outfit of the day: linen flowers

ootd linen flowersThis is the dress I bought at Thrift Town, it was $5.99. Man, linen wrinkles if you so much as breathe hard on it. But it’s such a light, breathable fabric. The last foot or so is slit up both sides, and there’s a pocket on the left side. The neckerchief is a furoshiki from Daiso ($1.50), it’s black with biege, pink, and white flowers on it. The socks I already owned, they’re tabi socks from Ichiban Kan, and they also have pink flowers on them. The shoes are black ballet flats I bought a few weeks ago from Target. The white t-shirt under the dress I already owned.

This could do with a belt so it doesn’t look so sack-like… but sometimes I really like sacktacular dresses. They’re comfy.

bento #39 & bacon-wrapped tofu

Lots of green again this week! Better a lot than too little, I say.

I have new equipment for this bento. I bought the picks at Ichiban Kan on Wednesday. And I bought one of the square Urara Lube Sheep boxes at Daiso on Saturday. I was curious to see how they compare to the usual rectangular boxes. I like it. It probably holds the same amount of food, but the deeper tiers seem easier to pack.


  • Bacon-wrapped tofu.
  • Vegetable gyoza.
  • Snow peas.


  • Pepperoncini.
  • Laughing Cow cheese bits.
  • Apple slices with caramel sauce.
  • A couple of those mushroom cookies , also purchased at Ichiban Kan. Haven’t had any luck finding them at Ranch 99 in the East Bay.

To make the bacon-wrapped tofu, simply drain a block of firm tofu, cut into chunks, wrap in bacon (regular thickness), and fry like you would normal bacon. Delish!

wednesday in japantown with emma

Yesterday I took off work and met one of the very first good friends I ever made online, Emma. She’s in the Bay Area to see some cousins graduate from high school and college, so we met in San Francisco and I took her to Japantown. It’s my very favorite place in the whole city. We had lunch at Izumiya (ebi fry and matcha ice cream!), then spent way too much $$$. It’s easy to do that in Nihon Machi.

I got some incense at Asakichi, yuzu and lychee and orange blossom, then let the owner talk me into some green tea. He lit a stick and OMG it smelled good. He also gave me a free sample of hinoki and said to burn it with the tea and it smells really unusual.

We took some photos in a photobooth–there’s a store in Kintetsu mall that’s got at least a dozen of them:

We wandered through Kinokuniya bookstore, and at the stationary store I got some refills for my Pilot Petit 1, which is the best pen ever made, but hard to find. I also got a new cell phone charm (the eyes have worn off my old one, kind of creepy) and another papercraft chest of drawers. I love assembling those.

We also went to Ichiban Kan, where I got:

tabi socks!

Now I can justify getting another pair of geta–my old ones are all splintery.

bento supplies!

I’ve been looking everywhere for those mushroom-shaped cookies! And I really don’t need more picks, but when they’re only $1 a pack, why the hell not? I also already have those pig-shaped sauce bottles, but the ones I have didn’t come with stick-on wings.

So that was where I was yesterday. Good times, noodle salad.

p.s. I didn’t really take any general photos of stores and buildings because I go to Japantown a couple times a year and have done it all before. You can see some of the photos here.