer.

The beef was so good and only cost about 300 pesos!!!

The beef was so good and only cost about 300 pesos!!!

Shrimp gratin

Shrimp gratin

Cheese yakitori

Cheese yakitori

Bacon-wrapped grilled tomatoes

Bacon-wrapped grilled tomatoes

GOHAN4LYF

GOHAN4LYF

When we were deciding whether we should go home or get another drink, we ended up ordering another plate of beef and 2 more rounds of beer. We also came up with our future children’s names that night. Haha! Marrying this guy was smartest thing I ever did.

February 17, 2015
February 24, 2015

Saab

45 Comments

  1. Reply

    tish

    February 20, 2015

    Everything looks so tasty! *drooling

    • Reply

      Saab

      February 21, 2015

      Hay… Sarap kumain sa Japan talaga

  2. Reply

    YARRI

    February 20, 2015

    What was your hair color on your wedding day? and where’d you get it done? it looks so pretty!!!

    • Reply

      Saab

      February 21, 2015

      I just went to Basement Salon a month before our wedding because my roots were gross and I said “brown, please” – thank you!

  3. Reply

    Jalea

    February 21, 2015

    I just love this blog so much!! Paulit-ulit talagang binabasa kaloka!! Hahahahaha <3 Hi Saab :)

    • Reply

      Saab

      February 21, 2015

      Yayyy!

  4. Reply

    alex

    February 21, 2015

    cool post as usual saab! btw if you dont mind me asking, what camera did you use? the pictures are so sharp!

    • Reply

      Saab

      February 21, 2015

      I use a Sony NEX 5N :)

  5. Reply

    YARRI

    February 21, 2015

    Thank You so much! I’m a big fan! ❤️

    • Reply

      Saab

      February 22, 2015

      :)

  6. Reply

    Pau

    February 21, 2015

    Haha love the last two lines! Guess you really had fun there. Congrats, Saab! Japan is really heavenly. And btw, we’re all looking forward to seeing your beautiful babies soon. No pressure! Haha

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      Saab

      February 22, 2015

      Omg stop haha I cannot have a baby yet I need to jet set around the world pa lol

  7. Reply

    Angela

    February 21, 2015

    Your Japan posts remind me of this show called Tokyo Tokyo! Ah someone should revive that show!

    • Reply

      Saab

      February 22, 2015

      DO YOU MEAN OH TOKYO???? OMG NOBODY EVER GETS ME WHEN I REFERENCE THAT SHOW!!

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        ninya

        March 9, 2015

        Yes… Oh Tokyo!
        =)

  8. Reply

    Jecca

    February 21, 2015

    Ang sarap kainin lahat!! Did you buy some of those dog cookies for Joey? Haha :)

    • Reply

      Saab

      February 22, 2015

      No, I need to make sure I know all the ingredients before I feed Joey anything :))

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    Jamie

    February 22, 2015

    I read this blog at this ungodly hour and I feel so hungry just by looking at the pictures!!!
    Also, I don’t know if you saw my post but I already received what you sent. Thank you so much for remembering me, Saabeeey! Ansabey waley HAHAHA My mom and a few of my friends I have told said you were so sweet. I sprayed the elixir before leaving our room. Lol. So, so thank you! I really wish I meet you sooner!! #suchafangirlme
    <3 <3 <3

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      Saab

      February 22, 2015

      Yay thanks Jamie!!:)

  10. Reply

    marielle

    February 22, 2015

    This post is so nice and sweet. I loved looking at the photos from the market..parang I wanted to buy all those things and eat all the food haha <3

    • Reply

      Saab

      February 22, 2015

      Right???:)

  11. Reply

    Mae

    February 22, 2015

    Sobrang nakakagutom yung mga pagkain. Haha. Hopefully makapunta din ako sa Japan.
    Btw, anong brand at color ng lipstick ang ginagamit mo usually?

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      Saab

      February 25, 2015

      Right now I’ve been using MAC Brave :)

  12. Reply

    Dara

    February 23, 2015

    the last 2 lines are the sweetest. Really enjoyed reading your Japan post.

    I love you Saab! I’m a fan… :)

    • Reply

      Saab

      February 25, 2015

      Thanks :)

  13. Reply

    Cha

    February 23, 2015

    I wish to visit Japan soon and I’d surely love to follow some of your itineraries! :)

    • Reply

      Saab

      February 25, 2015

      Have fun!!

