Cleaning can be done later

28 03 2010

Second to last day in Kisarazu…and we escaped. Instead of cleaning the apartment we caught the bus to Yokohama and met up with Atsu and his niece for lunch, then met his beautiful sister and the younger niece over green tea and sakura sweets. We ate macha flavoured soymilk gelati for morning tea, then had taco rice and vegetable soup for lunch at Chaya, followed by Mont Blanc and Salty Nuts Caramel Tart for dessert.

The sakura are almost in full bloom here is Kisarazu. Yesterday was sunny and would have been perfect for a photo but we were too busy washing windows and mopping floors. So we had to be content today with sakura at night and sakura during overcast days.

After returning home we had a snack of yuzu orange flavoured potato chips. How interesting. Then we had our last meal in our apartment. After dinner Lara was in charge of emptying and cleaning the kitchen, defrosting the fridge and cleaning the floor. Benno was responsible for finishing the cleaning of the shower that he started this morning, and unfortunately stayed up until midnight completing the job. D’oh.





Yokohama

16 11 2009

From Hakone we took a local bus to Odawara station, took the Excellent Express 30000 romance car train to Shinjuku, then went out to Kichijoji to Deva Deva cafe. We ate pizzas and burgers with hot lemonade and ginger chai. Benno had a banana cheesecake to finish.

Then we headed south to Yokohama. We walked through MM21, past the Landmark Tower (the tallest building in Japan at 296m, apparently), the old sailing ship, the Cosmo World amusements, into World Porters and around the shops. It was still too misty to see across the bay to Kisarazu, or behind us to Mt Fuji.

We had dinner in Yokohama station’s Lumine department store at Chaya. We had another delicious meal – panini, bean curry, vegetable curry, millet burger followed by more desserts of berry pie, tofu cheesecake, nut caramel slice and a sweet potato slice. All very yum.

We walked off our dinner and rode on the tallest clock in the world, the Cosmo Clock ferris wheel. The view by night was very pretty, but we still couldn’t see Kisarazu across the bay.

Pizzas and yogi burgers at Deva Deva Cafe, Kichijoji.

Pizzas and yogi burgers from Deva Deva cafe, Kichijoji.


Dinner from Chaya, Yokohama. From top left, bean curry, millet burg, vegetable curry and roasted vegetable panini.

Dinner from Chaya, Yokohama. From top left, bean curry, millet burg, vegetable curry and roasted vegetable panini.


Desserts from Chaya. From top left, berry pie, nut caramel pie, backed tofu cheesecake and sweet potato pie.

Desserts from Chaya. From top left, berry pie, nut caramel pie, backed tofu cheesecake and sweet potato pie.


Benno and Lara by Nippon Maru, an old sailing ship in Yokohama.

Benno and Lara by Nippon Maru, an old sailing ship in Yokohama.


Cosmo Clock by night

Cosmo Clock by night.


All 70 floors of the 296m tall Landmark Tower by night, Yokohama.

All 70 floors of the 296m tall Landmark Tower by night, Yokohama.


Yokohama's night time cityscape.

Yokohama's night time cityscape.