We went to Keisen Flower School to check closing sales items.
I bought these three items; I will terribly miss the school.
After visiting the school, I invited my friends for tea at my house because Mom went to buy cakes for her friend and us.
We had so much to chat so my friends stayed for dinner.
I went to grocery shopping to prepare simple dinner.
Again, it was simple and I bought a ready-made chicken to save time.
A whole chicken is just nice for four of us.
I like to host gathering at home so that we can talk freely (not worrying about others), stay long as we want (staff won’t chase us out) and I don’t have to walk back home (especially in cold!).
She returned to Tokyo for Year End and New Year Holiday.
I miss her and we had so much to catch up on.
I cooked simple dinner for her so that we can relax to chit chat at home.
She gave me nice souvenirs; all my favorites!
I celebrated New Year at Italian Restaurant Shunsai, Roppongi with my friend together with Choco.
There are three seniors poodles at the restaurant: 19, 17 and 13 years old.
I wish my Choco to grow healthy like them.
Choco tried his first pizza crust.
My friend delivered me a New Year Gift: Oreno Bakery (My Bakery) bread.
It says Yume (Dream).
I had sandwich for dinner.
Even edge is so delicious.
I cut four slices for tomorrow’s lunch.
Furthermore, she took me to a buffet lunch at Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza Premier Sky Lounge.
The varieties of food and drinks are so good.
I took more than one hour for lunch to catch up with her.
We didn’t have time to chit chat for years though we met at official functions time to time.
It’s so sweet of her to visit me today.
And thank you for delicious bread!
I might blog about this last year; but let me blog about this.
We have a custom to eat Nanakusa Gayu (seven-herb porridge) on every 7 January to wish for good fortune and to rest stomach from New Year celebration food.
Today we can conveniently get all seven herbs in a packet.
Suzushiro: Japanese white radish (White) represents innocence
Seri: Japanese parsley grows long for prosperous
Suzuna: old vocabulary for radish which means bell to call God
Hotokenoza: the herb looks like the seat for the Buddha.
Nazuna: means taking off dirt by patting
Gogyo: the shape of Buddha’s body
Harabeko: many leaves represents prosperity
I saw the banner saying Kotto Ichi (antique market) at Nogi Jinjya (Nogi Shrine).
It is a small market but indeed Antique Market.
The town is decorated for Christmas but the Shrine is already decorated for New Year.
I use this photo for my New Year greeting.
There is Hood Luck sign with next year’s zodiac, Wild Boar (in Japan, it’s not pig) and many Japanese Sake Barrels.
Please check my blog for 1 January 2019.
After checking antiques, I went to the Shrine for praying.
I also prayed at Seisho Jinjya (Seisho Shrine) which is located inside of Nogi Jinjya’s premises.
This Shrine is for wisdom which I need it very much!
I drew the fortune paper at the Nogi Jinjya on the way out.
It’s Kyo (Bad Luck)! Oh No!
I take it as a lesson.
There is another shrine just next to the main gate entrance, Akasaka Oji Inari Jinjya (Akasaka Oji Inari Shrine).
I prayed to get power.
It was a lovely day and Choco also enjoyed a walk.
Choco had his spa yesterday.
Today, it’s my turn.
The entrance was nicely decorated by Ikebana Sogetsu Ryu (Japanese Flower Arrangement Sogetsu Style).
I opened an envelope that Mom brought.
I received Takashimaya Department Store Gift Card for 1,000 yen.
My favorite is red wine.
I’ve waited for tonight’s wine lesson at Enoteca Marunouchi Lounge, Bordeaux Red Wines, but I was still sick.
I’ve been taking so many cough drops so I taste different from what it supposed to be.
I had to take warm drink (I regret not to bring hot water because Chinese tea in thermo has its flavor) to stop coughing.
I wish I was healthy to enjoy these.
It was body maintenance day for both Choco and I.
I went to gym for stretching.
I couldn’t exercise last month due to a cold, it was refreshing to move my body though it was only stretching.
Time to gear up!
I also took Choco for monthly care: grooming, nail, ear cleaning, etc.
He also had spa.
He posed for new year.
Choco, I didn’t know you can pose for camera.
You are full of surprises!
I assisted a business meeting in Ebisu, Tokyo.
Ebisu is one of Seven Japanese Gods and he represents success.
I’m pretty sure he will bring business as a result of today’s meeting.
We celebrated with Tendon (Tenpura Rice Bowl) at Tenya, Ebisu and Taiyaki (Sweet Bean in Red Snapper shaped waffle).
Tai (red snapper) is a symbol of good luck coz it’s rhyme Medetai (happy).
There are so many good signs!!