Posted in Daily Life, Feelings, Japanese Culture, Place, Restaurants, Tokyo

Quiet Nights in Tokyo

The night of Tokyo is known for its brightness: neons and signboards.

However, government requested restaurants in Tokyo area to close at 8 pm (last order for food and drinks at 7 pm) during the State of Emergency.

The signboard says

“Due to a request for shortening operation hours

19:00 hrs Last Order

20:00 hrs Close“

Irori-Yaki Edokko at Monzen-Nakacho, Tokyo

Tokyo will be quiet for a month.

Hopefully, the State of Emergency would be lifted in one month.

Tokyo is known for a populated place.

Currently, it’s obviously NOT TOKYO that I know of.

Posted in Beauty, Feelings, Place, Shop, Shopping, Tokyo

Feeling Spring and Summer

I admit this is my bad habit.

I cannot stop following new colour or limited edition of CHANEL.

I surely use these Spring/Summer limited edition collections: eye shadows and a glittering brown mascara.

I love glitters.

I was worried that these limited edition would be out of stock; therefore, I bought them at the selected shop, Fruit Gathering, at Roppongi Hills where I was just walking by.

The shop sells various selected cosmetics brands so I received a sample of Dior’s DIORSNOW.

There is additional cream inside.

I will happily try them.

Feeling Spring and Summer from eyes. fufufu

Posted in Choco-chan, Daily Life, Feelings, Health, Japanese Culture, Place, Tokyo, Work

Healing Choco

Due to increasing number for new case by recording record high, Japanese government plans to announce the State of Emergency for Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba tomorrow effective from 8 January – 7 February 2021.

I am hoping boss to allow us to work from home.

In fact, I can work efficiently at home.

It’s getting cold, winter in Japan; therefore, it is getting harder for me to come out from a warm bed to go to office.

Especially with this Choco’s face.

He is my angel.

Posted in Art, Daily Life, Experience, Feelings, Gadget, Japan Technology, Place, Tokyo, Work

NEC Corporation

I visited the headquarter of NEC Corporation, a leading Japanese electric company, and had a tour at NEC Future Creation Hub.

The company was established in 1988 and has over 120 years of history.

This earlier PC was developed together with Bill Gates…..

Today, NEC is famous for face recognition machines.

Their products are currently installed at local and overseas international airports.

The company is Gold Sponsor for Tokyo Olympics and will support the event by installing their facial recognition machines with body temperature checking function.

I’ve experienced most cutting edge technologies which we would surely use in our daily life in near future.

It was a fun visit and proud to introduce this Japanese company: NEC Corporation.

Posted in Art, Daily Life, Feelings, Japanese Culture, Nature, Place, Tokyo

Tokyo Midtown Treat Garden 2020

Due to the COVID, many events have been cancelled to avoid creating clusters.

Time past without realizing seasons.

Usually there are events for Sakura viewing in Spring, summer festivals in summer so that we can actually witness seasons.

Today, seasons have changed without notable events.

It’s been over six months living with COVID by paying special cautions.

I cannot say we are managing it well towards COVID but I could say that we took every measures to prevent infections.

Today, I witnessed some events are getting ready.

Tokyo Midtown Retreat Garden Project @ Tokyo Midtown Roppongi.

Feeling Sky and Moon
Feeling Trees
Feeling Breeze

Finally, we can live in closer to normal life or past life. Yeah!

Posted in Exercise, Feelings, Hotel, Japan Technology, Japanese Culture, Place, Sunrise and Sunset, Tokyo, Travel, Work

Mini Tokyo Sightseeing

I had a meeting with Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo.

I had a tour of hotel rooms and banquet rooms for future events (if any).

Standard Room
Ball Room

I like their mask case, LIMAX which is simple yet stylish.

It’s made of eco friendly material yet antibacterial: limestone.

I will keep it and use it for sure.

It’s nice weather, therefore, I decided to walk back home after the meeting – another mini sightseeing in Tokyo.

There is a clock to count down to Olympic day at the Tokyo Station.

Looking at the current situation, honestly, I wonder we would be able to host such a large event in 2021.

