Cheap Restaurants in Japan – B-Class Gourmet (B-きゅ）
Japan is certainly a culture who adores and appreciates all types of foods. In fact it’s said that Japan could certainly have the finest food in all the world. Many famous chefs have come to Japan from all over the world to learn the food culture in Japan, but to also bring their own cuisine. Over the years you get a melting pot of all types of foods that have in many ways been improved on and at times given that Asian flare!
But when it comes to eating out, a lot of people of Japan are not always looking for that 5 star restaurant to eat at, in fact there are some stable favorites (meals) in Japan that the majority of the people of Japan enjoy and don’t mind if it’s from a cheap izakaya or restaurant.
The term B-Class Gourment (B-kyu – said like B-Q) is used for restaurants who make good affordable meals (it could also mean a term for someone who likes good affordable meals). People from around Japan will travel long distances to eat at an affordable BUT delicious restaurant. Perhaps you’ve heard that at times a certain ramen or izakaya shop will end up with lines going around block corners off and off into the sunset?
Well, it’s because these shops are offering amazing quality food for an unbelievable price. This happens even here in America too, and I know the sign of a good restaurant. My wife and I live in Colorado and we shop at many of the Asian markets in Denver at times, and we would always go to this smaller Asian market to pick up tea, hot sauces and some Asian sweets that you can’t get from regular American grocery stores.
Every time we’d pull up to this place it the parking lot was packed because of an authentic Chinese restaurant called ‘Star Kitchen‘ next to it, and although for the most part it was purely individuals of Asian descent coming in and out of the restaurant I knew it was epic because it was just crawling with the older generation. There is one thing I’ve found for the most part, when a restaurant is PACKED and has a good amount of older folks going to it, it’s a winner.
So we tried it, and it was certainly different then I’ve ever experienced in a restaurant scene before, but it was certainly an eye opener on how other cultures enjoy a meal at a restaurant. But with that said, a line 95% of the time usually means there’s something on the menu that you’ll enjoy (even if it’s frog legs!). It’s said that if a B-Class Gourmet restaurant keeps up it’s reviews and can continue to handle their customer base in a somewhat timely manner, it will become a ‘trendy’ B-Class restaurant and will stay that way for a decade or longer. It’s basically like winning the restaurant lottery if you want to put it in other terms.
Many big hits in the B-Class Gourmet niche are usually ramen shops. Many of these shops will make their own noodles and soup bases, giving it their own distinct flavor which is what pulls in people from all around Japan and what creates those extra long lines. It’s said that a certain B-Class food restaurant will even increase local travel to the area. For example, Fukuoka which is the city I’ll be going to school in became extremely popular because of their local specialty Motsunabe, which is a beef and pork organ stew. Many different areas will gain attention because of their local specialties.
Here is a list of some of the most popular B-Class Gourmet foods in Japan:
Yakisoba – Grilled Buckwheat Noodles Sushi – High Quality and Cheap = Long Lines! Gyoza – Chinese rice wrapped dumpling (Star Kitchen has famous Shrimp Gyoza! – and they’re really really good!!) Okonomiyaki – It’s basically a whatever you want pancake Yakitori – Grill Chicken, in fact a lot of the chouchin lanterns are famous for saying yakitori (やきとり） and ramen (ラーメン) on them. –> Curry Rice – Vegetables, Meat and Curry around rice Tongatsu – Fried Pork Meat Strips.
So what is this seemingly odd title to a post about Japan have to do with anything, and can anyone legitimately say that water has the capability to grant a wish? Well through out history there has been one solid substance that has held a long life of belief in it’s magical powers, and of course that substance is water. The more that you may find yourself browsing this blog, the more you’ll see that my beliefs of magic is not an illogical attitude towards the mystical, I firmly hold my beliefs of magic and attraction to a level of science as well.
So how can I say that water has assisted me in attracting myself to Japan? Well the answer to that lies in vibrational resonance. What do I mean by that? To easily explain what I mean, it’s a feeling and if you believe it or not (right now), I can prove to you that feelings and beliefs can be harnessed into a physical geometrical shape and, I can prove it to you… With Science that it’s true!!! Woah!
