Monthly Archives: December 2011

Happy 2012

I just had to share this one: We went out to a shrine we have never been to before. Seems like everyone was watching the NHK new years program and then went out. The line was long and we waited … Continue reading

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This year’s yakiniku

Like every year, we headed out to have some fun burning meat again. Different place this time, no charcoal grill, instead gas. But very good meat quality and nice service. Julius is becoming a bbq master.

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Dentist!

Last week Julius had his first dental appointment, and the dentist found some decay (despite Julius brushing regularly) and set up some appointments to get this fixed before it becomes painful. I mentally prepared the little man, i.e. by showing … Continue reading

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Meeting old friends

Back in Italy, one of Julius’ friends was Momoe, and they moved back to Japan earlier this year. But we kept in touch and they ended up moving close to the area where we are usually staying during the holidays. … Continue reading

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Xmas Ninja

One of the more silly presents he got this xmas We saw that in Asakusa and the little boy in me thought that he would be very happy with something like that. Also, there is a flag / country parade … Continue reading

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Making 餅

I noticed earlier this morning that in the communal space of the apartment area was some strange pounding going on … later I found out that this was some kind of party and people were making o-mochi from scratch … … Continue reading

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Lego

So many parts (according to Amazon “933 LEGO pieces”) … and a 3 volume instruction booklet … but Julius is getting really good at that!

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Merry Christmas!!!

Ok, so we do not have a tree here … but a very nice xmas cake! (Julius actually put up a sign: ‘Santa, please put my presents HERE’. Amazing, he still believes in Santa Claus 😀 )

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Santa & the Men in Black (on a train)

On our way back yesterday, after an eventful (and food-full) day of adventure, we met Santa Claus on a train! It seems the economy has hit him as well, there was no money for a sleigh this year and only … Continue reading

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Chanko-nabe

Even after 11 years (and what I think is my 10th trip to Japan, I have to check), there is always something new to discover. This time Uta-chan introduced us (me?) to Chanko-nabe, the food of the sumo wrestlers. It … Continue reading

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Tokyo Sky Tree boat cruise (with TV crew)

Behold the Tokyo Sky Tree, which “is currently the tallest tower in the world. It is taller than Canton Tower (600 m (1,969 ft)); the tallest structure on an island, taller than Taipei 101; and the second tallest structure in … Continue reading

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Funny how time flies …

Among many other things, we went to Asakusa today. And I realized that it had been now 11 years nearly to the day, that Ritsu brought me there for the first time 11 years ago. On my first ever trip … Continue reading

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Okonomiyaki & Monjayaki with Uta-chan

Like every year, we try to meet up with our friend Utako. This time we met in Asakusa to have some okonomiyaki (which we had last about a year ago in Kyoto) and for the first time I got to … Continue reading

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Holiday Concert Videos now online!

As promised earlier, I have now finally finished uploading the videos from Julius’ holiday concert. So either scroll down or click here to go watch them. Happy Holidays!

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Tsukiji Fish Market in Hipstamatic

(Square pics now single-clickable)

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