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 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’ve been sick since 3 December 2018 because I was busy with work and private matters such as moving, hosting home parties and Christmas preparation; therefore, I get more sick.
I couldn’t stop coughing.
Finally, I went to see doctor for medicines because over- the-counter medicines, Loxonin is not working.
I was shocked to see the amount of antibiotics.
After taking medicines, I continued to assist Mom for table setting.
It was quite a work to prepare for ten but I managed.
After finishing preparation for dinner, I went to classic concert at Suntory Hall, Akasaka, Tokyo.
My parents gave me two tickets so that I can ask my friend to accompany me to kill time outside. hahaha
We had Thai for dinner at Kaaw, Ark Hills, Akasaka, Tokyo; nothing to do with Christmas.
I hosted lunch for my school classmates on 10 December 2018.
I prepared Tacos (hard shells).
It’s been some time and we enjoyed catching up on each other.
To my surprise, my friend brought Christmas Gifts for Choco: Stitch and toilet bags.
Choco was frightened when he sees Stitch for the first time – look at his size.
Later Stitch became his good friend.
He displayed all his favorite toys and Stitch is one of them.
I started my new year morning with Shishimai (lion dance) and Masuzake (Japanese sake in a wooden square cup).
After experiencing Japanese traditional new year, we went for Belgium breakfast at my favorite breakfast restaurant: Le Pain Quoitidien, Tokyo Midtown Roppongi.
I had New Year Special Menu.
I started with a glass of sparkling wine to celebrate 2019.
Off course, I enjoyed all food.
Furthermore, I received a new year gift from the restaurant: Fukin (Japanese traditional kitchen cloth) and a ticket for free audio museum guide.
After heavy brunch, I played with little niece at Hinoki-cho Park.
Though we had a heavy brunch, we enjoyed strawberry tea with Phillips Chocolate the Boston’s Oldest Chocolateir for tea break.
Coincidently, I used a mug that I bought it at Pier 1 Imports in Boston.
We relaxed a bit at home and went for grocery shopping; I cooked Yakiniku (Korean BBQ) for dinner.
Can I call BBQ cooking ? hahaha
We are spending New Year in very traditional way: relaxing family gathering.
We went for a new year prayer after lunch.
This small shrine, Tenso Jinjya (Tenso Shrine) is our family shrine.
I drew a fortune paper which is inside of dragon.
I can keep this temple’s God, dragon as a good luck charm.
My fortune is good luck.
After prayer, we had our break at Mercedes Me Downstairs Coffee Shop, Roppongi.
When we returned to home, we relaxed and had a dinner at home.
My little niece made me dessert: parfait.
We had it with a Swiss Hot Chocolate.