Posted in Family, Feelings, Food, Music, Tokyo

Dating with Dad

I replaced Mom to accompany Dad to Tokyo Symphony Monthly Concert, Suntory Hall, Akasaka, Tokyo.

Tonight’s Programme:

F. Liszt: Prelude and Fugue on the name B-A-C-H, S. 260

A. Schonberg: Variations for Orchestra, op. 31

S. Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, op. 43

M. Ravel: Bolero

Tonight’s concert was conducted by my favorite conductor: Mr. Jonathan Nott.

He conducted as if he is dancing at Bolero: energetic, passionate and rhythmical!

After the concert, we had Californian Cuisine at Wolfgang Pack Pizza Bar.

We enjoyed food and chatting.

Father-Daugter’s night is not bad.

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! 


Posted in Feelings, Music

Video Game Orchestra (VGO)


I met Mr. Shota Nakama during Tokyo Game Show 2017.

He is a guitarist, composer and founder of Video Game Orchestra.

He arranges video game music to orchestra music.

Unfortunately, I’m not a gamer so I don’t know the scenes that these music played in the game.

Thought, I am not a gamer, I have my favorites: Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross Time’s Scar (Boston Live 2014).

It’s simply beautiful as music.

I’ve been listening to his music and somehow his music cheers me up and even provides me quality sleep.

I feel calm, yet warm, passion and desire.

You can listen VGO at 

https://www.youtube.com/user/VGOOnline

Highly recommended!

Posted in Action, Daily Life, Feelings, Music

Power of Music


I realize how powerful music can be.

It can pump me and it can calm me.

Music plays an important role these days.

I’m glad that I became an Amazon Premium  Member so that I can have an unlimited access to music and I can even select a play list based on my needs.

Posted in Feelings, Food, Friends, Japanese Culture, Music, Place, Tokyo

Enjoy Girl’s Night @ the Palace Hotel Tokyo

I am invited for the Palace Hotel’s reception to have a hotel tour and to enjoy their drinks and  food.

The Hotel is located nearby the Imperial Place and Marunouchi Financial District, Tokyo; the view from the hotel is nice and open.



The hotel is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World with nice facilities.

Banquet Rooms


Evian Spa



And Rooms




Fortunately, my boss couldn’t make it to this event because he was ordered to attend a meeting that he couldn’t escape from.

I had nice drinks, food and chat with my friend from a sister organization.

Her boss cannot make it, neither because he caugh a flue: influenza.

We simply enjoyed the event without our superiors presence!

Furthermore, the event is free!




And so sweet of them, I received a door gift: raisin and cranberry witches.


Posted in Experience, Family, Feelings, Food, Japanese Culture, Japanese Food, Music, Place, Restaurants, River, Shrine and Temple, Travel

Trip to Nara & Kyoto (Day 3)

I started my day with a breakfast @ Minokichi, Hotel New Hankyu Kyoto, Kyoto.


First, I stopped by at Kami Kamo Jinja (Kami Kamo Shrine).

First Torii (Shrine Gate)


Noh Butai (Noh Dance Stage)


Second Torii (Second Shrine Gate)


Main Area


There are two mountains of sands to purify the place.

We can find two mountains of salts at the entrance of restaurants and stores; this place is the origin for the ritual.


Unfortunately, exterior of the main hall is under renovation.


I prayed at the Main Building of Shrine and the shrine is beautiful; this shrine is registered as the World Heritage in 1994.


Then, I took Eizan Densha (Eiden: Eizan Railway) from Demachiyanagi Station to Kifuneguchi Station.




Some seats are facing windows to admire scenery.


Kifune is famous for Kifune Jinja (Kifune Shrine) and Kawadoko Lunch.

I look forward for this Kawadoko Lunch; literally it means river floor.

It’s hot during the Summer; therefore, people built a lunch place on the river to cool down.

I took an image photo.


I had this Kawadoko Lunch at Kifune-So, Kifune, Kyoto.


It’s naturally cooling!

Water is so close!

I ate my lunch in splash of water and I enjoyed it!

I love it!!!





After enjoying nice local Kyoto Cuisine, I visited Kifune Jinja.




We took a train back to Takaragaike Station.



Next is my last stop in Kyoto: Kyotsukemono Nishiri (Kyoto Pickles Shop Nishiri).



Free pickles sampling with white wine!


I arrived Kyoto Station.

While waiting for my Shinkansen, I was busy enjoying KYOTO.

First, I stopped by Gion Tsujiri (green tea speciality shop) to enjoy Green Tea and Matcha Soft Cream.



I still had more than a half hour; I also stopped by Kyoto’s local coffee shop: Inoda’s Coffee.


I had a traditional Cream Soda (melon soda with a scoop of vanilla ice cream).


Time’s up… Sayonara Kyoto.


My Shinkansen arrived, but Oops, I missed a nose of Shinkansen.


I’m going to miss this scenery.


I listened to special Disney songs by keying access code which is labeled on Sokenbicha (non-caffeine blended tea) bottles while eating dinner on Shinkansen.


I enjoyed this trip to Nara and Kyoto; I would love to visit these places again.

Posted in Feelings, Food, Friends, Music, Place, Restaurants, Shopping, Tokyo

Roppongi, Tokyo

I had breakfast at my regular breakfast place: Eggcellent, Roppongi Hills, Tokyo.


I had an egg benedict plate.


After breakfast, I went to shopping at Roppongi Midtown, Tokyo.

I enjoyed window shopping and found hats that I was looking for!



After visiting boutiques, I stopped by for a drink at the lounge of the Ritz Carlton, Roppongi, Tokyo.

The lobby and the lounge of the Ritz are on 45th Floor; therefore, the scenery is nice overlooking Tokyo such as Akasaka (the State Guest House) and Shinjuku.


The live music, piano and violin, is playing and the scenery is nice; I felt like drinking bubble. fufufu