Last post in Japan!

The day after tomorrow, I will be going home. I won’t be inhaling Japan air anymore, walking on Japan streets, experiencing Japanese smiles. I will miss this. I think it is a good idea to recount my blessings so far. As someone said to me, I have to face reality head on so then I can really appreciate and learn from my experiences here.

More than ever, I am always thankful of the people around me in Japan. Without them, this country’s experience wouldn’t be half as fun. I am grateful of the new people I’ve met, and the lessons they taught me. All the Japanese kindness and smiles really also made me comfortable staying here.

Japan has such a thoughtful way to care about other people, it has then opened me up to care more about other people’s needs too. And now, I value money more than ever since it is so hard to get yet so easy to spend.

I think, I’m very lucky to be here. Thank you Japan, for all the sweetness and lessons you’ve given me. I will be eternally thankful.

Cooking Journal!

Now that I’m almost home, it seems like a good time to recount the food I’ve made so far here! Since I’m living in one of the most expensive place in the world, sooner or later I have to cook to sustain myself financially. That then has lead u to many interesting things, interesting cooking that I’ve made. Why interesting? Well, with the limited skills I have, food is bound to turn up.. interestingly (a nice word to encompass either good or disastrous). Well, let’s begin!

Eggs Foo Young, a Chinese Indonesian dish.

Eggs Foo Young, a Chinese Indonesian dish.

The latest one that I made was eggs foo young. It is similar to okonomiyaki, but with simpler filling and simpler sauce (tomato sauce). I’ve been craving some since the last week, so I decided to make one.

Soba with pesto sauce and grilled chicken

Soba with pesto sauce and grilled chicken

Woah, now I’m hungry. This was one of my favorites because soba really is a good medium to cook with. I like how it’s not as heavy as pasta but still holds sauce really well. Paired it with lemon chicken and some enoki, and voila, match made in heaven. I experimented with soba a lot of times actually, I cooked peanut butter soba and it works well. Is it weird if i think peanut butter and grilled octopus would go very well?

Honey butter everything!

Honey butter everything!

This is the last one I’m going to write about because I have too much pictures and food to recount upon. I have experimented with sauces also, but there is nothing I love more than honey butter sauce. It’s really easy too, all the ingredients you need is already in the title (and maybe some salt too..) you have to try how comforting it tastes.

That’s all for today I guess, thank you for reading! Hope you enjoyed my cooking journal!

Odaiba

Hey all! How’s it going? My days in Japan is nearing its end. Reflecting back, now I think I really will miss it. I’ve had my best days and best experiences touring around Tokyo with my friends. For now, I want to tell you about my recent journey to Odaiba. It really is a quaint place surrounded by the waters. For example, and maybe you've already seen this, the iconic liberty statue is by the waters. I really love how tranquil living around the waters can be.

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After that, me and my friend went around, and we were really enjoying how the life-sized gundam looks, and also the ferris wheel. It makes me think, Odaiba really is a land of fun (considering they have a circus too!). We finished going around, and went to the takoyaki museum to grab some bites. After that, unto the main event of the day, the TeamLab Museum: Borderless. It was a magical experience for me, seeing all the colors and lights come to life. I would not forget it for a long time.

That’s it for my experience in Odaiba, if you guys have any suggestions to go to other places, let us know! See you again in the next EigoTalkTalk session!

Enoshima

bridge to Enoshima!

bridge to Enoshima!

Hi, how are you guys?? I missed writing here! This time, I want to share with you all about my trip to Enoshima last week. It was so fun! I departed from my home at 7 AM so I would arrive at Enoshima quite early. I met up with my friend, and then off we go. Arrived at Enoshima at 9 AM, we went to the bridge and took on all the noise of the waves crashing, birds squawking. It was a pleasant noise, and the water beckoned us to swim. We didn't though, because we didn't bring swimsuits. Enoshima is a nice little island with a trek going to the temples, going to the lighthouse up top, and going down to the caves. It's a one way road, so we have to go back the way we went to go home. It was really tiring.

 cat.. inside shrine??

 cat.. inside shrine??

