Posted in Art, Feelings, Food, Friends, Japanese Culture, Japanese Food, Place, Restaurants, Tokyo

Toranomon Hills, Toranomon, Tokyo

The first Toranomon Hills (Tower) was opened on 11 June 2014.

This is my first visit to Toranomon Hills.

Therefore, this is my first to meet Toranomon.

The second tower, Toranomon Hills Business Tower, was recently opened on 11 June 2020 and there would be additional two Toranomon Hills tower for residential and station by 2022.

I went to Toranomon Yokocho where 26 restaurants are located in a block or one floor.

We hopped restraints to enjoy few dishes.

We had pork skewers at Torishige.

Torishige

There is a distiller for gin: Sake Shokudo Toranomon Joryusho (Liquor Restaurant Toranomon Distiller.

I had Mojito, and

Gifu Lavender Gin

If you want to have varieties of bites; this would be a place.

She is a great guide!

She also took me to one of iconic public arts: 10 m high sculpture “Roots” by Jaume Plensa.

Arigato!

Posted in Cooking, Feelings, Friends, Work

Cooking Malaysian Food at Home

My friend started importing Malaysian food paste, Mama’s Delights, from Malaysia.

She sent me samples to me so I tried few.

First, Nonya Curry with seafood (squid, scallops and prawns) and vegetables (onions, eggplants and potatoes).

Then Malaysian Curry with chicken and vegetables (onions, eggplants and potatoes).

She told me it required efforts to change packaging and modifying taste; but I think it’s paid off.

It’s easy to prepare and delicious!

I also enjoyed these Malaysian food at office by bring it as my lunch.

Yeah

Posted in Feelings, Friends, Japanese Culture, Movie, Tokyo

Movie Voucher

My friend gave me two (2) movie vouchers valid only at the movie theatre near my place – Toho Cinemas Roppongi.

The original validation date was 31 May 2020; however, the movie theatre was closed during the State of Emergency (8 April to 25 May 2020) therefore the validation date automatically extended to 31 July 2020.

Unfortunately, major movies postponed the showing date in later year such as 007 in November; therefore, I had to select a move from available movies.

I like an action movie so I decided to watch “Rambo – Last Blood” on 30 July 2020.

It was the last day of showing; therefore, it was showing only at the last show time of the day (9:30 pm – 11:25 pm).

I regretted to go alone to watch this movie at late night at isolated cinema – there were only seven (7) of us occupying a cinema.

I should have gone with a buddy because I needed somebody to calm me down after watching this movie – too much sorrow and pain.

I also reserved to watch Nausica – Princess of the Wind Valley (official English Title is “Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind”) on the following date on 31 July 2020.

The Toho Cinema was showing four Ghibli Movies – Nausica, Mononoke Hime (Princess Mononoke), Sen to Chihiro no Kami Kakushi (Spirited Away) and Gedo Senki (Tales from Earthsea) – for providing opportunities to watch these masterpieces once again at the movie theatre.

I wanted my space when I watch this movie (again, there were seven (7) of us); therefore, I reserved the first movie of the day (9:20 am – 11:30 am).

I know the movie and it’s story; nonetheless, it was nice to watch Nausica with a big screen.

This is my favorite Ghibli Movie with a sentimental value.

Thank you my friend!

Originally, we had a different plan – watching Frozen 2 together; however, the situation didn’t allow us to do so.

Let’s plan something together when the situation is better.

Well, I didn’t waste them and I enjoyed watching two movies!

Arigato!

Posted in Beauty, Feelings, Food, Friends, Health, Japan Technology, Shopping

Shiseido

My friend recommended me the followings and decided to start for health and beauty.

From Left

N.O.U Brown Rice Black Vinegar for Health (Energy with Rich of Amino Acid and Citric Acid)

N.O.U Sellsizer for Health (Slimming)

Benefique White Bloom for Beauty (Whitening)

I shall see for outcome in a month with these one month supply.

Posted in Family, Feelings, Food, Friends, Japanese Culture, Japanese Food, Restaurants, Tokyo

Totally Eel Day

21 July 2020 was this year’s Doyo no Ushi.

Doyo no Ushi is a date for Chinese calendar; therefore, the date for western calendar changes every year.

On Doyo no Ushi, we have a custom to eat Unagi (Eel).

We believe eel is energy food and we encourage to eat eel during summer when we lose energy.

I had my belated Doyo no Ushi (Eel’s day) on 22 July 2020 at Chikuyotei, Ginza for lunch.

It was nice and surely I gained some energy.

When I returned home, Mom reported she bought Eel Obento (take away) for dinner at our family restaurant, Shojikiya, Roppongi.

It reminded me of my grandpa.

We talked about him and memories with him while having our dinner.

I like eel so I don’t mind to have it for two continuous meals.

Each restaurant has different taste (character) on food even though it’s the same dish.

