Hanami Failure At Yoyogi Park

It rained on my hanami, like it does every time I plan one. Fourth time’s the charm?

Last weekend I arranged a hanami and gathered some friends.

The weather stunk. Cold, wet, and dreary. However, my husband’s friend, E, was very kind and looked up a great burger shop for us to eat at. This is how the name is presented on the menu with the restaurant logo underneath:

Arms: They’re Delicious To Eat

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He Was Late!

I had a client who I was supposed to meet to today.

I got there early, and waited and waited.  Ten minutes became twenty.  He did not call me. Apparently, he did send an email, but I don’t use a smart phone (which I told him before) so I can’t check my email once I leave.  I had given him my number.

After over thirty minutes, I left fuming.  I even went back briefly to see if he had arrived. Nope. Nothing.

Finally, I went home, angry at the waste of time and money.  This is the second time he’s been late, but last time it wasn’t this bad.  I don’t want to do business with him anymore.

When I finally get home, I find his email, sent twenty minutes after we were supposed to meet, saying “I’m sorry. I’m parking my car now and will be there if you don’t mind waiting.”

Are you kidding me?

I was long gone by then.  So I guess we both wasted our time.  If it had been a one time thing, I might have given him a pass, but twice.  No.  No way.

I took care of some shopping and errands, but otherwise a waste of time.

He’s probably fuming himself because I didn’t wait around for over 30 minutes from the agreed upon meet time.  When we set a time and agree on it, a person should show up when it’s something business-wise.  He didn’t even really apologize in the email.

Ugh… I’m still angry about it.

My Depressed Friend

I had a great weekend despite the rain and the cold and another failed attempt on retrieving eggs and our crazy neighbor threatening to key our car (more on that in other posts).  I can’t wait to share, but there is something troubling me.

I gathered together a group of friends for a hanami in Yoyogi Park.  As happens every time I plan a Hanami, the weather was miserable.  The cherry blossoms have only started to pop out (got a great post coming up about that).

My husband’s friend and three of mine came.

But one did not fit among us that day.

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Sweets Factory In Yamanashi Prefecture

I know a place where you can eat all the ice cream you want for free.

It’s in Yamanshi Prefecture, a place we visited this past weekend.   The tour begins here through the dark, dark woods.  It’s like you’re entering a fairy tale, except instead of a candy house, it’s a candy factory!


Hansel and Gretel visit the factory

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Japan’s Alps

This is a video of Sean’s trip to Tateyama.  I really, really want to go back here and hike that mountain.  We could only do a short trip, but it looked so gorgeous.  This is probably the number one thing I want to do again in Japan and this time go to the top.

It was so gorgeous. The video here doesn’t give it enough credit.  I might have posted this video way back, but I just loved it here.  This is one of the coolest hikes in my opinion in Japan, but do be careful of the thin air. My brother got worn down by that.





The Big Cheese Restaurant In Yokohama

Yesterday was so much fun!

I got to meet my amazing friend, L, and we went to the Cheese Restaurant in Yokohama for yummy, cheesy-goodiness. It only two almost two months of work to get the reservation at a time we were both free.  DSC07865

The place is super popular, if you show up without a reservation you’ll wait for hours in line.  Yokohama was so packed yesterday because of the three day weekend and graduation day at many of the schools.

Our booking was pretty late so we killed time by hanging out a cafe and talking.  I love friends you can just sit around with and have a fun talk with for hours, hardly noticing the time zip by.


Since St. Patty’s day was recent, we started off with some drinks. The berry one was rather tart.   Continue reading The Big Cheese Restaurant In Yokohama