12/10/2017

NEGI or Scallion from a friend of mine.......

Cod, Scalioon and Tofu Nabe
Thanks for visiting my blog!

Apology for my lazy work..... not lazy, just couldn't have enough time to write a nice blog!  ( excuse, excuse....)

I love all forms of eating as you know, so I love eating at restaurants, joints or friends house etc.. as well as cooking at home... and buying ingredients, of course!   But..... one of the joy I enjoy encountering unexpected is!

To get some food gifts from friends..... I am just blessed or they know me so well, that is why they give me food?      Or they probably know I need food and money!  ( LOL )      Nice friends I have, I am grateful anyways.

What I got today is scallions.    Fukaya city, Saitama prefecture is known for their scallion.    A married friend ( his wife is also my friend, such a nice couple ) brought probably from his home town and left several stalks at the co-working space I often use.    To be shared.    We did!      I brought them ( I got two! ) home and used 2/3 of a stalk for this nabe ( hot pot ). 

Slice of cod, cut scallion and tofu.    It is finally getting cold and wintery here, so perfect!   I used some Yuzu flavored ponzu and grated ginger to taste. 

When I eat Nabe, I feel grateful being Japanese.   Nothing special, simple ingredients, but friendship, thoughtfulness, kindness of friends added extra flavor and it made my heart warm to overcome this cold weather. 

12/03/2017

Trattoria Ciao Tokyo @ Shiodome / Shimbashi

I forgot to take photos of the foods.

It was a farewell, memorial service to say goodbye to a cousin today.

She was diagnosed  as a cancer this spring and survived through November although the doctor initially said " for a few more weeks".
She was really a strong woman.  Having lived in Japan, US and back in Japan again.   Enjoyed conversation with people recalling  nice good memoirs of her.

She was always smiling, or I should say, when it is tough, she had tears in her eyes, but still was smiling I remember.

Being proud of her cousin.   I should smile following her style.... even tough times.
The buffet was casual.   Cozy restaurant, but to fully enjoy their regular dishes, I need to go back there again.   Thanks to Trattoria Ciao Tokyo for having us.

10/29/2017

Typhoon Season in Japan ..... I don't hate it....

Open Source Cafe Shimokitazawa 
It's been rainy summer-end and fall this year.    During real rainy season in late June and July, we didn't have enough rain.   Now almost every week, we have rains. 

It is a kind of depressing to see dark sky everyday, but I kind of enjoy quiet, rainy days..... I can enjoy listening to music, readings, sipping coffees ( or wines ! ) .....     

No food photo for now since I am thinking about this joint near here....... TONSUI, I think I wrote about this place before..... operated by a couple.... they have been running for 45 years.   Tiny place.... not stylish at all, but it has homey, welcoming ambience with their smile and hospitality.        They are closing this month. 
The place's owner decided to rebuild the place to taller building. 

The couple tried to find similar place w/ similar space where they can immediately move in and start, meaning kitchen is there etc..... but they couldn't find any place.
So...... sad.... I already wrote a Thank You card to them.    I wonder if they are still open today.....   Need to try their chicken cheese cutlet one more time.......

10/25/2017

Basement of Department Store in Japan

 I have perhaps written about Japanese department stores.   If you haven't been to the basement, please do.    This one was discounted 50 % since it was already around 6p.m. and they wanted to sell before it gets spoiled.   After the discount,
it was 294 yen.....about  US$3.00 , cheaper than " reasonable"!!   

Underneath there is vinegar-flavored rice.   I just made spinach miso soup.
You will enjoy trying all kinds of food and sweets at our department stores.

Not all of them, but there are many "samples" you can taste.   This is from Tokyu Department Store in Shibuya.   There are two Tokyu Department Stores in Shibuya.   One is about 5 min. from the station, which is the main store.   This one I bought this seafood bowl is located in the station building.   Easy to go down.

Take the escalator to down stairs.    

