Saturday, October 31, 2015


So, kids dressed in Ninja and Purple Which, we headed to park to meet up with kids friends for trick or treat at shopping streets in neighborhood. It was low key, not so crowded one which was great.

Photos here.

Halloween marshmallow

Dean & Deluca had this marshmallow for trick or treating. Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Mo's art and crafts from school/kindergarten early this year

Photos here.

Watching TV together

They argue too often, fight too often, but they are stock together...

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

I built a monster truck all by myself!

I made this!

He complains coming to preschool for after school, and he complains he doesn't want to leave the preschool when I come pick him up.

Lunch from Honey Baked Ham, Kamiyacho

 Pumpkin salad and honey baked ham & cheese sandwich to go at Honey Baked Ham.

Kindergarten's potato digging school trip

Beautiful summary day today, perfect for sweet potato digging! Boy came home with dirt from head to toe, with a few big sweet potatoes and daikon radish.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Spicy lunch at Ayung Teras, Shibuya

It's been a while to come here. Spicy Indonesian plate lunch of the day.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Latte at Sarutahiko Coffee

It came with a pretty paper cup. This is my best coffee shop in Tokyo.

Brunch with Lilia and her parents Yamamotos

Went to M House in Ebisu to meet with Lilia, 5 months old baby girl and her parents from Hawaii. Mo couldn't leave her alone the entire time, he was trying to entertain her in his way. Maybe we'll ask them to let us stay at their house in Hawaii some day soon.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Kindergarten's Sports Day

After elementary school & kindergarten's joint sports day, Mo had kindergarten's sports day on this beautiful day. Masami jiji came to join from the night before, and this time, papa was there. Mo was in white team, and it lost at the end. He was not happy but he could finish his part of closing speech. Good job!

Photos here.

Mo on obstacle race
Preschooler's race
Yosakoi dance
Ball toss game
Relay Mo
Dance with parents
Closing speech

Genghis Khan dinner

 Walked by this lamb BBQ restaurant called LAMU in Hiroo, and decided to try.
 Hokkaido ones, Australians, and leg slices which are gone already.

Salted lamb and tongue

Friday, October 23, 2015

Boy peeling chestnuts' skin

Luke's Lobster in Omotesando

Masami jiji wanted lobster rolls, and I went to get them right after they opened the shop at 11am. There was a line of about 20 people already, mostly Asian tourists, judging from their accents and guide books. I bet Tokyo is closer than Maine to them. Wait wasn't bad so much, I could get 5 rolls to go. It tasted almost like the ones in NY we had last summer, difference was the bread, which was softer and fluffier here. Yum!

A show window display

Uses lunch box accessories to picture fish in water. Clever!

Break at The Roastery, Omotesando

 NY Ring, a semi cronut...
Latte at The Roastery

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Lecon de Gout at elementary school

My daughter had "Lecon de Gout", a Class of Taste today at school. Instructor was a chef Namae from L'Effervescence, a French restaurant ranked No. 12 on Asia's Best 50 Restaurants, Michelin 1 star restaurant...!

"Lecon de Gout" is a lecture conducted during the 3rd week of October, "la Semaine du Gout", The Week of Taste, which has been running for 5 years in Japan since introduced by France, which originally started in 1990. If you look at the list of schools with lecturers on the website, it goes on with prestigious restaurants participating. According to this website, total of 129 schools, 330 classes, with approx 8,984 students are joining this class. For NIS parents, they are scheduled on Nov. 20 for G-3.

Theme at the class was to learn 5 tastes: salty, sour, bitter, sweet, and umami. They had samples of salt, rice vinegar, chocolate, sugar, and dashi soup stock. She was very happy that she could eat chocolate at school, publicly. And, she asked if she could go to his restaurant... I would LOVE to go... mmm, we'll see...

Grape & Watson pomelo daifuku

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Today's lunch at Maison Landemane

Tarte aux pommes for dessert

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Samurai swords

From my kimono instructor as a reward of being a model.

Photo time after the contest

Kimono contest that I had to attend and dress up my boy in 8 min. I could manage finishing within 8 min no problem, but the other people were much better than me, off course, and we didn't win any of the awards. Mo was very upset... Well, now it's over and I can relax.

Photos here.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Cookies from Chris

 A damaged mail box delivered. A note attached said the postal service tried their best to recover the damage done during the delivery and they were sorry to present in this condition. Only in Japan. Anyhow, it was cookies from Chris. Luckily the contents weren't damaged. Kids were happy very much. Thank you very much, Chris!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Some drawings by Mo and Ton

Exchanging each others picture