Could you manage a trip abroad in just three days? No airplane required.
Let's take a short trip!
Every March during Japan Week in Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall, Japanese culture, cuisine, technology, trade, travel are celebrated in great fashion. At the Japan Week celebration at Grand Central Terminal, you'll be able to taste regional Japanese cuisine in convenient bento boxes, high-quality sake and whiskey at a tasting bar, and learn about Japanese culture, trade and the latest technology. This year, the event was held for three days from March 6-8, however you can continue exploring regional Japanese cuisine at many participating restaurants in Manhattan since Japan Restaurant Week runs until March 16th.
The set up when entering Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal
I picked up the Kanimeshi Ekiben, Crab with Egg, Salmon Roe, Pickled Plum Ume Over Rice, since it looked appetitizing, and it was something I haven't tried before. It was perfectly packaged, and the combination of salty, sour, and sweet flavors complimented each other very well!
A special tasting bar for sake and whiskey was set up adjacent to the bento table. In this area, you're welcome to taste a variety of high-quality sake and Nikka whiskey for a fee. It was early in the afternoon to start drinking, and even if I wanted to sample some good liquor, I narrowly evaded the urge, but there will other tasting opportunities later.
Miniature model of a small Japanese city complete with Godzilla
NEW JR East Shinkansen Bullet Train to be released in 2015 -- will the US ever get this? :(
NTT Docomo shares their beta Japanese Translator mobile application
NTT Docomo mascot cell phone charm
My favorite part of Japan Week was eating of course. Probably it would be drinking sake and whiskey if I tried. It made me miss all the things I love about living in Japan. So nostalgic. Guess that means it's time to to make return trip? I'm glad that I was able to go the Japan Week festivities this year, and hopefully next year I'll come early to take time to enjoy the activities to their full extent! Today is the LAST day to check out Japan Week at Grand Central Terminal, so make sure you visit before 7PM! Go, go, go!
For all the photos from the event, see my Flickr: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjU8MTt6