Seafood Bowl & Miso Soup 

10/14/2017

Green Brothers in Ebisu ---- When you need to eat greens!

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The other day, after visiting a client's office in Ebisu, I came to this place, " Green Brothers".  ( Why not sisters!?  )    They specialize in salads.   A bowl filled with greens would fill your needs of vitamin C or vegetables....
Order Counter 
 Interestingly, all the menu is written in English.    I hope they last long enough.... since this could be a bit too foreign for some people. 

I read English still, felt a bit strange... I should probably say "unique".  :-)

This Chef Hasegawa is the combination of Clam Chowder and Salad!    You may doubt if it tastes good but I enjoyed it!   Grains, clam chowder, red onion, romanesco, tomatoes, raw zucchini, farro penne and raw mushroom.   A slice of bread comes with it as a free option.   It is getting a bit cold in Tokyo.   This soup and salad bowl was just right.    I've never thought of this combination, but next time, I'd like to try it at home.   It is not a soup bowl.  It is a salad bowl with a kind of CLAM CHOWDER SAUCE over the salad.     It is from New York?   New Yorkers idea is innovative.  Perhaps somebody wanted to eat both clam chowder and soup, but they wanted to save time since New Yorkers are always busy!

Chef Hasegawa


10/09/2017

Wagashi Master's Work ----- Clearly Different


Beautiful Work and he was also very quick to make each one.  He said " if you take too much time, the bean paste get dried or gets too soft from your hand temperature. "
These are representing seasons.

The top green ones are chestnuts sitting in shell.     The bottom is seasonal flower,  Chrysanthemum.

Japanese Sweets - Wagashi Look what I made!

Japanese Culture Class 
Before explanation, just wanted to show off ( ! ) this. 

I made them this past Saturday.

We ( Japanese ) make cookies, cakes more often , but not Japanese sweets.

One of the reasons is it is more difficult, there aren't many books explaining that.... and then I guess the reason those books are not published is because it is not that popular nowadays.     Two Japanese traditional wagashi ( sweets ) shops have torn down in the past 3 years..... so sad.    I am calling myself   " Anko Nanmin =  Sweet Bean Jam Refugee, meaning looking for authentic wagashi and wandering around...."   

I love Western sweets also, but green tea & wagashi combination is special.
Plus, wagashi ingredients are healthy, beans, mostly.     

9/07/2017

Kawasaki Experience --- Morioka Reimen Noodle @ Lazona Kawasaki

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I had some work in Kawasaki the other day and a friend of mine recommended to try this place, which is located 1st floor of Kawasaki Station Building, called Rasona.

The dining located in food court is named " Pyon Pyon Sha " originally from Iwate prefecture.

Yes, this friend is from Iwate.    Before finding the place in food court, I was surprised by the scale of the building.   It is so spacious.   It felt like being in US or somewhere.... very different from Tokyo.   The hallway is so wide, it should be easy for young mothers and fathers to walk with strollers.

Back to the food.   It looks a little spicy?   Yes, it was.   Actually you can select your preferred spice level.    Then, a slice of watermelon helps heel your tongue.

I chose a set menu which comes with 4 pieces of Korean pancakes.   Oh, both were delicious.     Then after coming back to Tokyo, I studied their website.
Morioka Reimen Pyon Pyon Sha Story  ( in Japanese )

According to their website, ( very briefly )  Mr. Aoki created this noodle by combining the key elements of North Korean noodle soup and Korean Peninsula's noodle in 1954.    The one he created became Morioka Reimen which has Korean pickles ( daikon radish/ cabbage ), soup made from beef bones and chicken.
The noodle is translucent, a little chewy, when going down your throat, pleasant.

There were other tempting shops around this.    Tempra bowl, Sushi, Ramen noodle.....  This food court is casual, but clean and even stylish.   The prices are reasonable, not extremely cheap.   I paid about 1100 yen for this.

