My Japanese Winter


“My heart is in a constant state of thanksgiving.”
― Abdu’l-Bahá

Before the snow…don’t be fooled, still V V V cold.
Keeping warm with healthy Japanese food. This is actually a summer noodle (somen) chicken and vegetable soup prepared by my lovely friend and neighbor, Hiromi-san.
The first snow. That’s my house and car in the foreground.
Prayers under the kotatsu.
The calm before the storm (literally).
Take two.
Heater allows for smoothie-bowl breakfast obsession to continue. This one is simply 3/4 cup of yogurt blended with 2 tablespoons of freeze-dried blackcurrants and topped with banana and cereal.

This one was more sorbet than smoothie: 1 cup of frozen mango chunks blended with 1/2 cup of freeze-dried blackcurrants and 3/4 cup of coconut water finished with strawberries.

More ingredients in this one: 1 banana, a big handful of spinach, a few frozen mango chunks, 1/2 cup of soy milk and 1 strawberry, blended together and topped with QIA cereal, ViBERi blackcurrants and an additional strawb.
And for dinner? Pre-cooked edamame. These cuties are so good. They’re sold everywhere in Japan and just require you to pour hot water over them (to defrost) and they’re ready to eat!
Last but not least, a super appropriate painting in my JUNIOR high-school, to close.
And now, a warm bear hug to my new and old followers for the continuous support.
Chuu! (Japanese kiss noise).


  1. Here on the other side of the world (east coast of U.S.) we had almost two feet of snow this weekend. So I was also home and cooking. I opted for Cajun food, chicken and shrimp gumbo. Didn’t take any pictures though.

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      1. Ha, no, he was two, three JETs back or so. He bought the really crap dishes at the back of the cupboard, and if you have a kotatsu, I picked out the cover ;) (Unless it’s new, in which case I didn’t.) Left a nice desk as well. Funny how these places just get inherited for years and years, though, toaster ovens and all. The whole set-up was brand new when he got there, the JET before him disappeared at Christmas eighteen months before.

        Really random, though, and looks like you’ve got it set up really nice. Chizu Express still chugging?

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