Friday, May 14, 2021

this and that

Look at the line for, what part of "go out only for necessaries" do you not understand?!
Beautiful  orchids grown in a yard.
Old cars parked in front of someone's house!

Wow to the cars and wow to the size of the house.
ORO Food Rescue sells food items whose expire dates have recently passed or is nearing expiration.

We picked up this sesame mazesoba and garlic butter abura soba to try.

Apparently it is a collaboration with Ryuji, a You Tuber and Sapporo Ichiban...had no idea who he was, but I hope these taste good.

I like the idea of not wasting food and selling items that have gone a little over the expiration date. 

We'll be back to check out the food items here whenever we are in the area.

Tried the pasta hack that Maybe it's Jenny posted about...bringing water to a boil and boiling your pasta for 2 minutes then turning off the heat, letting the pasta sit for 10-12 minutes...a quick check online told me to minus 2 minutes off from the amount of time on your package since all pasta is not the same.

Since my pasta said 7 minutes, I boiled it for 2 minutes, turned off the heat and let it sit for 5 minutes...winner!

Sad shakuyaku (chinese peony) that I bought for Mother's Day...still hasn't!
If you can zoom in on this photo to see what is written on this guy's shirt...f-everything...ha!

Tried a new (to me) beer by Kona Brewing Co, Island Colada Cream Ale.

An IPA with hints of coconut and pineapple, hope to get this again during the summer months....
The tachiaoi (hollyhock) has started to bloom, which can only mean that the rainy season is coming...ugh!

Tokyo's numbers are back up to 1000 cases a!

Hope you are all doing well, we are hanging in there and trying to keep zen.

Have a safe weekend.

ORO Food Rescue
2-24-2 Omorinaka
Ota, Tokyo
Phone: 03.6410.8520
Closed Sundays
Hours: 10:00-19:00

Thursday, May 13, 2021


Up the street from Umeyashiki, is Omorimachi.

We walked the shopping arcade and picked up lunch from Hirumeshiya, a spice curry shop.

Satoshi chose the lamb curry and veggie keema...1100 yen (tax included).

He said his curry was super spicy.

I tried the nori chicken curry...1100 yen (tax included).

When we first moved to Tokyo, we visited the Omori Nori Museum , where for 300 years, nori farming used to be a booming business in Tokyo Bay until 1962.

The chicken curry is cooked with nori which gives it a black tinge to it.

To serve, they also included some pieces of nori.

The nori accented the curry and I enjoyed this.

There are other items on their menu that we want to try, so we'll be back whenever we are in the area.

5-10-10 Omorinishi
Ota, Tokyo
Phone: 070.3270.2024
Closed Mondays
Hours: 11:00-14:00

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

bento original

Up the street from Bakurry, is Bento Original...a teeny shop selling bento.

The woman running the shop was a little gruff .
I tried the nori bento (small)...380 yen (tax included).

There was teriyaki beef, kinpira, sausage & tamagoyaki (rolled omelette)...two layers of nori and rice.

A bit on the salty side, but cannot go wrong with the amount of food for the price.

Satoshi went with the kinpira bento...400 yen (tax included).

Rice on the bottom, kinpira and teriyaki beef on top.

He said his food was also salty, but also a bargain for the amount of food.

We will be back to try other items on the menu when we are in the area.

Bento Original
3-1-20 Omorinaka
Ota, Tokyo
Phone: 03.3761.3846
Closed Sundays
Hours: 10:30-18:00

Tuesday, May 11, 2021


I stumbled upon Bakurry when I was looking for Sakaeya Bakery.

The place wasn't open that time, but was when we passed by this past Saturday, so we stopped to pick up some items to try.

When we left the store there was a small line, so we figured it must be good...

Curry pan filled with curry and mashed potato.

I love mashed potatoes but don't see them too often, so I  had to try

The curry has just the right amount of spicy for me, I also liked the crunchy outside.
Satoshi got the curry pan with soft boiled egg.
How do they keep the egg from setting? it was still oozy even after toasting.
We also tried their egg tarts.

I would've liked this better if the crust were more flaky and not chewy.

I was leery with their heat up says wet the curry pan...toast until crispy.

Um, I've heard of "misting" bread before toasting but not totally soaking it like the picture shows.

And how long should we toast it until it gets crispy?!

We ended up not "wetting" or "misting" the curry pan and only toasted it for about 5 minutes.

Now I understand why I should have “misted” it, since they keep their curry pan in the refrigerated showcase only wrapped in an eat and go paper , “misting” would have “freshened” it up when I toasted it...

Next time we want to try their custard pudding, so we will be back!

As for their name, is part "bake" and "curry"...put together it sounds like "bakery".

Bakurry Factory & Outlet

2-10-7 Higashi Kamata

Ota, Tokyo

Phone: 03.6424.4886

Open daily

Hours: 8:00-18:00

Monday, May 10, 2021

takeuchi bakery

We checked out a new (to us) bakery, Takeuchi Bakery in the Umeyashiki area which is about a 30 minute walk from where we live.

Online it says that they have been in business for over 50 years.

Satoshi tried their bacon, egg burger...he said this was worth the 240 yen (tax included).

He also tried their veggie "dog"...fresh veggies put into a hot dog bun.

I tried their croq-spa...croquette & spaghetti noodles in a hot dog bun.

carby delicious!

We also shared this beni-imo anpan...anpan filled to the gills with purple sweet potato.

We'll be back!

