Beautiful blooming Jacaranda tree at my mom’s farm in Umhlali, KwaZulu-Natal. Gotta love farm life!
Spotted this newly blooming ume (plum) tree on my walk home yesterday. A sure sign that Spring is around the corner. In about a week or so it will be cherry blossom time!
Had an awesome evening with my special friend Miharu. Light veg curry at the vegan Stay Happy Cafe and chai at The Karate Chop, a local Vietnamese restaurant in Shimokitzawa, Tokyo. Could not have asked for a better evening. One thing I’ll miss when I leave is all the amazingly cute, quirky little shops and cafes… just LOVE them!
Lunch today was organic yellow beet soup and home-made sourdough bread from one of my favorite cafes in Kichijoji, The Rose Bakery. I’ve never eaten golden beets before – the soup was a little too sweet for me but still totally scrumptious!
Traditionally, in Japan, on Valentines Day ladies give gifts (usually chocolates, home-made is best!) to men. Then one month later on 14 March the men are expected to return this gesture (popular gifts are cookies, jewellery, white chocolate, white lingerie). I received this beautiful little parcel from my boss from my favourite organic store, Natural House… He knows me so well!!
I walk past this VW Cafe Bus every Wednesday night on my way to yoga and always think how quirky and cute it looks. Made me smile today :)
Had a lesson today with one of my private students, Takuya; we usually meet about once a month for a chat and some pronunciation practice. He’s a musician/songwriter who wants to go live in London and play music. He’s completely passionate and dedicated to his music and does various part-time jobs to afford him the resources to succeed. I help him with his lyrics from time to time – can you imagine how hard it must be to try and find the right words for a song in a different language, especially one so different from your native language. Anyhow, he just got back from a mini vacation and bought me some cookies as a souvenir. It’s tradition in Japan that when a person returns from a trip, they bring home souvenirs (omiyage) to friends, co-workers and relatives. Tourist sites across Japan are surrounded by many omiyage shops offering beautifully wrapped souvenirs. Gotta love Japan :)
Home-made mini quiche and chocolate (fruit & nut) cake from my yoga student. Can’t wait to get home and eat it!
I love my neighborhood, Shimokitazawa… it’s full of quirky little vintage stores and cafes. This shot was taken at Flamingo Vintage on my way to yoga class.
Today I received a surprise card from my mom, just to tell me how much she loves me! Made me feel like a little girl again… happy days :))
Pink & yellow daffodils on the sidewalk :)
…..hanging out with this little boy. He’s such a cutie, so happy all the time. I give his Mom a private lesson every Friday at her home and get to play with this little one :)
I passed this Mikan (Mandarin Orange) tree on the way to work today. I always walk this route but have never noticed it before; today I just happened to look up. I’m glad I did!
This beautiful bakery is right near my work and apart from delicious cakes, they also have organic soups and veggie plates as well as fresh ginger tea. I’m a regular, what can I say! I usually go every Wednesday for a light snack, as I have a few hours to spare between work and teaching yoga that night.
The great thing about living in Tokyo is the abundance of beautiful shrines and temples. I pass this shrine every day on my way to work, and always feel a sense of peace as I walk by. It’s really so beautiful, especially when the sun shines on its bronze roof.