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The National Art Center Tokyo

2010.08.05

The impressive massive size and magnifisant architech of The National Art Center Tokyo has impact on my interest to visit since I first saw it in an architech book. Unexpectedly the miss taken train line has taken me to Nogizaka Station and when I walked up, there was it. The curvey exterier design of steal and glass reflected the beauty of nature and allow to have an open space inside. Another unique things are 2 round pillars in the middle of the facilities serves as the location of cafes and chic French restaurant. On the underground floor is art store where some unique items are found.
Exhibition halls are devided in order and allow to have various exhibitions and showcases at the same time. Currently, there are 2 art exhibitions going on, for more detail, please feel free to visit http://www.nact.jp/

By Machiko

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Shin-Okubo

2010.08.04

Shin-Okubois close to the large local Korea Town. I like Korean food very much so I went to there with best Korean friend.
She has been living in Japan for 3 month and she also miss Korean food ;)  
Of course we went to Korean restaurant and ordered Samgyeopsal.
Samgyeopsal  is a popular Korean dish and it consists of thick, fatty slices of pork belly meat. The meat is cooked on a grill at the diners’ table. 
All staff were Korean so she talked staff by Korean. Food was very tasty and made us very full!! Staff also very friendly and they were good service.
I think that it was same quality and price as Korea.
After dinner, we walked Korean town and I bought some Korean noodle and snacks! My friend recommend these stuff so I wanted to eat them ;p

After shopping we went to cafe and ate Patbingsoo!
Patbingsoo is a very popular dessert in South Korea, especially during the humid summer season.
It is ice shavings and sweetened azuki beans and topped with ice cream or frozen yogurt, sweetened condensed milk, fruit syrups, various fruits such as strawberries, kiwifruit, and bananas, small pieces of tteok (rice cake), chewy jelly bits, and cereal flakes.
You can choose your favorite topping. It is good for eating summer!!
You can get stamina and power from Korean food so I recommend to eat this hot summer season ;)

新大久保にあるコリアンタウンへ韓国の友達と行ってきました。新大久保の駅を降りるとすぐ、韓国レストランやお店がたくさんあり、サムギョプサルという韓国風の焼肉を食べました。スタッフのほとんどが韓国の人で、友達とスタッフの人たちが韓国語で盛り上がって話していて、お店からいろんなサービスをもらいとても楽しかったです♪
レストランの他にも韓国の食べ物が置いてあるお店もあり、インスタントラーメンやお菓子をたくさん買ってしまいました(笑)
デザートは別腹ということで、パッピンスを食べに行きました。パッピンスとは韓国版のカキ氷のことで、カキ氷の上にあずきがあり、そのほかに自分の好きなフルーツやナッツなどのトッピングを乗せてシロップをかけて、最後に一番上にソフトクリームがのっているという、かなり盛りだくさんなスイーツです☆私は、パッピンスが大好きで、とくに夏には食べるパッピンスは最高です!!
今年の夏は暑いので、韓国料理でスタミナとパワーをつけてみてはいかがでしょうか☆

Kayo

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Hakone

2010.08.03

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhUbDMIVG0U

When I left Tokyo,weather was very bad. Tokyo was so hot before long days. I felt unlucky for a short trip.
The next day, the rain was stop afternoon so I went to lake o Ashino for a walk with a dog. I found a mountain route between Tougendai and Owakudani and I got a presant surprise.

my pretyy dog of Koira
It was a nice walking trail.I reccomend you walking this route. It took about only one hour. 

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3D Experience @ Sony Bldg. Ginza

2010.08.01

Sony Building is very popular spot for tourists to stop by and enjoy the latest Sony’s technology and products. As a Sony’s fan, I won’t miss a chance to visit there, so I went last week because during Summer, not only you can enjoy trying out new items or products that you are interested in but also can relax with the mini-aquarium of marine lifes like ray, coral fish and so on.
Talking about the latest technology in Japan, nothing is ever hotter than 3D TV, of course, not just Sony but also other electronic brands have released the same 3D TV. It’s amazing to be able to see people pop out from the screen with just wearing a special glasses. Other than 3D TV, there are latest type of camera, laptop, CD walkman and video recorder provided.
Sony building is located near Hermes Building and easily access by subway Hibiya line, Ginza Station
Machiko

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44th Edo Riverside Firework Festival 2010

2010.07.29

Last year I experienced Sumida Riverside Firework Festival with my friend Yoko. This year, Ryoko san, one of Andon staff invited me to visit Kanamachi-Shimabata to see firework on Edo Riverside which was wonderful experience for me because, last year, I couldn’t see the firework clearly because of expressway had blocked the scenery. Thus, I chose to go to Edo Riverside Firework Festival because I knew that nothing would block the view of firework. As you remembered that I went to this town before to have famous tempura restaurant and saw Japanese style house and enjoyed tea and dessert. I arrived there early so I walked around and got sweet redbean dango from Toraya which I thought it’s the most famous, but then Ryoko san told me that the most famous one was the other store, I was disappointed that I didn’t try that store’s dango.
The firework started at 7.20 and last for 1 hour, the impact firework and character firework like Doraemon could be seen. We bought beer and yatai food like yakisoba and takoyaki to enjoy while looking at the firework. This experience will always stay with me as good memory. Japan Summer Firework festivals are definately the best of  on my Japan’s Summer Must Do List…:)
Machiko
Ps. It was the first time I put on Yukata by myself, I was very happy to be able to do it……

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