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Protecting from Flu

I’m not feeling well for nearly a month now.

I start using these to comfort and protect me from flu.

I have sensitive skins so I don’t like to wear a mask.

However, it prevents me from virus and I really need to avoid virus because I’ve been continuously catching it.

First I was diagnosed virus flu followed by virus gastroenteritis.

I’ve been buying masks from various manufacturers.

To my surprise, it doesn’t hurt my ear nor damaging my skin.; the mask has improved I guess.

Some masks are designed face to look smaller.

Looking at my condition, wearing mask will become my daily routine.

I bought a box of mask which has three layers of filter to block house dust, pollen and PM 2.5.

These are in individual pack which allows me to carry one extra in case I need to change it.

I also bought Ryukakusan.

Ryukakusan is name of product as well as company name.

Nowadays I buy their herbal medicated cough drops.

My friend recommended me their original powdered herbal medicines for throat.

According to her, she takes it whenever she feels any irritation at the throat.

I tried it for the first time and I agree it works directly and more effectively.

I have never shown interest in this traditional product which has been aiding throat for 200 years.

I didn’t even know the drugstore sells this traditional medicated powder. hahaha

I bought the smallest size (20 g) for trial and also to carry it if effective.

It so cute that it contains a small spoon.

And my spa beautician made and gave me lavender body milk lotion.

According to her, lavender has sanitation effect.

So sweet of her to add lavender essence to body lotion.

Yes, when I felt worse, I should have massage my body to increase blood flow to fight back virus.

And lastly, I bought this Egyptian mint essential oil when I visited Egypt last year knowing my throat is weak.

I should burn Egyptian mint oil with Egyptian aroma burner to comfort my throat.

I should practice all these to get better or even not to get sick!

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25 January is Japanese Beauty Day

It is birthday of Ms. May Ushiyama, the founder of my beauty salon – Hollywood Beauty Salon.

She greatly contributed development of Japanese beauty industry; therefore, in 2013, her birthday, 25 January, is registered as Japanese beauty day.

I went to spa today and received one stem of rose.

The company organized the event on the 7th Floor so that I paid a visit.

I was welcomed with a plate of high tea and received a goody bag with spa’s tabloids, memo pad and May Ushiyama’s book titled Road to Happiness.

Her beauticians still respects her and highly talk about her.

According to the introduction, she describes her philosophy to become happy.

She was dynamic so I should be able to learn something from her/this book.

(May Ushiyama

25 January 1911 – 13 December 2007)

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Izumo no Kamishio (Izumo Shrine Salt)

At year end, on 20 December 2019, I visited Izumo Roppongi Betsuin (Izumo Shrine Roppongi Branch) in Roppongi for pray.

I wanted to welcome New Year freshly.

The second largest shrine, Izumo Taisha, is located in Izumo-City, Shimane.

This is Roppongi Branch.

I brought back Izumo no Kamishio (direct translation is Izumo’s God Salt); this is purifying salt.

My brother transferred his flue to me so that I’m not feeling well.

To ease my day, I purified myself to calm down myself this morning before I left for work.

I just want to go back home.

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Oshogatsu (New Year)

On 3rd January, I visited my uncle.

We had afternoon tea and Domino Pizza for dinner.

He is a mint collector and showed me his new collection: Previous Emperor’s 30th Anniversary Memorial Coin.

And New Emperor’s Coronation Memorial Coin.

He promised to give me a coin when I visit him.

This time, he gave me Tokyo Olympics Badminton coin.

On 4th and 5th January, I was like this…my brother transferred his flue and I feel sickly tired.

My Oshogatsu holiday is ending. Boo hoo.

I’ll go back to office tomorrow for the first working day in 2020.

Let’s enjoy 2020!

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Akemashiteomedetogozaimasu (A Happy New Year)

I worked till 31 December 2019 on New Year’s Eve.

It was so quiet in Ginza.

I could be only one working in my office building.

Even Japanese government office close from 28 December – 3 January to celebrate New Year.

My boss called and allowed me to leave earlier; I left happily at 2:45 pm.

I was feeling sentimental looking at last sunset of 2019.

I went to pick up my niece.

The road was clear so there was no traffic.

I wanted to surprise her so I decorated her room with balloons while she was taking a bath.

I succeeded it!

She was so excited!

I also took a bath to welcome new year freshly.

We ate soba (buckwheat noodle) for tradition, wishing for a long life like soba.

It turned midnight…we greeted Akemashite omedetogozaimasu and A Happy New Year then popped a party cracker!

We all got excited for a while and went to bed at 1:30 am.

I woke up lazily on Gantan (New Year Day).

Most of shops and restaurants closed today.

We ate Osechi (New Year Dishes) for brunch.

Each dish has a meaning.

For example, Kurikintoki which is made by sweet potato and its colour in gold means wishing to have gold (richness), etc, etc.

And Ozoni (chicken, vegetables and mochi/rice cake in soup)

After brunch, we paid a visit to our family shrine, Tenso Jinja (Tenso Shrine) for New Year prayer.

I wrote my wish on Ema (Wish Designed Board) and I used this picture for my New Year Greeting eCard.

We had a break after returned from the shrine.

Niece and I made Monaka.

We fill Anko (sweet bean paste) on monakanokawa (monaka shell/wafer).

We can adjust the amount of anko.

There are ume (plum) and fukuro (owl) shapes.

Based on astronomy, I believe nothing much of difference from yesterday’s; however, it is the first sunset on New Year’s Day.

I look forward for more adventures in 2020!

Akemashiteomedetogozaimasu!

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Toraya @ Tokyo Midtown Roppongi

I went to Toraya to look for Japanese traditional confectionery to host my Singaporean friends for lunch on Sunday.

The shop sells their confectioneries at one counter and exhibits history of their confectionery based on theme.

This time, tray.

I like this flower tray among them.

Yes, we image to use Japanese designed tray for Japanese food.

However, the exhibition is introducing these trays can be used for Western food as well.

I bought dessert for lunch from there and it came with seasonal limited edition of Origami (folding paper) edition paper bag.

So cute!

I bought these.

Next year is year of Rat.

Rat designed Yokan (sweet bean jelly) and Monaka (sweet bean puff).

I like them and hope they did, too.