Posted in Feelings, Gadget, My Flower Arrangement, Shopping

Temporary Amazon Freak

I’ve been looking for iPhone case (6S) at Apple Store, retailers, etc.

I used the same model twice so I wanted to change this time.

My friend recommended me Amazon.

Wow, there are many attractive models and inexpensive, too!

It’s dangerous, I just pochi (press) and shopping is done.

I bought

* 1 iPhone cable (50cm) in gold;

* 1 set of iPhone cables (4 cables) in pink;

* 1 iPhone 6S cover;

* 1 iPad Mini 4 cover;

* 4 Apple Watch bands; and 

* 1 Power bank



I’m happy with my products.

Only one minor regret is a power bank is larger than I thought… hahaha

I wanted a powerful one (20,000 mAh, this can charge iPhone 7 times!) for traveling so it’s still okay.


I’m still waiting for a set of iPhone cables (4 cables) in pink and iPad Mini 4 case. hehehe

I was busy opening boxes and trying them out.

But I also find time to decorate my entrance; I arranged Green Christmas Wreath tonight.

Posted in Cooking, Feelings, Gadget, Japanese Food

Made Gyoza (Dumplings) with Toshiba Ishigama Dome

I bought this in January 2013.

This is hard working multitasking one.

It heats it up like a microwave, bakes it like a oven, grills like a griller, steams like a steamer.

I used to bake cakes, cookies, etc. with this but now I simply use it for heating up.

I was hungry after returning from a bodywork.

I quickly made gyoza/dumplings (1. cut cabbage & lotus, 2. minced pork, 3. added soy sauce, sesame oil, cooking sake, ground ginger & garlic, 4. make shape) and steamed as many dumplings as I could.

These are delicious!

I couldn’t stop with 6; I ate 10.

These are home-made gyoza and I added vegetables; not that sinful…right…?

Posted in Beauty, Exercise, Feelings, Food, Place, Tokyo

It’s Monday, but Feeling Like Friday Already

One of my colleagues is retiring in December.

We organized a gathering at her favorite lunch place: SAL (buffet lunch at the Imperial Hotel).

It’s nice sunny day and the town is in nice Autumn color.

I’m going to miss her; we promised to keep in touch.


Lunch was great.


I knew my gym trainer gets upset if I skip a session tonight after overeating like this.

Well, he tortured me tonight.

I knew my body is stiff, but he concluded my tendon is stiff after stretching my body.

He kept on pushing the point and it hurt so much!

But after the session, my legs feel light…hummmm


If my body is stiff; I should take a nice bath.

I like KNEIPP Gute Nacht.

I found this set.


The package includes a small bottle of Sakura bath salts which is not available in the Japan market and rose organic moisturizing oil for the price of one KNEIPP.


I tried Sakura bath salts tonight and I feel relaxing now.

Oyasumi

Posted in Feelings, Food, Place, Tokyo

Busy Week

I couldn’t have enough rest after returning from the Shikoku Pilgrimage because my former boss was in town (Tokyo) and I had a Year-End gathering to attend.

Grilled Dinner at Inakaya (Roppongi)

All food is nice and serves in unique way; very active and vivid. 


Afternoon Tea at Imperial Hotel (Hibiya)


Year-End Gathering @ Green Spot (Yoyogi)

I learned that going for nice food can be a torture. hahaha

Posted in Exercise, Experience, Feelings, Food, Japanese Culture, Japanese Food, Place, Travel

The Shikoku Pilgrimage: Day 9 (Last Day)

Today is the last day and still need to visit 11 temples to complete.

My favorite ice cream was served as breakfast. Yeah!

No. 11 Fujiidera (Fujii Temple)

Unfortunately, it was raining.

Mummmm it was cold and difficult to conduct the ritual.



There is a gorgeous dragon drawn on the ceiling.



No. 10 Kiriharaji (Kirihara Temple)

Started the count down…


No. 9 Horinji (Horin Temple)


There are so many people trying to reserve space under the roof to practice. 


No. 8 Kumadaniji (Kunadani Temple)




I thought these guardians look strong!


No. 7 Jurakuji (Juraku Temple)

The gate is called Ryugu Mon (Ryugu Gate).

Ryugu is a kingdom in the ocean.

I think this gate is cute. 




No. 6 Anrakuji (Anraku Temple)


The garden is beautiful.



Today, this temple provides hot spring here.

I wish I had time to dip.

Perhaps, next time…


No. 5 Jizoji (Jizo Temple)



This temple’s Daishido is nicely decorated; so sophisticated.



I ate a local (Tokushima’s) snack at a car. 

This is chikuwa (fish cake/surimi) on a bamboo.

