Last March 26, Yoshinoya Philippines had its grand branch re-opening at SM Mall of Asia. Newly renovated with a larger area, the restaurant prides itself with its minimalist yet colorful interior design. To grace the event, Yoshinoya Century Pacific Incorporated president, Mr. Timothy James Yang, led the store’s blessing and ribbon cutting.
Special guests from the Japanese Embassy were also present to support the promotion of their culture promotion.
I missed reading these!
They also gave out a huge bag full of Japanese magazines, songs, and even calendars.
As a previous student of Nihongo, I marvelled how I could still read the characters and understand what they meant.
Of course, Filipinos didn’t let this opportunity to showcase their love for Japanese anime and manga pass. Several cosplayers dressed in their best costumes were lively entertaining guests and customers alike. They were all in character and even conversed in a Japanese sentence or two.
For lunch, guests, media, and bloggers were all served with Yoshinoya’s signature beef bowl, tiramisu, and red iced tea. I immediately stuffed my hungry stomach with all of these!
Aside from getting filled with my favorite foreign cuisine, I also got the chance to meet new blogger friends. It was amazing that we were interacting with each other online even before we personally met! No wonder we felt like long-time besties already! We immortalized the moment by availing the unlimited photo booth service at the restaurant.
Yoshinoya Philippines Activities
Yoshinoya 4th Gyudon Eating Contest
Eat all you can in five minutes
Finals on June 14
The grand winner will get a free roundtrip plane ticket to Japan
Yoshikido Summer Workshop
For ages 4-10
Classes from April 22 to 26, and April 29 to May 2
Registration fee of Php 800 inclusive of uniform, meals, and certificate of graduation
Yoshinoya Philippines Facebook Page
On the same day, I uploaded a photo of the beef bowl I ate for lunch at Yoshinoya, and my Japanese host father commented, “Oh, I like Yoshinoya-gyudon. I often eat it. (^^”
I was a student diplomat in Japan four years ago and had a wonderful opportunity to stay with a Japanese family. Since then, my foster dad and I kept in touch.
Do you like Japanese food? What’s your favorite dish?