I think I managed to gain energy which I need it for now.

Posted in Cooking, Family, Feelings, Food, Friends, Japanese Culture, Japanese Food, Place, Shop, Shopping

Furusato Nozei (Home Town Tax Payment Programme)

In 2014, Japanese government introduced new tax incentive system to support local areas: Furusato Nozei (Home Town Tax Payment Programme).

We can purchase local products and services (hotel stay, experience such as diving, etc) to support the area.

We pay for products and services and the government provides incentives for income tax deduction.

There are few Furusato Nozei service providers such as Satofuru, Furunabi, Department Stores, etc.

This time, I purchase Nama Katsuo no Tataki (lightly roasted bonito) from Katsuura-city, Chiba via Satofuru,

My mother side are originally from Katauura; therefore, YES, I would like to support the city and this has sentimental value for me.

I will purchase more products and services from the areas that I would like to support.

This was my first purchase and I’m glad that I was strongly recommended to use this system to enjoy products and services AND tax deduction.

Posted in Daily Life, Feelings, Friends, Japan Technology, Japanese Culture, Shop, Shopping, Tokyo

No More Free Plastic Shopping Bags

Japan imposed retailers to charge plastic shopping bags to save environment by reducing producing microplastics and CO2 emission on 1 July 2020.

The retails charge a plastic bag (and some for paper bags) from range of JPY 2 – JPY 20 (ISD 0.02 – USD 0.19).

Therefore, this became a memorable last free plastic shopping bag at Precce, Tokyo Midtown Roppongi.

However, some retailers such as Meidi-Ya continues to provide free shopping bags that is categorized as biomass shopping bags.

There are three types of biomass shopping bags and they are:

First, the bag is made by more than 25 percent of biodegradable material. The Meidai-Ya provides this type.

Biomass Plastics Logo by Japan BioPlastics Association
Biomass Mark by Japan Organics Recycling Association

Second, the thickness is more than 0.05 mm that allows to reuse it and it requires to state state that it is recommended to reuse the bag on the bag itself.

Third, fully (100 percent) marine biodegradable shopping bags.

We are now encouraged to use Eco Bags.

Today, I carry my favorite Eco Bag that my friend gave me years ago, could be a decade…?

I do have a collection of large and durable shopping bags that I bought in the US and given by friends as souvenirs from overseas.

I use them when I visit to COSTCO but now it would be handy when I go to any supermarkets.

Posted in Daily Life, Feelings, Friends, Gadget, Health, Japanese Culture, Movie, Tokyo

New Normal: Movie

Tokyo lifted Tokyo Alert and moved businesses to Step 3 on 12 June 2020 (allowing more businesses to reopen such as Karaoke Box) and schedule to allow all businesses to restart on 19 June 2020.

Movie theatre was allowed to reopen on 1 June 2020 when Tokyo shifted Businesses to Step 2.

Accordingly, Toho Cinemas Roppongi opened on 5 June 2020.

It would be nice to watch an action movie, ANNA (Russian KGB Spy Movie) on the big screen.

However, we I learned that there are new normals for watching a movie as well.

The seats are parted by one seat in between.

Even we go in a group, we need to sit according to seating arrangement; we cannot sit next each other.

There are many more NEW NORMALs at the movie theatre to practice.

At the ticketing counter, of course, operated machine is one machine a part.

When we enter, our body temperature would be checked by the thermometer which requires to face the monitor.

Well, I didn’t know every 14th of the month is TOHO CINEMAS DAY so that we can watch a movie for discounted price of JPY 1,200 or USD 12. (Normal Price is JPY 1,900 or USD 19)

The movie was thrilling and breath catching.

It’s nice to watch a movie at the movie theatre.

Posted in Daily Life, Feelings, Friends, Health, Japan Technology, Japanese Culture

New Normal: Virus Shut Out

I was wondering what people on the street are wearing.

It’s smaller than a Corporate ID card.

Only few people wearing it among looks like a group of colleagues so it’s surely not an ID card.

Soon I found out from my friend who is wearing it and giving me this: Virus Shut Out produces by Toa Industry Co Ltd (Tokyo).

It contains sodium chlorite to kill virus for 30 days.

It comes with a neck strap so that we can immediately start wearing it.

Now this also became a part of fashions like masks.

My friend is wearing it with Kumamon character design.

I didn’t know there are choices.

Thank you my friend for considering my health.

Posted in Beauty, Feelings, Friends

Stay Home: Self Beauty Care and Organizing

Spa is still closed so I’m trying self beauty care with what I have such as given gifts and samples.

Tonight I used a gift, Manuka Doctor Rejuvenating Face Mask.

Earlier today, I gathered gifts and samples to understand what I can do at home.

And I was surprised at the range of products and quantity.

Samples
Tanamera Spa Products (Malaysia)

I think I would be busy trying these at home.

I will surely enjoy using them and making space in cabinets.