Monthly Archives: December 2014

New Year’s Cleaning

As it is custom in Japan, New Year’s eve day (?) is the day to clean up the house to have everything nice and pretty for the new year. And even though he is still coughing, Julius wanted to do … Continue reading

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しゃぶしゃぶ

Tonight’s dinner: Shabu-shabu (Haven’t used Hipstamatic in ages … goes well with the fish eye lens)

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Date lunch (Bakatare round #4)

After our first week being very busy, now it is rather mellow and Julius is still spending most of his time in bed, coughing, really hoping it gets better soon. He did not feel like going out for lunch, but … Continue reading

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Buta no Kakuni / Unagi

With Julius still coughing like crazy we do not really get to go out much and so blogging will focus on food. Last night Keiko-san made fantastic braised pork belly (buta no kakuni). This dish has been a winter favorite … Continue reading

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Making 餅 2014

Just like 2011 and 2012, the neighborhood community center was making o-mochi again. This time it was a peculiar case of ‘synchronicity’ that Julius mentioned at breakfast that he was wondering if they will be doing it again this year … Continue reading

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Sick Kid

Julius is down with a mean cough which means we stay home. And while Ritsu was out with Utako, we boys had a relaxed lounge-y day and I turned leftovers and some supermarket food into surprisingly pretty an appealing meals.

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End of year party at Sunday Bake Shop

I had heard often about the Sunday Bake Shop on my friend Patrick’s blog and now he extended an invitation to come after hours for a ‘end of year’ / boxing day party. With Julius down with a cough and … Continue reading

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Had to have his burger

With mommy busy elsewhere, it was time to take Julius to our ‘mandatory’ McD feast. Interesting side note, McD Japan was limiting the french fry portions based on “shortages that stemmed from labor disruptions on the U.S. West Coast.” But … Continue reading

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Meanwhile … at the dentist’s

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Bakatare #3 / Xmas house

After all that fancy ryokan food, it was time (again) for some hearty ramen at Bakatare And totally unrelated, in our neighbourhood there is the ONE house that went all out for the festive season. Some of the light sculptures … Continue reading

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Schöne Bescherung

He was so excited when he got up, but Santa left clear instructions: “Let your parents sleep and do not open just yet” Now, that’s a lot of Lego to put together!!!

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KFC xmas chicken

This is rather hilarious: Getting chicken at KFC on Christmas Eve in Japan is really a big deal … with people ordering their bucket up to 2 months in advance. Julius had that thought while we were on the bus … Continue reading

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Xmas Snow Fun

So happy that we got snow! Perfect for childhood xmas memories. We heard from the locals that this year the snow cam earlier than usual. Lucky us. We found a big free field to play around, Julius got to make … Continue reading

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Ryokan Dinner #2

We were treated again to this smørgasboard of food. As pretty as all this is, it is a really hard sell to a 10 year old

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Keep your feet warm

The Yubatake (Hot Water Field) is the center of town and besides being very picturesque, there is also a public foot bath, great after long walks in the snow. Later that evening, just before dinner, Julius and I went out … Continue reading

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