Saturday, November 01, 2014


IMG_8646 Did you ever have a pen pal?

I actually had quite a few when I was in high school. While studying Japanese, our class was asked to be pen pals with students in Japan.

If I remember correctly, our correspondence was mostly in English. And it was fun learning more about the Japanese culture and what students about the same age as me, were up to.

Two of the pen pals that I started corresponding with in high school, I still keep in touch with today through social media and nengajo (New Years cards).

This past Tuesday, I got to catch-up with one of them, Junko, she is the friend that lives in Sendai. The one that I was worried about when that horrific tsunami hit.

Rewind to the last time I saw her. It was in Hawaii many many moons ago, she was on her way to the mainland and only had a little time to meet up.

Fast forward to this past Tuesday, she came to Osaka for work and wondered if I had some time to meet up...I was so happy that she contacted me.

It was so nice seeing her and the time flew as we caught up!

I hope we get a chance to see each other again.

Thank you Junko for all the goodies from Sendai!

Friday, October 31, 2014

happy halloween

mosaichalloween Today is Halloween, hope you celebrate safely.

Satoshi has a drinking gathering with friends, so I'll be celebrating by myself...

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 30, 2014


meh Over the weekend Satoshi and I shared the following two beers by Belhaven...oh em gee...just colored fizzy water with foam.

How can they even call this beer?!

meh Even more disappointing was their stout...just darker colored fizzy water with foam.

You know, I really don't like to post negative things, but this was bad.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014


@ aramaki rose park Sunday the weather was quite summery, I think the high was 25C!

We packed a spam musubi bento and went to check out the roses at Aramaki Rose Park.

Arriving close to 9:00, we had the whole place to ourselves. It was nice, no one smoking or talking loudly. Just peace and quiet.

As the tour buses of people arrived, we left and went home to figure out what to do about lunch...

at ITM airport, eating #lunch, pondering places to #travel to #osaka #japan We ended up hanging out at the Itami airport (which is nearby where we live)...just gazing at the planes, dreaming of places to travel to.

The airport also has a huge furniture/interior store, so we did a little window shopping...I think we may change our dining table soon...whoo!

The weather was the point of being, HOT! At least it wasn't humid.

What did you do on the weekend?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


beni imo tarte♡ #sweets #japan #osaka #sweetpotato I don't think I've ever told you about Anri's sweet potato tartes.

They actually make two kinds...this purple one and a yellow one.

I prefer the purple one because of the vibrant color.

Inside of their flaky crust is a custard which is topped with a huge dollop of sweet potato paste.

Perfect for an afternoon treat.

Monday, October 27, 2014

thanks for today

thanks for today! have a nice weekend :) #osaka #sunset #japan #nofilter The big condo next to our apartment is fixing itself up, so they have all sorts of netting and scaffolding around the complex.

That combined with another condo coming up using a huge crane makes for ugly sunset shots...

thanks for today! #sunset #osaka #japan So, I sometimes get out of the house during the sunset hour to get shots like this one...

thanks for today! #sunset #osaka #japan Or like this one...

I still think it is a nice way to thank "someone" for the day.

Have a nice week.

Sunday, October 26, 2014


Lawson x Fujiya macarons (pistachio & framboise) #macaron #conveniencestore #japan #osaka #instamag #nofilter #phonto Came across these macarons at Lawson the other day. They are made by a Japanese confectioner, Fujiya.

The green one is filled with framboise (raspberry) cream and the pink one with pistachio cream.

I enjoyed the cream fillings tasted like the real deal.

IMG_8267 Last month, Yoshimi gave me this yuzu macaron by Malebranche. It was filled with dark chocolate ganache.

IMG_8268 So good! Thank you!

I'm glad I re-connected with macarons, it had been awhile since I had one, these reminded me how much I love them.