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.

Posted in Exercise, Feelings, Hotel, Japan Technology, Japanese Culture, Place, Sunrise and Sunset, Tokyo, Travel, Work

Mini Tokyo Sightseeing

I had a meeting with Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo.

I had a tour of hotel rooms and banquet rooms for future events (if any).

Standard Room
Ball Room

I like their mask case, LIMAX which is simple yet stylish.

It’s made of eco friendly material yet antibacterial: limestone.

I will keep it and use it for sure.

It’s nice weather, therefore, I decided to walk back home after the meeting – another mini sightseeing in Tokyo.

There is a clock to count down to Olympic day at the Tokyo Station.

Looking at the current situation, honestly, I wonder we would be able to host such a large event in 2021.

I hope I am wrong about it.

Nonetheless, I felt good walking on the street to the Imperial Palace because there are less people!

Usually there would be many local and foreign travelers covering this street.

Sakashita Mon (Sakashita Gate)

Nijubashi (Double Bridge) or officially called Seimon Tetsuhashi (Steel Bridge of the Main Gate).

This steel bridge was originally made by wood, then, reinforced by wooden beams.

This is why this bridge is called Nijubashi or Double Bridge.

Sakurada Mon (Sakurada Gate)

The other side (outside) of Sakurada Mon

Sun is setting and peaceful scenery.

I continued walking towards Kasumigaseki area where Japanese government buildings are.

The Diet Building

I’ve been enjoying Mini Tokyo Sightseeing.

Posted in Experience, Feelings, Food, Japan Technology, Japanese Culture, Japanese Food, Shopping

Happy 49th Birthday Cup Noodle!

I didn’t know birthday for Cup Noodle is on 18 September 1971.

I should honor and celebrate the birthday together; therefore, I decided to think these are guilty free. hahaha

Nonetheless, I thought I should buy these special birthday package Cup Noodles for a memory and trying Chili Tomato for the first time.

I am traditional for Cup Noodle.

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

Online Takarakuji (Lottery)

The service to purchase Takarakuji online started on 24 October 2018.

The Takarakuji counter is opened from 9 am to 5:40 pm on weekdays only at designated kiosks and Mizuho Bank; therefore, it was difficult for me to purchase Takarakuji.

Today, I can purchase Takarakuji online via official website or apps for 24/7 throughout a year.

I can not select lucky number ticket but if I don’t buy it, I cannot win.

I bought three sets (1 set for 10 tickets) of Summer Jumbo (1st prize JPY 500 million or USD 5 million) and two sets of Summer Mini (JPY 10 million or USD 0.1 million).

The winner number was announced on 21 August 2020 and I regret to know that I didn’t win.

I only won complementary prize which is one ticket worth of value for each set.

I spent a total of JPY 15,000 (USD 150) and won only JPY 1,500 (USD 15). Boo hoo

One of benefits of online purchasing is saving me from going to the counter to cash it.

If I win – hopefully, one day – the system will automatically remit the amount in the registered bank account when the amount is greater than JPY 10,000 (USD 100) or I can request for remittance.

In addition, I can get points from each purchasing amount and I can use the points to purchase Takarakuji tickets.

I plan to buy Halloween Jumbo (winning prize for JPY 300 million or USD 3 million) and Halloween Mini (winning prize for JPY 10 million or USD 0.1 million) which are scheduled to be sold on 23 September 2020.

Hopefully I can hit a jackpot one day.

Posted in Cooking, Feelings, Food, Japan Technology, Japanese Culture, Japanese Food, Place, Travel

Local Instant Noodle: Maneki no Ekisoba (Maneki’s Station Soba Noodle), Himeji – City, Hyogo

Nissin is known as a major player of instant noodle maker and its product, Nissin Cup Noodle, is globally loved.

This Nissin produces locally famous and sold instant noodles.

These two are good examples, Maneki no Ekisoba: Kitsune (Fried Tofu) and Tempura (Tempura Waste – Deep Fried Tempura Batter).

Since after the WWII (year 1949), the noodle shop, Manekino innovated and started serving a noodle dish at the Himeji Station that people can enjoy quickly and deliciously by using Chinese style noodle – ramen and Japanese traditional dashi soup.

As same as other instant noodles, take out soup powder and toppings.

Open and put those back in the bowl.

Add water and wait for four minutes for this.

Tempura
Kitaune

Next time, I should try the actual Maneki no Ekisoba at the Himeji Station.

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 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, 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 Choco-chan, Daily Life, Exercise, Feelings, Food, Health, Japan Technology, Japanese Culture, Shopping, Tokyo, Work

New Normal: Walk to Office

According to the media, on 1 June 2020 (the first Monday after government lifted the State of Emergency), the number of commuters has increased.

To avoid taking subways because I won’t have enough social distancing there, I started to walk to office.

During the State of Emergency, I was required to go to the office twice in a week so I could manage it; however, from 1 June 2020, I’m required to go to the office every weekdays.

As reported in previous blog, it takes 1 hour or 4 km to reach office.

It’s getting warm outside, reaching to 30C with strong sunlight.

Walking with a mask makes me feel hot which leads me to sweat.

Today, I tie my hair.

And carry a drink (amino) in small bottle.

My mask gets wet with my sweat by the time I reach to the office so I keep some (backup) at the office.

In addition, I reinforced footwear.

I have already introduced Asics Walking before.

I started wearing this brand when I hurt my knee because cushions are soft.

I bought other colors and styles that I don’t have yet.

I also bought Tokyo Olympics designed sneaker for memory.

These will surely assist my walking to the office.

Choco checked its quality and approved. hahaha

I’m more ready for next week.

Posted in Beauty, Feelings, Japan Technology, Shop, Shopping

Stay Home: Self Beauty Care (Nail)

The series of nail stamp is available at 100 yen shop, Can Do.

Of course, the price for each stamp plates and stamps are JPY 100 (USD 1).

There are many attractive designs and I have been collecting stamp plates without any guilt.

I wanted to try it for long; however, I thought it could be difficult and hesitated to try.

Now it’s good time to try it.

First I apply base nail colour.

CHANEL Joyau

I remove a film from stamp plate.

Place a stamp and scraper

Select the design and apply nail colour that I want to stamp on the nail.

Use scraper to remove extra nail polish from the stamp plate.

Press the stamp on the stamp plate to transfer the design on the stamp.

Press the stamp on the nail to transfer the design on the nail.

CHANEL Pure White

To my surprise, it’s much easier to enjoy designing nails.

I will continue to enjoy designing my nails for seasonal events. Yeah.