Posted in Family, Feelings, Food, Japanese Culture

Gathering with Relatives

Today, I attended my Uncle’s 7th Anniversary of Buddhist Memorial Service.

My mother’s side of relatives gathered to pray for him.

We miss him, but we were all smiling and sharing memories about him.

He gathered us in one place despite our business and strong Typhoon 21.


After the prayer, we enjoyed lunch while busy catching up with each other and moved to one of relatives’ house to continue tea party.

My cousin cooked home made gyunyu  kanten (milk jelly) and pumpkin pudding; delicious!

Persimmons are harvested at their yard.

I love their fruit and vegetables because they don’t use pesticide at their farms!


There are alerts for floods and landslides for the area where I was and roads that need to take to return Tokyo.

It rained cats and dogs; however, I wasn’t afraid driving in rain because I know my Uncle is happy to see me and he would make sure to bring me back home.

I miss him.

Posted in Daily Life, Feelings, Japanese Culture

Auto Inspection

In Japan, we need to send our car to mandatory auto inspection three years after purchase then every two years.

I send my car for auto inspection to a gas station in neighbor.


Recently, I received a sticker for being a royal member for JAF (Japan Automobile Federation), Japanese version of AAA.

Posted in Beauty, Daily Life, Feelings, Health, Japanese Culture

Natural Cleaner: Baking Soda and Vinegar

I have sensitive skin; therefore, if I use chlorine based cleaner, my skin will turn red and look ugly sometimes.

Yes, it would be much faster to clean with chlorine based clearner; but I clean with baking soda and vinegar to protect my skin.

The ratio is baking soda (2) and vinegar (1).

After mixing them, the chemical reaction will start: carbonation.

This carbonation will remove spots.

Surprisingly, it’s quite powerful.

Posted in Exercise, Feelings, Food, Golf, Health, Hotel, Japanese Culture, Japanese Food, Music, Place, Restaurants, Shrine and Temple, Travel, Waterfalls

Detoxing in Kyoto

I had a long weekend because I took a day off on Friday and our office is closed on Monday: Japanese National Holiday, Sports and Health Day.

I decided to come to Kyoto.

Kyoto is popular sightseeing place for Japanese and foreign tourists; therefore, Shinkansen (bullet train) is full.

I listened to the announcement that the Shinkansen is full and all seats are taken.

I managed to get few last seats.


First, I went to Chinese Restaurant: Marushin Hansen for lunch.


This restaurant is famous for Gyoza (fried dumplings) and Tenshinhan (rice with egg).



Then went to foot massage at Shion, Kyoto Station.

I felt so good because my body was exhausted!

When you arrive Kyoto Station early and don’t know what to do, you can go for a quick massage, quick as 15 mins and they are good!


Checked in at Daiwa Roynet Hotel Hachijo Guchi, Kyoto.

It’s conveniently near to Kyoto Station, Subway Kujo Station and Bus Stop.


I had Chanko Nabe (put anything into soup/pot) for dinner.

There are varieties of mashroom (autumn seasonal vegetable), vegetables, pork, chicken, beef, oyster, ise ebi (lobster) and udon noodle.


After dinner, I listened to Tsugaru Jamisen (Japanese guitar).

It’s so powerful!


The next day, I played golf at King’s Road Golf Course.


I started with breakfast because we left hotel early.

We couldn’t get a golf course in Kyoto; therefore, we crossed two prefectures and went to Hyogo Prefecture to play. hahaha


But there is no regret because it’s a nice course to play. 


Some trees already changed colour…


I had a Japanese traditional spaghetti, Neapolitan, for lunch.

This is one of Japanese modified western food.


After a game, returned to Kyoto and went to Gion Negiyaki Kana Higashi Ten (Higashi Store), Gion, Kyoto for dinner.

The restaurant is nice and cozy with a traditional Teppan (grill plate).



However, I didn’t enjoy food…

These are typical Kansai Food (Osaka Food); therefore, I can enjoy these at other restaurants.

However, if you want to enjoy the atmosphere, it’s nice.

If you are new to Negiyaki (Japanese pizza or shall I call it, pancake? with Negi (leeks), it’s okay.

It’s also economical.


I woke up late on Monday and got ready to go out.

I had seasonal tendon (tempura bowl) at Fushimi Tenpura Oe, Fushimi, Kyoto for brunch.



I want to go to Fushimi Inari Taisha.

Today, it’s a popular place for Instgram, known for Sen-bon Torii (1,000 red shrine gates) and the place could be crowded.

By the way, I need to warn you; you should wear a pair of comfortable shoes to climb up stairs to go up to the summit. 

It’s a good exercise.

It’s hot today so I sweat a lot; but I feel better after exercising and praying at many shrines.

