Autumn has come.

 As the temperature drops almost 10 degrees in the morning here in Tokyo, I spend much time in my room, having a cup of green tea while reading old books. Unlike many people, I’m a big fan of cold weather: I enjoy wearing winter coat and warm muffler, walking all the way to the station, or just sitting on a chair, staring at kitchen pot boiling vegetable soup in the early morning. These are joyful moment of the season just around the corner 


600km trip to northern region Toyama, late summer, 2017.

 Sometimes I need go far away from Tokyo to get the air. And in that cases, a northern countryside province Toyama is the best option to me. One day in the late September, my friend and I decided to take one-day-car-trip there.

 We hit the road at 8 o’clock in the morning, when the sun rising up from the distance mountains, long shadows on the ground made the landscape quite dramatic. Soon after the departure, I found my friend sleeping next to my seat. That wasn’t surprising, considering the fact that we had another super busy day yesterday, made us slept late in the evening. Before I get sleepy, I just need something sweet!

So that’s it XD I can’t go without sweets!! Well, the weather could never be better, don’t you think?!

 Immediately after getting the destination, I drove straight to my favorite sushi restaurant. For me, one of the most exciting things to get to the coastal place Toyama is having super fine sushi, which is quite different from traditional Tokyo-style “Edo-mae-sushi”. They have so many unique fish and shells in Toyama, and definitely I love them all !

 Okay, before moving to the other place, we had a small break at a local Starbucks along a canal. This café was once nominated to the world’s most beautiful Starbucks, and I have no doubt about this. Not only the café itself, but also the surrounding park is breathtaking with lots of birds flying over, people from all ages walking along the canal…everything is so peaceful. I can easily stay here for hours, but for now, we had to head to the other place!

One hour from the city centre of Toyama, there is an old remote mountainous village Gokayama (五箇山). Because of difficulty getting there, it’s not so popular tourist destination despite it’s a world heritage. Thanks to my car, we drive up the steep road to get there :)

 It seemed the temperature was around 10 degrees, which was astonishing compare to 28 degrees in Tokyo. Let’s get insde now..

 Usually they are three stareys buildings, and inside was rather dark but warm enough to play with a traditional instrument for a while, haha.

 With Buckwheat noodle with sliced bear meat, I was pretty satisfied to get back to home ;)


Day trip to Toyama.

Coming soon...
(I mean "hopefully" haha)


The very final day of a small sushi restaurant.

 About a week before, I’ve got a text message from my friend, regrettably informing me of the closing down my favorite sushi restaurant. “It was going to be next Friday” she mentioned sadly.
 So I decided then and there that I was going to this small sushi restaurant where a friend of mine running alone.

Opening a heavy darkish wooden door, I felt as if I came across another world. It was dark inside, so dark that I couldn’t even see the way to the table.
 Seeing my old friend cooking sushi behind the counter, I remember so many things across my heart. It was five years ago when I first came here. And seemingly, not a thing has changed ever since: The traditional style interior, two small spot lights barely shine the counter, rectangle dishes piled up and bottle of sake stored in shelf...All the same, except the fact that it was the last day of the restaurant, and for me, I divorced during this five years.
 As the fifty something chef recognized me, he put smile on his face, asking me to sit back one of eight chairs. I nodded and did what he had asked for.

 I know there are so many reasonable fine sushi restaurants not only in Tokyo, but also across the globe. And nobody can stop the recent casual trend for sushi. We never get tired of finding a nice one with fancy website, a variety of set menu with sophisticated photographs and so on. Compare to those, his restaurant was too old-style without any website, too ambiguous when it comes to the price. And yet I couldn’t help but missing his restaurant. Coming to his restaurant repeatedly, I learned how foods can turn to be soft and beautiful under indirect light, which I implemented to my home-party in recent years.

 After finish eating, I vowed his, then asked if he could give some dish and plate. He gently nod, told me to come back a week later.


Memories losing slowly, but surely.

 As time goes by, I find it more difficult to remember what it was like a marriage-life to me. Sure, I still can vividly recall places we visited together, restaurants, country side, such kind of details. And yet, I can’t remember well about them as a whole, just as if I couldn’t remember every piece of a dream I had last night. Perhaps it’s better forgetting things, especially something bitter. But for me, just losing my memory sometimes hurts so much.


Drawing in a cool cafe in Ginza, mid morning on September.

 Whatever people say, drawing can actually heal my heart.


Azabu Juban Summer Festival in August, 2017.

 Going to summer festivals is one of the most exciting experiences for me. Every summer, I look forward to festivals with people wearing traditional colorful clothes kimono, huge fireworks hanabi blooming on the sky. In 2017, I joined one of the most popular summer festivals held in a fancy city in Azabu (麻布十番), Tokyo.

Usually taken place in the middle of every August, more than 400,000 people gathering to have nice meal on the street as well as drinks in this festival Juban-matsuri (十番祭り). Despite such a high-ranking and sophisticated district, many restaurants, including the ones with Michelin star, have food stalls to serve fine meals just for a few dollars. Well, I absolutely can't miss it!

Most drinks and meals are available around $5-7, so we can pick a little by little, and enjoy a variety of food. That's a good thing about going to festivals in Japan :)

 Chopped eels ;)

 Not only food stalls, but also they had a parade walking on the main street, members of jazz clubs playing on a stage. With lot of songs and unique food, this festival made my weekend so memorable ;) 


Early morning in Fishi market Tsukiji, 2017.

Fish market begin its day much earlier than that of ordinary people. To catch up with it, I got up before down, then walk all the way to get there one day.

 walking in the late evening/ early morning in Tokyo is always fun, especially summer when the air is relatively calm. As I go across Tokyo Tower and continued to my way, I was getting excited, getting more energy in my body. Approaching the fish market, I felt wind brought the smelled of sea. Fantastic.

 Almost there :)

 Like last time I visited, I had a wonderful sashimi dish. It was before 7 a.m. but some sushi restaurants were already operating ;)