I hope I am wrong about it.

Nonetheless, I felt good walking on the street to the Imperial Palace because there are less people!

Usually there would be many local and foreign travelers covering this street.

Sakashita Mon (Sakashita Gate)

Nijubashi (Double Bridge) or officially called Seimon Tetsuhashi (Steel Bridge of the Main Gate).

This steel bridge was originally made by wood, then, reinforced by wooden beams.

This is why this bridge is called Nijubashi or Double Bridge.

Sakurada Mon (Sakurada Gate)

The other side (outside) of Sakurada Mon

Sun is setting and peaceful scenery.

I continued walking towards Kasumigaseki area where Japanese government buildings are.

The Diet Building

I’ve been enjoying Mini Tokyo Sightseeing.

Posted in Art, Feelings, Food, Friends, Japanese Culture, Japanese Food, Place, Restaurants, Tokyo

Toranomon Hills, Toranomon, Tokyo

The first Toranomon Hills (Tower) was opened on 11 June 2014.

This is my first visit to Toranomon Hills.

Therefore, this is my first to meet Toranomon.

The second tower, Toranomon Hills Business Tower, was recently opened on 11 June 2020 and there would be additional two Toranomon Hills tower for residential and station by 2022.

I went to Toranomon Yokocho where 26 restaurants are located in a block or one floor.

We hopped restraints to enjoy few dishes.

We had pork skewers at Torishige.

Torishige

There is a distiller for gin: Sake Shokudo Toranomon Joryusho (Liquor Restaurant Toranomon Distiller.

I had Mojito, and

Gifu Lavender Gin

If you want to have varieties of bites; this would be a place.

She is a great guide!

She also took me to one of iconic public arts: 10 m high sculpture “Roots” by Jaume Plensa.

Arigato!

Posted in Cooking, Feelings, Food, Japan Technology, Japanese Culture, Japanese Food, Place, Travel

Local Instant Noodle: Maneki no Ekisoba (Maneki’s Station Soba Noodle), Himeji – City, Hyogo

Nissin is known as a major player of instant noodle maker and its product, Nissin Cup Noodle, is globally loved.

This Nissin produces locally famous and sold instant noodles.

These two are good examples, Maneki no Ekisoba: Kitsune (Fried Tofu) and Tempura (Tempura Waste – Deep Fried Tempura Batter).

Since after the WWII (year 1949), the noodle shop, Manekino innovated and started serving a noodle dish at the Himeji Station that people can enjoy quickly and deliciously by using Chinese style noodle – ramen and Japanese traditional dashi soup.

As same as other instant noodles, take out soup powder and toppings.

Open and put those back in the bowl.

Add water and wait for four minutes for this.

Tempura
Kitaune

Next time, I should try the actual Maneki no Ekisoba at the Himeji Station.

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New Normal: Reservation for Admission

This is a poster for museum at 21_21 Design Sight, Roppongi, Tokyo.

The exhibition date is extended because the museum was closed for two months.

Furthermore, we need to make a reservation for admission to enter the museum.

Even dining at the restaurant, it’s recommended to make a reservation to secure a seat.

Making a reservation is one of NEW NORMALs.

Posted in Cooking, Family, Feelings, Food, Friends, Japanese Culture, Japanese Food, Place, Shop, Shopping

Furusato Nozei (Home Town Tax Payment Programme)

In 2014, Japanese government introduced new tax incentive system to support local areas: Furusato Nozei (Home Town Tax Payment Programme).

We can purchase local products and services (hotel stay, experience such as diving, etc) to support the area.

We pay for products and services and the government provides incentives for income tax deduction.

There are few Furusato Nozei service providers such as Satofuru, Furunabi, Department Stores, etc.

This time, I purchase Nama Katsuo no Tataki (lightly roasted bonito) from Katsuura-city, Chiba via Satofuru,

My mother side are originally from Katauura; therefore, YES, I would like to support the city and this has sentimental value for me.

I will purchase more products and services from the areas that I would like to support.

This was my first purchase and I’m glad that I was strongly recommended to use this system to enjoy products and services AND tax deduction.