Saturday, April 13, 2024

sakura walk (sakurazaka & tamagawa)

Last Saturday it was forecast for clouds, Satoshi had something to do so I went to check out Sakurazaka.

I’ve mentioned this before but this is the area which inspired Fukuyama Masaharu to write the song "Sakurazaka".


Caught this furry one enjoying the blooms
I then walked along Tamagawa

How’s this family?! I am a wimp and cannot sit in the grass like this, for fear of crawly things, I need a bench or chair! ha

So many people having hanami (cherry blossom viewing) parties
These two found a bench on a street corner to have their hanami.

The overcast weather made for gloominess, but it was still nice to be out and about.

Friday, April 12, 2024

canned oden

Remember we bought these canned oden to try?

Well, we tried them...

The smaller can, had no soup in it and was kind of bland

There was a piece of konbu, chicken, konnyaku, quail egg and some kamaboko

The larger can, had soup and big "stuff" inside

I thought this one was more flavorful, plus it had more "stuff" in it.

We're happy we got to try these but agree that "fresh" oden is better.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

semi-sakura walk (kanda)

When I went to Kanda Shinoda, I also went a couple of doors up to Omiya Yogashiten because I wanted to try their sakura butter roll, this was a "drier" cake, which kind of reminded me of dacquoise, an almond cake filled with buttercream, this version was topped with salted sakura flowers.

The buttercream actually had bits of sour cherry in it, I'm glad it didn't overpower anything...500 yen plus tax

I'm glad I got to try this.

And this rolled cake for Satoshi...350 yen plus tax

This looked like a moist sponge filled with lots of whipped cream and fruit in the middle
I also picked up their baked piroshiki, small curry pan and tuna sandwich...580 yen plus tax 

The tuna sandwich had big pieces of onion in it, glad the onion didn't have a bite to them

The curry pan was spicy and the piroshiki was meaty

I'm glad I tried these and will try others items the next time I am here. 

Shohei bridge on the way back to JR Akihabara station
(photos uploaded wonky)
Waterras, an office complex across the street from Omiya Yogashiten had several cherry trees around their entrance

It was forecast to rain, so I wanted to make it home before it did.

Still, I'm glad I got to see a little more cherry blossoms.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

kanda shinoda sushi

Last Friday, went to pick up some Kanda Shinoda Sushi for us to try.

They have been in business since 1902

Loved the wrapping and the packaging.
I bought the set with 4 kampyo maki, 2 futomaki and 4 inarizushi...1501 yen (tax included) for us to share

I like their inarizushi, it is kind of  “juicy” and has renkon (lotus root) in it)

I thought the wrapping looked familiar and I was right.

It is the same artwork as Matterhorn, the artist is Suzuki Shintaro. (cookie photo from 2022)

I'm glad we got to try this sushi, I'd definitely get it again

They also have oshizushi (pressed sushi) which we should try the next time we are here.

Kanda Shinoda Sushi
2-2-1 Kanda Awajicho
Chiyoda, Tokyo
Closed: Tuesdays
Hours: 7:30-17:00 (16:00 Saturdays & Sunday)

Tuesday, April 09, 2024

sakura walk (meguro & shinagawa)

Thursday, I went to the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien (Garden) Art Museum to see their cherry blossoms

If you remember, I was here back in November
There were still some camellias in bloom

They have a handful of sakura trees
Apparently this particular sakura tree is the same as the type that was sent to the Potomac area in Washington DC 100 plus years ago, this tree was planted at the museum 20 plus years ago…huge!
Osaki's sakura as seen looking down from the walkway of the JR Osaki station

The blooms are at the top of the tree, so it was best to look down at them 
Caught the Chandon boat, taking people on a sakura tour on the Meguro river, they were sipping champagne and eating pupus, cool! (looked up the price and it was $800-ish for a weekday, more for weekends)
Along the Meguro River near Shinagawa

Loved the colors of this tile
Kita Shinagawa

At least it wasn't raining, but the cloudiness was kind of gloomy

Monday, April 08, 2024

(indoor) sakura walk (haneda)

Wednesday was forecast for rain at about actually started to rain earlier

I decided to check out the sakura display at Haneda airport.

By bus, what should have taken half an hour took me almost an hour to get there because of traffic

This beautiful sakura ikebana display was super impressive

Most of the other sakura around Terminal 3 was fake

This was a teeny but real ikebana display
Other fake displays at Haneda Airport Garden

Loved the walls inside the Hanayama Udon shop

Even though most of the displays were fake, it was nice to walk around Haneda and see some sakura.

Sunday, April 07, 2024


Went to check out Tabuchi which was featured on a tv show.

In business since 1955, this teeny shop sells different cuts of meat as well as all sorts of fried items.

Back in the day, their menchi katsu (fried hamburger) and croquettes were popular at the nearby Oi Racetrack.

I went when they had just opened, so they didn't have many fried items in the showcase 

I purchased an American dog (corn dog)..90 yen (tax included), this wasn't too good, the sausage inside had a weird texture.

two ebi fry (fried shrimp)...160 yen (tax included) each...Satoshi said this was ono

And two tonkatsu...380 yen (tax included) each

Not sure what the blue ticket was for, but hope to go back to try other fried items like their chicken katsu

You should’ve seen the fry area, just tons of panko!

Overall, the breading was a little loose but we still enjoyed this

When I left, there was quite a line behind me.

I'll be back.

1-29-17 Oomori Kita
Ota, Tokyo
Closed Wednesdays & Sundays
Hours: 11:00-18:30