The Snowy Day Lunch

It may have been a crazy day to go out for lunch.
But look at this great view we had of the snow outside!
I love this place because the place is spacious
and they have the yummiest foccacia.
And they can also make the meals vegetarian for you!
Great place to relax and talk for hours with your best of friends.
Which is exactly what Masa and I did on this snowy day!
Hotel Unizo 2F
4-3 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Open: 11am-11:30pm

The Old Photos: Sledding

One of the great things about going back home?
The old photo albums.
The boxes and boxes of photo albums.
And I thought I’d share a few sledding photos I found here.

This is the apartment we grew up in.
That’s me, my sister, and my dad.
The apartment had a tiny slope behind it and
my dad would use his shovel to make a sledding course
so it would be an awesome bumpy and curvy ride!
I have such good memories of playing in snow.
Sledding is the bomb when you’re seven.

The Snow in Tokyo

The first fall of snow is not only an event,
it is a magical event.

You go to bed in one kind of a world and
wake up in another quite different,

and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?

– J. B. Priestley
There’s something about snow that I absolutely love.
The white blanket.
The brisk air.
The quiet.
I still get excited over it.
So please please stay awhile.

The Prayers in Meiji Shrine

Meiji Shrine (明治神宮) was still full of
people coming to pay the first visit of the year.
We call this visit Hatsu-mode (初詣).
One of the things I always love to
is to see what everyone has written on their ema (絵馬).
It’s a wooden plaque
and people write their prayers on it.
(Not sure how ethical it is…but I see a lot of people doing the same!)

I think this one was my favorite.
This little boy drew a picture of Ultraman
and also wrote as his prayer
“I hope I get presents.”
Too cute.
I hope he does, too.

The Films of New York

I am head over heels for this Tumblr site
Christopher Moloney apparently takes these photos
by holding these black and white movie scenes
against the current New York landscape.
It’s amazing how many movies have been filmed
in this gorgeous city of New York.
But not only that,
I love how so many of the places
are still there to capture.