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Short Trip to Hokuto, Yamanashi

I don’t have any social life for past three weeks.

The weather is getting better in Tokyo, reaching over 20C.

Sakura starts blooming.

I decided to plan a short trip with Choco for refreshment.

Well, Mom followed us.

I thought it would be nice to take Choco for a walk in fresh air in woods.

I still need to avoid contacting people so I decided staying at cottage, Pension Gin No Michi, Hokuto-City, Yamanashi.

The Pension serves dinner and breakfast at cottage so we can avoid people and be with Choco.

Choco doesn’t like to be left alone.

It’s 160 km away from Tokyo and it should take 2.5 hours to reach there.

However, traffic was so heavy….. to go out Tokyo, it took more than 2 hours.

I took a break at highway Hatsukari service area.

I bought Shingen-Mochi and Premium Shingen-mochi Ice Cream and Matcha (Green Tea) Shingen-mochi Ice Cream.

Shingen-Mochi is Kofu (Yamanashi) local confectionery combination of glutinous rice flour mochi, soybean powder and brown sugar syrup.

There are many more products developed by this original Shingen-mochi.

After taking a break, I continued my journey and it took me 4.5 hrs to reach the pension.

We finally reached the Pension.

There are flooring living room connected to a small tatami room (tatami mat room).

Living room is equipped with kitchen.

Then wash room

Bath room

And toilet.

As mentioned, I wanted to take Choco for a walk in woods; however, it was too cold.

In Tokyo, it’s over 20C, so I only brought leather jacket.

It’s only 4C here…

I decided to stay in.

Choco had so many to experience and learn.

I enjoyed home cooked dinner at the room.

The next morning, it was a nice sunny day.

Hopefully, Choco enjoyed fresh air.

I enjoyed home cooked breakfast.

They also baked these breads.

It was a brief stay but very refreshing.

We headed back home.

On the way back, I stopped by at service area for one last glance of Minami (South) Alps and shopping.

The local flower farmer is selling flower bouquet for JPY 1,200 (USD 12) – very reasonable!

Currently, Japanese government encourages people to buy flower because flower business is affected by corona virus.

March supposed to be high demand period for flower for graduation ceremony; however, now almost all schools cancel the graduation ceremony.

I love flowers so I bought one.

I also looked for souvenirs.

There are many Shingen-mochi products.

I bought Shingen-mochi Pudding, Monaka (Wafer and Shingen-mochi (glutinous rice powdered mochi)) and Kit Kat.

I love the original and these are all nice, especially pudding.

It took only 2.5 hours to reach home, meaning there are so many cars on the road yesterday.

I think many of us got board. ahaha

It was very relaxing trip for me.

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Upper House Election Day

Today, it was the Upper House Election Day.

I thought I can go to the election venue, nearest elementary school, together with Choco for his walk.

I put him a bag and about to enter the venue; then I found the sign.

The election is at the school lunch room; therefore, pet cannot enter.

I had to return for election without Choco because I cannot just leave there.

Today, I took my flower arrangement class by taking a replacement class.

I met my old classmates who is not able to take Saturday Class with us due to her work schedule.

It was a nice surprise to see them.

I had a nice Italian and pizza for dinner at my favorite restaurant: PST Roppongi.

I also enjoy talking to owner chef, Mr. Tamaki.

He adds extra essence to his food.

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Belated Father’s Day

It’s an once in a month flower arrangement class day.

I look forward seeing my class mates for chatting and arranging flower do relax me well.

I had a dinner appointment with my parents; therefore, I couldn’t stay for tea.

Dad wanted to go to Nihonbashi Kiyokawa for eel dinner.

We had our dinner at nice Washitsuka (Japanese room).

There is a small Japanese garden at the corridor.

This restaurant has 145 years of history and the building is 90 years old.

The building became Japanese tangible properties last year.

And we had this restaurant to ourselves only.

How exclusive and luxurious.

Food is also good; I started with Unagi (eel) Cola.

It doesn’t taste eel but it’s with eel essence.

I also had nice Akita Sake Shirakamisanchi,

It was a nice belated Father’s Day with my parents.

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Today’s Flower Arrangement

The school has closed in December 2018; therefore, we are arranging at Sensei’s (teacher’s) house.

I used to purchase flower according to size and design that I wanted to arrange at the time.

Today, there is a challenge that I need to scale, design and arrange with provided flower: type, colour and quantity.

To my surprise, I enjoy the challenge.

After the lesson, we went to Aloha Kitchen, Atre Kichijoji, Kichijoji Station for chat, soufflé pancake and drink (in my case, red sangria).

Wherever we were, it would be fun to be with friends!