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Japanese Curry: Top’s

2010.07.06

My all time easy made Japanese food is curry, since I was young, my father and mother oftens made “homestyle curry” which was easy because they used an instant curry roux. So, curry in my opinion, it’s something I can make at home. So, why do I have to go having curry in a restaurant!!
spicy pork curry with spinach and mix vegetables
Recently, curry has been in my mind since I watched TV program that introduced “Curry Senmonten” or a restaurants that specialize in making curry from the stratch…O.O..like Camp curry in Sendagaya or Manten, dirt cheap but delicious curry restaurant in Jimbocho. Therefore, I think I will have to go to those places to try their curry.
However, today, I wanted to introduce one of the famous curry restaurant and cake shop “Top’s” which has many stores in “Depajika” (mall’s basement). I went to the one in Omiya Station. It’s the first time I tried Top’s curry which originally first opened in 1964 in TBS TV building. From the history, there’s no wonder that Top’s curry is something you can’t miss!!!
More info. go to http://www.tops-saxon.co.jp/
From Machiko,

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Fuurin

2010.07.04

The hot and wet days are here in Tokyo.
We displayed Fuurin(wind bell) in a lounge to avoid this muggy weather..!
Many beautiful antique things are displayed everywhere in Andon and these Fuurin are also Japanese antique.I really like the lovely red color : )
I hope these Fuurin make us more confortable in wet rainny season.
Ryoko
梅雨を迎え、暑くてじめじめした毎日が続きます。
少しでも過ごしやすく、、と祈りつつ、ラウンジに風鈴を飾りました。
行燈の館内には数々の珍しい骨董品が至る所に飾られています。この風鈴ももちろんアンティークです。可愛らしい真っ赤な風鈴たちを眺めながら、ひと時でも外のムシムシを忘れ心地よく過ごしていただけたら、と思います : )

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Tanabata

2010.07.02

I went to Tokyo Mid Town in Roppongi to see my friend. She lives in Chiba prefecture, she is always busy so we can’t see very often. That day she had to leave Tokyo before 5pm, I wanted take more time but we had fun a lot : ) We had lunch at “Napule”. Apparently their pizza is quite famous but I didn’t know that until we arrived there. We got “Napule” before 12pm but it’s already full and we had to be in the line, I think we were waithing more than 30 minutes.
But It’s worth waiting! their pizza is sooo tasty and I loved it ; )  then I repeated “delicious” many times!!
And also we joined an event. It called “Tanabata” which is very big and traditional in Japan.
Correctly, It’s on 7th of July.
 
   Usually, we write a wish (but I wrote many) on a piece of paper and hung it on the bamboo, It’s like a decolation on the picture behind me.You might see often this kind of deco in this season. 
☆I hope my wish has come true☆
先日、千葉に住む友人と東京ミッドタウンで会い、一緒にランチに行きました。「ナプレ」と言うレストランでとーってもピザの美味しいレストランです。そこに着くまで知らなかったのですが、かなり有名らしく12時前に着いたのにもかかわらず満席で並んでいる状態でした。30分以上待ちましたが、その甲斐あって美味しいピザを味わうことができました!「美味しい」と何度も繰り返しました。
七夕のイベントにも参加しました。 願い事を書いて貼るだけですが・・・ :)
久しぶりでしたので結構友人と楽しんでいました。 願い事叶うといいです!
でも自分で努力しないと・・・いけないですよね。

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Cloudy Day @ Omiya Bonsai Art Museum

2010.07.01

As I introduced you The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum last week, so I went there few days ago. It’s located in a rural area of Omiya near Toro staion on Utsunomiya line.

Though the musuem’s architecture is very sleek and modern , there are many historic stories within specially Bonsai History. Unfortunately, I could not take a picture inside of the exhibition area or the open air Bonsai Garden. So, I tried to take one picture at a lobbythrough the glass window.
Inside the exhibition area, the story of Bonsai is explained from the Bonsai Pot, Types of Bonsai, The meaning of each parts of Bonsai etc. until the sample Japanese style room to demonstrate the way of Japanese art and Bonsai decoration.
You will not be disappointed to visit Bonsai Art Museum if you are Bonsai Lover. Don’t miss the Bonsai Class for foreigners on the third Sunday of every month to learn how to plant and nurture Bonsai. For more information, please visit the website that I attached in previous blog or ask Andon’s staff.

Machiko

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