Birthday Pottery from Japanese Teacher

Just now, as I was sitting at my desk, one of the Japanese teachers of English brought me a belated birthday present. My birthday was actually several days ago, but I stayed totally quiet about it, and not many people knew. So, she only found out about it a few days ago. It was theContinue reading “Birthday Pottery from Japanese Teacher”

Tofu Course Meal in Tokyo

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I am meeting every week with two lovely Japanese ladies who want to practice their English. One time, we got into the topic of tofu, and I happened to mention that I love tofu. They then suggested that we go to a tofu restaurant that they had been toContinue reading “Tofu Course Meal in Tokyo”

Katsu Curry Lunch at School

Today was a test day, plus many of the students were away on a ski trip, so there were no classes. As usual, this means that the school did not open the cafeteria, and school meals were also not served. On such days, sometimes the teachers get bento boxes, but this time, the cafeteria staffContinue reading “Katsu Curry Lunch at School”

Indian Street Food in Tokyo!

This weekend, I made bhel puri and my version of an Indian street food sandwich. I cook this sort of way all the time back in Vancouver, but I never thought that I could make such things in Tokyo! I few weeks ago, I posted about making burritos at a friend’s house. She invited meContinue reading “Indian Street Food in Tokyo!”

Fried Fish & Spicy Chicken: Japanese School Lunch

Lunch at our school here in Tokyo is usually a bowl of rice, an entree, a small clear soup, side salad, and maybe a small pudding or jello for dessert. So, getting a donburi (a big rice bowl with toppings) was an unusual treat! The fried fish was delicious, and although our school lunches areContinue reading “Fried Fish & Spicy Chicken: Japanese School Lunch”

Mochi Waffles at School in Tokyo

The principal brought his waffle maker in to school, so when I got to school in the morning, there it was right next to my desk. The principal does this from time to time. For example, on the first day back to work after New Year’s holiday, he brought in ingredients and made a hugeContinue reading “Mochi Waffles at School in Tokyo”

Indian Freedom Fighter Event in Yokohama, Japan

This weekend, I was invited as a guest to the annual event in honour of Rash Behari Bose’s death anniversary and Subhash Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary. They were freedom fighters who fought for Indian independence, and Rash Behari Bose actually carried out his efforts from here in Japan, establishing the Indian National Army and theContinue reading “Indian Freedom Fighter Event in Yokohama, Japan”

Mochitsuki in Tokyo!

At noon today, there was a mochitsuki on Kyokai-dori, right by Ogikubo Station. Kyokai-dori literally means “Church Street” (although it is simply a nice pedestrian street with many neat shops and restaurants). And, a mochitsuki is the Japanese tradition of pounding steamed rice in a wooden barrel to make mochi. Even though I got thereContinue reading “Mochitsuki in Tokyo!”

Banana & Tomato Energy Drink: Cool Japanese Snacks

The other day, I posted about creative Japanese snacks like fried chicken crackers and Mexican taco ramen. As a continuation of that, I just tried yet another unusual combination of flavors! I was a bit thirsty, so I picked up what I thought would simply be a banana smoothie. I mean, the container was yellow,Continue reading “Banana & Tomato Energy Drink: Cool Japanese Snacks”

Nepali Elementary School in Tokyo: Anime Workshop

Yesterday, I worked as a volunteer interpreter for 9 to 10 year old Nepali students at Everest International School Japan in Suginami, Tokyo. It was a wonderful experience! Even much more so than I had expected! The children were warm, outgoing and very polite and approachable. Absolutely adorable! A group of Japanese university students studyingContinue reading “Nepali Elementary School in Tokyo: Anime Workshop”

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