5月 07, 2017 0


I did Takopa few weeks ago!! Takopa means Takoyaki party:9
I used to have takopa often when I was a student:)
Have you ever tried making Takoyaki?

Takoyaki is a signature food of Osaka. But many Japanese include me love it!!
In Tokyo, my favorite Takoyaki shop is 銀だこ(Gindako). Their Takoyaki is very crispy outside:)

By the way, do you know this?

It’s called Takosen. 
Takoyaki squashed between 2 crackers (senbei).
I had this few weeks ago. It was actually my first time to eat!! I didn’t even know Takosen!! 
It’s a good snack when you travel😊👍 Probably easier to find them in Osaka!!

4月 03, 2017 0

Cherry blossoms!!!!!

Finally sakura (cherry blossom) season has come!! It took longer time this year though. We love sakura and hanami so much!!

Hanami is a typical way that Japanese people enjoy sakura. We sit under cherry tree then eat and drink:D Even though it’s too cold for doing hanami at night, it doesn’t matter. They just do it. People are crazy about hanami lol
I went to Ueno park few days ago where is only 10 minutes away from Wakalture. Ueno park is one of the most famous places for cherry blossom and hanami!!
Then found this super cute cat on the cherry tree!!!!

She/he was sitting and didn’t move so much but turn her/his face in the back sometimes so that everyone could take photos!!lol Around the cat was like this!!

Soooo many people!!

It’s hard to say when is the best time to see Cherry blossoms as it’s really depending on the weather.
So if you have seen it, you are so lucky!!:)

3月 30, 2017 0

Calligraphy, Origami and mini tour:)

She did almost full course of Wakalture!!
First, I showed her 2 shrines around my area and taught how to rinse hands and mouth then to pray.

This is Kanda Myojin Shrine.

Then did a beginners Calligraphy class:)
She picked a word “open-minded” but unfortunately there is no Japanese to translate nicely.
So I asked why she chose it to look for the best word for her.
Then found this word 新 means new. I thought she want to be or she is open-minded to this travel, different culture and new things:)
I was surprised at her Calligraphy skills. She has a good balance and learns quickly!!
Her balance was good already so I taught the techniques for writing beautiful strokes.
Then after few practice, she got it!! It’s not easy but somehow she did it O.o
I wonder if she keeps learning Calligraphy then gets so well!!

See how much she’s improved!!

After she enjoyed and I was surprised, she made few Origami craft such as jumping flog and crane.

She is taking a photo of 2 cranes. One is regular size of crane (pink one on the right) and the other one is tiny little crane (Yellow one on the left)!!

The end, I’ve got this present from her♡
She is from Vancouver so that she brought me Maple syrup!!:D
Thank you so much for it and fun time!!

3月 23, 2017 0

Won a prize and had an award ceremony!

Throwback to the last summer 😛
I participated in an exhibition held in Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum for the first time in 11 years.
I used to join it when I was a student and have won the grand prize.

This is what I wrote. It’s more than 2 meters!! Takes 40 minutes to finish writing.
Calligraphy can be very tough sometimes.

This is the ceremony. It’s been a while to be commended in front of many people so I was very nervous 🙁
After seeing my teacher’s smile, I felt a bit better though!!
She is so special for me:) I can’t imagine my life without her!!

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

3月 21, 2017 0

Izakaya night with Hub Japan

I joined one of Hub Japan’s activity “Support for spending time at local Izakaya that has no English menu” !!

There are many nice restaurants where we(Japanese local) go in Tokyo.
Unfortunately, most of them have no English menus. So we take you there to help you!!
Also  we can talk about our culture:)
The guests of that day were from America!!

First we went to an Izakaya in Shinjuku. We ordered Oden which eaten in winter.
Then we took them to Omoide Yokocho.

Omoide Yokocho is close to West exit of Shinjuku station. There are narrow alleys and small restaurants. We decided to stop by a Yakitori restaurant.
They show you what they have not menu, the actual food so that you are able to understand easily and order what you want.
It was interesting to eat and drink in a tiny restaurants!!

We’re ordering from what they’re showing us!

After that, we went to Golden gai as well!! It was a bit of walking to get to East side of Shinjuku.
There are also narrow alleys like only one person can walk. Many small bars are there too.
Most of bars charge 500 yen to 1000 yen for the seat.
But we’ve found one they don’t charge for tourists:D

We had few drinks and enjoyed their atmosphere!!
It was quite different experience for me too. I felt like I was back to 70’s or 80’s!!

If you feel bored going to regular restaurants while you’er in Tokyo, visiting Omoide Yokocho or Golden gai is probably a good choice:)