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Gong Xi Fa Cai

Happy New Chinese Year!

I’m not Chinese, but it’s Chinese New Year.

I want to do something Chinese today.

Therefore, I watched a movie, Man Hunt, which is collaborated between Japanese and Chinese and directed by Chinese Director, Mr. John Woo.

I watched the movie with subtitle because Chinese actors and actresses speak in Chinese.

It was 7:15 pm show so I changed cinema mileage (yes, we can cumulate mileage by watching movies) to a free drink and popcorn.

After the movie, I went out for Chinese dinner at my favorite Chinese restaurant, Tsim Sha Tsui, Roppongi.

It was late, but the owner is very kind allowing us in.

We wished her Gong Xi Fa Cai, then she gave us a dessert!

How sweet of her!

This is her way of giving me a sweet Ang pie (good luck red envelope)!

Thank you and….

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

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Long Friday Night

I went to Yokohama China Town to celebrate early Chinese New Year with Japanese friends.

I had dinner at Yokihi (Yang Gui Fei).

It’s usually opened as boutique and cafe.

My friend knows the owner so he asked to open for dinner.

We enjoyed home cooking dinner and these are very delicious!

After dinner, we continued talking at Nodoguroya Kakiemon, Nakameguro.

It’s nice casual restaurant: oyster house.

This is real TGIF!

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Japanese Movie Saturday

I watched a Japanese movie, Inori no Maku ga Oriru Toki (When Lower the Curtain of Prayer) at Toho Roppongi.

This movie is the last case of TV series, Shinzanmono (New Comer).

It’s a dramatic detective movie with great sadness, very touching story.

After the movie, I had nice okonomiyaki (Japanese-style pizza or pancake) for early dinner.

This okonomiyaki is sauce flavor with buta (pork), kyabetsu (cabbage), negi (leeks) and tamago (egg).

It might look the same; however, this okonomiyaki is called negiyaki: soy sauce flavor with a lots of negi, buta and tamago.

I opened Japanese design Coca-Cola for late dessert.

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Hi, Mr. Snow Man!

I left my room earlier this morning, anticipating delay of train and icy road that might require small steps to walk carefully.

Surprisingly, there aren’t many people on the train; I expected a train to be packed with people rushing to the office.

My office is located at the edge of Ginza, busy commercial area; therefore, people are busy clearing sidewalks.

I could walk safely around 8:30 am, though I diverted to avoid any stairs.

By the time I reached office, I felt like I’ve accomplished a task already.

When I looked out my office window…I found him.

Somebody made a Snow Man!

He made me smile and warmed my heart.

At lunch time, I looked out looking for him…he’s gone.

When I left office, the sidewalks are cleared.

Well, I should plan to leave early tomorrow morning again to watch out for ice which might be created under the shade and night.

It’s like a survival game in Tokyo. hahaha

I returned to home early so that I had time to do my nail.

I use nail sticker to design French Nail.

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Snow in Tokyo

According to the weather forecast, it forecasted starting snow around 3 pm today.

When I looked out around 3 pm, it was still raining.

I was budgeting for a project so I wanted to finish it before I go.

Everybody left at 5 pm sharp.

I looked out at 5:30 pm…then I lost a word…

I don’t mind snow, but it’s uncomfortable walking on the icy road with office attire.

It takes time to reach home.

We need to walk carefully (again, the road is slippery: icy snow on the asphalt) and public transportation delays.

I use subway, underground, for commuting so theoretically, I should not get affected by snow.

But, I was stacked in a subway on the way back because public transportation in Tokyo is vulnerable to snow.

There are many train operators in the Greater Tokyo Area.

To enhance the usage of line, suburb lines are connected to the Tokyo Metropolitan Subway.

Line is getting longer and longer.

At the end of my subway line, it connects to another line on the ground.

Subway operates behind schedule: it increases people waiting on the platform by taking space for passengers to get off from a train.

Train operators (not only one operator, but many) stop subways to control crowd on the platform.

All subways park at the nearest station till crowd get controlled, making subway to operate behind the schedule…

I plan to leave home early tomorrow morning, anticipating delay of subway and the icy road condition to walk carefully and slowly.

I’m thankful.

I’m at home and in the warm bed.

Oyasuminasai (Good Night)