Posted in Choco-chan, Experience, Family, Feelings, Food, Friends, Japanese Culture, Japanese Food, Place, Restaurants, Tokyo

Shibamata Taishakuten (Shibamata Taishakuten Temple)

Shibamata is located in Tokyo and the place is famous for Shibamata Taishakuten (Shibamata Taishakuten Temple) and the filming place for the series of movie named Otoko wa Tsuraiyo (Being Man is Tough).

Though it’s located in Tokyo and the temple is famous, this would be my first time visiting this temple and temple town.

On the way, I took a bus from Kanamachi Eki (Kanamachi Station); therefore, I got off near the Sando (Commercial Road to Temple).

If you take train, Keisei Line, to Shibamata Eki (Shibamata Station), then Tora san (the main character of the movie) and Sakura chan (sister) will welcome you at the Station.

There are many attractive stores standing next to each other all the way to the temple.

I was tempted to try fresh traditional local food, but I forced myself to visit temple for prayer.

The main entrance of the temple.

There are many people coming for prayer.

I tried a fortune paper…. I pulled the Good Luck.

Everything gonna be as I wish! Yeahhhhh

After praying, we continued for sightseeing.

This temple is famous for curving.

I found my zodiac: Rat.

There are many Buddha’s stories.

This curving describes trying not to look down and treat people equally, yet suffering from persecution.

Nonetheless, there is always a light for guidance.

There are many dragons are curved or drawn at this temple.

After admiring curving, we admired Japanese garden, Suikei-En (Suikei Garden).

This is a nice Japanese garden.

Many prototypes of curving are displayed there.

Chandeliers look antique.

There is a Byobu (folding curtain) drawn by famous Japanese painter, Yokoyama Taikan (Taikan Yokoyama).

And this is the main room with the most important Kakejiku (hanging scroll) with the Japan’s largest nandin alcove post which skewered to the roof.

We also admired the garden from outside.

There is a well of Goshinsui (Holly Water).

Of course, I washed my both hands.

And this must be the main entrance of the garden with the garden’s signage.

Now it’s time to enjoy food!

We had a brunch today so we are ready for nice meal after a walk.

We had local specialty Unagi (eel) at Kawachiya.

We took a window side table on the second floor.

The view from window was nice; I can see the main gate of temple.

I had Unaju (Eel Rice Bowl), kimo roll (Eel Liver Roll) and Koi Arai (carp raw fish).

I enjoyed both side dishes very much.

Then I went to look for desserts: Kudamochi (mugwort ball).

I enjoyed Yoshinoya’s very much; these are fresh, warm, soft and rich with mugwort!

I also tried another shop’s Kusamochi, Takagiya.

I enjoyed visiting the temple and temple town.

I would love to come back again.

Choco was patiently waited for us at home.

I wanted to take him out for stretch so we went Gaston & Gasper for dinner.

I’m glad to know that we can all sit together inside.

Cheers Choco!

Posted in Feelings, Food, Friends, Health, Place, Tokyo

19 December 2018

My favorite is red wine.

I’ve waited for tonight’s wine lesson at Enoteca Marunouchi Lounge, Bordeaux Red Wines, but I was still sick.

I’ve been taking so many cough drops so I taste different from what it supposed to be.

I had to take warm drink (I regret not to bring hot water because Chinese tea in thermo has its flavor) to stop coughing.

I wish I was healthy to enjoy these.

Pauillac (2012)

Margauz (2011)

Pessac-Leognan (2013)

Clarendelle (2014)

Pomerol (2007)

Posted in Feelings, Food, Japanese Food, Place, Restaurants, Tokyo, Work

18 December 2018

I assisted a business meeting in Ebisu, Tokyo.

Ebisu is one of Seven Japanese Gods and he represents success.

I’m pretty sure he will bring business as a result of today’s meeting.