It says there were many Japanese Koreans in Morioka City ( Iwate Prefecture ).
It makes sense that Mr. Aoki learned Korean cuisine using local vegetables.

8/15/2017

Flava Joint located halfway between Shimokitazawa and Sasazuka

Chicken Burrito 
Mexican Dining..... lately Mexican Cuisine or Latin Cuisine  is getting popular here.

At least in Tokyo, you can find Mexican restaurants easily.

In my town, Shimokitazawa, there are a few.


This " Flavor Joint ( Flava Joint) " ( I like this naming. ) is located on Inokashira Dori.  Almost 10 min. from Shimokitazawa Station.    Near Kitazawa Jr. High School.

Worth trying ?   Yes.    I like their decor. It feels like that you were invited to some Mexican's home.   Cozy.   Quiet.   Shimokitazawa is popular among youngsters.
Some restaurants are too crowded or too noisy to have conversation.

Here, you can relax.   If you get seated at the counter, you can enjoy watching the chefs are cooking juicy steaks, burritos, decorating your lunch plates.....

I had this lunch burrito plate.   Before this plate, they gave me a tiny zucchini potage soup, then this plate had pickles, grated carrot salad, tomato salsa and chicken burrito cut in halves.     Oh, so authentic!   I wouldn't mind to go back there again for this burrito!    Everything was fresh and tasty.

Flava Joint ---- Shimokitazawa

Come out of West exit of Shimokitazawa Station.
Take a right, you will see Seven/ Eleven, keep walking.    Just keep walking.
When you hit the end of the road, Kitazawa Jr. High is right there.
Don't cross the pedestrian crossing.    Turn left.  

Flava Joint is on your left.    They have steaks also.   I would like to try them someday.

7/24/2017

Nature and Japanese Cuisine

I finished reading the book.   Learned a lot and it was eye-opening for me.

Hoping to introduce the essence of his philosophy, but he would say, " it's not MY philosophy.   It is the nature of Japanese cooking. "  :-)

I will try to explain some sentences which impacted me.

One phrase from the book;

There is " Nature " behind Washoku ( Japanese Food ) and there is " Philosophy of Human Beings" behind Western Food.

( "Ichiju Issai de Yoi to iu Teian"  by Yoshiharu Doi )

7/23/2017

Nezu Museum --- Introduction to Ceramics

Enjoy the History of Japanese Plates

If you like cooking or eating, you probably enjoy tableware as well.

I cannot afford expensive ones, but still I try to set up something comfortable and make the food scene enjoyable.

Different from other countries, the size of our plates vary from tiny  toy like size to large size.    I didn't know the Chinese large plates were originally made and exported to Islam countries.

Enjoy the exhibition!    In this heat ( it's at least 30 degrees centigrade in Tokyo nowadays, the forecast on my phone says will go up to 37 degrees on Tuesday! ),
you will enjoy walking in the garden.   They have beautiful garden with woods and ponds.

7/22/2017

"Sloppy Joe " for today's Lunch

Sloppy Joe
Craving for something very American.

Made this.

Looks really sloppy :-)
This doesn't look Loose Meat Hamburger anymore.

BUT!  It was goooood.

7/20/2017

Simple, Very Simple Dinner

Rice, Cucumber Dish and Miso Soup
Nothing fancy, simple dinner I made last night.

Miso soup has many ingredients, so this is nutritious enough for me.
Carrot, Shiitake, Tofu, Daikon Radish, Scallion and Grated Ginger when served.

The book is coming to me and when I read it, I can report more.

Everyday meal can be simpler.... this author says.   I agree.   He wrote this book since he hear many homemakers are struggling everyday to plan a meal especially dinner.   The thing is they are under pressure to be a good mother / father to provide nutritious, colorful dinner.

It sounds like the author doesn't think so.   There should be occasions that you prepare fancy dinner, special arrangement, but for daily meal, you do not have to plan many dishes for your family.   I like that idea.   Of course, if you can do it, fine, but if you have limited time, don't make it a big deal.  

