Friday, May 25, 2018


Untitled Satoshi had a class and his classroom is right across the street from Tokyo Tower.

There are several temples near Tokyo Tower and we visited one called Zojoji the other week.

They were allowing people to visit the tombs of the Tokugawa family (for a fee) on the property, so we went to check it out.

Loved the dragons near the doors of the tombs.

Untitled There were lots of these statues for unborn children.

Untitled It was nice to see Tokyo Tower with azaleas in bloom.


Untitled So much to explore, we still need to get to the top of Tokyo Tower too.

Thursday, May 24, 2018


Untitled We tried this yakishisomaki made in Sendai (Miyagi).

Shiso (perilla) is filled with a sweetened miso, walnuts, sesame seed mixture then pan fried.

Untitled Sweet, salty...this was good with rice.

I'm glad we tried this.

I found a recipe online and want to try making this.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Untitled Thought I would show you my kitchen...

Where we lost some storage space, we gained storage in other places.

Like under the kitchen sink, there is one big cupboard.

It has doors to separate the areas, but no "walls".

Glad I brought the stacking shelves that I had under my kitchen sink at our place in Osaka, really came in handy.

A nice thing too is that the 100 yen shops here mostly sell these types of storage gadgets, so it is easy to make your own shelving/storage.

The only bad part of the counter top is that it only comes up to right under my belly button.

I am short so I feel like a giant whenever I use the counter top, and can only imagine what a six foot tall person would feel like using it....

Untitled I lost a drawer in this kitchen, but made my own using a plastic basket.

On the bottom, big gadgets.

Untitled Using two smaller containers, I separated the other utensils and they fit perfectly on top of the big gadgets.

Untitled Above the kitchen sink we have this metal rack that came with the apartment.

These types of racks are in most older kitchens in Japan, MIL has one in her kitchen too.

I have a gadget holder that uses suction cups to stick it onto the wall, but for some reason it doesn't stick to this tile so I am using clips to hang it from the metal rack.

Untitled The kitchen sink isn't wider but it is longer.

Untitled There is a long ledge behind the gas stove and sink, so I use it to store teapots and other gadgets.

Untitled And since there wasn't any towel racks in the bathroom for our bath towels, we bought a vertical tension rod type coat rack.

We still have some things that do not have a place to be stored, but for the most part, everything is put away somewhere...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018


Untitled Wondering why the built-in dryer of our washer is so "weak"...look how teeny the filter is.

Untitled There are 3 filters...but still.

Untitled No wonder it takes forever for things to get completely dry.

Untitled My peeve with this built-in dryer (besides the fact that the clothes do not get completely dry) is that the clothes do not "relax" in the dryer, they dry as a scrunched up ball...which increases my ironing work load...oh well, we'll see what happens when rainy season starts...

Monday, May 21, 2018


score! if you spent $10 you could get a spin for prizes, I spent $20 so I got two spins...picked up arare for hubs and dorayaki for me (bummed that they use sorbitol in the dorayaki though)❤︎ ・ ・ ・ #ガラポン #東京 #蒲田 #どら焼き #梅園 #あけぼの #あられ I recently was at the department store and they were having a campaign.

If you spent $10 you would get a spin and chance to win prizes.

I spent $20 and got two spins.

On my first spin I won 2nd place and was allowed to choose 2 prizes from their prize table.

I chose a package of arare for Satoshi and a package with 2 huge dorayaki in it for myself.

On my second spin I got the booby prize and was given a piece of hard candy.

Stoked that I won but bummed that the dorayaki has sorbitol in!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

boulangerie corse

found out that THIS is boulangerie corse’s fish burger❤︎the one I posted a couple weeks back was their tatsuta chicken(type of fried chicken)...still delicious! ・ ・ ・ #ブランジェリィコルセ #池上 #東京 #パン #boulangeriecorse #ikegami #tokyo #bread #bakery I realized that the sandwich I tried earlier from Boulangerie Corse, was not their fish but their tatsuta chicken (a type of fried chicken).

THIS is their fish burger.

Sad that I couldn't tell the difference between chicken and fish, but it was still delicious and better than Ikegami Orient Bakery.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

momotaro tomato suzuke

good morning! 4 day weekend starts tomorrow❤︎ ・ ・ ・ #桃太郎トマト #東京 #momotarotomato #tokyo #japan I got this idea from watching "Kodoku no Gurume", a soap opera (Japanese call these dramas) which a lonely businessman eats at different eateries while out on business.

I recently came across these tomatoes called Momotaro.

This variety has a "pink" flesh which apparently resembles peaches...thus the name Momotaro (Peach Boy).

I'd never bought them in Osaka because they were mostly found in the department stores and expensive, but these were grown in Aichi Prefecture and rather inexpensive, 5 were 276 yen so I decided to give them a try.

Untitled Using a paring knife, take out the area around the stem.

Make an "x" at the bottom.

In boiling water, place the tomato in for 30 seconds.

Then place the tomato into an ice bath for 30 seconds.

Peel the tomato skin.

Put the peeled tomato into this pickling liquid
3 tablespoons vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons shoyu
2 tablespoons dashi(stock)

Scoop some of the pickling liquid into the area where the stem was.

Refrigerate for a couple of hours and enjoy!

NOTES: The pickling liquid is actually the amount for 1 large tomato but I used it for all of them, pickling them over 3 days.

These tomatoes were sweet and went nicely with this pickling liquid.

Super refreshing, especially on these hot days.

I am gonna be making this more often this summer.