So let me quickly introduce you to a man who studied this REAL scientifically proven research that feelings can be injected into water. His name is Masaru Emoto and he is the author of “Hidden Messages in Water” (which you can view a book that refines the research even further here in a book called “The Water Code”). This man found that water from certain dams and places around the world have different geometric shapes that come with them naturally, but more importantly he found that these geometrical shapes that can be seen in water can be changed. They can be changed by feelings.
This is a clip from “What the Bleep Do We Know?” but I find this is the best way to get a grasp of what I’m speaking about here. So how exactly is one to use this knowledge for their own benefit? Well consider this, if you were to tape a word say ‘love’ to a bottle of water it’s going to create a shape/feeling based around a true geometrical design, that is attuned to your feeling towards that specific word(s). So when you drink the water you are in sense drinking a vibrational resonance and just like a tuning fork, your own bodies water will begin to ring the same vibration outwards. For those who know the idea of what the ‘Laws of Attraction’ are you will quickly see you are priming your own pump to receive the vibrational energy you’ve put inside your body to come to you over time consistently.
I highly suggest learning more about the concept of Law of Attraction as it’s continuing to plow through conventional science and proving itself to be more and more a reality of those with consciousness (with a lot of teachings throughout history in major religions). Watch the video below for a brief explanation of what it is, as it will help you see how this energy turns into granting wishes. This is actually one of my mentors for spirituality and business, Bob Proctor!
So to carry on, how did I use water to attract myself to going to Japan? Easy! I simply wrote down words and taped it to my water bottle (of course that’s not all I still needed to act!). I added, health, love and Japan. I also added it to my tea pot. Although by the science it’s triggering the vibrational energy throughout my water, it also triggers my consciousness to think about it when I see those words, which also increases the magic/science behind this life hack. So if you’re looking for something in your life… be grateful, stay in love, know there is more to this life then just the black and white, the good and the bad. It’s all based off of you and what you believe. So knowing that there are ways to manipulate in a good way your reality take advantage of it, push forward, believe that magic is true (because science confirms it!) and don’t live a bland ordinary life based of what people say you can do or not!
Never stop believing in yourself, never stop pushing forward towards your dreams. The world is better off having you reach your dreams. If that dream is going to Japan, people depend on you to see that dreams do come true, no matter what the resistance! With that, this is my magic life hack that I can honestly say does make a difference, and it’s so easy to do… you can even be lazy and get a cool looking engraved water bottle from these guys “Blue Bottle Love“.
So to finish this off, start to watch your words, because they truly do affect your life. All religions have stated this as something be aware of. My mentor for the past Kevin Trudeau told me to read a few books based around this idea/fact.
Hung By the Tongue
What You Say is What You Get
The Tongue a Creative Force
These books are mostly Christian based but it couldn’t be clearer, believe in yourself as that’s where the first part of this comes from. You can read about how I came about wanting to go to Japan by reading this page which will then also lead to my acceptance to go to Japan in April of 2017 (confirmed).
Life is too fun, knowing how to play makes a difference for yourself and everyone around you. This is the best piece of advice I can give anyone entering into 2017 and beyond to accomplish their dreams and goals.
-Nihon Scope / Nathan Scheer
PS: There is a really amazing healing water located in the mountains of Colorado. I’ve actually drank this water before. It comes from a guy that bought a home in the back areas of Blackhawk Colorado. He ended up getting his water tested, and found that it’s the cleanest water possibly in the world! I had a infected tooth around the time I was first exposed to this water and when I drank his water it actually numbed my tooth making it feel 95% better for a short time (I’d swear it had drugs in it… it doesn’t just FYI)! I thought it was just water in general until I drank some well water from a friend and found it didn’t do the same thing, I spoke to him about this and he had the very same thing happen to him to confirm it was for real!
