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.
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
Another branch of blossoms.
A bird in the cherry tree.
After, we walked through the neighborhood. This statue is outside of a cemetary temple:
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!
Me and Takami, prepping the panini ingredients in the kitchen.
Teddy, Takami, and me getting ready to eat.
We made grilled mushroom, grilled asparagus, eggplant spread and mozzarella paninis!
Takami is a cooking teacher, and made these yummy almond tart desserts for us!
Japanese style sweets, brought by Takami.
This sweet looked like a tongue!
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!
Posing with the muffins.
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.