Takeuchi Bakery (photo from the internet)

2-15-3 Omorinaka

Ota, Tokyo

Phone: 03.3764.6578

Closed Mondays

Hours: 7:00-18:30

Friday, May 07, 2021

this and that

How are you doing? We are hanging in there.

We picked up some wagashi (Japanese sweets) for Children's Day (what was called "Boys Day"  when I was growing up)

I think Kanto (East Japan)  wagashi often has miso an (miso flavored filling) in their sweets as I've seen other items with the miso flavored fillings...

The kashiwa mochi that we tried from Ookuniya had miso flavored bean paste in it...more savory than sweet.

We also tried their mikan daifuku...the mikan (tangerine) that they used was kinda sour though...meh!

Love this arare is sweet and salty.
We went back to Sakaeya Bakery...this time around we tried their katsu pan...super thin piece of pork that is fried...I guess it is similar to schnitzel.

I loved how crispy it was.

We also tried their mini an doughnuts...tiny orbs filled with sweet bean paste that are fried and covered in sugar.

So good with coffee.

This month in front of the senior day care...origami irises.
I was surprised to see so many different foreign languages on this construction sign but it makes sense since there are many foreigners working at these construction sites these days.

On the last day of Golden Week, we had a pupu party.

We picked up various stuff at the market, ran back before the rain and had a leisurely lunch.

Have "finally" taught someone to use their ear I don't have to listen to him "blasting" his podcasts...a good thing about his using the ear pods, he cannot hear when I take photos of him...ha!

Rainy season has started in is only a matter of time before Honshu starts.

Our state of emergency will be extended until the end of May and I think the wedding we were supposed to attend at the end of the month might be postponed (again!).

There are so many hiccups with the vaccinations that it is getting kind of ridiculous.

We found a few more places to explore nearby, so we hope to get out to see them on the next sunny day.

Have a safe weekend.

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

tokyo people

 No music on this one...enjoy!

Monday, May 03, 2021


Seminole is a type of citrus that I came upon.

The outer flesh is quite thick making it hard to peel.

Online it suggests you cut it into wedges...they call this the "smile cut".

I like the naming for this type of cut.

We need more smiles these days.

I'm glad we tried this, it was juicy and very sweet.

Friday, April 30, 2021

20 years

Today marks twenty years since I moved to Japan (pre-blog)

Some days it feels like a long time ago, some days it doesn't.

So many things have happened in that time.

Good...bad...mostly good.

Thankful for this blog and all of those that take the time to read it.

Thankful for this life.

Changing the subject, Tokyo as well as Hyogo, Kyoto and Osaka are currently in a state of emergency (the 3rd one). 

It actually started on Sunday (when we were in Kyoto).

My understanding of this state of emergency is that no one is supposed to leave their prefecture.

Since Japan's constitution says these state of emergencies are "request" only, they can only request that we do not leave our prefecture...

I really think they should create temporary laws so that at least shops can refuse serving those who do not wear masks and arrest the people who insist on drinking/partying out in public.

Tokyo’s case numbers went back up to 1000 yesterday and the variant cases are now 60%...hopefully everyone will take this state of emergency seriously even though it is Golden Week, which started yesterday.

On a happy note, it is shakuyaku season (chinese peony).

I picked some up from our neighborhood florist and am happy they are all blooming.

Hope you are doing well, keeping your spirits up and taking things one day at a time.

Please stay safe and have a good weekend.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

some things I brought back from kyoto

Since SIL is on a cleaning spree, I brought back a few (more) things back from MIL's...some (more) dishes.

I think I may FINALLY try making chawan mushi....

A coffee cup that I originally got from MIL awhile back has a hairline crack, so I brought back a replacement.
MIL's rice cooker...I actually can't believe she has this model, it is so complex!

I hope I can actually use it...need to figure out the manual before I throw out our old rice cooker...

We also brought back our wedding video in hopes of getting it dubbed into a DVD.

So many more "things" that we (mostly Satoshi) have in Kyoto...dunno how we will manage to store and/or get rid of them...

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

library book return box

While waiting for Satoshi to run some errands at Shijo Station, I people watched and noticed this library book return box.

There were quite a number of people who stopped to return their books.

And then this guy came to pick up the books.

I thought he would just dump all the books into these blue boxes and be on his way...

Instead, he got down on his knees and took each book out and gently placed them into these boxes.

I was impressed on how well he treated the books.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

49 day service


Friday, we went to Kyoto...we were lucky to get to see Mount Fuji for most of our flight.

Saturday, the 49 day service for MIL went relatively smoothly and we all had lunch together at Touzan which is located in the Hyatt Regency Kyoto.

We've had meals here in the past especially after memorial services for FIL.

This time was pandemic style...temperature check and hand sanitizer when you enter the hotel then temperature check and hand sanitizer when you enter the restaurant.

A mask case to put your mask in...the hotel provided everyone with another mask to use while dining so that you don't dirty your mask.

Take off the mask to eat...put the mask back on to talk...pretty hard to do

Appetizers...(menu provided at the bottom of this post).
Sashimi...those round white things looked like onions but were daikon!
Loved this! especially the combination of myoga & onion.
Main...the sea bream was cooked perfectly and there were also large pieces of takenoko!
Everyone had beer (s) with their meal but I had a glass of white wine and a glass of sparkling wine.
Lots of food...similar menu to what we have had in the past.

I'm thankful we were all able to get together (hopefully it was a safe gathering too).

Thanks for today MIL!