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07

Apr
2014

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In Taiwan
Travel

By kanannie

Apple Picking In Taipei

On 07, Apr 2014 | 2 Comments | In Taiwan, Travel | By kanannie

Today is our fourth day in Taipei and it’s raining so we’re taking the opportunity to update our blog. It’s never too late!

Frenchie at the night market

This is what we do when it’s raining out.

Before we left for our Southeast Asia tour our friends in Tokyo told us that SEA is very gay-friendly and we shouldn’t worry too much about any anti-gay sentiments. After dealing with racist shit in the Balkans and worrying about being gay bashed in Russia, we were relieved to hear that we wouldn’t have to concern ourselves with those petty matters. Instead, we could stay focused on the truly important things, such as eating as much as possible while avoiding traveler’s diarrhea. Little did we know that not only were we safe from anti-gay bigots in Taipei, but we are convinced that it is center of the Asian lesbian universe.

Wax apples

Wax apples

As soon as we stepped on the plane to Taiwan, we noticed that there were a few lesbians around us. When we arrived in Taipei and started exploring the city with our straight friend we mentioned to her that we were surprised by all of the young lesbians roaming freely around Taipei. Our dear, naive straight friend said, “No. That’s just a girl who doesn’t know how to dress.” or “That’s a boy.” HAHAHAHA! Straight people are so funny.

Pineapple

Pineapple

We decided that it was our mission to help hone her gaydar, so I told her that we would start pointing out lesbians on the street and our code word would be “apple” so we don’t get caught screaming “lesbian” at anyone.

Custard apples

Custard apples

Custard apples at the night market

Custard apples at the night market. We’re everywhere!

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28

May
2013

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In Food
Japan
Photography
Travel

By kanannie

Nom Nom Nom Kyoto

On 28, May 2013 | 2 Comments | In Food, Japan, Photography, Travel | By kanannie

nakamura matcha and hojicha soft serve with red bean and shiratama.

Food in Tokyo is pretty damn good, but we were pleasantly surprised to find that there are great meals to be had in Kyoto besides the traditional Japanese food it’s known for. These are the top five food spots we liked best. We only wish we had a better camera. Please excuse our sub-par photos.

 

1. Italian at Colori Caffe

colori caffe storefront.

A friend of a friend in NYC heard we had plans to visit Kyoto and introduced us to Yossi, Italian restaurant owner and chef extraordinaire. From the moment we met, I knew we were going to be friends. I could go on and on about how awesome she is, but I’ll save that for another day. This girl does everything by herself, from the buying of the food to the cooking to the serving to the cleaning. Crazy, right? But she does everything so flawlessly and seamlessly that we were able to really enjoy the food.

colori caffe's yuzukosho (yuzu pepper) pasta.

Yuzukosho (yuzu pepper) pasta.

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29

Apr
2013

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In Culture
Japan
Travel

By kanannie

Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2013

On 29, Apr 2013 | No Comments | In Culture, Japan, Travel | By kanannie

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Yesterday was a perfect sunny spring day, and it couldn’t have been better weather for jubilant gayness at Tokyo Rainbow Pride. N and I met up with my high school friend Mai and made our way to Yoyogi Park. With this event coinciding with the long Golden Week holidays, we expected a bit of a crowd to have to fight through. We stepped off of the train at Harajuku Station and were swept along by a sea of people making their way through one of the busiest cities in Tokyo.

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The event itself was held right by the NHK stage in the park, and the plethora of rainbow flags and signs made it easy to find. Having lived in the U.S. for so long, I had only seen rare glimpses of life as a queer native Japanese in Tokyo. So when I found out that we would be here for Tokyo’s pride parade, I was ecstatic. In the past, the organizers of this annual event had struggled with participation and interest from the LGBT community, so we were shocked by the number of people who showed up. Wow, Japan, when did you get so gay?

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