Shonai Ryokuchi Koen and Visit from Takami

Near our apartment is a very large park called Shonai Ryokuchi Koen which, incidentally, is also the name of our closest subway stop – I’m pretty sure that it’s the longest name of all the subway stops! We’ve gone to this park the last two weeks to have hanami, including this past Saturday.

Sakura

A close-up of some blossoms.

While we picnicked, our coworker happened to come along, so we invited him to our picnic, and then went off together to photograph the park.

Sean and Teddy

Sean and Teddy

Sakura 2

Another branch of blossoms.

Sakura 3

More sakura.

Sakura 4

Sakura 5

Sakura 6

A bird in the cherry tree.

Bird

Another bird.

Bird 2

After, we walked through the neighborhood. This statue is outside of a cemetary temple:

Statue

After walking around, the three of us headed to the nearby mall, Mozo Wonder City. I helped Sean order a hanko (a special name seal you need for things like setting up a bank account), and then we bought some stuff for dinner.

Takami, a friend we met in the US who now lives in the next prefecture over, joined us for dinner. I was super happy to see her!

Prepping

Me and Takami, prepping the panini ingredients in the kitchen.

Kanpai

Teddy, Takami, and me getting ready to eat.

Paninis

We made grilled mushroom, grilled asparagus, eggplant spread and mozzarella paninis!

Dessert 1

Takami is a cooking teacher, and made these yummy almond tart desserts for us!

Wagashi

Japanese style sweets, brought by Takami.

Tongue sweet

This sweet looked like a tongue!

Star Lemon Poppyseed muffins

I bought cute star-shaped, silicone molds at Daiso (a 100 yen store). I got 18 molds for about $3 US. We made lemon poppyseed muffins!

Muffins

Posing with the muffins.

Chocolate

Takami’s friend, Masayo, came over and brought sweets! She works as a baker at a cake shop.

Takami and Masayo stayed until about 11 pm. After that, we walked them back to where Masayo had parked her car. We don’t have a parking space, so she left her car in the local supermarket lot. The supermarket closes at 11, and they really don’t play about parking in their lot. We got there and they had chained up all of the exits – except one. Luckily, Masayo’s car is small, so we moved the traffic cone and she escaped by driving on the sidewalk. LOL. 😀

The next post will be about Higashiyama Zoo.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Barb Lange
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 22:51:38

    So cool! Thanks for posting these pictures!

    Reply

  2. Barb Lange
    Mar 26, 2013 @ 02:36:42

    I love the birds and blossom pictures! Yummy treats!

    Reply

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