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Christmas Concert @ Suntory Hall, Akasaka

Dad was invited for Christmas Concert and I was his date on Wednesday, 18 December 2019.

Some organ music and Symphony No 9, classic collection for Christmas in Japan.

We also received a drink ticket so I had a glass of champagne at the break.

After the concert, we went for dinner at Italian restaurant Brianza 6.1, Ark Hills South Tower B1F, Akasaka, Tokyo.

I started with Blue Sparkling Wine.

This is a cocktail, Champagne with blue liqueur.

It looks mysterious.

The place is casual but food is delicious and potion is large.

Merry Christmas!

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Short Trip to Unohama Onsen, Niigata

I didn’t have a proper weekend for for rest for months so I took Monday and Tuesday off.

I also needed time to clean dirty dishes and clear garbage from gathering.

It was before noon, Choco and I packed up and left house.

It’s his first stay over.

We stopped every two hours for Choco’s toilet; nonetheless, it’s good to take a break for a driver as well.

We took a quick bite for lunch at the parking area.

It was a nice clear day.

I expected to see Autumn leaves changing in colours.

We drove to mountainous area and the scenery became more scenic.

There is snow….

Kanetsu Tunnel

Enjoying looking at the rice field after harvest.

We stopped at the Parking Area for toilet break.

There is some snow and I wanted Choco to experience his first snow.

I thought he would enjoy it but he didn’t; he angrily asked me to pick him up.

We continued driving country side.

We finally arrived Unohama Onsen (Unohama Hot Spring) Wan Yado, Niigata.

Our room is typical traditional Japanese style Tatami room.

Choco looked happy.

The inn had a problem with boiler so we couldn’t use shower.

Therefore, we went to the inn across the street – Mikaku – to use their bath.

There is a bath inside

And outside (this style is called Goemon Buro, bath tub is in the shape of bowl).

The beauty part of our inn is there is a room for Choco.

Incan freely take and use basic necessities for Choco such as treats, food bowls, toilet sheets, etc.

I can ask to look after Choco as well (charged service).

We had a private room for our dinner.

Choco could join us and he had his plate as well.

We ordered crab menu; there are various way of cooking crabs.

Boiled

Nabe (Pot Dish)

Osashimi no Funamori (raw fish on boat)

Grilled

Other fish dish and Chawanmushi (steam egg)

Tenpura

Rice and Soup

Oops I forgot to take a photo of dessert Matcha (Green Tea) Pudding.

We are all tired so we went to bed early.

Next morning, we started with a morning bath by visiting Mikaku.

I didn’t notice a manager was quietly sitting at reception.

So cute!

I got ready and went down for breakfast.

We cook fish on our own plate.

It’s a long way back home, about 4 hours to return Tokyo.

We left the place after our breakfast.

People visit Onahama for beach.

It’s Autumn/Winter; therefore beach is quiet.

We took a different road back to Tokyo.

We admired different mountains such as Myoko.

Choco looked excited during the trip; however, once we reached home…. he suddenly looks exhausted.

I hope Choco enjoyed his first stay over.

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Typhoon 10

Typhoon 10 is passing Western Japan.

It is non-recorded Japanese summer holiday season this week.

We call it Obon and Chinese call this Ghost Festival.

This is not stated as Japanese national holidays on the calendar though many companies and factories close during this period.

Japanese Government doesn’t support any religion; however, Obon is one of important Buddhist ceremonies and majority of Japanese are Buddhists.

Japanese corporates close during this season so that employees can freely take a break.

The week is ending and so as Summer Holidays.

Many people plan to return to Tokyo from their hometowns on Friday and weekends.

Due to this large sized typhoon, flights and trains (Shinkansen) stopped the service to avoid any coming disasters such as blackout.

According to the news, people started to return earlier to Tokyo by changing their plans.

The clouds are moving fast in Tokyo as well.

A frog is also surprised with this weather.

He couldn’t move. hahaha

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Short Trip to Malaysia (Day 1)

It’s long weekend in Japan; therefore I decided to see my BFF in Malaysia.

I booked a ticket few days ago and now I’m at the Haneda Airport.

First, I checked my favorite shop: Chanel Cosmetics.

I become so weak when I look at LIMITED EDITION.

I bought few.

I continued shopping confectioneries for my BFF.

These are Tokyo Banana, Shiroi Koibito (White Love) and Royce Chocolate Remy Martin.

These are my favorite as well.

And guess what?

If I purchase more than JPY 20,000, I can get JPY 1000 vouchers.

I continued shopping and I bought a NICE cosmetic brush.

Now I’m chilling at the ANA Lounge to wait for my boarding time.

I cannot wait to see her in 7 hours! XOXO

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Trip to Kyoto (Day 1)

I had sushi at Sushi Train Kantaro at Tokyo Station before departing for Kyoto.

I can take a plate freely from sushi train or order through the digital order system.

When it’s ready, it will arrive on the truck above.

We had many sushi.

Now I’m ready to depart for Kyoto by Shinkansen.

I had my dessert, seasonal ice cream/mango ice cream, and coffee, on the Shinkansen.

Typhoon 6 is approaching; therefore, there is no sign of Mt. Fuji today.

I’m glad that I’ve safely arrived Kyoto without any delay.

I like Japanese traditional things and started shopping at Kyoto Station: Kyoto Souvenir Shop Iwai.

Finally, I checked in at our usual hotel in Kyoto, Kyoto Century Hotel and went out for shopping at JR Kyoto Isetan, Kyoto Station.

I know I should shop in Tokyo because no much of difference.

However, when I’m in Tokyo, I always have something to do and I could not find time for no plan shopping.

Usually. the department store welcomes us with cosmetics.

I love the colour that was available last year – one of Les 4 Ombrés series.

I’ve been hunting for it or similar colour and I learned that popular cosmetics can run out fast.

True enough I get one product that is only one left.

I’ve got samples for Lifting!

I shall try them!

I continued shopping for clothes.

I had so much fun shopping and window shopping.

The store closed at 8 pm so we had no choice but stop shopping.

We had Kyoto cuisine at Manju, Underground Shopping Area Porta, Kyoto Station.

Kyoto Craft Beer

And Kyoto Seasonal Set.

We enjoyed a slow walk back to hotel after dinner by looking at Kyoto Iconic Buildings.

Kyoto Station, Central Exit.

Kyoto Tower

I love visiting Kyoto and I never get board!