My husband decided to host memorial ceremony for his parents on 12/24, so all family members and some relatives got together at temple in Japan.
After ceremony, I and my younger son traveled to Kawaguchiko and enjoyed hot springs, scenic view of Mt. Fuji, and vegetable dinner @Romarin which owner chef grew his own vegetables in his 3500 sq ft farm.
We celebrated my birthday and younger son’s birthday in Takatano Baba, Tokyo. I took retro tram from Minowa to Waseda before birthday dinner which is only operated this area in Tokyo.
I visited Japan to join my dad’s memorial event after the seventh year he past away. Since this is only once trip to Japan this year, I traveled to Naoshima, Nara and Kiitanabe in Japan.
I traveled to Naoshima with my mom where I wanted to visit long time since we lived in Okayama prefecture in Japan. This is Benesse Art Museum Island which is located in Kagawa prefecture. We stayed one of museum building which we stay and enjoy modern art in the building.
09/29 Birthday Dinner @Yoshimura
We celebrated my mom’s birthday one month earlier since our family gathered in Japan for my dad’s memorial event from Germany & United States.
I traveled to Nara with my university alumni friends. We were just keep talking and really enjoyed re-union after long time taking care of our family & parents. We stayed traditional Japanese Ryokan called Tsukihi-Tei which is located in primary forest and only take 3 groups per day.
After I enjoyed trip with my friends, I traveled to Kiitanabe myself to visit Minakata Kumazusu related places such as Kenshou-kan, his former house, Toukei-Shurine, Tsugisakura-Oji, Ippousugi. I walked Kumanokodo from Gyubaoji to Ippousugi.
I joined University Alumni luncheon @Filoli Garden, this is the first time visit for me. We enjoyed nice weather, beautiful garden and updates from Alumni friends during luncheon at Cafe.
Our Open Innovation Hub team received “President Award” from parent company which had each person’s name on it.
So we had “President Award Celebration Dinner” @Parcel 104. Everything was so tasty and nice presentation too!
Appetizer/Pan Seared Hokkaido Scallops
Entree/Wild California Halibut
I joined Silicon Valley Grows Meetup @Hidden Villa today. This is the lecture and hands on activity for “Growing and Saving Open Pollinating Pea Seeds”.
This is the first time to visit Hidden Villa.
Starter Pot making
Starter pot making tool
After the lecture, I walked trail and enjoyed short hike.
We celebrated Happy New Year with few Japanese new year dishes.
Buratta Italian Cheese, my favorite
New Year Dish
New Year Dish
We celebrated my birthday and my younger son cooked birthday dinner for me!
He prepared Tomato Hot Pot & Ostrich Live and Kudu pate which is his souvenir from Africa
Kudu & Ostrich Liver pate
Ingredients, carrot, onion, chicken, green onion, celery roots, mushrooms, cabbage, Italian parsley, Potato,
Tomato Hot Pot, lots of vegetables and he made chicken broth from scratch and used my house grown tomato paste, healthy and tasty!
OMG, he gave me rose flowers too!
My husband gave me a printer & my older son gave me massage gift card too.
My younger son returned from Germany this Xmas holiday, so I cooked Xmas dinner for my family. Also our community garden will close due to the school expansion, so I harvested lots of Komatsuna from garden.
Stir fry Komatsuna
Buratta Cheese appetizer
Roast Halal Chicken
I teach Japanese Healthy Cooking class @Deborah’s Palm and I was invited to Holiday Party @Allied Art Guilt. I could make it first time.
Allied Art Guilt is beautiful place with garden & nice little stores.
We had a great fun with very special ladies.
I visited vegetable garden this morning around 9am, already very hot and I was dripping. I just harvested tomatoes, shiso leaves, green onion and left garden.
Today’s highest was 106F degree, I decided not cooking tonight.
We had dinner @Bellagio.
Polenta E Funghi