Oct 30, 2008

Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu (feudal lord's procession)

Hakone Daimyo gyoretsu will be held on Nov.3, (Culture Day,
National holiday)this year. I took picture a few years ago,
but it is very difficult to choose a picture that might notinfringe
on portrait right. If you are interested in Japanese costume
of daimyo (feudal lord's), it would be worth visiting. I will
upload some pictures in my facebook album.

Oct 26, 2008

Kawasaki Halloween Parade

I went to Kawasaki to watch Kawasaki Halloween Parade.  It was very fun event but some spectators entered road that was prohibited to pass. I felt organizer should hire security personnel. They had "Dog Halloween Parade" last Sunday. I also wanted to see dog parade.

As for lunch, I ate ramen at "Nanttsu-tei" If you like tonkotsu ramen, maybe you like black soup taste. (Link site is Japanese only).

Yoyogi park

I have not been to Yoyogi park for a long time so I did not know that there was rose garden and dog run.There was no toilet paper at toilet so pocket tissue is absolutely necessary if you go on picnic. I saw people juggling, playing sanshin, Aborigine instrument. It was quite interesting. This park is good place for walking with dog.

I attended "Better than dead book club" at night held at Michelangelo cafe at Daikanyama. Food of this restaurant is delicious and not so expensive. Pasta set for dinner was 2000 yen.

Oct 15, 2008

Yokohama Octoberfest 2008

Yokohama Oktoberfest 2008 was held at Red brick warehouse on Oct.3-13. I enjoyed eating Frankfurt sausage and German beer (Spaten Franziskner?). I listened to band "Talbach-Buam" sang ''Ein prosit der gemuetlichkeit".

Actually there were too many people on weekends. If I did not check schedule of live performance, it would be difficult to see the stage.Even if you could not watch the performance, there were a lot of alternative live (many of them were free of charge). as Yokohama Jazz Promenade was held on Oct 11 and 12.

Oct 7, 2008

Trip Advisor asked me to write in Japanese but

I received a mail from Trip Advisor asking me to write travel report in Japanese. As opening event of Trip Advisor in Japanese version, they seem to collect a lot of posting in Japanese. Before I traveled to Kauai, I get a lot of useful info from Trip Advisor, but as for Trip Advisor JP, there were very few info and I did not see them. Actually, I wonder why Trip Advisor JP shows info of already closed hotel. (Molokai Ranch etc.)

In my opinion, travel info site on Hawaii in Japanese text is a little different from what I would like to know. There are a lot of data of shopping(where to purchase "brand" clothing & bag) and picture of restaurants. Nowadays, there are a lot of blogs written in Japanese. Some blogs are interesting and helpful but

I am not delighted to see such blogs that contains a lot of picture of other people (foreigners)and painted out their own face. (It is against law to show pictures of other people without permission. Pics painted out one part are somehow disgusting.) We enjoyed short stay in Kauai but we were not interested in buying a lot of goods or dining out at gorgeous restaurants.

May 18, 2008

Cooking class - Tortilla and pinacolada

At Tokyo gas cooking class, we cooked tortilla and pinacolada.
(drink a la pinacolada). Tacas were arranged for Japanese
taste but it was tasty.

Last week, I participated in Tokyo vegan meetup and
Better read than dead book club. Tortilla might be good
for home party.

May 6, 2008

Potluck party

The organizer of book club invited me for potluck party
held at her condo on May 4. There were about 20 people
gathered at party, coworkers of organizer, members of
book club.

Food was great. It's a shame that I could not take good
picture with my mobile camera. I prepared gyoza and
bought kashiwa-mochi (sweet for children day). We ate
omusubi (by Australian ), guakamole and cake(By British)
fried fish ball (American?).

Party was enjoyable. We had very pleasant holiday.

Apr 27, 2008

Cooking class- cream puff and eclair

We made cream puff and eclair. For filling, we use custard cream
(with brandy, vanilla beans) and dairy cream. My husband was
very glad to them. I do not mean to buy cream puff at convenience
store any more as factory made cream puff contains a lot of

Apr 14, 2008

Vegan meetup and N.I .T meet up

I attended Vegan meetup held at Pink Cow at Shibuya on April 17.
Although it was rainy, chilly day, aprox. 40 peple gathered at the
venue. I am not vegan but since I suffer from morning attack
(I cough a lot everytime I woke up), I suspect that eating meat
and sweet might not good for nose allegy.

I attended another meetup called N.I.T (Networking in Tokyo for
business and pleasure) on April 19. Some of us went to karaoke
and had a good time.

Apr 6, 2008

Cooking class Beef rice, eggplant marinette, pudding with strawberry sauce

I participated in cooking class at Tokyo gas. We coocked
Beef rice with demiglace sauce
Eggplant marinette
Pudding with strawberry sauce

We used red wine for cooking beef rice. As we did not take
time in making sauce, rice tasted sour. Pudding with strawberry
sauce was good. It was easy to cook.

Apr 5, 2008

Mini zoo had been closed.

I went to the Kodomo sizen koen (Natural park for children)
to see cherry blossoms and animals. At mini zoo, you could
see cow, pony, pig, rabbit etc. On Saturdays, you could
touch small animals.

I was very disappointed to see that mini zoo had been closed.
All the animals had been moved to Kanazawa zoo on Jan 28

Mar 30, 2008

Reunion de los estudios hispanicos a Yotsuya

Participe en reunion de los estudios hispanicos de
universidad Sofia. Comimos en restaurante portugues
Que lastima, se me olvide casi todo lo aprendido en
mi alma mater. El otro dia, tuve oportunidad
de hablar con una mujer venido de Venezuela,
me encantaba haber estudiado espanol.

Mar 28, 2008

Spring is around the corner

Cherry blossoms are in full bloom in Yokohama.
I always bring lunch box prepared in the morning
and eat at office.

As I do not like staying all day at office, I usually
going out after eating lunch. Today, I find
good place to eat lunch.

It is very quiet place with small rever reflecting cherry
blossoms and forsythia. Next week, I would like to eat lunch
at this place.

Mar 23, 2008

Cake lesson at Tokyo Gas

I participated in cake lesson held at Tokyo gas.
We baked cake with cream, strawberry, kiwi, peach
and mango.

My husband was delighted with sweet cake. I am
looking forward to attending lesson in April.