Saturday, October 11, 2014

Back in Tokyo / 東京に戻りました

Morning visitor at my parent's house on my recent trip home.


Just a note to let you my readers know that I am back in Tokyo and have plans to write more posts in the near future.  I have decided not to write about my recent trip home on my blog.  I took so many pictures its taking me a long time to organize them.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

NOTICE / お知らせ

This blog will be on a short Sabbatical while I venture to my former home for a long awaited vacation!


Monday, September 8, 2014

Tokyo Ramen Street [Kizo] / 東京ラーメンストレート 「㐂蔵(きぞう)」

On Sunday, the wife and I went to Tokyo Station to do a little souvenir shopping before heading back to the States at the end of this week.  There is a small shop that carries all the limited edition flavors of Kit-Kats that you can't find in the States.  We figured that would be a nice little gift for everybody to try at the barbecue we plan on having at my parent's place this coming Saturday.  Unfortunately, when we went, the shop only carried one flavor.  We decided that we would pick them up at the airport instead.  But as we were at Tokyo Station, we decided to have lunch there as well.  We decided to brave the always crowded and ever so popular Tokyo Ramen Street.  Amazingly, when we went, it was as crowded as we thought it would be.  We chose a place called [Kizo].  Their specialty is a beef tongue scallion salt ramen.  That would mean a salt-based broth, with scallions and beef tongue of course.  Mikako ordered the regular specialty ramen while I ordered the specialty with all the toppings which included half-poached eggs and kikurage. As this is a salt-based broth ramen, it was really light.  The ramen noodles were medium sized, not too thick, not too thin, and the beef tongue, well, it isn't char-shu! 


Bon Appetit!


Monday, August 25, 2014

A Walk around the Todoroki Valley (Part 2 / 等々力渓谷の散歩 (パート2)

There is a long stairway from the valley that leads up to the Todoroki Fudoson which is the next area of interest we went to.


Temizuya / 手水舎
Todoroki Fudoson / 等々力不動尊
Entrance to a garden / 等々力渓谷にある庭園の入口

We also checked out a historic site called the Noge Otsuka Kofun.

We ended our walk by stopping at a little cafe, one of the few places which has Todoroki Beer on their menu.  And we just ate and drank and talked and talked.  A very enjoyable Saturday afternoon.

Todoroki Valley Beer / 等々力渓谷ビール
Snacks with beer / 地ビールと共に
And dessert / とデザート
Although we talked about planning another walkabout, it hasn't come to fruition yet.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Walk around the Todoroki Valley (Part 1) / 等々力渓谷の散歩 (パート1)

I had meant to write this post a little over a year ago.  Last May, as I retired from my employer of 20 some odd years and started at a new place, I made quick friends with my new co-workers and we made a plan to walk around the Todoroki Valley on a Saturday. 


Todoroki Station / 等々力駅
Suzuki Family Warehouse
I think I met up with my co-worker around 11am for a walk.  And we headed off to the valley.

Yes, I have written about this valley before.  My mother read my blog and when she found herself in Japan on her own (without the family), this was one of the places in Tokyo she wanted to check out.
An old burial site / 昔のお墓
The actual burial site / 本物の墓
Our walk will continue...