A bamboo gives nice flavor and aroma.


No. 4 Dainichiji (Dainichi Temple)



A bowl of hot Udon noodle warmed my body. Yammy!


No. 3 Konsenji (Konsen Temple)



Another well to check my reflection.

I can see myself! Yeah!!!


No. 2 Gokurakuji (Gokuraku Temple)



This is a carrying Buddha; making a wish while carrying Buddha.


Buddha’s foot print.


Splash Fumyodo-oh (Acala) to make a wish.


No. 1 Ryozenji (Ryozen Temple)


The last temple.

I was overwhelmed; I started crying.

I felt calm and peace; the place is gorgeous and holly.

I completed…


I completed…time to go back to my ordinary life, but I won’t be the same.

I learned many things through this trip.

I enjoyed an obento (packed meal) on Shinkansen (bullet train) back home.



I’m grateful that I could conduct this exercise.

Yes, I would like to conduct this exercise again!!

Posted in Experience, Feelings, Food, Japanese Culture, Japanese Food, Place, Travel

The Shikoku Pilgrimage: Day 8

Again food is fresh and enjoyed very much. 


The estimated time for sun rise was 6:45 am on that day, but we departed hotel at 6:30 am.

Sun was about to rise….


Sun rose while driving for a temple.

I felt so blessed when I saw sun rising: calm and peaceful.

No. 23 Yakuoji (Yakuo Temple)


We believe that at the age of 33 for women and 42 for men is unlucky age that we need to be careful.

It is good to be careful all the time, but I think this is believed because this is the age that our body system change that require attention.

Or we could blame on a bad year.

When climbing stairs, we place money every steps for offering.

There are two sets of stairs, one for women (33 stairs) and men (42 stairs).



No. 22 Byodoji (Byodo Temple)


This rope is connected to Buddha. 

It’s very nice of a temple to arrange this rope to reach the entrance. 
People who have difficulties to walk can be blessed at the entrance by holding this rope.

The ceiling is nicely decorated.


No. 21 Tairyuji (Tairyu Temple)

We need to take a ropeway because the temple is located on the mountain (618 m high).



Tairyuji Station




It’s so beautiful and air is fresh; I wanted to walk around the area, but needed to catch the next ropeway down. 

Instead of walking, I was running to the station. hahaha


No. 20 Kakurinji (Kakurin Temple)

The symbol of this temple is a pair of cranes.

Two cranes was protecting a small statue of Golden Buddha.



A Statue of Golden Buddha was protected at this Japanese cedar by cranes here.


These trees were planted by Kobo Daishi.


No. 19 Tatsueji (Tatsue Temple)



Unfortunately, it cannot be seen in the photo, but there is a bunch of thick long hair.

This temple serves as a checkpoint as well.

If you commit bads, you cannot pass through this checkpoint.

When a lady named Okyo who cheated her husband tried to walk through this temple (checkpoint), her hair suddenly extended stopping her to walk through.

I could walk freely…that means I am okay…right?


That’s a scary story, but the temple itself is beautiful.


No. 18 Onzanji (Onzan Temple)

Originally, this temple prohibited women to enter.

However, when Kobo Daishi’s mother visited him, he conducted hard ascetic practices to lift the ban so that he could meet Mother.

Today, I (female) have no problem entering.




Lunch Time!!

Had a lunch at a self service restaurant.

There are varieties of food (fried, grilled, noodles, curry, etc.) that we can pick a plate.

Again, delicious!


No. 17 Idoji (Ido Temple)



The temple’s name IDO means a well.

There is a water well in the temple.

If you can see yourself when you look into a well, you are okay.

If you cannot see your reflection, something bad will happen to you in three years…

Yes! I could see myself; I’m safe!

No. 16 Kannonji (Kannon Temple)


No. 15 Kokubunji (Kokubun Temple)

There are four prefectures in Shikoku region/island.

Kokubunji is located in every prefecture.

As such, this is the fourth Kokubunji that I visited.


The Main Temple is under reconstruction.


I prayed at the temporary main temple.


No. 14 Jorakuji (Joraku Temple)

This is the only temple worshipping Mirokubosatsu (Maitreya) among 88 temples.




This is Araragi (Japanese Yew Tree) Daishi.

This tree is about 10 m high.

This Daishi is good for diabetes and eyes.


Can you see Daishi? 


No. 13 Dainichiji (Dainichi Temple)

This temple is situated along a road.



No. 12 Shosanji (Shosan Temple)


Greeted very well. fufufu






Today, I visited 11 temples.

Checked-in at Tokushima Tokyu Rei Hotel.



I felt cold so it was nice to have a hot pot for dinner. 

Winter, it is a hot pot season as well.