For my birthday, Kenji and I headed to Tokyo for the weekend to stay at the Park Hyatt hotel, a hotel made famous by the movie “Lost In Translation”. We had 2 free nights to stay, and so we went early Friday afternoon to take advantage, and stayed until Sunday evening. It was a wonderful and fantastic weekend, and I have such an awesome boyfriend!
We took the train into Tokyo Friday afternoon, arriving right around 5PM at Shinjuku station, then took a taxi to the hotel. Kenji had emailed a bit before to see if we could get an upgraded room, and we were able to. The room was really beautiful and the view fantastic… we just managed to catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji before it got too dark to see it! After that, we headed out to Shinjuku to try and find a place to get dinner, and ended up at a German-style beer bar which was really good!
Decorations at Shinmachi Station!
After eating we headed back to the hotel, hit the pool for a short time, then went to bed a bit early.
The next day, my birthday, Kenji came up with the idea to get our hair done! I used to get mine done professionally, but lately haven’t had time, and get a friend to cut it instead. I miss going to the salon! And Kenji had never been to the Japanese style ones, where it isn’t just a hair wash, but a massage. So we got ours done together in Harajuku, then ate in the area, and then headed back to the hotel to get ready for dinner. It was nice because it wasn’t rushed at all and so was very relaxing!
For dinner we had reservations outside the hotel and were just going to go and have drinks at the bar, but I didn’t want to leave once the live music started, so we decided to go ahead and eat at the hotel. It was expensive (so I felt a little bad about that…) but was delicious, and it was nice to relax and listen to the music! I really enjoyed it!
The view in the morning
Sunday we had a few different plans, but we ended up continuing the “let’s relax” vibe of the rest of it and not doing too much! So we took our time with breakfast and packing up, and relaxed until our late check out at 2. Then we headed to Ueno to visit the Japan Royal Museum and the King Tut exhibition held there. There were a looot of people, but it was a really beautiful and amazing exhibit, so we were happy we got the chance to see it!
After that we were going to visit the illuminations in Kunitachi, but found out that since they were renovating the station, the trains were closed in the evenings to the station, so we decided to skip and just headed home. We will go to Kunitachi another time, but even without going there, it was one of the best weekends in Tokyo I’ve ever had!
And that was it!
Thanksgiving was late this year due to scheduling conflicts, but it was a huge success as usual! Our usual friends came plus a few new invites. Thank goodness we had enough room!
Kenji’s birthday is August 20th, and Brandt’s not far behind on August 30th, so the weekend of Kenji’s birthday we decided to do a joint birthday party for the two of them.
First we went to Brandt’s favorite restaurant, Partire, and then came home for cake, snacks, and presents.
Brandt setting up for the group picture
Happy Birthday, guys!
Just catching up on some random stuff from May and June. First up is more wisteria pictures! Are you tired of these yet? Also, I got a wisteria yukata, a personal goal of mine. I have a different obi for it now, green instead of gold, but you get the picture:
Next up is Mizuki’s birthday! We had a fun little get-together at Scott’s house. Everybody brought food, and we just socialized and enjoyed ourselves!
Lots of goofy pictures were taken… and Katsu’s chicken avocado rolls were the best!
Lastly, we went up to a more remote area of Fujioka called Hino, where they were having a firefly (hotaru) festival! We went super early though, and didn’t end up staying long. It was pretty muddy and rainy unfortunately!
We decided one day to have a Taco night in honor of Katsu’s birthday, and when we found out it was Sakura-chan’s birthday the week before as well, we got two cakes and made a party out of it. A very delicious party.
THE GOODS. Man, I’ve never been one for Mexican/Tex-mex food but I craaaaaaave it sometimes. You just can’t find good fahitas here!