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Acer 24″ LCD Monitor
Condition: Good
Price: ¥2000

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Full Length Wooden Mirror
Condition: Excellent
Price: ¥2000

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Ordina Cross Sport Bicycle
Condition: Very Good
Price: ¥10000

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Yamaha YBR125
Condition: Rideable but urgent service required. Front Brakes, Both tires, battery and chain all need replacing as well as a full service.
Price: ¥25000

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Tefal Hair Dryer
Condition: Excellent
Price: ¥2000

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Panasonic Electric Razor
Condition: Excellent
Price: ¥4000

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Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 Lens for Nikon
Condition: Poor but works perfectly
Price: ¥3000

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Nikon 35mm f/1.8 Lens
Condition: Very Good
Price: ¥15000

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Asus 13″ Zenbook
Condition: Very Good
Price: ¥35000

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3 Shelf wooden rack
Condition: Excellent
Price: ¥3000

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Nike Field Soccerball and Adidas Beach Soccerball
Condition: Excellent
Price: ¥1500 for both

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Buffalo Wireless Router
Condition: Excellent
Price: ¥4000

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Dumbell Set
Condition: Very Good
Price: ¥1000

 

03/24/2014 Uncategorized

Monne Legui Mooks

It was probably my first week after moving to Nagasaki that I was first told about Monne Legui Mooks. I had asked a friend if they had any cafes or restaurants they would recommend and he immediately answered;

‘Mooks!’ without any hesitation. But, he followed this answer up with the question;

‘Do you own a car?’ I timidly shook my head and he went on to say not to worry about it.

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Don’t worry about it? That’s like telling me there’s an itch you can’t scratch so don’t worry about it. So, Monne Legui Mooks has been a destination sitting in the back of mind for about a year. Can you imagine having a scratch for that long?

After acquiring a Japanese licence two months ago the girl and I made plans for a road trip encompassing stopping off in the anonymous town of Hasami which housed the restaurant. We arrived thinking there’d be a few people at this restaurant but there was already a 20m queue of people patiently waiting for Mooks to open at 11am. Luckily enough we got one of the few remaining seats at the counter.

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Housed on a plot of land with three other ex-manufacturing buildings Mooks is the star attraction. A labour of love by the owner who turned the area into a tourist trap with the three buildings sheltering the cafe, a art gallery and a homewares shop. All have maintained the original timber construction with a surprisingly sparse littering of modern fittings throughout. The owner later told me that he didn’t want to waste the already fine construction by demolition. That’s why he picked these buildings and the town of Hasami.

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The set menu is typically priced for a modern Japanese cafe at about ¥1000 and includes the daily entrée, a main and a drink. We we’re lucky enough to get the mix omelette (above), containing mushrooms and cheese as an entrée that was devilishly smooth and a perfect precursor to the main. So far so good.

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Not long after tunnelling through the omelette came out my order of Taco Rice (above). Served with a fried egg on top, sour cream and a small salad I pretty much cleaned the plate. The taco, spices, mince and sour cream combo came together that wants me going back once more just for it. It was nice to eat something with some substance for a change. The girl ordered a That green curry which was also brilliant. I may have stolen some when she went to wash her hands.

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So yet again a non descriptive building in an utterly ordinary area harbours an extraordinary experience. Japans fascination with 廃墟 (Haikyo/Ruins) is a pleasure to be a part of and something I hope I can incorporate into the things I do in the future. It’s like they know that the people who designed these things were good at them, so let’s just bring what we’re good at in into it.

If you ever have the chance to visit Monne Legui Mooks it comes highly regarded from two previous customers.

Monne Legui Mooks is located at:
2187-4, Higashisonogi-gun, Hasami
Nagasaki, Japan
+81 95 685 8003
http://mooks.jp
Tuesday & Wednesday Closed

03/04/2014 Food

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