Day trip to Nikko with home stay students ♪

I went to Nikko with my home stay student and another host family.  It was a exciting day trip by car from Tokyo.  I haven’t been to Nikko for a long time.

We started to drive around 6 AM and took a short rest in a shop on the high way. Then we arrived at the Kegon Falls almost two hours later.  It was a little rainy and foggy in the morning that day.  The falls had high water volume because of a previous strong tyhoon.

Kegon Falls

We went to Toshogu Shrine next. Usually there are many people there but not so many people in the morning after the strong tyhoon. Luckly it was easy to get the tickets.  Early bird catches the worm!

Entrance of Toshogu Shrine

 

Gojunoto(Five-Story Pagota) was so beautiful!

Gojunoto

These are the famous sculptures of the three wise monkeys in Toshogu.

Three wise monkeys

 

We can see gorgeous decorations and colorful paintings.

 

There were more people coming in the afternoon.  When we went back to the car,  there were many cars waiting in the parking lot and the line was so long.

 

I enjoyed a grilled Ayu fish. This is one of my favorite foods. ♡

 

I want to visit with my family next time. ^^

Mexican Summer Taco Party ♪

Mexican Summer Taco Party in July!

It was a hot and humid summer this year. Fresh salsa and spicy chili con carne were good for summer meals. ♪

I had been in California for few years and had enjoyed Mexican food very much. Some of my mexican friends taught me some recipes for me so I can cook by myself in Japan sometimes. ♪

I invited my friend and her husband this time and the husband really loved tacos.

Delicious Tacos!

He said he really liked my tacos and I was so happy to hear that. ^^

 

This time,  I used two type of beans: the kala chana beans & the urad whole beans.

Both of the beans are really tasty. I made chili con carne with urad whole and cooked kala chana beans with cheese.

Beans with cheese, and the Mexican Omlet

I also cooked a mexican omlet with bell pepper and fish ceviche.

And of course, Corona Beer goes well with Mexican food!

Orange and peach milk pudding for dessert 🙂

 

I want to try exploring not only more mexican meals but also new dishes from around the world!

 

 

Chinese Dinner Party in July ♪

I had a welcome party for my sister in law’s family to Tokyo!  I cooked some chinese style dishes for dinner this time. ♪  We love chinese food and enjoy putting several dishes on the table.

 

Tomato and Szechuan pickles salad

tomato salad

 

Chop suey using several ingredients. ^^

chop suey

 

Spring rolls are good for beer. ^^  We love crispy texture!

spring roll

 

Spicy Mapo Tofu

mapo tofu

 

Fried Chicken with starch sauce has a sweet and sour taste.

Sweet-and-sour Chicken

 

Fried Dumplings are also very popular in Japan.

dumplings

Chinese style almond jelly with fruits

chinese style almond jelly

 

Our children seemed happy to see their cousins. I realized they were growing up very fast! I’m looking forward to seeing them again soon. ♪