This takes place every November on the day of the Rooster. This year, there were three days of the Rooster.
This year, the third Torinoichi festival took place on a Sunday, so along with my Italian friend, we went to look around the Asakusa area and went to the Otori shrime.
There were so many people there and it was very lively. I was so happy to see my friend smile after she got a small Kumade with an Okame (a traditional Japanese mask of a smiling woman), which was her favorite. ^^
We went to a small Izakaya along the nearby street and had a toast with beer. ^^
I had guests in November and arranged a Takoyaki & Okonomiyaki party for them. They are all foreign university students who are studying in Japan.
We started by making nice takoyaki balls with everyone. Making perfectly round takoyaki balls is difficult, so it was a teamwork effort.
We also made Okonomiyaki in another hot plate a few times.
Afterwards, we made Yakisoba noodle. We were all full by the time we finished eating everything.
But we still weren’t finished until we have had some dessert. In the very end, we made sweets balls on the takoyaki machine using some pancake flour mix, bannanas, and chocolate chips. Everyone loved the sweet pancake balls too.
If they have plans to come back to Japan again, I hope we can cook and eat again together!
We had a lunch meet up in August. ^^ Six members came and my children also joined in because they were on summer break!
I cooked spicy bean curry this time.
I also baked a cake for dessert and my children put strawberries on it for decoration. It was a very nice decoration! ❤️
For some people, it was the first time joining this luncheon so they introduced themselves to everyone and we all had a great time!
Everybody often travel around Japan and oversees. ♪ I usually see beautiful photos on my friends’ SNS. It was so exciting to hear about their wonderful experiences of their journey. They are very curious things for me. ^^
I went to Akihabara with my homestay student and their friends and host families.
The students wanted to go Animate.
It was first time visiting for me and nice experiences.
We also visited a Meid Cafe in Akihabara.
This was a fun place I never experienced too.
The food was so cute and tasty! My homestay student was a begitarian. They cooked a salad for her. ^^
Then we went to a Cats Cafe later.
There were many cute cats in cafe and we played with then for a while.
We also had a BBQ Party with another host families at a park.
It was nice to talk another people.
I also invited her brother to my house and had takoyaki party together.
He worked at a Japanese company as an internship student from this spring in Japan. It’s very nice to hear about his experiences for my kids. My kids were very interested in his talk and that was very good experiences for them.
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.
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!
Gojunoto(Five-Story Pagota) was so beautiful!
These are the famous sculptures of the three wise monkeys in Toshogu.
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. ♡