Tea Ceremony

This will remain as one of the highlights of my 2018 stay in Japan. A friend invited to join a tea ceremony class in April.

I was blown away by the level of quality, precision and meditation in there. We spent a couple of hours and every minute was inspiring, full of information. I was told this is one of the Zen pillars and I wish I would have time to continue the journey and take this class on a regular basis.

 

from the way you present the matcha in its box, to the  type of bowl you will use depending on the season, the way you open the door, close it, listen to the sound of water, respect the kakemono, walk across the room, everything is thought. loved it, absolutely loved it

Happo-en Tokyo

On a Saturday lunch time, I went out to picnic in the Shirokanedai area, in the Tokyo University park. Across the road, I discovered the wonderful Happo-en.

This is a place that gives you serenity, calm, peace in the heart of the city, suddenly, you forget about the noise, the cars, and the daily life.

The park has a collection of bonsai, a banqueting space and a tea ceremony house that you may book although I have heard they dont always reply

 

Strike in Japan

One thing that I truly appreciate in Japan compared to Europe is the lack of strikes and demonstrations, this is such a relief.

Of course, there are but different!! Typically, demonstrations happen on Saturdays from 10h00 to 11h00 where cars ride around the government buildings shouting their queries from loud speakers. One lane on the road is allocated to the demonstrators so that public is not disturbed.

Here is a strike that happened yesterday in Okayama

Karaoke

fancy a karaoke night? here is a view

you come, you pay, you choose your package that includes size of room and duration required, percussions,  and off you go. you can rent costumes if you wish to

Drinks include all sorts of tapioca drinks, very fun and unusual for me.

 

 

Once in the room, you choose from the tablet the kind of music, and it displays on the screen. it is fun and easy going

seafood – fish & co

really yummy place in Roppongi – right next to Midtown shopping mall, the place is called Uoshin Nogizaka. the atmosphere is like an izakaya and they provide a lot of different fishes and seafood in a great atmosphere

2nd floor is smoking area. prices are ok, menu is in Japanese, there is a limited simple English version but the fun is to choose randomly

excellent address – make sure you book in advance as it is packed Monday to Sunday steadily

 

Japanese Dinner

Last week end, I had a memorable dinner at a friend’s place. She prepared and I watched the beauty of a nice Japanese evening

Tofu is always a win, light, you can spice up with a lot of different things

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Of course, a Japanese meal always include pickles (Tsukemono), boiled vegetable and rice

The highlight of my evening was this sweet potato mousse, very creamy, rich, tasty, I loved it, I have the recipe and will rehearse and practice. As a European, I am not expert on sweet potato but this is an absolute delight

 

Arigato Gozaimasu Sawako San, you made my day and taught me so much that day