Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Monday, 25 June 2012
Yesterday we went to a "music festival" which was interestingly named "Hostess Club Weekender" - not sure why. It was held over two days, but we decided to go to the one on sunday as Hot Chip and Bloc Party were both playing. It was a fab afternoon/evening, despite the hangover.....
Sunday, 24 June 2012
Thursday, 21 June 2012
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
Last night there was a typhoon with strong winds and heavy rain. We woke up this morning to lots of tree and plant debris lining the streets with many locals diligently sweeping up the area around their homes. The strong winds meant that today was a gorgeous clear day with amazing cloud formations and this is the view from our balcony this evening - pretty stunning!
Sunday, 17 June 2012
Two years ago today, Neil and I were planning for one of the biggest days of our lives - our wedding day! It was held on 18th June 2010 and was such a fab day. We have many happy memories of it all.
Last night we went out to celebrate our two year anniversary at a gorgeous little restaurant called Le Japon, two minutes walk from where we live. It's an intimate place, simply decorated in blond wood, and using beautiful pottery items sourced from around Japan. You sit at the counter where the chef, Koichiro Nakada who owns the place with his wife, prepares the most amazing set menu. He uses a fusion of French and Japanese food, but only ingredients that are in season, many of which he harvests from his allotment that day. It was the perfect way to celebrate.
Koichiro prepares the food at the counter in front of you, whilst explaining what he's doing.
Corn ice cream - an unexpected combination and beautifully salty!
Pork tenderloin wrapped in cabbage leaves with a pepper sauce - divine!
Black sugar pound cake and brown rice ice cream - scrumptious!
It was all washed down with a crisp, chilled bottle of Marlborough sauvignon blanc.
At the end of the meal, the chef brought us this very sweet anniversary candle.
Note the words - "Happy Anniversary 2th"!
Monday, 11 June 2012
On sunday, Neil took me to a rugby game where Japan were playing Tonga at the Chichibunomiya stadium. It was a rather small, personal affair compared to Twickenham stadium, which is the only other one I've been to, and rather more subdued. I'm embarrassed to say that I still have no idea what the rules to ruby are, but I still love watching it and Neil was happy to talk me through it. Sadly Japan lost.....
Thursday, 7 June 2012
Mount Takao is known for the hoards of people that descend on the area at weekends, and so when Neil suggested doing a hike there, I was a tad dubious. The route he chose turned out to be beautiful and people-free, although if I'd known it was going to be over 16km long, I may have been a bit hesitant! The morning started out beautifully misty and atmospheric and then broke out into glorious sunshine as the day went on. Needless to say, our legs were in agony by the end, but it was well worth the pain......
Sunday, 3 June 2012
I went to the Machida shrine sale/antique market the other day, a lovely monthly antique sale held in the grounds of a shrine about an hour out of Tokyo. I bought some gorgeous fabrics which you can see here, and for some reason, most of the photos I took were of faces......