Quote Of The Week

People respond well to those that are sure of what they want.

Anna Wintour, editor-in-Chief, American Vogue

Assorted Fish Highlights


This portable gas stove that I received as a wedding gift from a former superior has been a true gem! We use it almost every day. Even for sukiyaki!

Design Is Business

Meanwhile, at a local bookstore located in the northern frigid parts of Sapporo Japan, I spot from the corner of my eye a familiar face. Sitting, quite literally, under the business magazine section on the cover of Forbes

My Go-to Starbucks

Google Maps As always, hot chai tea latte + salad wrap to start my morning.

Starbucks ‘Grand Hotel’

Google Maps

Avocado Cheeseburger

Google Maps Brooklyn Parlor, one of my favorite casual not-cheap but not-expensive food spots.

Tenshi no pankki

Google Maps Maruyama Pancake one of Sapporo’s finest establishments for getting your souffle pancake fix!

Maruyama Pancake

Google Maps Great place for some fine pancakes and a quick work session.

Shiga Kogen Ales

As a gift for my contribution to furusato nozei, I recently received this amazing craft beer set

Miyama Blonde


Welcome to the first, of hopefully consistent, personal weekly updates. If not weekly, then bi-weekly at the very least

I was inspired by the idea after a series of somewhat linked events. For starters, I’m already required to do weekly updates (basically a summary of what I accomplished over the week) for my current job, and in doing so, I’ve developed the habit of consistently keeping track of the work I do on any given day. I log significant events that fall into certain criteria, then include it in my weekly update to share with my team at the end of the week.

I took the same workflow concept and applied it in my recent Assorted Fish venture, and after seeing that was something I quite enjoy doing, I figured compiling a personal weekly update using highlights I posted in Assorted Fish over the week wouldn’t be too much of a stretch.

Additionally, to spice things up a bit, I thought the structure of my weekly updates would also include a quote and some other weekly overview context that I may not have otherwise highlighted in an image. So here it is!

  • I went out almost every day this week with the exception of Friday. I stayed home that day to watch Keimei because he came down with a super random fever out of the blue, nothing serious, but has since dwindled down to a common cold. Hopefully I haven’t caught it myself starting feel a bit sniffly at the moment.
  • Had quite a few gifts come through from contributing to furasato nozei, those craft beers being one of them. I received some locally raised chicken (frozen) from Okinawa, and the other was an octopus from Kobe. These aren’t random by the way, Kosato went ahead and chose them from the list of gifts we were eligible to receive.
  • Maruyama Pancake was a nice change of pace. I don’t usually go out of my way to search out for sweets cafes, but I do enjoy pancakes. Unsurprisingly, these weren’t the fluffy bready kind I’m accustomed to, although I expected this and it’s fine. These souffl矇 pancakes were super delish in their own way. And most certainly instaworthy.
  • Had a nice side conversation with the manager of the co-working space I go to, Space Kante.
  • Ordered and received a new book I’ve been wanting to read, one that Kosato has also been raving about for the past few days, Rich Dad Poor Dad.
  • Became a first-time backer on Indiegogo for a product called Vinpok Split. Ads for this product were being displayed everywhere for me IG, FB, on all my favorite tech sites. I resisted for a couple weeks I think before I finally gave in and let them take my money. This will now be the most painful wait of my life because note to self, Indiegogo Amazon… (all I ask is that it’s delivered to me sometime by the end of this year)

So why weekly updates instead of standalone posts? Well, these would be a supplement to my standalone posts. To be honest, I feel I don’t really have many things to write about to begin with, or the time and energy to put in the effort to produce well-written standalone posts on various topics. What’s more is that my site is not really targeted to a specific audience, so therefore doing personal weekly updates commenting on the micro-updates I made over the week seemed more suitable for me.

And that’s where I’ll leave it.

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