March 29, 2009

Spring gardening

Welcome our new colorful family in the balcony!

March 28, 2009

Stack 'em up!

Pancakes! With homemade rum&raisins and strawberries... yum!

March 27, 2009

Pretty images

I love these photography by Denise Grunstein

March 19, 2009

Spring motivation

At last! It's Spring!
The weather's been perfect these days and hopefully it stays like this.

Spring certainly makes me want to start something new.
I have a few things I want to do and especially looking at interior decor pictures (which always make me happy) I'm inspired to do something fresh for my own wonderland.


So this is what I have in mind for this spring...

1. Rearrange funiture layout
2. Paint the wall of my bedroom
3. Plant flowers in the balcony (I wish I have a garden!)


1. 家具のレイアウト替え
2. ベッドのある部屋の壁のペンキ塗り
3. バルコニーに花をたくさん植える (ガーデンがあればいいのに!)

There's nothing special about these pictures (really!) but I really like how these London apartments and windows are always decorated with green and flowers. It would be nice to have my balcony like this!


March 17, 2009

New York City morning

View shot from the hotel room exactly one year ago on March 17, 2008.
I miss this city.

March 15, 2009

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon...

After yoga practice in the morning, my friend and I spent the whole day chatting and enjoying the beautiful weather walking through Shibuya, Harajuku and Omotesando area. Not knowing it was the weekend right before St.Patrick's Day, we encountered a large group of people dressed up in green and a big parade happening Omotesando.

今日はヨガの後、朝からとってもいい天気だったので一日友達とおしゃべりしながら渋谷、原宿、表参道を散歩。St. Patrick's Day (アイルランドの祝日) の週末だとは知らずに歩いていたら、緑にドレスアップしてる人をたくさん見かけて大きなパレードに遭遇しました。

Amazing bagpiper performance

followed by a big marching band...

and dancing baton twirlers.

In the middle of the parade and right before this photo was taken, it seems like somebody proposed under this banner!

Marching Guinness Beer (followed by PR group of Irish pubs) and..

Irish Setters all dressed up for the parade!

I never thought there were so many Irish or Ireland-related people (and dogs!) in Tokyo but it sure was a big Shamrock-day event!


Spring colors.

Needle felted ball chain necklace in spring colors.

March 14, 2009


spagetthi with tomato cream crab sauce

so good!

March 11, 2009

Today is...

My Birthday!

I am so happy to have recieved so many sweet birthday wishes from my friends from all around the world today! It is a beautiful full moon tonight and I think this makes it even special. This year will be a great, exciting year with many, many things to look forward to!

A beautiful bouquet of flowers from my dear friends from work!
Thank you!!!

March 10, 2009

Golden Marmalade

It's that time of the year again.
A box full of home-grown natsu-mikan arrived from our relative's. Funny how they're called 'natsu' (summer) mikan even though it's still March and chilly.

But they're just too sour to be eaten!!

     So what I do is......

Take lots of peels....

into a big pot of natsu-mikan with sugar...

and let the slow cooking begin....

after about 2.5 hours of simmering ...

Happy Marmalade Heaven!

March 8, 2009


Welcome to Yokohama Chinatown!

A line at the steamed bun stall...

...and at the shumai and sesame ball stall

Panda mittens- only 262 yen

Chinatown boy and girl waiting for customers

March 6, 2009

Mt. Fuji

a view shot from high in the sky...

March 1, 2009

Happy March

and these flowers brighten up my room!