5/21/2017

Lunch Box after Morning Session ---- Lovely Sunday

Open Source Cafe in Shimokitazawa

Bento Box from Nu Stand Deli 
It is over 30 degrees here today and feels hot.....

Having lunch sitting on this bench was pleasant though, feeling breeze on my face, looking up the blue sky.

On May 9th, Nu Stand Deli opened and from time to time, I buy their bento box, sandwiches etc..

Had two one-on-one sessions this morning, both were business persons at this co-working space, after that I headed to Nu Stand and got this.

You can choose three kinds from this delicatessen to make your bento.
The above is my selection today.   Top left is fried smelts in sweet and peppery vegetable sauce.   Smelt sounds unfamiliar?   It is small fish from ponds.  Usually deep-fried.   Top right is celery salad w/ citrus juice and pieces of orange.
Bottom right is pork ginger.    The box is made of paper material, which I prefer to plastics.    Comes with chopsticks, wet paper towel and paper serviette.

Including tax, this was a little less than 700 yen, equivalent to 6.3 US dollars.
( approximately, based on the forex as of May 21, 2017 )

I am quite happy to have this new delicatessen in our neighborhood.

5/06/2017

YYG Brewery located in Yoyogi

Yoyogi Amber Ale
From now on, it will be a good season to stop by this tiny brewery.

5 min. from Minami Shinjuku Station or several minutes from Shinjuku Station.

Google "YYG Brewery", you will soon find it.

For this small brewery, they have extensive line-ups.
As for food, they only have snacks, so simply enjoy beer on 1st floor, but they have Beer Kitchen where you can enjoy American French cuisine.

Sometime in the future, I would love to try the Kitchen also.

The inside has two tables w/ 8 seats, outside terrace has more seats..... maybe up to 15 ?
 Their place has been introduced in several magazines which I found on their bookshelf.

Apparently, the operating manager fell in love with British beer and studied it then was hired by this place.

This amber ale was brown and according to them, it's a bit American.

I am not a beer coonosier, so read Beer Bible which I also found on their book shelf.

A bit fruity, not so bitter, medium light.

One glass was enough for me.    Beer fills my stomach so quickly.   It was nice walk.     If you are in the area, try visit them!    

5/04/2017

Micro Brewery in Tokyo


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Have you been to this place?
This is located in quite central Tokyo.

Didn't know and happened to find it when I was searching.

It was a bit warm, early summer like weather and I felt like having a glass of beer.....

Only tried thier amber ale.

Will try something else next time.

This is a quiz.   Where would that be?

5/02/2017

BiColor Bowl --- Salmon and Adult Yellow Tail

Nishoku Don = Bicolor Bowl 
Golden Week has begun.   As usual, starting on April 29th, till May 5th or its weekend, this is probably the longest holiday season ( except for individual vacation ) in Japan.

My Golden Week has never been so glamorous.   Think about my past jobs.... Trading corporation.... too long ago...I don't remember... Airline interpreter..... airlines are usually busy when people travel....then film buyer.... this is just before Cannes Film Festival and Market.... always busy..... then sports rights buyer.....so on.... so, this year again, I am staying in Tokyo.    Besides, I don't like traveling when tickets are too expensive and too crowded.   So, I do some work  and enjoy some happy time with some friends.  

The above photo is nishoku don.... bicolor bowl or two color rice bowl.  This place is called UOKUNI located in Shimokitazawa.    Lunch is reasonable.  This set menu is 600 yen.    Healthy, too.   No tips are required here usually, so you do not have to worry about it.

4/22/2017

Cabbage Rice

Cabbage Rice and Miso Soup
I wanted to eat something healthy, simple and cheap.

