A forest of the University of Tokyo.

 Taking a walk is my favorite time when I become so frustrated. Especially, I like doing it in a forest of the University of Tokyo or To-dai Noujou, located near my home in West Tokyo. What makes it so special place for me? First of all, it's so quiet and peaceful because there are not so many people, and moreover, cars are prohibited from entering besides the specific ones for working inside it. As I across a main gate, no more noisy sound follows me. Birds sing in a shade of trees, small insects go back and forth on brown soil.

 Although it's originally a research field of the University of Tokyo, I've hardly seen someone investigate something. For me, it's like a park to relax.  Here, I found a bunch of lotuses both full bloom and ready to bloom.

 Wow, their leaves are much bigger than my hand :)

You can find many old wooden architecture here and there. Surprisingly, some of them are still in use. In Japan, it's difficult to maintain such old buildings because of repeated huge earthquakes and its culture. Generally speaking, Japanese like something new. Shinto, one of two major religions in Japan, regards newness as an important matter. I think that's a reason why they destroy and create almost the same thing frequently. But, personally I prefer to live with old things :) Visiting there is to confirm who I am, what I like, and how I want to live. I'll be back there soon ;)


Eating in and out of my home :)

 A friend of mine sent me a box filled with delicious mandarin oranges a week ago. Fruits make my life rich! :)

 It's my lunch sometime ago. Sitting in front of my dining table and eating silently is a small pleasure of my daily life. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. I can't skip any of them at all. These days I prefer to eat Japanese food cooked myself. To make my ability sharpen, I show up some restaurants that my friends run every now and then, and ask them how they cook and so forth.

 The last one was taken yesterday, when my friend and I went to a Korean BBQ restaurant in Shinjuku, Tokyo. When I decided what to eat, he smiled and told me, "You don't have to order such a budget-friendly meal today". "Why not?" "Because, I got a bonus last night. And guess what? Let me pay all for today!"  That's why we both took beers at that time :)


Cakes and Japanese Sweets :)

 Lately I have begun to realize how delicious Japanese sweets are. The beauty, the colors, and the taste. To understand better, I try to get some whenever I found a sweets shop near my home.

Ordinary, they wrap sweets with Japanese traditional paper which is usually printed the name of a shop, or nature things such as leaves and flowers. When you open up, then,

 Here it is :) I'd like to introduce one by one, but I'm not sure the details yet since I'm new in this field. I'll keep buying and eating weekly basis, so let's talk about it later on ;)

 Also, I try not to forget to take cakes every now and then so that I could stay my sense sharpened. Well, that might be my excuse for eating so many cakes :D Those are from my neighbor's patisserie by the way, I used to drop off and buy cakes four times a week, haha.

 And ice creams. Although I wasn't a person who eat it frequently, I get more accustomed to having it this summer, especially in the hot humid evening. Reading books while taking it bit by bit brings me a wonderful night time. I have to take care not eat too much such a night :)


Fish market, ancient tombs and taking a short walk :)

 Like usual, I visited a fish market with my respectful chef in the early morning of last week. We started to do it about six months ago, and now it became my big pleasure to ask him how to find good fish from a bunch of them :) Aside from doing it, cooking with such a nice fish in my home is also fun to me.

Obviously, I like foods that I cook, but I also like eating out sometime. My favorite restaurants are usually Japanese one like sushi, and the reason is their freshness of ingredients. Eating raw fish makes my life so fulfilled :)

 Once I became full stomach, I took a short walk for an hour. It wasn't raining at that time, so it seemed nice to wander around :)

 The other day, I heard there are many ancient tombs near my home in Nagoya City. Shortly after checking it out on some web sites, I decided to go there in my car. The tombs were built around the 6th century, they said. That surprised me quite a lot. Is there so many people around here at that time? And they even built rather bigger tombs? Although we recognize more than 50 tombs around this place, we are not sure who made it and why.

Some of them have a grave like room inside. A bit cold, dark, but I like it. I could hear cars passing by the street nearby, but I couldn't feel it as a real while I was inside the tomb.  Well, since the scientists began to search about it, I'll visit again soon :)


Sushi, cheese, sweets, and some alcohols I tasted last week :)

 Last week was a special one for me. I ate a variety of foods that were so cool in my home, in restaurants, from traditional style of sushi to macaroon :) So, the first picture is the sushi restaurant I often visit. Because I went there so many times, the chef began to give me fish for my souvenir everytime I go there. And this time, it was a big surprise to me.

 You know what it is? :) It's a part of Tuna, or we call it Maguro in Japanese. Although I can't explain accurately, it's close to Tuna's neck. "I've never cooked it, how should I do this?" I asked him before leaving the restaurant. "It's not difficult at all, just put salt and grill it for a while" he smiled.

 As he said, I put salt on it and grill it in my oven for 25 minutes.

 Well, I have to say it doesn't look delicious, however, it was actually delicious. Yes, it became the top 10 of my whole experienced dishes :D

 On the same day, I took macaroon and some tea. The mixture of sushi and macaroon don't sound good, you think? Then try it and you can feel something special :)

 I also got some cheese in a grocery. It's not easy to get a quality of them in Japan by the way. They are so expensive, yet not so good quality. To avoid such things, I checked many many web sites to find out a good shop for cheese.

 Why did I buy cheese so sudden? Because I planned to have a sake party in my home last Sunday. One day before it, I received a heavy pack filled with sake. "It's him." I laughed. He was supposed to come to the party with some sake, but it seemed he had given up and decided to send directly to my home ;) Such amount of sake can ruin someone's life, haha.

 As the party began, we cheered and started to drink.

"You see, if you aren't satisfied with the taste, you can add lemon, or whatever. I put Japanese pickled apricot in it." "Are you serious about it? It's not made for doing like that!" "It is! Just drink it and you'll understand!"

We started to eat and drink from 11:00 to 18:00. It was a long long day, you know :)