Sunday, May 17, 2020

This is a Michelin-starred Ramen Restaurant in Tokyo, what's so special?

you a fan of ramen? If "yes", then Tsuta ramen and soba restaurant should be on your recommendation list. 
At this time it should be at home, but if the corona outbreak ends and there is a chance to walk in Tokyo, then visit this restaurant.

This ramen restaurant has gotten a Michelin star. This is one of the most famous ramen restaurants in Tokyo that attracts ramen lovers from inside and outside Japan. Come, see how lunge Tsuta.

Moved from Sugamo
Tsuta's restaurant founder, Yuki Onishi, is not satisfied with Tsuta despite having won many domestic and international awards.
In fact, the restaurant has opened a branch outside Japan. However, these things did not make Onishi introspective.
Instead, last November, Onishi shut Tsuta where he started and tried for seven years and became  ramenya (restaurant ramen ) first to be awarded a Michelin star.
Originally this restaurant is located in Sugamo, an ancient district famous for Tsuta's existence.

A month later, Onishi returned to action in a new area with new grounds and creations on his ramen dish .
So what is different? First, Tsuta is now located in Yoyogi-Uehara, a neighborhood in Tokyo that is more "lively" and modern than Sugamo. In addition, Yoyogi-Uehara is also much closer to the heart of Tokyo.
In other words, not only in geographical terms, Onishi is also more profitable in terms of reaching consumers.

The old Tsuta restaurant was too narrow and quiet. You enter, choose a menu from the ticket machine near the door, then sit in silence at the counter with nine seats waiting for your meal.
Feels like following the ceremony,  right ? However, that is the atmosphere of a classic ramen restaurant with its civilized nuance.
Now, the difference really contrasts! After climbing a few steps, you will be faced with a brightly lit dining room with an open kitchen.
There are seats for 11 people at the pitch black counter and seating and tables for 12 people in the back.

Different from the previous Tsuta restaurant, the current version of Tsuta is brighter, more spacious and relaxed.
Instead of bothering with the message machine, you just sit and then choose from the menu. Order and taste a little beer ( Heartland ) while choosing to want ramen with  shoyu (soy sauce),  zodiac  (salt), or  miso ?
All three choices are equally good. However, you want the original? Try the Tsuta shoyu  ramen  Even though I moved, it feels the same!

Ramen in Tsuta feels soft because it is made from four types of wheat flour directly from grinding stones. The ramen soup is rich in flavor with natural umami, the balance is perfect: it feels light on the tongue with a deep and concentrated taste that is a mixture of three different kinds of soy sauce.
To add to the complexity of  ramen , Onishi developed a black truffle  sauce  that was added to the  shoyu ramen  so that it combined savory taste with "earth" flavor. This sauce is Onishi's secret weapon that places his ramen more than others.
Furthermore, Onishi began to mix balsamic vinegar into his ramen, adding a sharp sweetness and soft sour.
With such a luxurious feeling, it's no wonder that  Shoyu Tsuta's ramen is  priced at 1,300  yen , even better if you add  another topping  . Add pieces of  char siew  (from Berkshire black pig) and ajitama eggs  (from Aomori Shamrock hen) for a total price of 650  yen . Guaranteed,  won't regret it !
If you are not satisfied, you can order  shredded black truffles  on top of  your ramen (by paying an additional price of 1,600  yen ). Does it have an effect on taste? Not really. However, the grated  black truffle  makes the dish look more attractive.

The advantage of Tsuta's move to Yoyogi-Uehara is that you don't need to arrive early to buy tickets and eat a chasing time. This procedure comes when Tsuta won his Michelin star in 2016 due to the booming queues .
Now, who is fast, he can. Moreover, during lunch hour, the queue is getting longer. However, if you arrive at the right time (one hour or less than closing time), you can walk in.
Although the pros and cons accompanied the new Tsuta, especially with the exorbitant price, all parties benefited when Tsuta now accepted credit cards and electronic money. Aside from that, Tsuta is now playing the song too! Onishi's favorite singer is David Bowie, and that's what you will hear all the time at Tsuta.
What does David Bowie mean to Onishi? He wrote: "I want to be David Bowie's world of  ramen , someone who ... changes the world through self-expression."

