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Rie's diary from Japan 1

I arrived in Japan yesterday and I am writing this from Tokyo. Although it was only yesterday when I made it here safely, I feel like I have been spending more time since I landed on the Japanese soil.

A hotel near Shinagawa station is my temporaly home in Tokyo,

I always stay at this hotel when I am here, the location is great and the room is spacious, and the price is not so bad. The hotel seemed to be occupied by more tourists from China and wedding party guests,

I saw a lovery bride in a beautiful wedding dress, yet it is a hotel room, I can't deny it lacks warm homy coziness, but that is ok, I can survive when the food is so delicious everywhere. :-)


Early this morning at 07:37 there was an earthquake. My room was on the 12nd floor and it really shook both the building and my state of mind. Good grief, what a nice surprise. I turned on the TV right away and the news was on already on NHK. A male announcer was telling how big the earthquake was and a little red circle on the map of North Kanto Region was showing where the source was found. The announcer sounded little panicky but I must say I was in full sympathy with him and almost felt relieved as I was not the only one who got scared by the quake a few minutes ago.

Since yesterday I have been meeting my siter and my friends in this big city. Tokyo can be a very cold city for strangers but when you see some smiling familiar faces, it always warms me up.

Thanks Tokyo, I am back.


Rie - Bento specialist, Oslo, Norway

Hello, I love to cook and bake and I enjoy making bento everyday. I was one of the finalists at Bento&co’s contest in 2011 and later I joined Bento&co as Bento Specialist. I am living in Norway now but I am originally from Ishikawa in Japan where many of Bento&co’s bento boxes are made. I try to make bentos that are as beautiful as they are delicious, and I like to show you how to add more sparkles in your bento life! - Rie

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