February 2012's ARCHIVES

Japanese Restaurant in Toronto

There are many restaurant in Toronto. Although Japanese restaurant is almost provided by Chinese or Korean, some of restaurants has Japanese employer or employees. I would like to write about Japanese restaurant which I can recommend in Toronto as there are good restaurant like in Japan.


Guu Toronto


Guu SakaBar


Probably Guu is the most of famous Japanese restaurant in Toronto. They have two branch in Toronto and those atmosphere is "Wafu Izakaya"(Popular style pub in Japan). As they provide popular menu of Japanese pub like "Karaage" or "Yakitori" etc, you can feel drinking at pub in Japan. Specially, You can make them happy who are not Japanese. But it might not be suitable for chatting because the floor is kind of noisy like Canadian pub. They also have some of branches in Vancouver.



That is like "Teishoku-ya"(traditional restaurant). They have Sushi, Tonkatu and even Hot pot like Sukiyaki. They also have a Japanese style party room so you can make a party if you want. The looks is totally traditional Japanese style which is old and built by wood. It is really old home for me. When I had a rice, since it is made from Japan, the rice make me cry a little lol I can recommend if you miss Japan!



Kotoi is a restaurant like small pub which is built by private owner. Since there are many Japanese pub menu, Yakitori, Oden etc, it is good for having a beer time after working in Japanese case. When I came over before, some Japanese worker who wore suit was drinking a couple of beer. Also the have Sake and Shochu so I can recommend when you want to drink with Japanese.

Recently I think Japanese restaurant is increasing little by little because new restaurant is opened which name is "DonDon Izakaya" like Guu and I heard a rumour about Yoshinoya is coming to Toronto(famous Japanese rice food restaurant). If it compares with Vancouver, I think Toronto where no many Japanese are in is getting better to live for Japanese.

DonDon Izakaya

Also I knew Ematei and Koyoi recently and Japanese immigrant people told me. There are people who has grown in Canada, graduated for Canadian university or became immigrants after Working & Holiday visa etc. Since they have lived for long time, they really know about Canada for especially Japanese as I thought. Nowadays I can make a time to see them and have been learning variety things from them fortunately. As everybody has good story which has in Japanese immigrant only, they are very interesting people. I have no chance to meet them if I am in Japan so that the meeting is valuable thing. Exactly, enjoy every encounter because it may not come to you again.

Talk to you soon!

One Year!

You can imagine it is cold and snow for Toronto's winter. This winter has been called "Warm Winter". But The temperature was over -10 ℃ in this weekend and I feel a foreboding that the winter we imagine came exactly. I arrived in Canada one year ago. Toronto was a snow scene which is same with which I imagined. I came to Toronto with two suitcases and one boston bag like many stuffs. One year past since then. Although the beginning was expectable, the year had kept unexpectable.

Feel like a moment and long for the year. The reason for "long" is there were many good things I cannot believe that was happened in one year.

Feb : Go abroad, Home-stay, Language school
Mar : Move to share-house, Kicked off at share-house, Starting finding a job
Apr : First phone interview, First interview
May : Got a job, Starting first project
Aug : Trip to Quebec & Montreal, Released first app, Starting 2nd project
Sep : Negotiate for LMO application, Trip to Vancouver & Seattle
Oct : Released 2nd app
Nov : Starting 3rd project
Dec : Applied for LMO, First snowboarding in Canada, Mother came, Kicked off at night club

Feb : Released 3rd app

Look back over the past in that way, moving three times, releasing three app, trip Three times(including coming in Canada) and Kicked off twice... I don't think it is easy to make variety type of great experience in only one year like that in the future. "Working in foreign country as IT developer" was my aim ordinally. I could get a job literally and did the thing apply for LMO. I believe that I could make an example for somebody who has an aim is similar to mine.

Also I was the only Android developer in my company but getting four developers including me currently and we are called "Android team". It was precious experience to help to build new field from the first. At the 3rd project,  All developers in Android team were mobilized to develop an app which is for Canadian service that mostly people knows in Canada with basing on past project I did. It is thoughtful for one developer to re-used my source codes like base to new project and really happy to make the result like past records I have worked in Canada.

My term of Working & Holiday was over and I am in time to wait for LMO like extra game. I don't know how it works for close future. I still think the one year was a full life in these days.

Talk to you soon!



Hi I'm Shinya Hasegawa
I was born in Kanagawa,
Japan and 30 years old.
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