Saturday, April 28, 2007


You can eat Ramen in can sold in a vending machine in Akihabara, following canned Oden. It comes with a small fork so you can eat it right there on the street. It should taste good, as it's produced by one of the best ramen restaurant in Tokyo, Musashi.

Don't laugh that it's a Japanese strange street food. The idea originally came from giving out such canned food for the people who suffered in the natural disasters such as earthquake. Some areas are already stocking canned Oden for emergency food. Very smart.

I've heard that volunteers who went to support when Niigata was hit by a big earthquake a couple of years ago that they had to waste so much food because these food won't last over days and weeks and needs constant cooking with manpower. With canned food, you don't need anything (it's a pull top can; you don't need an opener) but can eat it right there.

This canned Ramen is so popular you can't buy it even you wait on line. What a huge hit for vending machine canned food.


Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Fur coat...?

I saw a women in a fur coat today. It was quite warm today again, and wasn't chilly at all, but I guess she needed it over her sweat... I don't understand....


From my favorite kid's TV program:
Pitton Hebehebe ぴっとんへべへべ
(Click on the right box on the screen, and hit right top box in blue)

Playing in my head from this morning.....

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Thought on lunch

Gorgeous weather today. Took a walk to Azabu Juban and Roppongi Hills with Tonchan. Stopped by for my lunch at a reasonably well received restaurant, Rxjxx, and it was surprisingly bad I can't resist writing about ....! The restaurant is facing to a garden and has tables out, and I thought it was a family friendly place since I saw many mothers with kids/babies there. It was off peak, around 13:30, I imagined they could manage the service no problem, but I guess I was wrong.

Ordered the lunch before taking the table, so that I wouldn't have to wait too long. Took a seat which was right next to the serving corner that restaurant staff always came by. Settled Tonchan beside me. I was prepared. But they weren't, I guess....

The dish I wanted, salmon, was gone. Well, that happens. Ordered a hamburger steak instead. Asked them to bring me a drink first so that they wouldn't have to wait for me to finish my lunch. Next time when a staff came to my table, he brought me a main dish. I thought I had salad to come first, but, well, that happens. The hamburger steak had rice on the side, which was amazingly terrible. First I thought it was some special, healthy rice, but it wasn't; wasn't simply cooked well. It's so difficult screwing up cooking rice, and I've never had such bad one in my life. Really really bad. I looked around, couldn't believe people were eating this crap!! I left most of it. Then, the salad came. Still my drink wasn't showing up. Finished the food, wondering were my drink was, a staff came over and asked me if I finished my drink.

"Mmm, no, it's not here yet..."

He freaked up and came back with my drink, finally.

So, wondering why I had to pay JPY1,200 for such lunch, I figured it was for the table and status to be in this restaurant at THE ROPPONGI HILLS. Looking around, there was a huge group of mothers with infants using 10 tables, bulky baby carriers of the latest styles, with perfect makeups, curly long hairs, dressed in GUCCI, and whatnot. This wasn't a kind of place for me, wearing rugby shirt and jeans with a baby in Combi baby carrier. It was a to-be-seen place for wanna-be-fashionable people. I don't think I'll ever go back.

So, went on walking to B2F which has food court, bought a tuna & avocado role for the real lunch, and finished it at the table on the public space. It was good roles.

Sunday, April 22, 2007


Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda.
Went to Shibuya for shopping for the new place. Muji, Loft, and stopped by a baby rest room at Seibu for diaper change. Great to have such space for babies and parents to rest, to feed, etc. while shopping.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Thursday, April 19, 2007


Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda.
She was helping me ordering grocery at co-op from catalog.
"Nothing I can eat!!"
She went crazy. Noise paper makes fueled her move.
Ended up such shredded pieces....

Monday, April 16, 2007

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Small reunion party

Went to Shinjuku for a gathering with friends from junior high who were living in Tokyo. Had to feed Tonchan first, and was late for about 30 min, but could make it OK. Great to catch up with some old faces, especially we had 2 new comers joined from this time since we started this gathering for about 4 years now.

Move to da Noa's Ark

Big day, the move. It always amazes me the techniques of movers, how lightly they carry furniture.
This time, they had 3 people, started 9, ended around 4 in the afternoon, without lunch. They had another move to work on after ours. Crazy.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Went to Aiiku Hispital for her BCG vaccination. She looked curious why the other babies were crying, still didn't know what was waiting for her. This is the only beginning of series of vaccination.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Went to word's health care center for 4-month consultation. Her weight is 6,780g, and height 61.3cm. She's growing steadily. Met with Sana and her parents there too.

About the consultation - they give you advise on the safety, baby food, and mental health that you'll need to know of for the next phase of baby crawling, but it was soooo boring. Other mothers weren't really paying attention but busy chatting with the other mother friends. I was distracted by a wig that one of the women waring for the entire time.....

The most of the Japanese people, well, general Japanese people aren't usually very good at giving presentation. They just read the materials. Especially it comes to the government employees, they just do what they're told to do. I felt my tax money is a little bit wasted....

Sunday, April 08, 2007


Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda.
Watching The Simpson's after dinner.

Saturday, April 07, 2007


Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda.
She's been practicing turning over, and today, while I was distracted something else, she was on her stomach, quietly, and looking around, enjoying the different view.