We celebrated with Tendon (Tenpura Rice Bowl) at Tenya, Ebisu and Taiyaki (Sweet Bean in Red Snapper shaped waffle).

Tai (red snapper) is a symbol of good luck coz it’s rhyme Medetai (happy).

There are so many good signs!!

Posted in Cooking, Family, Feelings, Friends, Music, My Flower Arrangement, Place, Restaurants, Tokyo

15 December 2018

I’ve been sick since 3 December 2018 because I was busy with work and private matters such as moving, hosting home parties and Christmas preparation; therefore, I get more sick.

I couldn’t stop coughing.

Finally, I went to see doctor for medicines because over- the-counter medicines, Loxonin is not working.

I was shocked to see the amount of antibiotics.

After taking medicines, I continued to assist Mom for table setting.

It was quite a work to prepare for ten but I managed.

After finishing preparation for dinner, I went to classic concert at Suntory Hall, Akasaka, Tokyo.

My parents gave me two tickets so that I can ask my friend to accompany me to kill time outside. hahaha

We had Thai for dinner at Kaaw, Ark Hills, Akasaka, Tokyo; nothing to do with Christmas.

Posted in Art, Feelings, Flower, Food, Friends, My Flower Arrangement, Place, Tokyo

13 December 2018: Last Flower Lesson

Today is the day: last flower lesson at Keisen Flower School, Kamiyacho, Tokyo.

Arrangement brought me a smile even how badly tired, angry and sad I was.

Our age differ from each other; but we enjoyed arranging together.

I will miss MokuN (Thursday Night) classmates and Sensei badly.

I arranged my last flower arrangement (two sides) with another classmate.

We presented the gift and Sensei arranged in her arrangement.

I want Sensei (teacher) to open her class one day.

Sensei, PLEASE!

Posted in Family, Feelings, Food, Friends, Place, Shop, Shopping, Tokyo

12 December 2018: Christmas Shopping

Mom has been asking me to take her for Christmas Shopping, particularly Christmas Tree Hunting.

She is looking for a Christmas Tree.

We are looking for 2 m or higher, a large size for typical Japanese housing.

Therefore, I took her to IKEA Tokyo Bay (Funabashi/HQ) and Costco Makuhari.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t find a suitable Christmas Tree, but bought necessaries such as sparkling juice, chocolates, cheese, mixed nuts, etc for coming Christmas dinner.

I love Scandinavian designed household products at IKEA.

I love American food and goods.

We bought two dresses for a little niece; she loves them.

At the evening, I went to Ginza Mitsukoshi Department to buy appreciation gift for our flower arrangement teacher together with a mate.

We made a set with Fortnum & Mason Christmas Spiced Tea and Shortbread.

Hope she would enjoy them.

Posted in Cooking, Experience, Family, Feelings, Food, Japanese Culture, Japanese Food, Place, Restaurants, Shopping, Tokyo

2 January 2019

I started my new year morning with Shishimai (lion dance) and Masuzake (Japanese sake in a wooden square cup).

After experiencing Japanese traditional new year, we went for Belgium breakfast at my favorite breakfast restaurant: Le Pain Quoitidien, Tokyo Midtown Roppongi.

I had New Year Special Menu.

I started with a glass of sparkling wine to celebrate 2019.

Off course, I enjoyed all food.

Furthermore, I received a new year gift from the restaurant: Fukin (Japanese traditional kitchen cloth) and a ticket for free audio museum guide.

After heavy brunch, I played with little niece at Hinoki-cho Park.

Though we had a heavy brunch, we enjoyed strawberry tea with Phillips Chocolate the Boston’s Oldest Chocolateir for tea break.

Coincidently, I used a mug that I bought it at Pier 1 Imports in Boston.

We relaxed a bit at home and went for grocery shopping; I cooked Yakiniku (Korean BBQ) for dinner.

Can I call BBQ cooking ? hahaha

We are spending New Year in very traditional way: relaxing family gathering.