The weather is back to freezing cold, it feels like January. Apparently, cold weather usually comes back once the cherry blossoms bloom, so it's normal. I love and despise hanami at the same time: I love viewing the beautiful flowers and having a picnic with friends and drinking outdoors, but I hate the crowds and some extremely drunken people and having to queue up for a bathroom in the park. I want to do hanami, but in a more quiet area, away from the crowds, as its one of the most beautiful times of the year. It should be enjoyed peacefully, and seeing the flowers every year always make me reminisce about my time in Japan, so it's a special, cherished moment.
I skipped hanami last weekend and indulged in all my favourite foods in Tokyo with my foodie friend Sophia, in town from Sydney. We hit ramen, sushi, hamburgers, and I even mustered up the courage to end the weekend with okonomiyaki. Interestingly, I hadn't visited my favourite burger joint in Tokyo, Whoppi Goldburger, since last summer. As soon as I entered the shop, the owner gave me a strange look, then told me to wait for a second. He then came back, handing me my Pasmo card (commuter pass) I had apparently lost last summer. How amazing is that?! My Pasmo card had lots of money on it too, so it was such a happy surprise. I love that place, and I cannot believe they kept it for me and remembered me!
Sadly, all the food, excess work and sleep deprivation caught up with me, as I've been under the weather, but thankfully a kitchen pro whipped me up a nice, warm bowl of homemade udon- I'm so thankful for him, and for homemade meals.
|Short of seeing a live panda... at Inokashira Zoo|
|Whoopi Goldburger!! Best in Tokyo.|
|Sushi lunch set at Midori sushi, only ¥1365|
|Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki (with noodles)- the BEST|
|Homemade udon with chicken meatballs, love love love!|