The One about Shimokitazawa

Back in 1927, when Shimokitazawa Station was built, the area around it, was chosen to become a commercial district. Located in Kitazawa, a city in the Setagaya prefecture, Shimokitazawa is a commercial, entertainment neighborhood known for attracting people with its restaurants and shops and the area also serves as the home to the historic Honda Gekijō theater. Similar to Ura-Harajuku, where automobiles are restricted and small shops are seen all […]

The One about Akira Kurosawa’s “Sanshiro Sugata”

Akira Kurosawa, one of the most highly revered filmmakers of all time. Akira Kurosawa’s filmmaking debut begins with the martial arts film “Sanshiro Sugata” (Judo Saga).  A film that was released in Japan by Toho films back in March 1943 but because it was during wartime, the Japanese government removed 17 minutes from the film and that cut footage has never been found since.  In fact, for the 1955 release […]

The One about Taking Care of Your Plants and Vegetables

When it comes to taking care of plants or vegetables, there is so much more involved than your standard water and sunlight. Granted, while I got by with water (before California’s major drought) and sunlight, I learned so much more then about how to keep indoor, outdoor plants and vegetables healthy and have them thrive. What is important is to know about NPK (Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium), the three vital […]

The One about Tsutaya Electrics in Setagaya

The Tamagawa area in Setagaya is quickly becoming a hot location for shopping. And at the large Futaka Tamagawa shopping area, one can find Tsutaya Electrics. The location sounds like an electrical home appliance store but it’s actually a lifestyle shopping center.   The first floor, you can find various things for sale such as home appliance, photography center, 4K television store, chairs, tables but also art, music, mobile phones, stationary […]

The One about Komagatado Hall in Taito

Asakusa is known for the Senso-ji Temple and to the right of it is Sumida Park, Sumida River and Tokyo Skytree in Sumida. Located right near the Sumida River on a street corner is Komagatado Hall in Taito. Which was erected back in 942 and has gone through several rebuilds, its most recent in 2003. The exact roots of Komagatado Hall are quite unclear. According to “Senso-ji Engi”, a book […]

The One about the Chorizo, Potato and Spinach Frittata

The frittata, an egg-based Italian dish in which the word means “fried”. Call it the Italian omelette and where Italians have mixed in meats, pasta, vegetables, cheese, you name it. For this Chorizo, Potato and Spinach Frittata, it’s easy to prepare and it’s so delicious! Ingredients: One chorizzo (remove casing) 4-8 Red potatoes sliced Spinach (cut into small pieces) 2 tablespoons of cream 8 large eggs 1/2 cup of Italian […]

The One about Planting Seeds During the Late Winter

As the frost is coming to an end and the spring time is the time to plant some vegetables, if you are a person who wants to sample vegetables from other countries, planting seeds are the way to go. You can purchase many kits from stores to get your seeds to grow and they are quite inexpensive.  But here is my way of growing seeds: Purchase Sterlite 6 Qt. storage […]

The One about Sidney Lumet’s “12 Angry Men”

“12 Angry Men”, the classic Sidney Lumet film that featured one of the most riveting, thought-provoking courtroom dramas in cinema history. But before the 1957 film was made, writer Reginald Rose would create a teleplay of “12 Angry Men” for Westinghouse Studio One, a CBS live production that aired back in Sept. 20, 1954. This was during a time when people were buying television to move away from radio programming […]