January 31, 2010

My recent work

I hadn't been able to arrange taking pictures or update my shop for a short while but I finally did. But only just a few for now. I'm also adding earrings to my collection. Something like this...

January 30, 2010

Slow cooking, slow food

It's time to make homemade marmalade again.

Super sour home grown natsu-mikan.

An endless process of slicing the orange peal.

And after over 8 hours of slow preparing and cooking....
Voila! Marmalade all stocked up!

January 25, 2010

Aizu-wakamatsu, Fukushima

I went to Aizu-wakamatsu over the weekend for an onsen trip with my very good friend. We did nothing but eat, soak in onsen and sleep!

Snow, snow, snow! A view from the Shinkansen on the way to Fukushima.

No pictures from the onsen site but this is where we stayed. The hot spring was great, the room we stayed was clean and ok (the best part was being able to check-out at 12 noon) and the food was pretty good. Overall, it wasn't so bad.

And a few pictures of nice retro architectures in the neighborhood.

January 22, 2010

Colorful wall

Just guess what this is...

A climbing wall with people hanging and climbing.

And that's me climbing for the first time!

January 17, 2010

South Indian cuisine 2

Introducing another South Indian restaurant in Tokyo besides Dhaba India and Nirvanam. Sri Balaji located in Nakameguro has really delicious Goan fish curry, pannir tikka masala and basmati rice (flavored with cardamon).

A few different kinds of curry

Mysore masala dosa

A couple appetizers; Pakora and Gobi 65.

Sri Balaji

January 1, 2010

Happy 2010

Happy New Year !
Here are some photos from Hatsumoude, the first visit to the shrine on New Year.

Everyone waiting on a big line at Hie-Shrine at Akasaka to pray for good health and fortune for the year. There's a photo of this place from last year during sakura season, here.

Miko-san performing a dance ritual right next to the shrine.

A long and steep steps going up to Atago Shrine.

Also known as the stone stairway to success.

It's so steep and scary to look back and down!

At the end of the hike is a small but lovely shrine where a line of people wait to pray for the new year.

A beautiful Japanese pond with lanterns right beside the Atago Shrine.
This place is also beautiful in early spring with pink sakura. I'm already looking forward to the sakura season this year.

May 2010 be filled with great health and happiness !