oil painting on Sunday.

 Yeah, I'm getting better!! :)


Reiwa era has just begun!

 It's the end of 10-day holiday in Japan, and I just thought I would publish a new post to see what it was like in my "Golden Week" holiday. Unlike many friends, I didn't have any particular plans to do. So basically I cook dish three times a day, and painting pictures occasionally.

 Oh, I met my friend who gave a birth one month ago. New born baby belongs to Heisei era, which has been for 31 years in Japan before ended in April 2019. Me? I'm a person from Showa era, which ended before Heisei era! We all belong different era now, hm, interesting...


Dining, painting and me :)

 April in 2019 was quite an interesting month for me. I'm back to a full-time job, and also, began joining to a lunch club held in fine restaurants in Tokyo. As you know, I love these kinds of luxury atmosphere, nice utensils, wonderful meals, oil painting on the wall....well, pretty much everything, haha.

 While I enjoy those restaurants, I equally love cooking myself, having it in completely silent morning, staring at flower in a glass vase. It really makes me feel content, and if things get busy in the near future, I will definitely continue my way of living :)

 Regarding drawing and painting.....

 I think I'm making progress, slowly but surely ;)


Visiting Starbucks Reserve Roastery Tokyo, March 2019.

 I always love a cafe which has a big space, terrace with nice view, and good coffee, of course. And I always go such cafe whenever they open a new one in Tokyo. In early March, Starbucks Reserve Roastery Tokyo was opened near Naka-Meguro Station. It's a new concept Starbucks with bakery, liquor bar, teashop...all kind of drinks available in it. So one day, I cycled there to check what it's like :)

  I decided to get there in the early morning of 8 a.m. because they said people making queue up to five hours just to get in. But fortunately, there was nothing like that when I got there. So lucky!!

 Inside was a factory-like atmosphere with a huge roaster is on the first floor, pipes and noises are here and there. And....

 Each section has its own speciality, like fine coffee, special liquor.... My fovourite is...

 Of course, a bread! I can't go without it XD They were lining up in front of the casher, but it only took 15 minutes or so, not a big deal!

Not only coffee, but decor was so interesting, each of walls has unique character :)

 It was still cold out there at that day, however, I enjoyed having hot coffee in terrace :) You can see Meguro river, which is one of the most famous sakura spots in Tokyo just right next to the building. (I cycled there on 28 March, and it was full bloom, by the way!)



Finished reading "Killing Commendatore"

  Painting and reading were the only things I did in February 2019. Among many books was Haruki Murakami's latest long novel "Killing Commendatore(騎士団長殺し". In his typical unique style of writing and expression, I felt as if I were living in both real world and the world in novel at the same time, and I really appreciate that I can read his great works in Japanese. ( I also enjoy reading his book in English, of course, and it always makes me surprised how good the translators preserve its mood in English) The protagonist of this book is a painter by the way, and the whole story begins with finding a hidden artwork called Killing Commendatore in the attic of his house, where was once belonged to a famous painter. See, you know why I like it so much :)

  I know my painting life has just started. And I hope it's gonna be good to me :D


Marunouchi's illumination :)

I visited Marunouchi district, near Tokyo Station yesterday. There are plenty of things to see, including my favourite tea shop, clothing store, sweet cafe and so forth. It always fascinates me to walk under the illumination trees lining up on streets.

 And yes, I paint bit by bit on weekday :)


My brother's departure for Germany.

January was a relatively calm month for me. Because I quit a job in December, I finally found myself cooking much more than before. Like anytime, I tend to cook small dishes instead of a gorgeous, big one, then eat them bit by bit as if I was digging a narrow tunnel. And you know what, I love it. In the end of the month, one of my brother moved to Germany for work. We got together days before his departure, having nice white wine with pasta and fresh salad. We talked a lot about our old memorable stories.

 While 2010s was a decade of tremendous tragedy for me with waves of depression and devoice, he made his way, joined a remarkable workplace, got married, bought a super luxury apartment. But thankfully enough, we have been able to hung out without paying any attentions on our different climate. We cooked together, helped each other whenever needed. I'm so proud of being his brother.
 Well, I don't think living apart changes our solid relationship dramatically. Let's see how it turns out to be :)

  Oh, I just want to put my drawings below!



Photographs from January.

Yeah, I still love what I'm doing :)