Shopping in Japan, Here Are the Various Payment Methods that Apply

Just like in other countries, there are several payment methods that can be done in Japan. Although each payment method is made simple, it is difficult to choose the best payment method, because it depends on the situation. 

Japan is synonymous with society that is so modern and accustomed to the latest technology, a sophisticated transportation system, and home to the Gundam. No wonder many people think that Japanese cash is no longer used.  
In fact, many shops in Japan, especially in rural areas and small shops only accept payment in cash, so Japan is arguably not yet a cashless society . Although one of the disadvantages of cash is the risk of money being stolen, this should not be feared in Japan, because the level of security of this country is so high.

Credit Card / Debit Card
Card payment is becoming the preferred method of payment that has become increasingly popular in recent years. It's just that card payment methods have not been widely accepted in Japan. As mentioned earlier, Japan is still a society with a cash payment system. 
Based on a study of credit card usage, as quoted from, the number of restaurants in Japan that accept credit card payments was 20.7 percent in 2015. This figure has decreased to 21 percent in 2017. The percentage is getting lower if away from big cities. 
However, don't worry, because most department stores and supermarkets, restaurant chains and minimarkets accept credit card payments. When buying tickets for the train, regular tickets are only available through payment in cash. But there are places like JR trains that accept credit card payments and provide ticket machines that accept credit cards. 
Payment of certain bills (telephone, electricity, gas, etc.) can also be done via credit cards. 
Credit cards are a convenient way to trade while in Japan. Although this method of payment is not as extensive as cash, it is considered safe to transact in places that accept credit card payments. All you have to do is check the symbol that shows that the store accepts credit card payments.

IC Card (E-money / Electronic money)
IC cards are like cash but in the form of cards. This card is different from debit cards or credit cards, because you don't need to connect e-money cards with certain bank accounts. Of course this is different from a debit card that is connected to money in a bank account. 
You just need to put some money into the card digitally. How to use it enough to paste it into the place of payment. There are two types of IC cards, they are cards that can be used for transportation and cards that cannot be used for transportation. 
1. IC Card for Transportation  
SUICA or PASMO is the most popular type of IC card available in the Tokyo area. There are also Icoca or PiTaPa cards available for the Kansai area. These cards are generally used for transportation. But actually these cards can be used as a means of payment for certain shops.
These shops usually also accept credit card payments. Although these IC cards vary depending on the region, in general they can be used throughout Japan because each IC card is made to be compatible with one another. 
Please remember when using an IC card for transportation, you can get a small discount compared to buying a physical ticket. Another advantage when using an IC card is that it is as convenient as non-cash but with advantages such as using cash. 
 2. IC cards for non-transportation
Brands like Nanaco, Rakuten Edy, and Waon, are known as non-transportation IC cards. Usually these cards are used for shopping at supermarkets and department stores. In addition, this card can also be used in restaurants and other places that accept payment by IC card. If you use it for payment while shopping, some cards, such as Nanaco, Rakuten Edy, and Waon, will collect points and can be exchanged for cash. 
Because these are non-transportation IC cards, these cards cannot be used to take trains, buses and other public transportation. In addition, a deposit with a value starting from 300 yen is required depending on the brand of card. 

