Fightin’ Words #ThankInJapan

The house fills with the warmest aroma of the fruit of the cacao pod, gushing forth from the opened oven door. The amalgamous cluster of cookie dough- the richest of butters, the finest of flours, the sweetest of sugars- oozing forth from the deep chocolate oases, speckled with the salt left behind by the vanishing…

Catching Up #ThankInJapan

As life get’s louder the Tip of the Tongue seems a bit quieter. I wanted to at least say hello before my Saturday was completely over. Spent the day catching a breath, taking an overdue stroll in the evening after staying in the house all day, the rain flapping its tongue at me. I thought…

America in a Bite: A letter to Kokona

To Robert “What kind of foods are there in America?” her note said, the Roman letters surrounded by hand drawn flowers, delivered beneath the flapping wings of a geometrically folded bird- the gift of origami. How could I possibly respond to such a letter! Beyond its presentation, I have long wrestled with the definition of¬†American…

Hangin’ at Nanjya Monjya #YoCafe

  One social media pro that seems to be keeping on the pulse of what to do in Japan is Red Duck Post. I tried to get them to let me tag along but they left me hanging. I think though that I’ve only made it to one of their suggested destinations: Nanjya Monjya Cafe….

Cozy Coffee @ Cafe RRRoom #YoCafe

I hope you don’t mind cats. This cafe’s got one. She’s the star, or maybe the mascot of RRRoom cafe. Her name is Mu and she’s even got her own picture book that ornaments the shelf beside the table. But I promise you, she’s not the reason I visit the RRRoom. In fact she could…

Sipping Coffee in the Shadows: Cafe Antiques #YoCafe

  One of the things gained from all this rainy weather is an excuse to visit the kisaten (coffee shop). This particular coffee shop isn’t particularly on my way home though so I hadn’t been to eager to stop in. It’s hidden away in the cut, an eerie walk down the alley way (right before…

Handmade

It hurts to write this post, only because I’ve written it before, lost in the hustle. During my absence from the Tip of the Tongue I had the privilege of hosting my mother and brother in my life in Japan. With my mother, we took a Tokyo trip to one of the busiest intersection in…

The Voice of the Shutter: Sushi

Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, -James 1:19 Sorry I’m late. That Bible verse probably doesn’t excuse me but they’re still worthy words, especially considering the world today. I’m going to share with you some other pleasureable words- the ones that aren’t heard or read aloud. The…

Tsunami: Best Yokosuka Navy Burger?

The problem with basing a series on a mood or craving is that moods and cravings change. I’m no longer very much in the mood for a burger. So we’ll show Tsunami some love and move on. Of the Yokosuka Navy burgers I’ve tasted, all local to the Yokosuka Naval Base, it’s fair to say…

A Hard Boil

Hard boiled eggs from 7/11. Life changing? Auora? Unordinary? Ethereal? I watched 2 officers stationed in Japan indoctrinating one who wasn’t. They somehow ended up on the topic of hard boiled eggs. “You’ve got to try em!” “Wait do you have any? ” one said to the other. Turns out he did, as they continued…

The Meat Between the Buns: J.S. Burgers Cafe

This place was awesome! J.S. Burger Cafe Nice atmosphere. Chill music. Amusing menu. Photogenic lighting. And, if I may, cute smiles worn by the servers. Plus, I was ready to eat. A few glances up and down the menu and I was ready. Despite an obvious ambition to present more than a classic burger with…

Just a Pinch!

Here’s a story I wrote a few years ago, based on a true story. It’s not a burger review but it leads up to the burgers my brothers and I ate at home. I hope it gives you a good laugh and re awakens your appetite for our next bite of the Japanese burger (This…