To be honest though, my original plan to Enoshima was to pet a lot of cats. Alas, I only found 4 and none was approachable. It's ok though, I got this photo of a cute cat sleeping inside a shrine.

Shrine in Kamakura

Shrine in Kamakura

After that, we went to Kamakura. We didn't visit the big Buddha statue though. We visited the central one.

 That's it for today, thank you for joining in! Hope to meet you in another EigoTalkTalk session!

Bananas in Cafe?

Today before work, I forgot to eat breakfast. I had a banana with me, so I took it and I planned to eat it on the street. I was running kind of late, so I didn't eat the banana. After working, I then got some free time since my customer went home early. So I'm trying to eat my banana then. Suddenly, the cafe manager said that I can't eat this banana in public. This is interesting for me, I feel like there is something deeper going on rather than just the general rule of no eating outside food in the cafe. What do you think it is? Do you think it is just the general rule or do you think there is something deeper? Tell me in the comments! Also, see you on the next EigoTalkTalk meeting!

Things to do at Yokohama

Last month, I went to Yokohama. From my house, it's just a direct train with 2 different lines. So I thought, it won't be that different from Tokyo and her tall buildings. I was kind of wrong. Yokohama had tall buildings, yes, but it were sparse. It was refreshing seeing the sky and the bay together. I now see why people from Tokyo chose Yokohama to take a quick break.

the sunset seen from Yokohama Bay

the sunset seen from Yokohama Bay

When I went to Yokohama, I didn't have a set plan, moreover a budget. So my friend and I decided to just stroll around and enjoy Yokohama. And we did! We went to the red brick house, and on the way we encountered a wartime ship that is now refurbished as a museum. This year is its 100 year anniversary! Near the ship, there is a candy apple stall. It was the best, the candy and the apple complements each other really well. At red brick house, it was really crowded due to the festival being held there, the Oktoberfest (in May.. interesting). I liked the vintage interior in it though. Really pretty because it overlooks the bay too.

wartime ship. Do you know the name?

wartime ship. Do you know the name?

Red brick house. What do you think were the history behind it?

Red brick house. What do you think were the history behind it?

After that, we went to Chinatown. It was really pretty, especially at night when the lights turn on. Every great chinatowns has a gate overlooking the place, and Motomachi Chukagai has one of the prettiest I've seen. There were also a lion dance performance (Barongsai). I bought a pork belly bun. It was delicious, the bun is soft and the belly extremely succulent and well seasoned.

the Motomachi Chukagai gate

the Motomachi Chukagai gate

pork bun!

pork bun!

So, that is all what I did in Yokohama, if you guys had a different experience, feel free to comment down below! See you in another EigoTalkTalk session!

Feels like a dream..

Hi all! I’m Felicia, a new staff in EigoTalkTalk. I’ve just arrived in Japan last March, and right now I’m studying in Jochi Daigaku/Sophia University. Before I arrived here, I’ve always wanted to try and live here, and now I’m here. Dream come true, I guess? But to be honest, because of all that hoping and dreaming, I haven’t really fully grasped that I’m here already, I’m working, I’m studying, I’m breathing Japan’s air. I feel like this past month has been like a dream, and I’m not really here, I’m not really on the ground. Maybe because Japan is a dream that I don’t want to wake up from.

The point is, I’m really loving my experience so far. Sorry for quite a somber note, it’s just how I’ve been feeling this past few weeks. I hope some of you has the same feeling as I do, so please do comment down below! That’s all for this time, I’ll see you next time with a happier post. I hope we can meet each other in an EigoTalkTalk session!

A beautiful moon near Shosen Book Tower in Akiba

A beautiful moon near Shosen Book Tower in Akiba