Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Ikebana Lessons!

June 15th

Tonight at Ikebana (flower arranging class) we did an arrangement with some very pretty flowers which I unfortunately don't know the names of!

Cooking lesson!

June 14th

Tonight's cooking lesson we made tonkatsu (fried pork cutlet), vinegar octopus and seaweed, pumpkin and miso soup! Yum!

Shirahama, Wakayama!

June 11th, 12th and 13th

We headed to Shirahama in Wakayama-ken for a long weekend at the beach! Shirahama is also known for its onsens (natural hot springs) and there are many around the town.

I had wanted to go to Shirahama for a long time as the beach is beautiful and the white sand is from Australia! We caught a bus from Osaka which took about 4 hours and then we set up camp and headed to the beach.

Our campsite

Amazing beach!

Such clear water :-)

Aussie sand!

Everyone at the beach at sunset

Beautiful sunset

For dinner we found a cool restaurant which had seats outside with a foot bath!

Me in the foot bath at dinner

The next day we tried the outdoor onsen right on the ocean - unfortunately the waves weren't big enough to come in! And then spent the afternoon at the beach.

Outdoor onsen right on the ocean

Eggs cooking in onsen water

Taube and I at the beach

The last day was a little rainy so we spent a bit of time in the onsen near the campsite and we were the only ones in there!

The outdoor onsen

Taube and I in the indoor onsen

We then got some lunch before catching the bus back to Osaka and the train home. Such a great weekend!

Ikebana Lessons!

June 1st

Tonight at Ikebana (flower arranging class) we did an arrangement with gladiolas and calla lillies.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Food!! Glorious Food!! May


Amazing foods and drinks from this month -


Bubble tea - coconut!


Taco salad

Sizzler main meal - steak and chicken parmigiana

Hamburger and fries in Tokyo

Homemade eggs benedict, my first time!

All night in Osaka!

May 29th

Well sadly Rachel is leaving in a few months so we needed to get in some 'last' things! We went to Osaka for a late Mexican dinner before heading out for a night of dancing. We all lasted till the morning and caught the first train home! :-)

Amazing Mexican at El Panchos

All of us at dinner

Pat and Jing

Taube and Rach

Em and I

Osaka lights

Rach rocking the dancefloor

Rach, Taube, Stef and I on the dancefloor - too hot!

Ikebana Lessons!

May 11th and 18th

At Ikebana (flower arranging class) this month we did two different arrangements.