Mobile Payment
At present, there are two types of mobile payments
1. Mobile Payment with QR Code
Payments using mobile applications such as PayPay, Origami Pay, WePay, Alipay, or Line Pay. This payment method will connect your debit or credit card account to the mobile application so you can pay without using a debit or credit card. Payment in this way only need to use a cellphone and scan to the QR code of the store.   
2. Mobile Payment with Electronic Wallet
Apple Pay and Google pay are seen as representatives of international brands of electronic wallet services. Players of this type of payment methods originating from Japan are Quicpay, iD, au Wallet, and others. To use this payment method, you must have a mobile phone that is equipped with a special NFC chip. With this, you can save and connect credit cards for mobile payments. 
The danger of using a physical form of credit card is reduced by the mobile payment method, because this method uses a layered protection system so that its security is guaranteed. Mobile payment options are available at leading retail stores, department stores, and supermarkets. But its use is not as extensive as payment by cash. 
In a way, this is a transaction with a credit card without the need to show the physical credit card. So, you can't use this payment method if you don't have a credit card. 
This choice is growing and starting to be widely accepted as Japan develops towards a cashless society. Consider some of the payment methods above when you shop. We look forward to further payment methods that will appear in the future.

What is the Cost of Living in Japan? This is the estimate ...

When living in a country, we certainly need to calculate the cost of living necessities in order to manage the amount of expenditure not exceeding income. The following is a reference to the average amount of expenditure required by a man who lives in Kyoto for a month.  
Sumber: Kyoto Sohyo (Kyoto Labor Union

Although there are various types of housing in Japan, the cost of renting a residence will take up the largest portion of income. There are various factors that affect rental prices, such as location and others, but other factors such as distance to the office need to be considered. For example, the price of renting an apartment is cheap, but the location is far from the office. 

Food - 44,441 yen per month
The cost of eating a month depends on how often you eat at restaurants or buy food outside, rather than cooking alone. For example, buying a box of karaage bento ( fried chicken bento ) costs around 474 yen and a bowl of ramen costs 547 yen. A bowl of gyuudon (rice with beef) costs around 374 yen. Of course, the cheapest and healthiest is to cook your own food and occasionally you can enjoy tendons (rice with tempura) for 970 yen.
* All prices displayed are based on May 2019 data sources from the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

 Basic Needs - 7,419 yen per month
This is the average monthly cost for basic needs such as electricity, gas and water. Although in reality these costs can be different because it depends on usage. Especially during the summer and winter months, people usually use air conditioning or heating more often.

Furniture and Home Appliances - 3,836 yen per month
Household equipment such as for cleaning or washing clothes, as well as other household chores, the price depends on the season. 

Clothes - 5,921 yen per month
Same as above, depending on the season, winter requires more layers of clothes or rainy months of course require sturdy shoes. This is an estimated monthly expenditure, but who needs new clothes and shoes every month, right?

Transportation, Communication and Internet - 18,612 yen per month
Although it seems that it consumes a large portion of monthly expenses, but usually some companies in Japan will pay back ( reimbursed system ) transportation costs for their employees. For workers who take the bus or train, there is a commuter pass (a kind of card to be free to take the bus or train). Meanwhile, workers who go to the office in a private car, there is a method of calculating the monthly gasoline expenditure that will usually be paid back by the company. 

Other expenses - 23,434 yen per month
Whether traveling with friends, going on a date, or just having fun for yourself, this is certainly still needed for the balance of personal life with work. But this expenditure item can also be an additional savings fund. 

Savings - 17,800 yen per month
With 7.4 percent of salary put into the savings account, it might not look like much. But please note there are other posts that can be saved. Some people can save more, but some are not even able to save at all.