You can view more about his water at Uncle Charlies Ranch <- (you can actually buy some! – not affiliated)
Another interesting note is that after the Tsunami in 2011 I decided to change from going to school in Sendai to Kumamoto. We found that Kumamoto has some of the cleanest water in Japan being pumped through their shiritsu! (city). Although we ended up wanting to go to Fukuoka after thinking about it a bit further as we have some friends and clients in the city and Kumamoto is place better to go to after learning the language a bit further. They only had the YMCA there to teach Japanese and we wanted a few more option as well as an opportunity to gain our associates degree in Japanese! (SCORE!)
My short story of finalizing my dream of going and living in Japan
Many years ago when I was back in high school and a friend introduced me to some anime. Go figure at that time everyone was nuts about DBZ, well why not right? For Americans at that time I believe it was one of the biggest gut punches for Japanese anime I think about ever in history (maybe I’m wrong?).
The Epic story, stupid filler episodes and legendary boss fights that had all of us in America hanging from our seats while we watched it through Toonami on Cartoon Network, it was truly something to behold. But before this I had an interest in this so called ‘mystic’ place called Japan and DBZ was not initially responsible, but it helped. My friend at the time bought a rouge copy of all of DB and DBZ episodes through an Ebay listing. It was all the original episodes of the series from Japan, albeit really poorly recorded episodes, at times you couldn’t see anything as the CD files were obviously copied from a VHS tape that had been watched one too many times.
While we indulged ourselves in this wonderland of super powers and glowing gold hair, we ended up attracting the attention of a woman who lived in the area next to my friend. Her name was Miko and she was a classic WWII story. Handsome strapping young naval office wooing a beautiful small town girl in Japan to come back to America and marry him. At this time she had literally lived in American since about 1950’s or so. She was very nice and spoke to us about Japan and I learned some new things about Japan from her that I was yet to be previewed to. Simple things really, like taking the bus, the trains, school systems etc. I think for the most part she had so much knowledge to pass but 95% of it never hit our brains. We did several hang out sessions with her and she ended up giving me a red book that was titled ‘Japanese Grammar’. The book looked like it had been used many many times. I think to this day it was used many times by her late husband to basically pick up chicks while on port.
From that point on I was more and more interested in learning the language. I ended up getting Rosetta Stone for Christmas or my birthday, but I honestly could never make it through the few several levels of the CD’s, although I did find a software program called Kanji Gold which I worked through for awhile, and got to the point where I could recognize 1st grade type kanji. I could never pronounce the words or get the kun or onyomi it was just that I knew what it symbolized. I felt pretty cool being in high school knowing some kanji… Look at me, I’m the biggest damn weeabo in the school. I guess you could say at a point I was pretty damn weeabo, even created the schools first anime club with my friend.
Skip ahead many years and I would still work on Rosetta Stone (up till level 2 on disk 1) and Kanji Gold at times. I’d say I’m very skilled in recognizing 1st grade kanji and knowing that the boy is on top of the airplane… or below the table thanks to these two programs. But my real understanding of Japanese really started to begin when I ran into a website called Japaneseclass.jp when I first understood that there were Hiragana and Katakana writing systems. When I learned the writing systems I really started to understand Japanese at a level I had never known before… and mind you I learned kana the crazy way (which works) by spaced recognition and writing the ‘alphabet/kana chart’ over… and over…. and over…. and over again, until I literally could NEVER not know what which character sounded like or looked like.
After that I ran into another Japanese learning site that I truly believe made the difference, and helped me really solidify wanting to live in Japan and go to school. But before I go into that, during this time I was learning to become a professional internet marketer / SEO (search engine marketer), and I was sadly living with my parents in their basement with my girlfriend (real slick right?), but we got to the point where one night we were so pissed off at living at my parents house we built a dream that night. She already knew about my desire about Japan and had (weirdly enough) wanted to learn Japanese with me (and has since then), so she was helping me and learning with me (which helps a lot!!). So we decided… Lets go to Japan to go to school! Well first we had to get the hell out of the basement, so our first real dream was to get outta there. I had always wanted to move back to Evergreen, CO… Not that I had ever had a residence there, but my grandmother when I was a child would take.. Ehm… steal me, from my parents and take me up into the beautiful mountains of Colorado. I guess that impression was grand enough to make me want to go back, so that was the first goal.
