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makiwi

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

makiwi

Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
2019 is the Year of the Boar. These are handmade pottery versions, ready to greet the new year. The bigger one sitting on mochi is from Saga prefecture, and the little one on a gourd is from Tokyo (it’s an Imado pottery figure). Mochi because mochi is lucky and one of the symbols of the new year, and a gourd because a baby boar is often called an “uri-bo” (gourd kid) because it has stripes like a gourd. The straw crane in the background is a traditional New Years decoration.

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Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
I am a very bad Instagrammer or whatever but this was a half hoji-cha, half matcha flavored cheesecake and I could not wait for daylight to take a decent pic before trying it. It was amazing. #cheesecake #japan #japanesefood

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Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
This snack is called Ninja Meshi, Ninja Food , “for the modern ninja”. They are umeboshi and katsuobushi flavored gummies. I guess they are for modern ninjas because they provide a quick energy boost and don’t make any sound when you’re chewing on them during your clandestine assignments.

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Instagram - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:18
The bottle of this kanpo (traditional herbal medicine) bottle is almost the size of one of my big scary pills.

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Instagram - Tue, 2019-01-29 11:20
Another chilly evening, another nabe for dinner. This is a toridango nabe (chicken meatball hotpot). The soup base is kombu + chicken bones. Besides the chicken meatballs there’s mizuna, leeks, shiitake mushrooms and yuba in there.

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Instagram - Tue, 2019-01-29 11:20
A very simple nabe (hot pot) with a kombu dashi base, cod, asari clams, silken tofu, napa cabbage, Kujo negi (a type of leek), and mizuna. Eaten with a little ponzu. So straightforward and so good.

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Instagram - Tue, 2019-01-29 11:20
My innards are in a mess again, so I had okayu (rice porridge) made with shinmai (new harvest rice) cooked in a small donabe for dinner. I haven’t been able to eat anything for about 3 days, so this tasted so good. If you’re going to be sick, might as well do it in style.

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