Arigatou for you

Still in busy mode, hehe..since I don’t have a chance to write a lot,thus I just wanna try to share one of my fave song by Depapepe, my fave duo-guitarists from Japan. Arigatou for your nice music that already inspired me during the process of my thesis writing.

And arigatou for you :)

Kyoto trip in Autumn: Day 2. Kinkakuji and Arashiyama

Recently I’ve experienced insomnia, sometimes I suddenly woke up around midnight after three or four hours of sleep, then could not return back to sleep until morning. Horrible, because by the end of the day I often felt so dizzy and red eyes because the lack of sleep. Well, good thing is because I was able to continue the second post of my autumn journey :D  read the first day here

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dear momiji, you will surely gonna be missed

The next day, my friend and I went to the northern part of Kyoto to visit the famous temple in Kyoto,Kinkakuji. Continue reading

Omuraisu (オムライス), nasi goreng ala Jepang

Di perjalanan pulang dari jemput kakak di hoikuen-nya, tiba-tiba kepikiran pengen masak omuraisu, kombinasi antara telur dadar dan nasi goreng ala jepang, yang populer sebagai alternatif sarapan.

Googling resepnya dan nemu banyak banget, dengan berbagai variasi isian, dan akhirnya tertambat pada resep dari La Fuji Mama, kebetulan bahan-bahannya ada dikulkas, cuma dimodif sedikit aja dengan penambahan cheese, dan untuk takaran saya sesuaikan dengan porsi berdua.


Omuraisu
Recipe by Lafujimama
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Streamer Coffee Shibuya, a hidden gem amidst the crowd at Shibuya

I have a new hobby here in Japan, which is drinking coffee. Yeaah it becomes a habit or addiction now. I started with the sachet of Indonesian 3 in 1 Luwak white coffee, continue with the famous coffee shop in Japan which is Starbucks, and now I appreciate many varieties of coffee. Well, I am not a serious coffee addict nor a coffee snob, and I am of course not yet capable to differ many kinds of coffee beans (although I would really love to try someday). My coffee bean powder now is Mandheling roast which I bought from Kaldi, and I often prepare my own coffee. I enjoy my time to pour over my own drip coffee using a-100 yen coffee dripper and coffee filter paper, and dreaming of having the Hario V60 drip kettle Buono and V60 dripper at my home later.

During one fine day after a seminar in Tokyo, My friend and I went for a coffee adventure. I offered her three recommended coffee shops in Tokyo, l’ambre at Ginza, Omotesando Koffee at Omotesando, and Streamer Coffee at Shibuya. My friend preferred the last one as it serves a nice coffee with nice latte art, so off we went to Shibuya.

the crowd at Shibuya

the crowd at Shibuya

Streamer Coffee is a modern coffee shop owned by the world champion barista, Hiroshi Sawada. He won the 2008 Free Pour Latte Art Championship and in 2010 he started to open his own coffee shop. Streamer Coffee has three locations, aside from the one that we visited in Shibuya, the other locations are in Harajuku and Gohongi, all of them are in Tokyo.

It took about 10 minutes walk from Shibuya station to reach Streamer Coffee. The cafe is a bit hidden from the crowd at Shibuya, however since we were able to find the location in Google maps, so it was easier for us to reach the cafe.

Streamer Coffee Shibuya

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Kyoto trip in autumn: Day 1. Fushimi Inari and Kiyomizudera

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hello momiji…

Yes, Alhamdulillah karena akhirnya Kansai tripnya terlaksana juga, walau reportnya lama pisan, hehe…tripnya sendiri sudah terlaksana akhir Oktober-awal November yang lalu, saat autumn, namun sayangnya daun-daun belum terlalu banyak yang berubah warna. Daijobu da yo..cos it was a fun and excited trip.

Awalnya saya hanya akan berangkat bersama icha, namun ternyata kemudian teman saya, Mei, ikutan gabung di trip ini, alhamdulillah karena in fact selama trip saya sangat terbantu dengan kehadirannya. Kami berangkat menggunakan willer express, bus malam yang sama yang saya gunakan dulu ke Hiroshima, jadi setidaknya sudah ada pengalaman menggunakannya. Untuk tiket, saya dan icha membayar 7,580 yen, namun karena saya menggunakan poin jadi saya membayar lebih murah, 7, 117 yen, dengan catatan, Icha membayar setengah harga.

Departure point kami adalah Kawasaki sekitar pukul 23.20, dan rencana tiba di Kyoto (depan hotel Centnovum Kyoto, tak terlalu jauh dari Kyoto station) pukul 07.30. Sayang sekali karena traffic padat sepanjang perjalanan sehingga bus kami tiba sekitar pukul 9 pagi. Awalnya saya sempat khawatir mengajak Icha nekat menggunakan bus malam, karena Icha belum pernah bepergian jauh menggunakan bus, namun Alhamdulillah Icha bisa tidur nyenyak sepanjang perjalanan :)

Setibanya di Kyoto, kami sarapan seadanya dan menitipkan barang bawaan di coin locker, lalu langsung menuju first destination kami di Kyoto bagian selatan, Fushimi Inari Shrine. Kami tidak memiliki itinerary padat yang mengharuskan kami menikmati semua tourist destination di Kyoto, although we would really love to, karena bawa anak kecil dan karena keterbatasan waktu, hanya dua malam dan dua setengah hari berada di Kyoto.

Back to the story, untuk menuju Fushimi Inari Shrine, dari Kyoto station kami menggunakan JR local dan turun di Inari station. Fushimi Inari Shrine tepat berada di depan station, jadi tak perlu berjalan jauh untuk menuju kesana.

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Front gate of Fushimi Inari

Fushimi Inari Shrine adalah kuil Shinto yang merupakan salah satu famous tourist spot dikarenakan seribu torii gates berwarna oranye kemerahan di sepanjang jalan menuju ke bangunan utama kuil. Continue reading