Zuiganji Temple --- Moss coated ground

Moss was like carpet in this part of the temple.

Zuiganji Temple --- Where Grandmother Wanted to Visit

I heard my grandmother was complaining to my aunt. She wanted to take time to see these temples, but my grandfather was interested in other things ( I don't know what they were .)

This was after the trip, so I felt I did visit these temples on behalf of grandma.

It is beautiful, well maintained temple.

Up on the Hill --- Looking Out Matsushima Bay

It is said there are about 260 small islands in this bay.

From oyster hut, we walked about 15 min. to come to this top of the hill.

The Lady Was Tough and Filled with Energy !

When I travel, I try to enjoy all .... food, culture, history, communication with local people etc.... yet, try not to run around...

On this trip, I also enjoyed talking to this lady who cooked oysters for my table. She said " I used to work at big hotel, but because of my age, I had to quit. Since I heard that this oyster hut needed some hands, I have been helping them and it's been only 2 weeks." She was very good, so we were all surprised.

She is probably late 50s ? It's physical work and must be tiring to work on that all day, but she was smiling and kept feeding us with oyster mountain. Thanks to her, I think all of us who was at that table was happy with oysters and also happy with her caring service.

Smaller than Usual, but Tastes Good

According to the lady who kept cooking for our table, this year's oyster is small because of the crazy heat in Summer.

It tasted great though.


Sunrise in Matsushima

All the rooms of Hotel New Komatsu are ocean view.

Oyster Shack / Hut in Matsushima

They keep bringing tons of oysters for your table with shovel.... the left is the shells... for recycle.

At the end, oyster rice and soup is served.

I probably ate.... more than 50 oysters!? I didn't count, but ate a lot anyways.


Oysters !

Under the lid, there were oysters !
Look this generous volume.

Will explain more, but I really enjoyed this lunch.. for an hour.


Another from Entsuuin ( Temple in Miyagi )

Pls. look forward to the next ones.

Mystic, sacred.... beauty of fall trees...

A series of photo.... from Miyagi Prefecture....

While I would like to show you the pics from parties, I have this series of pics from some trip....

Beautiful lights @ Entsuuin Temple.


Grandmother's Coat

I am silly ! I should have asked my aunt or cousin to take my photo when I visited them....

Just wanted to show you this grandmother's coat I got from my aunt. It's fur coat that my grandmother bought @ Mitsukoshi department store more than 30 years ago.... before she travelled to Europe to see Olympic game...I didn't have anything of her remembrance and.... it fits !

My grandmother was much shorter than I.... I am 171 cm and she was probably less than 155 cm....

Her long coat turned short coat for me.... I love it ! It also feels like grandma is watching me...and I am with her.

Dessert Plate from Bridal Shower Pics

I'm gonna miss her.... we have known for almost 20 years ? We met first in Hong Kong through some afternoon tea party. Since then we met in Tokyo, L.A.....etc... encouraged each other , discussed work situation, boyfriends ( ! ) etc.etc....

We have SKYPE, e-mail, Instant Massages.... so, hope we can keep in touch and update each other...

Wishing her happy wedding and married life.

Bridal Shower @ La Bisboccia

Even this simple combination of ham and mozzarella feels different from other places.... melts in your mouth... mmm, yum.

La Bisboccia --- Food is Delicious, Service is Great

This La Bisboccia is the sister restaurant of Il Boccalone of Ebisu, which is little more casual, trattoria.

Usually, I don't go this place without sponsor :-)
Bit pricy, yet it's worthwhile. I wouldn't hesitate to go and choose this place for friends' special occasion, celebrate something etc. For myself, I would feel it is luxury.

Chee and Sachiko chose good selection of food and we were busy talking and asking questions to the bride to be.
Oh, maybe I have mentioned this before, but let me remind you ...having bridal shower is not common in Japan.

Since this friend is American and this group is quite international, we usually do this.... bridal shower, baby shower.... American gathering... It's nice to celebrate friends' happy events in any case.

La Bisboccia in Hiroo

About 2 weeks ago, we had bridal shower for a friend who is getting married next year.

Since she will be mainly living in L.A. soon, we decided to have this early.... in November.

Thanks to Chee, who arranged this and prepared the balloons, Hawaiian leis ( the wedding will be held in Hawaii.) etc....