Mar 11, 2015

Tsukiji fish market / 築地

I woke up at 5 am this morning to give Tsukiji fish market tour to three Americans.


Tsukji inner market was closed, but some stores and restaurant that are in outer market were open. We had little bit of seafood for breakfast.


After Tsukiji, we visited Hamarikyu Garden for some mattcha and Wagashi.


The ferry ride from Hamarikyu Garden to Asakusa was lovely!


Jan 30, 2015

Kite day! / 凧揚げ

Mia kept asking me to get a kite for her after she saw a boy flying a kite at Yoyogi park.


I knew she will destroy a kite right away, so I finally found a kite at 100 yen shop.


We visited a park as soon as we got a kite.


It was a cheap kite, but we were able to fly it in the air alright.


Flying a kite made me to miss being a kid again.


Jan 27, 2015

Purple sweet potato waffle / 紫芋ワッフル

Purple sweet potatoes are in season right now in Japan.


I could not resist eating a purple sweet potato waffle (Murasaki Imo) at Mr. Waffle in Shinjuku.

新宿のMr. Waffleで紫芋のワッフルを発見!もちろん購入してしまった。

It was fresh, sweet and there were little chunks of purple sweet potatoes inside.


The cost was 162 yen including tax.


I think I want to try a different waffle there next time.


Sep 21, 2014

Harajuku, Omotesando, Shibuya and Ebisu tour / 原宿-表参道-渋谷-恵比寿ツアー

I gave an evening tour of Harajuku, Omotesando, Shibuya and Ebisu to an Indian guy from San Francisco.


He wanted to see art and architecture in Tokyo which was quite unusual, but I became excited because art and architecture are my favourite things.


Wishing I were a kid again!
We met at Kiddy Land at 6PM and walked to Takeshita street to see young Japanese girls.

原宿のKiddy Landで18時に会って竹下通りへ。

Church or mall?
We walked to Omotesando Hills to see Tadao Ando's architecture.


After that I took him to Aoyama to experience Prada by Herzog & de Meuron.


I felt lucky that COMME des GARÇONS was still open, so we took the opportunity to see their new outfits for this fall.


We walked to United Nation University, then we saw Taro Okamoto's sculpture.


Since Nonbei Yokocho was on the way to get to the scramble crossing, we walked through Nonbei Yokocho quickly to see tiny bars.


We needed some break from a long walk; we sat on the 2nd floor of Starbucks in front of the scramble crossing and I had some caramel pudding frappuccino.


Frozen sake
We said hello to Hachiko statue at Shibuya station, saw a big painting of Taro Okamoto, then took JR to visit Ebisu for frozen sake at buri and lovely yuzushio tsukemen at Afuri.



Yuzushio tsukemen
The yuzushio tsukemen was the perfect way to end my tour!


Sep 15, 2014

Hikawa shrine festival / 氷川神社のお祭り

While Mia and I were taking a walk in Mejiro, we saw a festival on Mejiro street.


Since Mia loves festivals, we decided to visit the festival.


It was a perfect timing to be there because they were about to start pulling the dashi. I rented the happi from a festival staff for Mia, then we joined the event to pull the dashi.


I think the best part of pulling the dashi is getting free snacks, drinks and sweets. We got some juice, a slice of water melon, popsicles and soda every time we stopped somewhere for a break. When we finished pulling the dashi, they gave us a bag of snacks, sweets, juice and a pear to enjoy at home.


This experience made me to think about how I used to love pulling a dashi and getting free snacks and sweets as a child. I thanked Mia that I got to do it again!


Wasshoi in Mejiro!
Wasshoi wasshoi!
First break! Free OJ!
Mikoshi- portable shrine!

Sep 3, 2014

My favourite things / 私のお気に入り

I know it's not hot in #Tokyo today but I am making matcha #kakigori!
Pikachu kagigori machine that we have been using a lot during this summer.


#Bonseki #盆石 The bonsai made by sand and stones. @目白庭園
Stunning Bonseki at Mejiro Garden


I have been eating a lot of rice crackers that I won from Yuki no Yado.


My only perfume at this moment- Od'AZUR by Lancôme
Lancome O d'Azur Eau De
This perfume was a gift and it is the only perfume at this moment. After I got pregnant, I became very sensitive to smell that made me not being able to wear any perfume. Also I moved a few time during and after my pregnancy, so I had to get rid of my other perfume.
I find this is a good perfume to wear during summer time because the smell is sweet, rosy and citrusy.


Sep 2, 2014

Easy creamy gorgonzola pasta / 簡単! クリーミーなゴルゴンゾーラのパスタ

I never liked the taste of gorgonzola until I had it in my pasta.
When gorgonzola is on sale at Seijyo Ishii grocery store, I make this easy creamy gorgonzola pasta.


Ingredients are listed below.

Heavy cream or soy milk / 生クリームまたは豆乳

Gorgonzola cheese / ゴルゴンゾーラ

Pasta / パスタ

Black peppers / 黒胡椒

Cook whatever pasta that you want to use.
Cut gorgonzola into small pieces.
Heat up heavy cream or soy milk in a pan, then add gorgonzola and mix it until gorgonzola melt.
Add the pasta into the sauce and mix them well.
Transfer Easy creamy gorgonzola pasta into a dish; put some black peppers right before you eat.
I do not add any salt in this pasta because gorgonzola is salty enough.

Creamy #Gorgonzola #pasta for #lunch