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Omiya Bonsai Art Museum

2010.06.24

Today, one guest asked me about Bonsai Village, which is located in Omiya area. For the Bonsai Lover is a must to visit Bonsai Village and Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, so today, I would like to introduce some useful information about Bonsai Art Museum and Bonsai Village.
Bonsai Village Map
Bonsai Art Museum is the first’s world Bonsai Museum opened to public to promote the art of Bonsai. Since the location is very close to Bonsai Village where you can visit each individual Bonsai nurseries to see and learn about Bonsai as well as to buy tools and products to grow Bonsai, it’s very convenient. Moreover, after visiting Bonsai Village, you can also walk through Omiya Park to visit Higawa Shrine, one of significant and beautiful shrine in Saitama Prefecture.
Higawa Jinja
Bonsai Art Museum opens daily, except Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm. The ticket is only 300 yen for adult ,200 yen for high school student and 100 yen for children under Junior high school.
Access Map
The Museum is in a walking distance from Toro Station and Omiya Koen Station on Utsunomiya Line and Tobu-Noda Line respectively.
For more information please visit http://www.bonsai-art-museum.jp/
By Machiko
Ps. I am planning to visit Bonsai Village this Monday, I will take many pictures to share with you all later :)

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Princess Restaurant

2010.06.23

I would like to introduce very cute resaurant at Ginza. Name is “Princess Hert” and interior decorations are princess room as restaurant name. There was based on “snow white” and “Cinderella” as a concept.
We are called “prince” or “princess” from waitress ;)
Both the food and Drink are very cute and liked by girls;
http://www.diamond-dining.com/princess/index.html

In this time I reserved birthday course set in advance for my friend. Birthday cake appeared in the last of the course. My friend was really surprised and we song birthday song everyone and took picutre.

They gave tiara for my friend and she wore it on the head! It was so cute! Also they took picture with us and gave her it for birthday present.

It is so nice place to surprise party….especially for girls because It was 80% visitors of the women when I visit to there. I don’t recommend to visit to there only men ^^;
銀座にある”プリンセスハート”というレストランを紹介したいと思います。ここは、白雪姫とシンデレラをコンセプトとして作られています。内装はプリンセスルームになっていて、スタッフの方も、お客さんを「プリンセス」か「王子様」と呼びます。。。まるでメイド喫茶のような感じ?

でも、料理もドリンクもすべて女の子が好むものになっていて、どれもすっごくかわいかったです。
今回は、友達のサプライズ誕生日パーティーをするために、ここを選びました。
私たちだけではなく、周りのお客さんもほとんどが女の子でした(笑)
最後に大きなバースデーケーキがサプライズで出てきて、友達はとても喜んでくれました。また、誕生日の主役にティアラをつけて、みんなで記念撮影もしてくれました。

サプライズパーティーには、いい場所かもしれましん☆みなさんも、機会があればせひ行ってみてください。。。でも、男性のみは、、、お薦めできません(^^;
Kayo

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Jiyuugaoka Burger

2010.06.22

 I can’t deny that hamburger is very easy comfort food I used to like so much. However, since I have started dieting, I couldn’t eat such a high calories food like hamburger anymore which somehow make me feel frustrated. So, my solution is to find the place that offer a hambuger restaurant that uses organic and healthy products as main ingredients. Luckily, I have found “Jiyugaoka Burger” and decided to visit there with Yuka san after work on last Saturday.
 Jiyugaoka Burger is located in a small town called Jiyugaoka which I used to introduce couple weeks ago.  Talking about burger, the juicy greesy patty is the core of tasty and delicious hamburger, on the other hand, it is not good for the health. So, Jiyugaoka Burger’s selected 100% Japanese “Wagyu” beef, process in Japan and also organic vegetables and fresh ingredients to create tasty and healthy burger.
  I ordered “small set of Jiyugaoka Cheese Burger” with pink lemonade and Yuka san had “small set of liverpaste Burger” with pink lemonade as well. The set come with freshy made burger from a grill, small cup of coslaw and fried potato.
  I could enjoy the delicious burger since the first bite from the crispy toast bun, fresh lettuce,tomato and onion, melted cheese and tendered beef patty. So, with this level of quality, I can certainly recommended this place to eat when you visit Jiyugaoka.
 Address: Meguro-Ku,Jiyugaoka, 1-3-15 4F

Tell: 03-6459-5133

Time: 11:30 – 24:00

Take out TEL: 11:30 – 22:00

Last Order 22:00

Close:  Third Wednesday of the month

By Machiko

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Hot day! and Arts day!

2010.06.18

I went to Marunouchi and Omotesando yesterday and visited museums. When it’s rainy,  to go to  museum is one of choice but when it’s very hot like yesterday museum is a good choice too : )
I went to “Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum” which is in Marunouchi.
Now,they are having an exhibition “Manet and Modern Paris” I bought a post card of woman who weared black dress and she is laying. This is my favorite because it’s not too casual but not posturing as a model, it’s dark but she looks happy and cozy.
After that I went to “Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art” in Harajyuku.
They have exhibition of Hokusai Katsushika. He is very popular not only in Japan but also in many countries but I had never seen his work until then.
I thought, I should have known about him as a Japanese. It’s fantastic! I was almost crying when I saw his drawing.
Those 2 museums are different, contrastively. It’s very interesting. 
昨日、丸の内と原宿へ行き美術館に行ってきました。雨の日の美術館も良いですが、昨日の様な暑い日に行くのも良い考えだと思います。
丸の内にある三菱一号館美術館では「マネとモダンパリ」の展示をしています。
私は黒いドレスを着て横になっている女性のポストカードを購入しました。これは私の気に入ってい作品です。カジュアル過ぎず、モデルの様に気取ってもいなく、色彩は暗いですが彼女は心地よさそうで幸せそうだからです。
その後に原宿にある「太田記念美術館」へ行き日本だけでなく海外でも有名な葛飾北斎の作品を初めて鑑賞しました。日本人としてもっと前から彼の事を知っておくべきでした。物凄く、素晴らしい作品に涙がこぼれそうなほど感動しました。
この2つの美術館は対照的でとても面白いアート鑑賞ができました。
Yuka

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