I don't use rice cooker ( I used to have one.  When the old one was broken, I was looking for new one.  Nowadays Japanese rice cookers are so high-tech and also expensive.   Additionally they are too big for my small apartment.  I decided to go with donabe --- earthen pot.  You can use regular pot.  ) .   Used earthen pot.

Spring cabbage is sweet and juicy.   I wouldn't say it is super delicious, but it was savory.  

Ingredients: ( for two servings or one donabe )
Cabbage   two three big leaves  chopped
Carrot       1/2 or one small carrot   chopped
Parsley      Just to decorate, so a pinch ( chopped )
Deep fried tofu    1/2 cut  chopped
Maggi Soup Stock ( Consomme )    1 tea spoon   ( Granulated or 1 cube )   Any brand is fine.
Salt            a pinch
Pepper       To your taste
Butter       1 table spoon
Rice         1 cup
Water       3/4 cup  ( usually 1 cup.  But because of the water from cabbage, it's less )

How to make:
Wash rice and soak the rice in water for over 30 min.
Drain the water, add all the ingredients except parsley and 3/4 cup of water ( fresh water ).
Cover the lid, start cooking.   Bring it to boil.

When boiled, reduce heat to low. keep cooking.  Soon you will hear the spit-spat sound.   Till the sound stops, keep cooking, then turn off the heat.  Leave it for 20 min. or so to steam.    It will be ready.

Enjoy!

4/20/2017

Tofu and Cherry Blossoms

Restaurant Shonan Club

Near Shibuya Station

Cherry Blossom Flavored Tofu
I realized I hadn't uploaded cherry blossoms this year.

Didn't go to any "hanami" party, but still enjoyed them in town.

This tofu is from a Japanese restaurant located in Shibuya.   A Canadian friend living in the U.S. was staying in Japan for a while, so we enjoyed this tofu restaurant's Japanese food together.
Catching up with each other was fun.    Now somei yoshino ( the most popular cherry blossom) is over, the season is now for fresh greenery and double-petalled cherry blossoms whose pink stands out in green color.      Next time if you plan to come visit Tokyo, the end of March through 2nd week of April would be the best.

If you haven't seen  seen this beautiful pink flowers.   Of course, if you go up north, you can still enjoy cherry blossoms since the blooming timing starts from south to north.   I' ve probably written many times, but you can also enjoy various kinds of cherry blossom flavored foods and sweets during this season.

Tofu Restaurant Sorano
https://gurunavi.com/en/g775401/rst/?__ngt__=TT0d06db08f004ac1e4ae454reYRwj88dqDHRnHhc06FmV
Double Petalled Cherry Blossoms

4/19/2017

Kaisen Misakiko ----- Conveyer Belt Sushi Restaurant

Conveyer-Belt Sushi 
While there are luxurious, expensive sushi restaurants, you can also enjoy reasonable, easy to walk in places like this.

This shop is operated by Kyodaru, a company who operates wide range of sushi shops and restaurants.


This one is one of the most casual, reasonable ones.    They used to have workers, but now those workers, cooks are working in the kitchen which is hidden in the back.   There are seats around this counter and you order sushi by choosing your orders on the display located in front of your seats.

The prices, seasonal recommendations are all written there.   English Chinese and some other languages are available, if my memory is correct.

I was behind my schedule and wanted to have quick lunch.  So ordered only two plates each of which has two sushi pieces, that makes total 4 pieces.  I think I paid only 301 yen including tax.   One of the plate ( bonito sushi ) was discounted yesterday, so I was lucky!

After ordering, it took perhaps 7, 8 minutes, then the bullet train ( shaped carrier ) came and stopped in front of me.  How convenient!    Take the plates and eat.
Powdered green tea pot is also there, so you put the powder into your cop.
There is a hot water tap, you pour the hot water into the cop.  Self-made green tea.  

Often expensive, authentic places are scary to order because you don't know how much total it will costs. ( Some authentic places cost $200 or more per person. )

This is easy way to enjoy sushi PLUS it is casual and quick.  Are you alone?  No problem.     After eating, you ask for the check ( also on display ), the staff will come to your seat and make the bill.   Go to cashier and pay.

