Making Nagoya fatter

I have family visiting, so I’ve been able to take some time off. I’m visiting places I rarely see outside of the weekend or evening hours. It is kind of interesting. Hey, people in black suits, what are you doing in Bic Camera at 2:30 pm? GET TO WORK!

Today, my brother and I joined all the junior high school kids who are on vacation and wandered about. I think we’ve pooped out my mother so she stayed behind and read. We’ve had a pretty busy time since they got here so a little down time for a woman who was almost a teenager as WWII ended was probably OK.

Since the weather was nice, we decided to walk from my apartment to Nagoya Station, so I entered the station from street level instead of from the subway. As soon as I arrived, I saw a long line. There was a baumkuchen shop that had opened up previously that used to have quite the line. Things had settled down. But then I noticed a sign that said, “Krispy Kreme” in Japanese. Oh no, not again.

Which way for the Krispy Kreme line?

Unfortunately, this wasn’t my first Krispy Kreme in Japan experience.

Lining up in 2007

Here’s the crowd in May, 2007, in Shinjuku in Tokyo.

Unfortunately, my fears were realized and a new Krispy Kreme has sprouted up, this time at Nagoya Station. The lines in Tokyo were at least an hour and a half when it first opened. I suspect that the wait in Nagoya is the same.

Lining up in 2010

Steve and I were lamenting the fattening of Japan, and the bad influence of western diet. Then we went to the ramen shop in the train station where we noticed huge tins of refined lard. Hmmmm.

Ramen.  Yum

The refined lard makes the heat stay in the ramen. And quoting a friend quoting from “Malcolm in the Middle,” “Fat is the medium by which flavor travels. Fat is what makes food taste good. This is why a wise and loving God gave us fat in the first place.”

3 Replies to “Making Nagoya fatter”

  1. Yay! A picture of Steve in Japan…

    I’m glad you guys are having fun, and I’m sure Gerri really needed a day of normalcy in order for her to enjoy the rest of the trip.

    I love that quote from Malcolm in the Middle. (By the way, Lucy’s new phrase is “You’re Malcolm!” Translation: You’re welcome.)

  2. Hi Jonathan,

    I’m contacting you regarding a new web comedy series from Nameless Films I’m working on called “English Teachers” that is currently being made in Nagoya.
    You can check out the show on Facebook here:

    Although you aren’t a teacher, this show will basically be a fresh take on Japanese life and culture from the foreigners living here (and set right here in Nagoya no less!)

    If you are interested in the project and think this is something you may be interested in sharing with your audience, please contact me at the above email.

    Thanks! Hope to hear from you soon.


  3. Hi, You are a helper! I have been wondering where is exactly the place they opened Krispy Cream Doughnuts in Nagoya! Now I know the place and I will go there this coming July 1 to buy some, for my daughter’s Birthday!
    Thank you so much,


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