Despite the COVID, Sakura blooms in Tokyo.
It has been 10 years since the Great Northern Japan Earthquake.
These are candles to pray for the peace for the lost at Tokyo Midtown Roppongi. Amen.
Usually, Setsubun, New Year on Japanese old calendar, is on 3 February.
I learned this year that the Setsubun can be on different day due to the Sun calendar.
The previous Setsubun on 2 February was 124 years ago.
Luckily, I didn’t miss it this year.
We wish for good luck by throwing soy beans to attack bad luck (represented by Oni: demon) and make space for inviting good luck.
We eat an Ehomaki (direct translation is good luck direction roll).
We eat a long sushi while facing this year’s good luck direction (this year, it is South South East) to pray for a good luck.
This tradition is originated in West Japan.
Today, people in Tokyo also practice.
Who doesn’t want to welcome good luck?
There were so many varieties of Ehomaki at the supermarket, Precce Roppongi.
It was difficult for me to chose.
I enjoyed following Japanese tradition at home.
Wishing for good luck: Peace, Health, Love, Happiness and Fun.
Ow I’m greedy.
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“
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.
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
Town was quietly celebrating New Year
Usually we decorate these New Year decorations till 15 January.
However, I saw some were taken away this morning.
Tonight, Japanese government announced the State of Emergency in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama and China effective 8 January – 7 February 2021.
We are in high alert now; perhaps, some building owners were concerned engaging staffs to take away New Year decorations at later date.
COVID has been taking away celebrations from us.
Hopefully we can enjoy Ohanami (Sakura Viewing) this spring.
Japanese government encourages us to stay home and work from home.
Unfortunately, as at 23:30 hrs Japan time, I am yet to hear an announcement from my boss allowing us to work from home tomorrow.
I brought back office laptop and others to prepare for working from home; but I need to bring them back. Hummmm
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.
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.
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.
Finally, we can live in closer to normal life or past life. Yeah!
I had a meeting with Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo.
I had a tour of hotel rooms and banquet rooms for future events (if any).
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.