4/02/2017

Ise Udon Noodle ---- Unique Texture will dance in your mouth

Ise Udon Noodle @ Ushitora

The other day, I had this lunch set.  Ise Udon, salad, two quail eggs, pickled cucumber and dessert.

I am from Tokyo and had never tried Ise Udon before this.   Very different other Udon noodles.
Sanuki ( Kagawa Prefecture ) Udon has more al dente like texture.  Usually I like Sanuki style better.

Ise Udon is fluffier and it doesn't have soup.  It has thick, slightly sweet sauce and chopped green onion only.  I googled it and it seems like in old days, it was very special dish in the region.  The origin is Ise city, Mie Prefecture.  It takes time to make this noodle ( imagine, if you try to make pasta from scratch and everything is handmade.)   It is now, quick easy meal, but it was served as a part of their celebration.     Ushitora, a Shimokitazawa restaurant serves this for lunch.  If you are interested, visit the restaurant and ask for it.  The set was less than 1,000 yen.

Direction to Ushitora:
Come out of West Exit (Nishiguchi ) of Shimokitazawa Station.  Take a right and go up to ground level.   Then go along the street ( between Hakuyosha, a cleaner and Seven Eleven ).   Ushitora will be on your left in 30 sec.  

3/22/2017

Konoha Don

Konoha Don 
Konoha means foliage.
Looks like leafy rice bowl, doesn't it?

Sounds like this is popular in Kansai area. ( Western Japan )

Since I am from Tokyo, I didn't know.

Found the recipe and tried it.

The ingredients are something we can find in our fridge, cheap, daily things.
Kamaboko ( fish sausage ) is most common ingredient for this, but I only had Cihkuwa ( also fish sausage, but the shape is like cylinder ), so used it instead.

Other ingredients are green onion, egg, seasonings.   Easy to make, healthy enough and tasty.   Good for quick lunch.

It is almost Cherry Blossom season here.   The weather bureau announced that Tokyo's Sakura ( Cherry blossoms)  have just started blooming officially ( This official announcement is important for us. )We feel " Spring has come" when we hear this.

Hope I can upload some pics of fully bloomed cherry blossoms within a week or so.

Ingredients for Konoha Don ( Don or Donburi means  Rice Bowl ) :
Serving for One

Steamed white rice    1 Bowl

Fish Sausage ( Japanese Kamaboko or Chikuwa ) sliced.   I used about about
10 to 15 very thin slices.

Green Onion   1 to 2 stalks   Chopped

One Egg ( beaten in a bowl )

Soy Sauce  1 table spoon
Dashi ( Japanese Soup Stock or you can use powder)  50 cc or 1/2 cup
Sugar  1 table spoon
Mirin ( Sweet Rice Wine ) 2 tea spoons

Bring Dashi to boil.   Add Fish sausage.   Add soy sauce, sugar and mirin.
Add green onion.    Then, pour egg.   When the egg is half cooked, it's done.

Put the above onto the rice.  Enjoy!

3/11/2017

R.I.P. to those deceased in Tohoku

3.11 came again.

R.I.P. to those people in affected regions.

Have not done much to you, but will try to do what I can do.

Sorry, they didn't have sake from your region today.

Thinking of you.

3/10/2017

Deep-Fried Tofu w/ Dashi Soup

Agedashi Dofu w/ Spring Vegetables
Had early lunch at Shonan Club- a local restaurant located 2 min. from Shimokitazawa Station.

When you arrive at Shimokitazawa Station, come out of West Exit.

Take a right and go up stairs to the ground level.

Take a right again and turn left at the first corner.  Keep walking to the end of the street.   There you will find a nicely decorated entrance to the Shonan Club.

You can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner there.   They open at 8:30 a.m.
Closed on Tuesdays.   On Saturdays and Sundays, they are closed after lunch through before dinner, say 5 p.m.  

