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Never-Ending Feast – The Rakuten Japan Gourmet Fair!

Life can be pretty amazing sometimes.

If there was ever a need to validate the old mantra of “One should live to eat, not eat to live” then the Rakuten Japan Gourmet Fair at the WAttention Plaza is definitely a trump card for its case.

DSC_0244Let’s do this!!

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A rousing start!

Being the incredibly lucky guy that I occasionally tend to be, I got to attend the opening ceremony to check it out.

DSC_0267 DSC_0266 DSC_0261 DSC_0256Introducing and explaining the concept of the fair!

DSC_0270The fair’s begun!

After the energy-charged opening speeches from the emcee and numerous VIPs and Guests of Honour, I made a dash straight for the event in the hall itself. To say that there’s a TON of things to check out would probably be the understatement of the century, so here goes:

Seafood Delights!

DSC_0275Delicious croquettes from Rebun island!

What’s a fair featuring Japanese food without seafood?

One of the mainstays of the very nature of the cuisine itself, there were plenty of great seafood offerings here!

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Sapporo was represented in full force with fantastic offerings from Seafood Factory from Rebun IslandSapporo Kanihan, with Tsukiji Takewaka rounding it off with some treats from the famous fish market itself.

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DSC_0300One of everything please!!

Crab Bento, Salmon-based treats, and even cup Chiraishi-dons  – it was a great combination of creativity…and straight-out deliciousness!

Sweet Treats!

DSC_0294Melon breads and cakes. It is time to indulge, ladies & gentlemen.

Everyone knows the best follow up to a great meal is an equally great dessert – and the fair’s got you covered on that too!

DSC_0333Fuji-apple Baumkuchen – oh so glorious…

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Irresistible chocolate sandwich cookies!

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Hokkaido pulls all the stops once again with Tomita Melon House, with Tokyo and Kyoto offering some greats of their own with Ginza Sembikiya, Itoh Kyuemon and Sasayasyoen respectively.

Fruits? Biscuits? Cookies? Rolls?

Why not all of them!

Refreshing Drinks!

We can’t finish off a meal without washing it all down with a refreshing drink now can’t we?

DSC_0330 DSC_0328Expert tea brewing in progress!

Fans of green tea are in for a huge treat with Hosokawa Seicha bringing a staggering variety of matcha.

DSC_0329Take your pick!

From strong flavours with punch, to milder offerings, they more than have everyone’s green tea cravings covered!

DSC_0291Pardon me while I wipe up my drool…

Tomita Melon House however, provided a concoction that was something I had personally been looking forward to for months – the Red Melon Smoothie Float!! (Cue dramatic music)

DSC_0292 DSC_0293Poetry-in-motion people, poetry-in-motion…

Fresh, chilled and chock-full of the best ingredients brought straight from Hokkaido, this was quite literally, heaven in a glass and made all my dreams come true.

DSC_0296Don’t just stand there – EAT IT!

Feeling hungry yet? Then you’d better head down to Jurong Point Mall now and check out the fair, which ends this 4th December 2014!

For more photos, check out our Facebook Album!

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An individual of questionable sanity who obsesses over Japanese pop-culture, toys, and other shiny things.

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