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makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
#spring #springtime #hyacinth #cyclamen

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
Someone sent a box of hoshi imo 干し芋, sweet potatoes that are steamed then dried until they are dense and sticky. They don’t keep long since they are still soft, but are so sweet without any added sugar. They are a specialty of Hitachinaka in Ibaraki prefecture, where these were sent from. It’s a congratulations for getting out of the hospital gift for my mother and me from a good friend

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
Very traditional Edo (old Tokyo) style senbei (rice crackers) made in Aoto, Katsushika ward, Tokyo - real “shitamachi” Tokyo. The formed crackers are dried in the sun until hard on the roof, which is lined with goza (straw mats). The proprietor, who is in his 80s, climbs up there with a ladder several times a day to turn the crackers over so they dry evenly. Once dry they are cooked until crispy on a charcoal grill, and brushed with dark soy sauce near the end. What makes them Edo style is the hard, crispy texture and the dark soy sauce. . . . . #japan #japanesefood #snacks #japanesesnacks #ricecrackers #senbei #washoku #煎餅 #おせんべい #江戸 #下町 #tokyo #edo

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
The last citrus fruits of the winter season - a buntan (pomelo) and a dekopon orange, from a farm in Kochi, Shikoku. Both were so good.

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
Beautiful fresh flounder (karei) packed with roe. This is called “komochi garei” - “flounder with child” in Japanese

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
A very cute little bento. The rice is okowa, mochi rice cooked with various good things. . . . #washoku #bento #obento #japan #japanesefood #springiscoming #spring

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
Spring is coming.... . #spring #flowers #february #japan #yokohama

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
I am out of hospital and back home (or my mother’s home anyway) finally.

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
There was a little Valentine Day card with lunch, plus a tiny bag of sugarless candy. The main dish was spaghetti Napolitan!!

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
As requested, here’s a pic of the Funassyi ear scratcher. It’s a basic plastic ear scratcher with Funassyi on thr non-business end. The wooden ear scratcher next to it is a handmade one. To be honest it’s the one I use the most by far because it feels so good - the Funassyi one is mainly for decoration.

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
I don’t have a stuffed toy Funassyi with me at the hospital this time. But I sure do have a lot of other Funassyi things with me.

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
I have been hospitalized since Jan. 15, and I am going completely stir crazy.

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
My first coffee in 5 weeks!!

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
A small bag of roasted soybeans and a card with today’s dinner, because it’s Setsubun. In the bowl: raw nagaimo and cucumber. They sure like to keep you regular here.

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
Another view of the monolith we can see from the hospital room window. It’s part of the InterContinental Yokohama Grand Hotel. The scaffold or whatever it is on the side looked like an unmanned cleaning device - it had no one on it but was moving slowly. (Not sure though.) . The operation was on Tuesday and went well. At least two more weeks in hospital until I can go home.. . #yokohama #minatomirai #hospital #japan

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
There was a mini-burger and a mini-hot dog for lunch the other day. It made me ridiculously happy, after rice for every meal, every day, for 2 weeks.

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
More hospital food, from several meals. They include a lot of vegetables, including sea vegetables, as well as konnyaku. All that fiber does keep one regular.

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
My bed is in the far corner and I can’t really get up and move around, so I didn’t realize until now that this is the view from the hospital room window.

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
More hospital food, mainly for my own records. It is fairly bland but tastes ok...and seems to be made in-house rather than just reheated packaged stuff. The fresh fruit tastes the best though.

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
Japanese hospital food. This was dinner last night. Battered fried white fish, kinpira (?), some kind of nimono with konnyaku and chicken liver, wakame and cabbage salad, rice, tea (hojicha). It wasn’t too bad. And yep I am back in a hospital again.

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