Yu yuan Garden

While still living in Shanghai I had to visit some more tourist attractions, so I went to Yu yuan some time ago. Yu garden is located in the old city of Shanghai, surrounded by some horrible souvenir shops where Chinese people try to sell you cheap Made in China stuff with a profit margin about 90% high.


The garden itself is beautiful and more “Chinese looking” unlike most of Shanghai. I went during the week at afternoon and it wasn’t very crowded, I don’t know about weekends and holidays though. The admission fee was a couple of euros and well worth it.

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There were a lot of different kinds trees and plants, including bamboos of course.


Seeing so many ponds with koi fish in China made me curious about what happens to them during the winter. I looked it up and apparently they survive even snow and ice.

Koi fish

In China dragons symbolize power, strength and all kinds of good things. I’ve heard that a lot of parents want their child to be born in the year of the dragon. I was one of the lucky kids.

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Dragon wall

The garden has also many Chinese style buildings between the trees and plants.

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Right outside the garden the area is packed with foreign and chinese tourists, worth walking through but personally I prefer shopping on eBay.

Outside the garden

Finnish in Japan

During my trip in Japan I came across two shops with Finnish names. I noticed later both stores had “SM2” next to their own names, so I did a little research and found out there were four different store names under the SM2  brand. The stores I came across were ehkä söpö and olohuone. From the webpage http://www.sm2.co.jp/ I found also otan tämän “I(‘ll) take/have this one”  and keittiö “kitchen”.

The www-page was in Japanese so I couldn’t figure out whether they had any connection to Finland besides the names.

Ehkä söpö “Maybe cute” Harajuku, Tokyo


Olohuone “Living room” in Tokyo or Osaka, can’t recall where, but anyway, sweet!


A Swedish bag I found at a store in Tokyo. It says “Can I use your phone?” I don’t know if people actually buy this stuff. Most Japanese wouldn’t probably even recognize the language. It could say basicly anything. Or maybe they google before they buy…


A Chinese menu

Surprisingly in China there are Chinese restaurants. There’s one across the street from where I live, quite nice, pretty cheap and with an interesting menu!


Last night I decided to try “stupid eggs”. I liked them for two reasons, first, they made me feel smart, second, for once there was enough salt to match my heart attack taste. Very nice!


I also gave a try for “Burning hot mushroom, chinese cabbage and edible fungus”. I was fascinated by the “edible fungus” I never knew they’d serve inedible stuff in a restaurant, bit hey it’s China! There was a lot of garlic but “burning hot”? I don’t think it was…


They also had dishes called “Burn double mushroom” and “Spicy and flesh and blood”. Sounds delicious but I thought it would have been a bit too exotic, so I saved those for my next visit.

The dish called “Dry pan bacteria mushroom chicken wings”,  seemed pretty interesting, but I didn’t feel like a food poisoning tonight, plus I’m still kind of trying to be a vegetarian so I skipped that one.



So here it is! Stupid eggs, edible fungus, etc… I also had some rice which I was able to order with my fluent Chinese. I also wanted a diet coke but from what I understood they didn’t have it, so I had a regular coke instead. The coke wasn’t sweet enough, but other than that I enjoyed my meal very much.


Of course there was too much food for one person to eat at once, so I took the rest home. Enough for the next two days!