I’m Moving House!

I haven’t written any book reviews in a while because my freelance work has been insane. I’m finally taking a break so I can move house.

We’ve been living in Musashi-Kosugi, Kawasaki, for nearly two years now. It’s a beautiful apartment building in a city-like neighbourhood with an amazing view of Tokyo.

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I’ve been so blessed to live here.

When I was a kid, I always wanted to live in a luxurious apartment in a big city, and my dream was realized. It’ll always be my “newly-married life” apartment. I was quite poor growing up, and I never really thought I’d have the opportunity to live somewhere like this.

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What a gorgeous place this is. But we’ve decided to buy a house near the beach. A family home for when we have children. And a dog!

Today is the final day of living here, and to be honest, I’m more excited than sad. Our new neighbourhood will have the cheerful “ding, ding, ding” of a train crossing instead of fire engine sirens, and the smell of the sea. But I will miss that beautiful view, living five minutes from a large supermarket, and being able to go shopping in the nearby department store anytime I want.

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I feel like it’s a new chapter in my life. I’m going from city girl to beach girl. From one-bedroom apartment to multi-bedroom house where I can decorate, customize, plan for babies, and eventually get a puppy. From new bride to mother. It’s been great, Musashi-Kosugi. I’ll never forget this charming town.

Traditional and Affordable Japanese Food in the Middle of Nowhere

A group of my students sometimes take me out for lunch. They’re a sweet bunch who love English and like to treat me sometimes. I’m very lucky for that.

Today we took a taxi somewhere in Kanagawa from Mizonokuchi, waited in an elevator, and suddenly came upon this traditional restaurant where the staff members wore kimonos and a scent of soy sauce based cooking filled the air.

We all ordered the special set lunch, which had several delicious courses including a dessert.

1. Sweet Cod, Egg, And Daikon Radish

This was yummy. The fish was sweet, boneless, and easy to eat. The daikon was crunchy and refreshing.

2. Sashimi

Next was maguro sashimi (raw fish) with some vegetables and soy sauce for dipping. As a huge fan of maguro (tuna), this was a great bonus! There was just enough to get your appetite going.

3. Tomato Sukiyaki

Sukiyaki is a special hotpot dish. It bubbled on its own mini stove while we are everything else. We took bits out to mix with the half-boiled egg. Sukiyaki isn’t usually served with tomatoes in it but it was delicious.

4. Chawan Mushi

Chawan mushi is sort of like soup but thicker. It has the consistency of soft boiled egg and inside I found a mushroom and a single soy bean!

5. Tempura

We also had tempura, which is deep fried vegetables and prawn. Tempura is a popular dish in Japan and this one, served with sauce and grated radish, did not disappoint.

6. Rice and Soup

There was also miso soup and “Mugi rice” with barley and bits of plum inside, making for a healthier option than just plain white rice. It was an excellent palette cleanser. At the back you can also see “tsukemono” or pickled vegetables.

7. “Azuki” Red Bean Dessert And Green Tea Served with Coffee

We chose coffee as an after-meal drink, and it was served at the same time as the green tea and dessert, which was unusual. As per many Japanese desserts, this sweet bean treat was very sweet so that the bitter taste of the green tea complements it.

I was very full and satisfied afterwards! Can you believe all this food cost just 2000 yen? If you go for dinner, the price will probably double, but going for lunch means you’ll get a real bargain.

(I’m going to check on the restaurant’s name). It’s about a ten-minute walk from Miyamaedaira Station on the Den en Toshi line, which is a bit of a trek if you’re staying in Tokyo. Going here was an inexpensive way to enjoy real Japanese food, so if you find yourself in Kanagawa, give it a try for lunch!