Making New Friends in Tokyo

A couple weekends ago, I did more volunteering. This time, I helped out with folding paper cranes on the top floor of the department store at Ogikubo Station. In Japan, there is a tradition of folding one thousand origami cranes for good luck. Later this year, for the Tokyo Olympics, and Italian volleyball team willContinue reading “Making New Friends in Tokyo”

New Year’s Food in Japan: Soba and Ozoni

In Japan, it is a tradition to have soba on the night of New Year’s Eve, and then to enjoy a hot bowl of ozoni soup the following morning, on New Year’s Day. In preparation, I went shopping on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve, and bought an assortment of vegetables. I also got someContinue reading “New Year’s Food in Japan: Soba and Ozoni”

Soba Breakfast and Apartment Hunting in Tokyo

This morning, my guest and I left the Smile Hotel and went to a nearby soba restaurant in Asagaya. This was my first time having soba this trip, and certainly my first time having it for breakfast! The restaurant was very neat in that there was self-serve, all-you-can-eat wakame. After that, we planned to doContinue reading “Soba Breakfast and Apartment Hunting in Tokyo”

Dinner with a Friend

This evening, a friend from back home in Canada came to visit. I estimated what time they would be arriving at Asagaya Station, and stood waiting outside the gates. Things went a little slower than expected, so I ended up standing there for an hour! But, it was all worth it when I finally sawContinue reading “Dinner with a Friend”

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