-Les Brown is one of my mentors, he was the one who got me to stop being a painter and start building my own business-
Soon after this Japanese / Evergreen goal, we had purchased a bitcoin machine, a small crappy one from butterfly labs that literally took 8 months to get to us, by the time it came and we started using it, I borrowed about $10k dollars to buy 2 huge mining machines (forget how fast – but at the time top notch for about 3 months)… we started making about $850 a day until I did our first sell off when it spiked in December that year, and that’s all she wrote, we had enough money to move off into the mountains like hermits for 2 years. So pretty much that’s where we arrive in the story where I’m writing this… actually back in the basement of my parents, waiting, for April 2017 to go to school in Fukuoka, Japan and enjoying as much of my family and the holidays as possible as we’ll be gone for 2 years (just FYI were saving up to pay for Japan in a one lump sum so not paying $1,500/m in rent helps – score for supportive parents right?).
So the big change in my learning came from a learning company called Nihongo Master, I no longer list them in my learn Japanese page any longer because honestly they’re not free and pretty much everything on there is free except where I mention a few books, Nihongo Master is kind of just a here it is, try it, if you like it, it will open up to you in all it’s glory! Is it worth it? Yeah! It is actually, especially if you’ve never really been exposed to Japanese, it will teach you Kana, Kanji, Vocab, Particles and sentence structure. Now after going through about half of Nihongo Master I had moved on to Wanikani.com<- which can be read about here. It’s more so to help you read the onyomi and kunyomi of kanji and to read vocab. It’s a site where you’re suppose to learn about 2000 kanji and 6000 vocabulary words in just over a years time. I actually really like Wanikani it’s got it’s issues but for the most part my reading ability has drastically increased. For speaking and listening Nihongo Master thus far has helped the most and I think it’s on the verge of being able to take you to JLPT 3 (JLPT is a proficiency test to judge where your Japanese speaking, reading and listening abilities are at, it starts at 5 and goes to 1).
So here I am in December 2016, just got approved to Fukuoka Language school for April 2017 (Visa won’t be approved until mid February). What am I looking to do now before going? First I’m tailoring down my marketing business and accepting only family based business work for about 2 years now and specific JV opportunities. I am going to still be learning new SEO and keeping up with it through my mentor group at OMG Machines, but I’m going to be focusing 50% of my work day to some kind of learning of Japanese culture or language until I go, and then when I get there it will be more like 90%, as I lied I’ll actually be taking care of smaller clients on an on going basis. — Which you can see here.
To end this, just know, if you have a drive or feeling for something you want to do in life, NEVER GIVE UP! But as I say this I know it’s easy to say this and to read it. But what does it mean? For me at least it means that if you have faith and a knowing that you can have something bigger then what you’ve been given in life thus far you will be given chances to redeem that ticket to ride that ride IF you can believe it and see it through, through the trials of fire. I’m going to be 32 years old when I finally step foot in Japan, my dream first started over 17 years ago and although not every one of those years that passed had a goal to live in Japan, it had always been there in the back of my mind.
So here it is now, I get to go to Japan with my best friend in the whole world… my wife! And we get to experience something very few people overall get to experience. Living on the other side of the world, learning an entirely new and foreign language to what I use to growing up. Perhaps it’s intimidating and a bit scary, sure, but the journey of life is only worthy of living if you happen upon these emotions at times when you’re in the driver seat of your life. If you start feeling these emotions, keep doing what you’re doing, because that’s where all the fun and growth is truly at!
Keep building yourself up and you’ll be able to accomplish anything. At this point in time we’ve been using Go Go Nihon to help through the process so it’s not so intimidating, and honestly even though we’ve at times skimmed the deadlines pretty close because of challenges getting our information together, it’s been really smooth through this company (support can take a couple days to get back to you just FYI). Life will test you, do you really want what you think you want?