Japanese Restaurants in London Pt.3


This restaurant is difficult to evaluate. The place was very comfortable to stay, staffs were very friendly, their service was totally excellent.

I ordered Karaage Teriyaki Mayo don as a Lunch Set( plus small appetizer and miso-soup ).

The taste was very very home made. I didn't feel that it was a professional work. Their work was very polite but it wasn't technical.

Frankly speaking, I thought the taste was very average. I will recommend only people who want to eat Japanese home made meals.

My Tabelog score 3.12


Amateur people prepare sushi in most Japanese restaurant, but this restaurant is definitely different from them.

I saw how the people prepared meals and I thought they are genuine professional sushi chef.

Their fishes were very fresh and tasty.

But, to be honest, my best in this restaurant is Tamagoyaki( baked egg ). It is so tasty and good elasticity.

Tempura is not so good. I prefer to Eat Tokyo's ones.

This restaurant is not cheap, but acceptable price.

My Tabelog score 3.19

Eat Tokyo

I went to the restaurant as a group twice.


I'm sorry that I don't like this Butakimuchi so much. Because it tastes like dried bonito too much.


Mediocre. And I don't need wasabi in sunomono.

Agedashi dofu



Too sweet for me.

Chikin teriyaki ( Sorry no photo )

Not bad.

Butakakuni ( Sorry no photo )

Not bad.


I like this tempura. The coating is very crisp. Soup is also good and vegetables were fresh.

Age tuna roll 

I prefer to raw tuna.

Hyper roll ( Sorry no photo )

Amazing! It is not real Japanese food, but the taste was quite good.

My favorite point in this restaurant is they serves a variety of Japanese foods.
The price is reasonable or a little bit expensive.

If I recommend Japanese restaurant to my foreign friends, I recommend this restaurant. This restaurant is quite popular, so you should make a reservation if possible.

My Tabelog score 3.22

My conclusion is that there are no delicious Japanese restaurant in London without ramen restaurants or absurd pricing restaurants.

Relevant Link:
Japanese Restaurants in London Pt.1

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Japanese Restaurants in London Pt.2


This is 95% complete Japanese Ippudo ramen!!! The reason of 5% is that there is no free moyashi and takana.

There is special meal for students. It includes ramen, gyoza and 1 drink. It's just only £10! I love this kind of reasonable meal so much.

My Tabelog score: 3.5

※ P.S. Student promotion has finished on 1 November 2015. I'm sad.


It was typical tonkotsu ramen. Most tonkotsu ramen have a nasty smell, but this ramen didn't have it.
The price of ramen was around 10 pounds. Onigiri(rice ball) was 2 pounds and kaedama(extra noodle) was also 2 pounds.

My favorite point in this restaurant was there were a lot of free topping including takana;

If there weren't special meal for students in Ippudo, I might prefer to this restaurant.

My Tabelog score: 3.48


This is a famous chain of Japanese restaurant in London. The price is reasonable.
You can eat in or you can also take away.

I bought nigiri. Salmon was good, but other nigiri are not good.
One of the biggest problem is that rice wasn't tasty.

You should buy chickenkatsu-curry here. The taste is good and you can eat two chickenkatsu. The price was around 6 pounds 5.45 pounds. I noticed that the quality of curry was good in London.

One of the biggest problem is they didn't give me spoon. I had to use folk and knife instead of spoon. It was quite difficult to eat curry without spoon.

My Tabelog score : 3.11

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Today we had a little discussion about Dragons Den in our class

This discussion was quite interesting.

Do you know Dragons Den? It's a TV program which is very similar to 'Tigers of Money(マネーの虎)'.

One of my classmates said that this kinds of programs would help people to think the success is to earn money.

There may be some truth in what he said.

Another classmate said that, in a business, the money is success but in a life, money is not success.

I thought it was a good opinion. But I'll try to make a case against the opinion.

Of course, the main purpose, or only purpose, of a business is to earn money. But can we do anything for money? For example, making players addicted to video game is one of the best way to earn money for video game company. But I don't want to create such kinds of games.

In the view point of capitalism or in the view point of free market economy, it might be true, but I don't want to support this idea.

Anyway talking about this kinds of topic in the class is quite exciting, not least when the people who join the discussion are very different nationalities. I love that.

And I was convinced that I'd had a good class mates through this discussion :)

Incidentally, of course, Dragons Den originates in Japanese TV program 'Tigers of Money(マネーの虎)'. But when I referred to that in my class, one of my classmates said to me 'Oh! Come on! Chinese people always say like that'.

I'm not Chinese :'( 

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3rd progressive test

I took a progressive test yesterday.

The test was difficult as usual. One of the topic of reading section is 'fluoridation'. Do you know the word? I didn't know. It was too tough for me.

Anyway this time I took

Listening : 69
Reading : 52
Grammar : 90

The score we can pass to the next level is

Listening : 50
Reading : 50
Grammer : 60

I barely passed the test.