  14. Reply

    secretwalangclue

    February 23, 2015

    was it difficult to buy anything sa market and/or sa mga restos dahil sa language barrier?

    moar please :D

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      Saab

      February 25, 2015

      Not at all! Nung first night lang when all the restos w English menus were closed na. Most of the time kasi there are restaurants with English menus so walang problema.

  15. Reply

    Ronalene

    February 24, 2015

    You didn’t buy miniatures????? But they’re the cutest!

    • Reply

      Saab

      February 25, 2015

      Haha super cute but I got other stuff :)

  16. Reply

    Ria

    February 24, 2015

    Hi Saab! Have you tried Saizeriya? They have one of the best gratin too. its a cheap restaurant and my brother told me that only students who can’t afford pricey meals usually eat there. hahaha. But its our go-to restaurant when we are in a hurry. hahaha. Next time, you should also visit Nara! And oh, have you visited Kiyomizudera temple in Kyoto? It has a water fountain there where you can drink water from 3 different streams (representing money, love and health); which you should only choose one (the one you are praying for) or else, drinking from all 3 streams will represent greediness. :D

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      Saab

      February 25, 2015

      Hi Ria!! Sounds cool!! Are all those restaurants from Kyoto? That temple sounds nice!:)

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        Ria

        February 25, 2015

        Saizeriya has branches in Nagoya, Osaka and Kyoto I believe. :) Nara is a place near Kyoto. it is where you will find Todaiji Temple, one of the temple listed in the UNESCO World Heritage. :D
        Also. you are too cute Saab, I can’t believe you’re married already!!! I love you and your wittiness. Sometimes when I’m reading your blog, I imagine listening to your voice! HAHAHA. ♥

        • Reply

          Saab

          February 26, 2015

          THANK YOU! I do write as I speak hehe :)

  17. Reply

    chel

    February 26, 2015

    i’m going to Kyoto soon and I got even more excited after reading your blogs about your recent trip! I wanna try that basement resto since we’ll be staying in the Gion area.annddd..if i see that cute saab inspired mug i just might buy it for you. :) haha!

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      Saab

      March 4, 2015

      Yes, do it!!:D:D Hahahaha awww you’re very sweet!!!

  18. Reply

    S

    March 1, 2015

    “Marrying this guy was smartest thing I ever did.” <3 <3 <3

  19. Reply

    Mawi

    March 3, 2015

    Hi Saab! I keep coming back on your blog kasi I love your Japan posts! <3 (1.) May kasunod pa ba yung Japan posts mo? (Please say yes! :D)
    (2.) What software do you use to enhance your photos? iPhoto, Lightroom, Photoshop…? :)
    (3.) We are first timers in Japan, is it okay if we will tour on our own? My cousin said we should get a guide dahil nakakalito raw yung mga train stations dahil walang English translation.

    Looking forward for your answers! God bless! :)

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      Saab

      March 4, 2015

      1. omg thanks for reminding me, I have one last post about Japan!
      2. Lightroom :)
      3. If you’ve been to HK or Singapore and if you’re good with maps, it’s easy to learn naman! If you’re not very good with navigation, I don’t recommend it though. Hehe.

  20. Reply

    Patts

    March 4, 2015

    Hi Saab!! I loved the photo with the #SpellSaab cup! Sana nilabas mo rin sa sleeve yung similar tat mo sa wrist at sinama sa photo para cute. :D

    Also, may I just say, ang cute ng conversations niyo ni Jim! Naiimagine ko kayo mag-usap ng kayong dalawa lang! <3
    One day, I'm gonna marry my best friend too. (LOL mabasa kaya niya ito? Partly hoping, partly not.) :)

  21. Reply

    Anne

    March 4, 2015

    Is it very expensive to travel to japan?

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      Saab

      March 4, 2015

      To travel to Japan I think is very affordable now. So worth it too!

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    kai

    March 5, 2015

    what’s the brand and type of shoes you’re wearing in your Japan blogs? seems comfy kasi sa mga travels. Thanks.

    • Reply

      Saab

      March 6, 2015

      You mean my Palladiums? Yup, very comfy!:)

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