I feel detoxed!








It’s proven I’m detoxed because I pulled Daikichi (the luckiest) for omikujo (fortune tell).


Holy Waterfall






After a good exercise and pray, I had early dinner, Oinari (fried tofu with marinated rice) at Omiya, Fushimi, Kyoto.

It’s simple, but delicious.


I purchased a Shinkansen ticket online.

Central Japan Railway Company introduced a new service allowing to purchase a Shinkansen ticket online by registering IC train or subway card and credit card.

I don’t need to queue on a line to purchase a ticket.

That’s great!


However, again, Shinkansen is packed so I can reserve only one hour later Shinkansen.

I didn’t have a green tea during this Kyoto trip so I went to Japanese traditional sweet manufacturer, Tsuruya Yoshinobu’s cafe: Irodori, Kyoto Station for green tea and Anmitsu (Japanese traditional dessert – Jelly).


I very much enjoyed this time’s sudden and short trip to Kyoto.

I feel refleshed! 


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Business Trip to Nagoya (Digest)

I wanted to upload every night; but I couldn’t…simply because I was tired. 

My counterpart and also a friend joined this mission so we worked hard and enjoyed hard in Nagoya.

We continued our night chatting in my room till late because we miss each other.

She is an efficient officer and became friend  since last October.

Since then, she came in May this year and September.

We had few projects working together.

Nagoya Kanko Hotel is a nice hotel.



Breakfast menu is the same; but I didnt mind getting the same thing because food quality is good. 



Attended workshops, seminars, business meetings and networking.

I’m with friends so it was fun to attend all programme together.


As a part of programmes, I visited factories.

Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take any photos there; therefore, I cannot share anything with you, but I could say two factories are well advancedand, sophisticated and automated.

They are Toyota (automobile: Prius) and Hoden Seimitsu Kako Kenkyujo (HSK: aerospace engine parts).

I could take photos at Toyota Museum only.


Newly launched car: Hilux


Racing cars



And a robot to play music.


We also maximized our time after the programme.

Celebrating friend’s Birthday together.

Went out for dinner.

Nagoya local delicacy: Hitsumabushi.

We can eat eel in three different ways: 1. Eat as it is, 2. Add condiments such as Negi (Japanese leeks) and wasabi, 3. Add soup and seaweed to 2.


Grilled Seafood


Even Indian Food


Shopping at Donki (Don Quijote) @ Sakai, Nagoya.


And Japanese traditional shopping arcades: Oosu, Nagoya.


On Saturday, before we returned for Tokyo, I played golf at Golf 5 Yokkaichi Golf Course @ Yokkaichi, Mie.

The course is located one hour away from Nagoya and the play fee is reasonable for weekends: about JPY 13,000 inclusive breakfast and lunch.

This was planed during my stay; therefore, I had to buy golf shoes, glove and balls.

We can overlook Yokkaichi City from the club house.


It was a day to play a game.



It’s been hectic two weeks, working without break – not even weekends; but I enjoyed it.

I strongly believe that I could complete these projects because my friends and also colleagues from overseas helped me greatly, including moral support.

Today, I’ve been lazy.

I miss my bed and stayed till the appointment time for hair salon.

I got massage for head and shoulders which I needed at this moment.

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Business Trip to Nagoya (Day 1)

Till yesterday, I was at Tokyo Game Show 2017, Makuhari Messe promoting digital contents; simultaneously, studying Japan digital contents market.

I enjoy doing market Survey for this industry.



This morning, I went to office with my luggage because another programme for aerospace starting today in Nagoya.


I checked in at Nagoya Kanko Hotel; my room is modern and practical.


I had a dinner meeting at Sapporo Kani Honke.

Yes, I had Hokkaido Crabs in Nagoya. hahaha



I am super tired and ready to go sleep.

My crazy friends want to go breakfast at 7:00 am. Ahhhhh

Posted in Beauty, Feelings, Food, Japan Technology, Japanese Culture, Tokyo

Having Fun in Few Ways

The tough part of work is done; I’m glad to know that many participants approached their targets.

The event is opened to public today and tomorrow.

I walked around the venue.

She is an Android at the Play Station area. 

She is so real!

Cosplaying


Is this a cosplay as well…?

Must be difficult to walk in this costume.


I went to a different hall (Hall 8) to view Konami’s e-Sports event: Winning Eleven (football game).



Wahhhh it’s so real!!!


After 5 o’ o’clock, I became a party person.

I went to Two Rooms in Omotesando, Tokyo.

This place is a nice place to hang out.

There are many people hanging out despite Saturday night and nice view, overlooking Shinjuku’s skyline.

I couldn’t take a photo of the place, but this is THE Place that I should visit again.


Good night!