Thursday, April 13, 2017

Back in Japan (Spring 2017)...Dinner with friends, and Snowy Hakone

It was the end of March, sakura (cherry blossom) trees were getting to bloom more and more.

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Lunch at Akomeya Tokyo. I love their lunch so much.

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Dinner in Roppongi. I got together with Akiko and Megumi...we belonged to the same study group in the university. Akiko made a reservation at a wine izakaya near her work. We had such a great time catching up each other. They had a cute donabe dish of whole shin-tamanegi (tender seasonal onion) bulb and duck meat, slow simmered in consommé broth and finished with cheese on top. It was like a unique version of French onion soup and so good!

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The next day, I had a family trip to Hakone with my sister and nephew. Tomoko was going to drive, but the weather forecast said it would snow in Hakone. So, we decided to take a train. From Urawa, we hop on to a express train to Odawara, then the hotel's microbus came to pick us up. We had a quick lunch at a soba restaurant in Odawara. I had Yamakake-soba (hot soba with grated mountain yam on top). So good.

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Once we got to our regular hotel, we enjoyed relaxation. Tomoko and I had a long onsen (hot spring) dip. Then, we hung out in the lounge. The snow was already starting.

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Champagne with fish and chips hit my spot. Wataru was enjoying his favorite cheeseburger.

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Haru-kun, the hotel's mascot dog, was relaxing, too.

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The next morning, it was still snowing. The calendar already April 1, but it was n was not April Fool!