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Punched Out at 4:30 PM

The meeting ended at 4:30 pm.

Boss allowed me to leave office together with a staff of sister organization.

We went for drink and I mean DRINK.

We had a glass of champagne and a parfait at LEXUS Cafe, Tokyo Midtown Hibiya.

These were delicious and champagne made me very happy and talkative.

We chatted happily! fufufu

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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!

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Lucky Me!

My friend delivered me a New Year Gift: Oreno Bakery (My Bakery) bread.

It says Yume (Dream).

I had sandwich for dinner.

Even edge is so delicious.

I cut four slices for tomorrow’s lunch.

Furthermore, she took me to a buffet lunch at Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza Premier Sky Lounge.

The varieties of food and drinks are so good.

I took more than one hour for lunch to catch up with her.

We didn’t have time to chit chat for years though we met at official functions time to time.

It’s so sweet of her to visit me today.

And thank you for delicious bread!

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 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.