knowledge about the IC Card Transportation Card from Every Region in Japan

Japan has many types of IC cards which are usually used as transportation cards. But actually this IC Card itself can be used for various transactions that will make life more practical. 
At this time, you can use IC Cards for payments at convenience stores, shops, department stores, and vending machines. This card will help you to be cashless while in Japan.
 As a transportation card, the advantage of using an IC Card over buying a ticket is to get a discounted price. Some IC cards even have a point system. 
There are many types of IC cards from each region in Japan. Of all the cards you have, there are cards that can be used in various regions in Japan and there are also those that can only be used in certain regions or cities.
For more details, the following details about several IC Cards that exist in each region and the benefits.
Suica (issued by JR East company)
Area: Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Yamanashi, Sendai, dan Niigata. 
Benefits to be gained: Points accumulation.
Kitaca (issued by JR Hokkaido company)
Area: Sapporo 
Benefits to be gained: None
PASMO (issued by Tokyo Metro company + other local train companies)     
Area: Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Yamanashi
Benefits to be gained: Points accumulation. 
ICOCA (issued by JR West company)
Area: Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Nara, Mie, Shiga, Wakayama, Toyama, Ishikawa, Okayama, Hiroshima
Benefits to be gained: Collection of points, discounted ticket for the Kansai-Airport Express HARUKA train ticket
PiTaPa (issued by Surutto KANSAI)             
Area: Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Nara, Mie, Shiga, Wakayama, Okayama, Nagoya, Shizuoka, Kanazawa, Toyama            
Benefits to be gained: Discounted prices for some services.
Unlike other IC cards, the PiTaPa payment system is billed after usage (postpaid system). Therefore, it is necessary to register first for people who want to buy this card. Transaction bills will be withdrawn directly from the registered bank account. 
There are various types of cards offered, ranging from basic cards that function as transportation cards that can also be used to shop at places with the PiTaPa symbol, to cards that have a credit card function.
SUGOCA (produced by JR Kyushu)
Area: Fukuoka, Saga, Oita, Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Miyazaki, Kagoshima
Benefits to be gained: Points accumulation.
HAYAKAKEN (issued by Fukuoka City Transportation Bureau)
Area: Fukuoka City      
Benefits to be gained: Discounted prices on several services.
For the record, all cards can basically be used in all regions of Japan that have the card symbol. The "area" description above refers to the area where the card can be issued and the card benefit program is valid. 
Choose the IC card that suits your needs while in Japan.

How to Send Money from Japan?

 When you start receiving money while working in Japan, there are times when you need a money transfer service through banks or non-banks. This service is used to transfer your work money to Indonesia (or other countries).
There are times when you need to send money to families in Indonesia to pay off credit card bills, just give money to your family, or want to save money in rupiah. If that happens, here are some options for sending money from Japan to Indonesia.   

Transfer or transfer money from abroad is one of the services offered by banks. So, you can directly come to a local bank in Japan. Make sure you do have an account at the bank. However, this method of sending money via bank takes several days to arrive at a bank account in Indonesia. In addition, the cost is also not cheap. 
The majority of large banks provide money transfer services overseas through online banking. However, some banks still require customers to come to the branch office to transfer money. Usually, the recipient of the money must have an active bank account for money to be transferred. 

Money Transfer Company
Since 2010, Japan has allowed non-bank companies to conduct money transfer services. With the increasing number of foreign workers in Japan, the number of non-bank money transfer companies has also increased. Money transfer counters can be found everywhere, especially in major cities in Japan.  
When compared to banks, these companies are more flexible in offering their services. In addition, the cost of sending money is also cheaper. Before making a money transfer, you need to fill in the form as the registration process and show the original ID. In this process you are also asked to write down recipient data. After the transaction is complete you will receive a code number that must be informed to the recipient of the money to take the money. 
On the other hand, there are also several money transfer companies that provide direct transfer services with prior membership registration. If you become a member, you can send money directly to the account that is registered, can be your own account or family. So, the recipient does not need to carry out a complicated process of receiving money. 

Mobile Wallet
With the development of digital innovation, digital wallet and mobile money transfer applications, such as Smiles, are present.
In this way, sending and receiving money will be faster and cheaper, the same as when using the services of a non-bank money transfer company. However, in this way, you still have to use online banking because you have to connect the account to a digital wallet. In addition, the recipient of the money must also use the same application to receive money.