They have reasonable lunch set menu, which is 1200 yen which includes lettuce salad, potato salad, main dish, rice, miso soup and a drink.   This photo is one of my favorite, deep-fried tofu with seasonal vegetables.    Flavorful Spring vegetables and tofu with dashi soup, you can enjoy UMAMI and feel so healthy.

At night ( although I have not seen them yet ) , Japanese raccoons come visit their garden.   You are lucky if you could see them.  

2/12/2017

Ask for "Hamburg" Restaurant - WOODSTOCK-

 Went to WOODSTOCK located in Musashi Koganei.

Recommended by my student, this was the place I was looking forward to visit.

Finally!   Visited with local friends.

On Saturdays, they open at 11 a.m.

We left our town around 10 a.m. and got there around a little past 11.

Yay!   There were seats.  We were lucky.   After we got seated, it was full.
People who came later had to wait for 30min.  

This place is known for its juicy HAMBURG.   We took a taxi from the station.
The driver knew it.  It is near Musashi Koganei Park, but not close to the entrance actually.  Probably 10 min. walk.

So, our decision to take a cab was right!   We shared the combination salad.
Ordered " recommended" set menu.   I had Hamburg and Duck combination.
Other friends ordered " Spicy Sausage and Hamburg" and " Herb Sausage and Hamburg".    It came in a shape of straw bag.    Immediately after delivering the plate, the waiter starts flatting the hamburgs.  ( there are two on the hot plate. )

Then the sauce is poured.   I chose Garlic.   Other friends had Grated Daikon & Soy Sauce ,  Demiglace Sauce.  Sizzling sound follows!

Not just delicious, it is entertaining.   Worth trying once.   Actually, all of us decided to come back.

The soup, coffee ( or tea, OJ ) is also included in this set menu.  A little over 2000 yen.   Still feels reasonable.

After this happy lunch, we headed to Tokyo Metropolitan Library which is known for a wide variety of magazine stock.   I enjoyed reading " Architectural Digest", " In Style " " Cosmopolitan " and " Monocle".   ( Monocle is actually my favorite! )

This library is located near Nishi Kokubunji Station.   7 min. walk from the station.

Japanese magazines and Foreign magazines are there and anybody can enter the library.   Newly opened, so clean and well designed.





1/22/2017

How The TV Series was Produced

Broiled Conger Eel 
It was a pleasure to meet Mr. L on Friday.

He is the executive producer of the notable TV series.

I felt honored to be a part of his dinner company.


We went to this Sushi- Sashimi restaurant in Tokyu Plaza Ginza.

Current Los Angeles, TV series, How Blake Lively was finally selected for this series etc. etc....

Always enjoy talking with Hollywood producers.     They are so passionate to create good " contents" which impact people, encourage people.

Food was good, of course.   They have various sake, too.

1/07/2017

Nanakusa Gayu ----- Rice Porridge of Seven Herbs , Traditional Ritual on Jan. 7

This year again, I made this porridge for breakfast.   This is our ritual after holiday season.  During new year's celebration, we keep eating, drinking..... the stomach is exhausted by now.  So, this is supposed to help care of your stomach....mild, light porridge.  Also, these herbs are supposed to work to cleanse your internal organs.

We eat this wishing state of perfect health for new year.   So light.
It felt like digested within in hour :-)   That was perhaps good for the stomach.

Wishing you a healthy year for 2017!
Nanakusa (Seven Herbs )Gayu (Rice Porridge)

1/03/2017

Osechi --- New Year's Feast..... Not so big, but still Enjoyed Ritual

Happy New Year!

Wishing you a happy 2017 and food-full year ( !) !

Small, yet still traditional osechi.

Feeling blessed having this ritual this year again.

Will be back again soon.  Last year, didn't write much I realized.    This year, I will write more.   Thanks for stopping by.