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!

Hot Cake

Otherwise known as ‘pancake’ in America (and pretty much everywhere else)

New Year’s breakfast 🙂


My favorite drink of the new year is hands down, amazake. It’s basically a taste of gentle rice porridgy goodness with a sake kick to it.

Keimei had a little. His reaction was priceless…


Two very expensive pieces of bluefin tuna.

Kagami Mochi

In the spirit of Japanese New Year’s, my wife bought three of these things. Apparently, it’s a tradition to place these in the house. Then when New Year’s is over, we’d eat it.

Kagami mochi, made of rice harvested in fall of the same year, is thought to contain the pure spirit of rice and thus be possessed with toshigami, a yearly deity that is said to visit during the New Year’s period, bringing a good harvest and the blessing of ancestors, and the power of life, according to the Japan Kagami Mochi Association.

Japan Times

Hot Cafe Mocha

Google Maps

Decided to switch up my choice of both cafe and coffee selection today. Key’s Cafe is located in the upper floors of Sapporo ESTA, 9th floor to be exact. At any rate, this was quite delicious.