I’m so going to try this!
Love love love our tiny balcony corner!
It gets sunlight first thing in the morning which is rather early right now. Japan doesn’t change clocks twice a year so sunrise is at around 4.30am right now ☀️
Sitting here at any time of the days feels like getting away from it all, but I do love the morning hours before the city stirs and wakes up.
Items used in the video (click on the pictures for further details)
Weekend breakfasts are a delicious affair in our home and this mango lassi bowl is a yummy refreshing dish for the current hot temperatures. Plus mango is my favourite fruit 🤤
This is for one portion:
- a large handful of frozen mango pieces (ca. 100g)
- a small handful of frozen banana chunks (ca. 50g)
- 100g natural unsweetened yogurt
- 50ml milk
- the ground seeds of 3 cardamom pods
- ¼ tsp ground turmeric and
- splash of orange blossom water (optional)
in a blender until smooth.
- diced fresh mango
- chopped pistachios and
- chia seeds
*Recipe from Olive Magazine
Japan does plant and floral displays really well. Flower festivals can be found in many places during spring and summer all the way into autumn.
Around 3,000 purple, pink, white and red purple azalea bushes turn the grounds of Nezu Shrine in Tokyo’s Bunkyo Ward into an explosion of colour in April – early May.
1 Chome-28-9 Nezu, Bunkyo City, Tokyo 113-0031
“The Midnight Library“
by Matt Haig
I’ve been reading a lot of non-fiction and autobiographies lately and can’t wait to get started with this story:
“Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?”
The dreaded Sayonara Season is upon us and lovely friends pack up their lives in Japan to move elsewhere / back to their home countries. I’ve called a number of countries my (temporary) home for more than 20 years, but I’m still not used to the frequent good-byes…
Are you saying sayonara to some of your friends and would like to get them something to remind them of your time together?
Here are my suggestions: