Tokyo Photodiary April-May 2012 Part 2

It was Springtime in Tokyo and the cherry blossoms were in bloom whilst I was there.

As many of you know, my family and I traveled to Tokyo, Japan in April of this year to take care of my mother who suffered a spinal stroke.  (Who lives in Tokyo for her job.)  Though I didn’t have much time to take photos in the beginning of my trip, near the end my mother’s condition had improved, so I was able to do some activities with my family and take some pictures.

You can see Part 1 of my travel photo diary here.  Here are the rest of the photos I took during my trip: (more…)

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Update on My Mother and Tokyo Photodiary 1 (lots of photos!)

Well, it’s now been just over a week-and-a-half since I arrived in Tokyo to take care of my mother as she recuperates from her recent stroke.

I arrived late Wednesday evening April 4th, discharged my mother from the hospital Thursday morning, and went to stay with her in her apartment.  Hub and Lil Tot are staying with my in-laws in a different part of the city, and I’m able to see them every couple days or so briefly.
I am sleeping in my mother’s storage room. (more…)

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What to Pack for Spring 2012 in Tokyo

So, despite the unhappy circumstances of my impromptu trip to Tokyo for a month…I thought to try and make the best of it in some way.  So, in case anyone’s interested…

Here’s what I’m packing for an entire month of outfits for April/May 2012 in Tokyo!

(items still available or DIYs are linked; Japanese brands are in green)1. Cropped grey sweatshirt [H&M] / 2. Striped puff-sleeve tunic [one clothing] / 3. Three pairs of leggings: Long black leggings [Old Navy] / long black leggings with attached legwarmers (can’t have too many black leggings!) [my honeybee] / grey cropped sweatpants [Forever 21]

4. DIY Lace Maxiskirt / 5. Knit grey maxidress [Forever 21] / 6. Two pairs of jeans: Acid Wash Skinny Jeans in Mint [Forever 21] / Black jeggings [UNIQLO] / 7. Grey tiered bandage skirt [BCBG] / 8. Marni flap-pocket Bandoleer bag [gift from my mother-in-law] / 9. Pastel blue tutu [Spiral Girl]

1. Pale grey camisole with attached chiffon skirt [YesStyle] / 2. Nude long camisole [SPANX] / 3. Swallow-printed black flared dress [Miss Selfridges] / 4. Hermes scarf [again a gift from my mother-in-law, which is why I’m taking it to Japan to show her how much I appreciate it!] / 5. Seafoam cropped hoodie [unknown, thrifted]

6. Hole-filled cardigan [osmosis, almost exactly the same one available here] / 7. Three tops: Putty sneaker-print LS Shirt [Spiral Girl] / Grey Mickey Mouse T-Shirt [UNIQLO] /  Striped LS top [Mossimo for Target] / 8. Bustier Top with peplum [Forever 21] / 9. DIY Denim Shirt fit to my size [tutorial here] / 10. Bug-Print Chiffon Shirt
icon [ASOS]

Not pictured: 2 sets of workout clothes, cobalt blue wool coat [Forever 21], blue bootcut jeans [Old Navy “The Flirt” jeans]

Shoes (also not pictured): jogging shoes / hi-top sneakers [AllSaints] / Pointy black flats [Steve Madden] / Studded Motorcycle boots [Zara]

 I always end up taking some things that I never wear…but I prefer to have too much with me than too little.  Early April tends to be quite chilly in Tokyo, but it can get very warm towards May…so I tackled the problem with bringing lots of layering items.

All in all, that’s 3 pairs of jeans, 3 knit pants, 3 skirts, 2 dresses, 3 tees, 2 blouses, 4 sweaters/cardigans, 3 tanktops, 1 bustier top, and 1 coat.  While in Japan I’m hoping that I might get the chance to go shopping and pick up a t-shirt or tunic dress, but if I don’t then I don’t.  Hopefully what I’ve brought should cover looking relatively respectable for getting my mother from the hospital and running her errands, as well as any dinners or outings with my in-laws, and then enough dressed-down stuff to work out and take Lil Tot to the park or something.  I’m really not sure what this next month will bring…and perhaps I won’t have the wherewithal even think about clothes at all!;-)

Upcoming post on Tokyo trends is in the works!


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Away Skiing and Staying at Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, OR

I’ve actually been up on Mt. Hood all weekend since my in-laws have arrived to stay for the week and they always want to go on a trip out to Timberline when they visit.  I could have done without it (considering I’ve had a bad head cold and sinus infection since last week), but when when the in-laws are in town, there’s not much choice in the matter.  Besides, I was hoping the skiing practice would help Lil Tot, who has been taking snowboarding lessons on and off through the Winter, but still isn’t a very confident skiier.  (Of course he has a head cold and sinus infection too – which is where I got mine – so he wasn’t up to much activity either.)

But he tried and even managed to ski by himself a little bit on the flat parts!

We managed to ski down a green slope yesterday without incident, but today Hub and the in-laws insisted on going up to the top of the mountain because they were bored with the kiddie slopes.  Splitting up was not an option either, and so I worked super-hard to push a 6-year-old who can’t turn down a very steep, sloping mountain on fresh powder. 

I can’t believe I didn’t put my foot down and refuse to try skiing this.  Look at that slope!!

But a quarter of the way down I went over a hardened ball of powder, my left leg started sliding away from me, and Lil Tot (wedged in-between my skis) pushed outwards with his legs, and we went down in a big heap.  My left leg was wrenched outwards out a weird angle, and when I tried to stand again I found my knee had turned to jelly.  With Lil Tot frantically crying because he thought we’d never be able to get down, I was able to get us [slowly] down to the bottom of the mountain again, and then loop around and back to the lodge.  At least we didn’t have much time left anyway before we had to head home.

My knee is feeling pretty weird, but hopefully a good soaking in a hot bath tonight will help things.  Note to self: when steering other human beings down the mountain, stay on the flat paths!!!;-)

Despite our skiing mishaps, I always enjoy the food at Timberline Lodge (though if you’re staying for more than 2 days it gets a bit repetitive).

Full Breakfast Buffet: blueberry pancakes with raspberry sauce and maple syrup, raspberry jam croissants, maple bacon, lodge sausages, assorted cheese, fresh fruit.

Lunch Cheese Tasting Plate: Smokestack, Smokey Blue, and Brindle cheese with smoked hazelnuts, crusty bread, and peppered pear preserves.  Strawberry Lemonade.

The cheeses drizzled with rosemary honey.

 Vegetarian Dinner Tasting Plate: sauteed broccolini and baby carrots, poached duck egg, celery root and pine nut pot pie with raclette cream.

Pink Lady Apple Pie with pine nut brittle, brandy cream, and salted caramel ice cream.


Hope everyone had a great weekend!


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Daytrip: Astoria, OR Photo Diary

My mother is currently visiting us so today we decided to take her out to see the Oregon coast since she’s never been before.

About a 2-hour drive away is Astoria, OR: a quaint old coastal fishing town that is bustling with tourists and locals alike on a Sunday.  We went to the Sunday market, rode the trolley, had fantastic strawberry French toast at an organic cafe with an extremely chatty server and a fridge that had broken and spoiled their hand-made pizza dough, visited “Mikey’s house” from The Goonies movie, stared longingly at the too-cold-to-even-think-about-a-swim Pacific Ocean, saw purses with dogs’ faces quilted onto them, people with corn hats, and works of art rendered in coffee, and gazed on the grave of Ranald MacDonald (no, that’s not a typo – he was a missionary who visited Japan in 1848, believing that the Japanese and Native Americans were one and the same people, and was believed to be the first-ever English teacher in Japan).  I poked in an architectural salvage shop and found a pile of glass door pulls and a crib with peeling (possibly lead-filled?) paint, and my mother bought a book of mazes for Lil Tot at The Purple Cow toy store.  All in all, a good day.



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