Recently I have lost a confidence of my English skill, so I thought that I couldn't get over 50.

To be honest, I'm pleased with this result, but I think that it is just lucky.

Our next level is B2-3, but our teacher recommended me and some students to going up C-1 level. C-1 level is the goal which I hoped a few month ago.

But I refused the offer because I felt my ability wasn't enough for C-1 level and I heard my friends also refused grade skipping. Therefore my next class is B2-3.

Now I'm relieved because I accomplished my goal virtually.

But if my friends meet me and have a conversation in English, I'm sure that they will be disappointed with my speaking. I will keep studying hard not least speaking.

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Book Review : The Luck Factor

This book is written about luck factor. The author researched luck people and unlucky people and tried to find common feature of these people. He advocates 4 principles and 12 sub principles.

Here are these principles.

Principle One: Maximise Your Chance Opportunities
  •  Lucky people build and maintain a strong 'network of luck’.
  •  Lucky people have a relaxed attitude towards life.
  •  Lucky people are open to new experiences in their lives.
Principle Two: Listen to Your Lucky Hunches
  •  Lucky people listen to their gut feelings and hunches.
  •  Lucky people take steps to boost their intuition.
Principle Three: Expect Good Fortune
  •  Lucky people expect their good luck to continue in the future.
  •  Lucky people attempt to achieve their goals, even if their chances of success seem slim, and persevere in the face of failure.
  •  Lucky people expect their interactions with others to be lucky and successful.
Principle Four: Turn Your Bad Luck Into Good
  •  Lucky people see the positive side of their bad luck.
  •  Lucky people are convinced that any ill fortune in their life will, in the long run, work out for the best.
  •  Lucky people do not dwell on their ill fortune.
  •  Lucky people take constructive steps to prevent more bad luck in the future.
quoted from Wiseman, Richard (2011-01-25). The Luck Factor:

After I understood these principles, I tried to change my attitude according to the principles. One of the feature of lucky people is that they often chat to strangers. So I attempted to talk to strangers during my last vacation.

I attempted to talk to a man who was next to me on the Ferry. I said 'Shall I take your picture?' and subsequently asked where he came from. His name was Shuman and he came from USA. We became friendly. Consequently, we travelled for three days together.

It was not only fun but also a great opportunity to improve my English.

The next time, I attempted to talk to a woman who was on the same tour in Iceland. I just said 'Are you Japanese?' and she was Japanese. After we had a few conversation we discovered there were a lot of people who we both knew. What a coincidence! We became friendly and enjoyed the tour and went to dinner together. The experience became a very good memory in my life.

I think the principles which the author advocates are lack of qualitative evidence. But, in my case, they actually worked out. It was very exciting experience, so I recommend that you read this book and try some exercises which the author suggests.

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The service which I use recently for learning English.

Test Your Vocab

You can know how many words you know by using this site. It takes only 5 minutes. If you take the test, please tell me :)


You can find the groups which consist some people who have common interests. Most of them take place a meetup regularly.

The purpose of some of the groups is language exchange, so y
ou can have a chance to talk in English.


If you have a plan to go abroad, Airbnb can become good tool. You can stay in the accommodations where the people live.

The hosts are supposed to be able to speak English. You can enjoy talking to the hosts in English.

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Japanese Restaurants in London Reviews Pt.1

There're many Japanese restaurants in London. Today, I'm gonna try to review these restaurants in my Japanese view point. Every restaurants are not so expensive, considering that they are in London.

Koya Bar

Koya Bar is located in Soho area. They serve Udon which is Japanese traditional noodles. I ordered Tenzaru which is Udon with prawn and vegetables tempura.

I prefer noodles which have more 'koshi'. 'koshi' is Japanese which means the combination of toughness and elasticity.

Tempura is very nice because The texture is light and crispy.

In my opinion, if there were Tabelog in London, which is the most famous Japanese review site for restaurants, this restaurans would get 3.12 out of 5.


Taro is located near Piccadilly Circus. I ordered Katudon which is fried pork with egg, onion and rice.

Actually, it was Katudon but it was not so good because of lack of 'dashi'. 'Dashi' is a soup made from dried bonito or kombu which is a kind of kelp. It includes a lot of glutamine acid which is necessary for tasty food. Glutamine Inosinic acid plays a very very important role for Japanese foods.

I didn't percept 'dashi' from this Katudon. That is why I wasn't satisfied with it.

My Tabelog score : 2.9

Mai Sushi

Mai Sushi is located near King's Cross station. Here is sushi restaurant, but there are also a lot of other Japanese food.

I ordered Katudon again. I think Katudon is a good barometer of Japanese food. When I eat Katudon, I always check 3 points.

1.They use 'dashi' or not.

2.They use Japanese rice or not.

3.They use nori which is dried laver or not.

This Katudon satisfied all of them.

My Tabelog score : 3.1

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