Posted in Daily Life, Feelings, Health, Japan Technology, Shop, Shopping

New Normal: Laundry Detergent

This could be a part of new normals.

I prefer my clothes to smell floral; therefore, I’ve looked for a laundry detergent, Emal by Kao which can provide dry cleaning result even washing clothes by a washing machine.

I’ve looked for it at supermarkets, drug stores and convenient stores; but failed to buy one.

I finally found it on AMAZON.

Perhaps the demand is high; today, many households might frequently wash clothes due to the COVID.

I panicked and bought six (6) value packed (900 ml) of Emal.

I usually use 40 ml for one cycle.

I should not worry looking for Emal for a while.

Posted in Daily Life, Feelings, Food, Health, Japanese Culture, Japanese Food, Shop, Shopping, Tokyo

Setsubun was 2 February in 2021

Usually, Setsubun, New Year on Japanese old calendar, is on 3 February.

I learned this year that the Setsubun can be on different day due to the Sun calendar.

The previous Setsubun on 2 February was 124 years ago.

Luckily, I didn’t miss it this year.

We wish for good luck by throwing soy beans to attack bad luck (represented by Oni: demon) and make space for inviting good luck.

AND

We eat an Ehomaki (direct translation is good luck direction roll).

We eat a long sushi while facing this year’s good luck direction (this year, it is South South East) to pray for a good luck.

This tradition is originated in West Japan.

Today, people in Tokyo also practice.

Who doesn’t want to welcome good luck?

There were so many varieties of Ehomaki at the supermarket, Precce Roppongi.

It was difficult for me to chose.

I enjoyed following Japanese tradition at home.

Wishing for good luck: Peace, Health, Love, Happiness and Fun.

Ow I’m greedy.

Posted in Daily Life, Feelings, Japanese Culture, Place, Restaurants, Tokyo

Quiet Nights in Tokyo

The night of Tokyo is known for its brightness: neons and signboards.

However, government requested restaurants in Tokyo area to close at 8 pm (last order for food and drinks at 7 pm) during the State of Emergency.

The signboard says

“Due to a request for shortening operation hours

19:00 hrs Last Order

20:00 hrs Close“

Irori-Yaki Edokko at Monzen-Nakacho, Tokyo

Tokyo will be quiet for a month.

Hopefully, the State of Emergency would be lifted in one month.

Tokyo is known for a populated place.

Currently, it’s obviously NOT TOKYO that I know of.

Posted in Choco-chan, Daily Life, Feelings, Gadget, Health, Work

Work From Home

I received a text from my boss late at night (past midnight) on Thursday that we can work from home on Friday, 8 January 2021.

I’m glad to hear a news.

I happily reported to my boss that I took note of a text and I won’t have any problem working from home because I brought back necessaries from office.

I like to work from home because I can work in comfortable clothes and be with Choco.

Choco seemed VERY happy to see me at home.

Posted in Art, Daily Life, Feelings, Flower, Food, Health, Japanese Culture, Japanese Food, Tokyo, Work

Earlier New Year Celebration Ending

Town was quietly celebrating New Year

Kagami Mochi (Layers of Rounded Rice Cakes)
Kadomatsu (Bamboos at the Entrance)
Close Up of Kadomatsu

Usually we decorate these New Year decorations till 15 January.

However, I saw some were taken away this morning.

Tonight, Japanese government announced the State of Emergency in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama and China effective 8 January – 7 February 2021.

We are in high alert now; perhaps, some building owners were concerned engaging staffs to take away New Year decorations at later date.

COVID has been taking away celebrations from us.

Hopefully we can enjoy Ohanami (Sakura Viewing) this spring.

Japanese government encourages us to stay home and work from home.

Unfortunately, as at 23:30 hrs Japan time, I am yet to hear an announcement from my boss allowing us to work from home tomorrow.

I brought back office laptop and others to prepare for working from home; but I need to bring them back. Hummmm

Posted in Choco-chan, Daily Life, Feelings, Health, Japanese Culture, Place, Tokyo, Work

Healing Choco

Due to increasing number for new case by recording record high, Japanese government plans to announce the State of Emergency for Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba tomorrow effective from 8 January – 7 February 2021.

I am hoping boss to allow us to work from home.

In fact, I can work efficiently at home.

It’s getting cold, winter in Japan; therefore, it is getting harder for me to come out from a warm bed to go to office.

Especially with this Choco’s face.

He is my angel.

Posted in Art, Daily Life, Exercise, Experience, Family, Feelings, Friends, Health, Japanese Culture

A Happy New Moo Year!

When I started Year 2020 a year ago, I was full of excitement and expectations; it was Tokyo Olympics Year.

None of us dreamed of adopting new normals in our daily life.

Year 2020 was surely a tough year for all of us.

However, the pandemics made me THINK.

Think of my health, life style, work style, relationships, etc.

In fact, I managed to improve my health, life style and mentality.

I’m happier and started challenging a new project with friends.

I appreciate and value bonding and networking more.

Although we stayed in playing games with niece; it was so much fun.

Glass Deco
Doraemon Board Game

I welcomed New Year with excitement and expectation.

Let’s try to make Year 2021 interesting!

STAY SAFE!

Posted in Art, Daily Life, Experience, Feelings, Gadget, Japan Technology, Place, Tokyo, Work

NEC Corporation

I visited the headquarter of NEC Corporation, a leading Japanese electric company, and had a tour at NEC Future Creation Hub.

The company was established in 1988 and has over 120 years of history.

This earlier PC was developed together with Bill Gates…..

Today, NEC is famous for face recognition machines.

Their products are currently installed at local and overseas international airports.

The company is Gold Sponsor for Tokyo Olympics and will support the event by installing their facial recognition machines with body temperature checking function.

I’ve experienced most cutting edge technologies which we would surely use in our daily life in near future.

It was a fun visit and proud to introduce this Japanese company: NEC Corporation.