Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Mom's last couple of days in Japan / お母さんの日本旅行最後の二日

Mom still had one other "to do" list while on vacation in Japan.  That was to eat chanko nabe in Ryogoku, Sumo capital of Tokyo!  Chanko nabe which is a Sumo style hot pot.  As I had to work, my mother spent the day with Mikako on their chanko nabe eating tour.  Here is Mom in front of the Ryogoku Kokugikan.


Mom being the tourist / 観光客のお母さん

The following pictures were taken by Mikako.  My mother and Mikako had almost forgotten to take pictures of what they ate so some of the items on the dish are not pictured.


Sorry, but I have no idea which chanko nabe shop they went to and Ryogoku has quite a few of them.


For dinner, we decided to have samgyeopsal at home.


The next two pictures were taken on Mom's very last day in Japan before heading to the airport and flying home.


Waiting for the airport limousine bus at the Cerulean Tower Hotel.


Of course I went with my Mom to the airport.


As Mom is heading back to the States, she won't have a chance to eat delicious ramen, so of course that is what we had for lunch at Ramen Kagetsu [Arashi].


Um, nope, that's not my Mom!  But this is the Ramen Kagetsu [Arashi] booth in the food court.


Mom had the Arashi Genkotsu Ramen / お母さんが食べたのは嵐げんこうつラーメン

I ordered myself the Curry Jack Ramen / 僕が注文したのは“カレージャック”

And some gyoza too / 餃子も頼みました

Curry Jack is available for only a limited time.


After seeing Mom off, I wandered around the Airport Mall for a while and also watched some planes land and take off.


Looking forward to seeing my mother and father, sister and her husband next year here in Japan!!


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Suntory Stones Bar ・Rolling Hop / スントリーストーンズバー ・ ローリングホップ

Rolling Stones sponsored beer - for a limited time only!

Okay, so its a filler post, what the heck.



Saturday, June 16, 2012

Mom Treats Us & Friends to a Champagne Brunch / お母さん私たちと友達にシャンパンブランチをご馳走してくれた

After my mother came back from Aomori, she treated me and my friends to a Champagne brunch at the New Sanno Hotel in Hiroo.  Now, this is America!!  Not only can you serve yourself American portions, the variety is awesome - roast beef, ham, sushi, desserts, cheeses, eggs benedicts.  You name it and its probably on the menu.  And you mustn't forget the champagne!!  There was also caviar as well.  And I finally got a chance to welcome my friend to Japan (the one who moved here in February, she's the one sitting next to me).


Our friends Yukio & Reiko / 友達の幸男とレイコ

Me and my friend Diana / 僕と幼馴染のダイアナ

Diana and Mom / ダイアナとお母さん

Diana had to leave early to catch a plane to Taiwan.  Yukio and his girlfriend took us for a drive and we took Mom to Shin Okubo.


In Shin Okubo / 新大久保

Mom relaxing at Honey Cafe in Shin Okubo / お母さんがハニーカフェで一休み

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Mom in Aomori / ぁ母さんin青森

The following pictures were taken by mother on her trip to Aomori.  As Mikako and I had to work, my mother was on her own.  I can only relate to you what she told me afterwards.


Mom on her way to Aomori / お母さんが青森行き

My mother-in-law's house / 義理の母の家

Greetings to my father-in-law / 義理の父にご挨拶

The Moms at the Nebuta place / ねぶたが展示してる場所

Love this picture of the Moms! / この写真良いね!

My mother-in-law / 僕の義理の母です

The Moms at Lake Towada / お母さんたちが十和田湖に

83yr old coffee shop owner Mom said she had a great time talking to.


Lake Towada / 十和田湖

Mom was in Aomori for 3 nights.  The first night she stayed at my mother-in-law's.  Then the two of them spent the next two days at a hot spring resort in Lake Towada.  Then back to my mother-in-law's for one more night before coming back to Tokyo.