Tokyo Trip

Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Chinese Lantern Festival! Traditionally, Chinese Lantern Festival is to celebrate the first full moon of the lunar new year. Children play with their lanterns and solve riddles on lanterns in park. People would eat glutinous rice balls and enjoy the family time together. In modern days, it is considered to be the Chinese Valentine’s Day, but people don’t do much to celebrate. Anyhow, enjoy a sweet day with your loved one. Bryan and I don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day, so we didn’t have any plan. We are more looking forward to the long weekend. šŸ™‚

And yes, I have been back in town for a week. Sadly, Bryan and I are still recovering from our jet lag. We have been feeling sleepy in the morning, afternoon and night-time. Every time when I almost fall asleep on the couch, Bryan would poke my arm with his finger to keep me awake. By now, I think there are many bruises on my arm. Haha! I think we will be back to normal early next week.

Before arriving in Hong Kong, we also stayed in Tokyo for 5 days. The main goal to Hong Kong was to visit family and friends, and check out Chinese New Year. On the other side, going to Japan was all for sightseeing. We had amazing times in both Hong Kong and Tokyo. With two thousand pictures, Bryan can only go through the Japan ones for now. I will update you all about the Hong Kong trip next time.

Let’s talk about Tokyo. This was Bryan’s first time to Japan. I have only been to Japan when I was a kid, so I didn’t remember anything. Japan is a very beautiful place with very nice and polite people. We felt welcomed. Tokyo is crowded, but everyone follows rules and we always feel safe. It is no doubt a great place for tourists. As a foodie, Tokyo is heaven. There are so many different kinds of food, like sushi, tonkatsu, kaiseki, and teppanyaki. There are always something new every meal. No repeat. And for snacks, wow….. They are really everywhere, especially in train/subway stations. You will never go hungry!

Sensoji Temple

Sensoji Temple

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Disasters in Japan: Love and Hope

This is a really touching story. And, it has a happy ending. There is love, and there is hope. Both dogs have survived the unbelievable earthquake and tsunami. They have been rescued and they are in good care now.Ā Dogs are socializing animals. They like to be in a pack. They understand and care about each others.

What about us, human? No matter we are Chinese, America, or European, we are all living on the same planet. We are in this together. We should be helping each other. From all those monster tsunami scenes to the frozen pale dead bodies pictures, it is hard to ignore and pretend nothing has ever happened.

I have been to Japan a few times. Japan is a beautiful country. Japanese are really nice and polite people. There are nuclear plant workers who are willing to stay behind and risk their own lives in the hope of saving the rest of the people. We don’t have to risk our own lives to help, but little bit of help will go a long way.Ā Please send your love to Japanese, and give them hope. Let’s hope that most of the stories will have a happy ending.

American Red Cross Donation: Read