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Memorable Weekend

First I went to Utsunomiya, Tochigi.

This town is known for Gyoza (fried Chinese dumpling).

In fact, this is my first time to try Utsunomiya Gyoza at Utsunomiya.

There is Gyoza Dori (Gyoza Street).

There are many Gyoza specialized shops and Ramen (Japanized Chinese style noodle) and Gyoza restaurants.

The lamp is also in shape of Gyoza.

I queued and had my Gyoza at Goku, Gyoza Dori, Utsunomiya, Tochigi.

Niku (Meat) Gyoza and Jumbo Gyoza

Then proceeded to Nikko, Tochigi.

In Nikko, visited Kegon no Taki (Kegon Fall).

Today, there is a lift to go down to watch Kegon no Taki in front of it.

It’s very cold there and we can still see some snow.

We drove by Chuzenji-ko (Chuzenji Lake) and enjoyed the view from window.

Recently, we enjoyed warm temperature and suddenly its temperature dropped; therefore, we could see some steam from lake which makes lake look more scenic and mysterious.

We drove through woods on the way to Oku-Nikko, also very scenic.

We drove farther and reached Sengokugahara (wetland) where believed God of Mountain conducted battles.

There is another lake, Yuko (Yu Lake) at the entrance of Oku-Nikko area.

We finally reached Oku-Nikko Kogen Hotel.

We can stay this nice Washitsu (Japanese style room) together with Choco.

I went to dip in onsen (hot spring) before dinner.

There are two sections: Lower (bigger) and Upper (smaller).

Both equipped with indoor and outdoor/open-air bath.

Upper
Lower

It’s cold there; so that dipping in Onsen felt really nice.

I became thirsty after dipping in onsen so I enjoyed drinking cold Wakimizu (spring water).

After getting some rest, we had dinner with local sake made for Oki-Nikko Kogen Hotel.

I went to futon (Japanese style bed) early.

Next morning, I woke up with a surprise.

According to weather forecast, it predicted snow in Kanto region.

However, in few days, we will welcome April – Spring.

There could be some snow but I didn’t expect it to be thick.

Well, I was wrong….

It continued snowing and no sign of weakening.

I became panic because I came with normal tyres, not snow tyres.

To calm myself down, I went for morning dip.

It was still early and there were no one.

I supposed not to take any photos at the bath, but it was so romantic.

Quickly got ready and went to breakfast.

There are many varieties of food and there is an egg and bacons in the pot.

Continued monitoring snow and consulted hotel staffs who are local; well, I had to make a hard decision – abundant my car.

I think we made a wise decision because snow is thick and we surely could not drive through these windy roads: Irohazaka.

Reached Tobu Nikko Eki (Station) by hotel free shuttle bus.

Then Took train, Spacia, back to Asakusa, Tokyo.

Choco behaved his best on train.

I had a rich vanilla ice cream on the train while looking at these sceneries.

It’s scary but breath taking sceneries.

We cannot underestimate nature; I safely returned home.

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Cheering Me Up

Japanese government requested to cancel events till 25 March, close school till new academic year and encourage office workers to work-at-home/telecommuting.

Therefore, I don’t have any plan for socializing or fun at this moment.

I try to cheer me up by doing self nail, going to spa,

curled my hair

And wearing springy coloured make up to cheer me up.

Choco also had his spa and hair cut today.

However, I doubt he enjoyed it by looking at him. hahaha

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I’m addicted to CHANEL…

I’m a member of free CHANEL mailing list so that I received new or limited edition of CHANEL cosmetics which are launched today.

Earlier I made a call to reserve some eyeshadows – Les 4 Ombres and lip pallet that these are even in Camellia shape.

There are few more new or limited edition that I could not refuse such as eyeshadow gross, lip colour and nail.

Now I have sufficient collection of colour to refrain myself from buying…. I believe. Ahaha

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Protecting from Flu

I’m not feeling well for nearly a month now.

I start using these to comfort and protect me from flu.

I have sensitive skins so I don’t like to wear a mask.

However, it prevents me from virus and I really need to avoid virus because I’ve been continuously catching it.

First I was diagnosed virus flu followed by virus gastroenteritis.

I’ve been buying masks from various manufacturers.

To my surprise, it doesn’t hurt my ear nor damaging my skin.; the mask has improved I guess.

Some masks are designed face to look smaller.

Looking at my condition, wearing mask will become my daily routine.

I bought a box of mask which has three layers of filter to block house dust, pollen and PM 2.5.

These are in individual pack which allows me to carry one extra in case I need to change it.

I also bought Ryukakusan.

Ryukakusan is name of product as well as company name.

Nowadays I buy their herbal medicated cough drops.

My friend recommended me their original powdered herbal medicines for throat.

According to her, she takes it whenever she feels any irritation at the throat.

I tried it for the first time and I agree it works directly and more effectively.

I have never shown interest in this traditional product which has been aiding throat for 200 years.

I didn’t even know the drugstore sells this traditional medicated powder. hahaha

I bought the smallest size (20 g) for trial and also to carry it if effective.

It so cute that it contains a small spoon.

And my spa beautician made and gave me lavender body milk lotion.

According to her, lavender has sanitation effect.

So sweet of her to add lavender essence to body lotion.

Yes, when I felt worse, I should have massage my body to increase blood flow to fight back virus.

And lastly, I bought this Egyptian mint essential oil when I visited Egypt last year knowing my throat is weak.

I should burn Egyptian mint oil with Egyptian aroma burner to comfort my throat.

I should practice all these to get better or even not to get sick!

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25 January is Japanese Beauty Day

It is birthday of Ms. May Ushiyama, the founder of my beauty salon – Hollywood Beauty Salon.

She greatly contributed development of Japanese beauty industry; therefore, in 2013, her birthday, 25 January, is registered as Japanese beauty day.

I went to spa today and received one stem of rose.

The company organized the event on the 7th Floor so that I paid a visit.

I was welcomed with a plate of high tea and received a goody bag with spa’s tabloids, memo pad and May Ushiyama’s book titled Road to Happiness.

Her beauticians still respects her and highly talk about her.

According to the introduction, she describes her philosophy to become happy.

She was dynamic so I should be able to learn something from her/this book.

(May Ushiyama

25 January 1911 – 13 December 2007)

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Nagaiki Miso (Super Miso)

I was down for flu for over two weeks.

I had no motivation to do anything including cooking proper food.

Today I would like to introduce Nagaiki Miso – direct translation Miso for Long Life but it is actually Super Miso for health.

This formula is innovated by Dr Hiroyuki Kobayashi.

It’s all explained in his book including functions of each ingredients and recipes.

I need to prepare one onion, red and white Miso (80 g each) and apple vinegar (1 large spoon or 15 cc).

First, grind onion.

Add white and red miso and apple vinegar.

Mix them.

And freeze it in cube using ice cube maker with a cover.

Mom found this at 100 yen shop Daiso.

I use one cube to cook super miso soup (150 cc) with ingredients that I want to cook with at the time such as Negi (leek), Tofu, ninjin (Carrots), buta (Pork) or/and many more combination.

I shall continue drinking Super Miso Soup to keep myself healthy!