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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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Tokyo Midtown Treat Garden 2020

Due to the COVID, many events have been cancelled to avoid creating clusters.

Time past without realizing seasons.

Usually there are events for Sakura viewing in Spring, summer festivals in summer so that we can actually witness seasons.

Today, seasons have changed without notable events.

It’s been over six months living with COVID by paying special cautions.

I cannot say we are managing it well towards COVID but I could say that we took every measures to prevent infections.

Today, I witnessed some events are getting ready.

Tokyo Midtown Retreat Garden Project @ Tokyo Midtown Roppongi.

Feeling Sky and Moon
Feeling Trees
Feeling Breeze

Finally, we can live in closer to normal life or past life. Yeah!

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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.

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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!