Saturday, December 29, 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

Dinner with husband at Island Veggie


Dinner with husband at Island Veggie
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

Lunch with husband at Pastaione


Lunch with husband at Pastaione
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda


Carbonara with black truffle for him and  tonnarelli for myself. Good fresh pasta!

Lunch salad


Lunch salad
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Ton's cake

This one is made by Ton.

Mo's cake

Made it at jiji & baba's.

Lunch @Napoleon fish


Lunch @Napoleon fish
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Dessert!


Dessert!
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

Monday, December 17, 2012

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Banana cupcake


Banana cupcake
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

ガラガラ


ガラガラ
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

6等でした。

餅つき


餅つき
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

美味しい


美味しい
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

Big bite!


Big bite!
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Girls only?

Daughter's 6th birthday party at home today. 8 girls playing in a small room, making bead accessories. A boy came over and asked if he could play, too. A girl said "you can't play because you're a boy". Then I wondered if it was too naive to call discrimination. How did she come up with the result that he couldn't join because he was not a girl? What was the deciding factors of this judgment? Did her family give her a guideline? Did she learn from her friends? I was simply curious how she learned that concept.

I try to be mutual and am trying to guide my kids they should not be stereotyped and not be judgmental, but this is too powerful if you're 6 years old, surrounded by girl friends who have clear ideas what girls should do and boy should not. They know how to segregate before knowing what that means.

I know some people have girls only or boys only birthday parties, and even adults have such gatherings, services such as ladies day, etc. Practically speaking and major common cognizance is that the behaviors and preferences differ between gender. I understand it's easier to handle the group alike. It's the tendencies you see but it clouds your judgment and the mind that everyone is different.

Am I worrying too much?

Papa built the gift from Santa


Papa built the gift from Santa
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

Friday, December 07, 2012

Lunch with friends


Lunch with friends
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

AIS Christmas Party

Annual holiday party at AIS. 

Photos here.

Monday, December 03, 2012

My breakfast


My breakfast
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

Macadamia Nuts Flavored Kona Coffee and Kona Coffee Cream Pancake at Honolulu Coffee. The whipped cream was not too sweet, flavored with coffee, underneath a scoop of ice cream, with 3 layers of pancake. Very light and for grownups, though I could not finish it all. It filled up all of my carbs capacity for a day: I didn't need lunch at all! 

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Emiko!


Emiko!
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

Paid a visit to Emiko, Jeremy and Naho's daughter with Newmans. 

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Turkey party

Miri cooked turkey and we invited friends over to have it!

Photos here.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Riku's art of the day


Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

Sunday, November 25, 2012

I made this cake


I made this cake
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

Free food!


Free food!
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

At local farmers market had a special event of giving away some veggie soup and baked sweet potato!! 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Doughnut!


Doughnut!
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

Shopping


Shopping
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

Flower arrangement


Flower arrangement
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Turkey burrito!


Turkey burrito!
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

Happy thanks giving

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Masa's cooking


Masa's cooking
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

She made dinner and a cake for us.

Monday, November 19, 2012

20121117 Northern Culture Museum, Niigata

Entrance 北方文化博物館入り口Garden before the entranceLooking toward the entrance from gateVery tall pine tree before entranceAutum colorsBig pine tree after the entrance
Fireplace in the main houseTea chest made with cherry lumberHome shrine 神棚Early Imari ware, about 60cm diameter. 古伊万里の大皿Early Imari ware, about 60cm diameter. 古伊万里の大皿Inuyama pottery, about 60cm diameter. 犬山焼の大皿
Inuyama pottery large bowl 犬山焼の大鉢A bowl used by a monk, Ryokan 良寛が使った托鉢A fireplace to warm up your feetBig furnace with big rice pot in the kitchenSake cup used for new year's party 大杯Big sake bottle used for new year's party 大徳利
Garden viewA view of the garden in autum colorsA view of the garden toward a tea roomA garden viewThe middle gardenA garden view through shoji window
A quick sightseeing after business trip in Niigata. Northern Culture Museum, which is an old wealthy farmer‘s house turned into a museum. Everything is big, large, it might hard to see in the photos.