Live in Japan? This is How to Make a Bank Account in Japan

Japanese bank accounts are an important requirement if you want to live in this country. This account is not only needed to conduct financial transactions such as sending money to parents in the country of origin, but also to receive money in the form of salary or scholarship money. 
In addition, this account can also be used as a means of payment for daily necessities such as electricity, water and gas. In this article we will discuss how to create a bank account in Japan. 
The main requirement for foreigners who want to open a bank account in Japan is a stay. Only foreigners with a stay of more than six months can open a bank account in Japan. Here are some things you need:

1. Self Identity Card
This identity card can be a residence card , a health insurance card, or a passport.

2. Letters describing the current residence address 
You do not need to take care of a special residence certificate because usually the residential address will also be written on the back of the residence card (proof of residence).   

3. Name Stamp ( Enter )
This name stamp is needed to make various kinds of official documents in lieu of signatures. Although lately in some of the banks have been allowed to set up an account with just a signature, we suggest you to bring Inkan when creating an account. 

4. Money Deposit
Some banks require you to deposit the first deposit when opening an account with a different amount of money according to each policy. The amount starts from 100 yen.

5. Telephone Number
A telephone number is a requirement that you must fill in when creating a bank account. If you still don't have a personal telephone number, you can use your office or school phone number.

As additional information, opening an account in Japan does not have to come to the bank. If you understand Japanese, we can register via post or online . The operational hours of most banks in Japan are 9:00 to 15:00.
Cards that are obtained after making are usually in the form of cash cards (cards that can only be used to withdraw and save money). Additional applications for debit and credit cards are required. Prepared cards will be sent to the applicant's address after one week. 

Stay at Manga Art Hotel in Tokyo, Suitable for Japanese Comic Enthusiasts

Renting a capsule hotel in Japan is sometimes called "ordering a chest" in British travel guide books.
In fact, for Japanese people, capsule hotels mean a narrow bedroom. Therefore, some capsule hotels must emphasize how comfortable it is to sleep in their capsule room with all the facilities available.

In other words, they must guarantee you will sleep soundly at a lower price than a normal hotel.
In contrast to other lodgings, this hotel, which opened in Kanda, Tokyo, named Manga Art Hotel, even guarantees that tourists will stay up late reading manga comics .
What is this manga  hotel like  Let's find out!

The interior and exterior parts of the Manga Art Hotel.
Because foreign tourists come to enliven this hotel, Manga Art Hotel also provides bilingual reviews in Japanese and English.
For those who are not used to reading Japanese manga , there are several collections of manga in English.
However, because of the exceptional image quality, you can understand from the pictures even though in Japanese.
Manga Art Hotel in Tokyo is a palace for those who miss reading the physical version of the manga .
"We want to provide guests with an emotional and unique experience from reading paper manga ," the hotel said.
Other facilities at this 35-guest hotel include free Wi-Fi , bathrooms, in-room safes, pajamas, shoes, clothes hangers, and power outlets.
Upholding the norm of capsule hotels, guest rooms and bathrooms for male and female guests are on separate floors.

Manga Art Hotel floor plan.Of course, even if you plan to spend the night reading one or two of the more than 5,000 manga , there must be a time when you need to sleep for tomorrow's activities.

Luckily, the manga collection at this hotel can be bought too. So, you can continue reading the manga while traveling in Japan.

Manga Art Hotel is also very friendly to foreign tourists by providing an English-language website.
Reservations can be booked soon because Manga Art Hotel plans to start accepting guests around February.

Manga Art Hotel
Tokyo-to, Chiyoda-ku, Kanda Nishikicho, 1-14-13 Landpool Kanda Terrace, Lantai 4/5.
Access: The
hotel is a one-minute walk out of the Toei Shinjuku Ogawa B7 Station, Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line Awajicyo B7 Station, or Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Shinochanomizu Station; and, seven minutes walk out of the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line Jinbocho A9 Station.
From Narita Airport, take the train on the Keikyu Line and change trains at Higashinihombashi Station to the Toei Shinjuku Line. Then, get off at Ogawacho. This trip takes 1 hour 10 minutes.
From Haneda Airport, take the train on the Keikyu Airport Line and change trains at Higashinihomashi Station to the Toei Shinjuku Line. Then, get off at Ogawachi. This trip takes 45 minutes.