Inarizushi, a kind of sushi

This inarizushi is something Japanese people are accustomed to eating from childhood, but less often make at home unlike rice balls 🍙.

Lately I tried cooking inarizushi for the first time!

and it turned out to be better than expected, it was easy and good in nutrition.

It’s a less carb, high protein ingredient. 1 piece of aburaage contains 7g of protein and 0.5g of carbs.

If you are able to buy aburaage a deep fried bean curd, please try this one.

This kind of thing made by soybeans.

1. Cut it into half and place into a pan. 5ea / per pack x 2 = 10pcs, cut into half = 20pcs of inari bags.

2. Take out oil by boiling them in enough boiled water for a few minutes.

Throw the water away.

Wring them as much as possible by using a spatula.

I might use a basket, or wring by a spatula.. would be appreciated less washing.

3. Place all into a pan. Pour 0.5 cup of water, 0.5 cup of soy sauce, 0.7 cup of sake, 5 tablespoons of sugar and a bit of salt. In a middle heat, wait until sauce is soaked evenly.

If sauce amounts less then add each of above. It’d be better make them mild flavor as aburaage original got a unique taste in it.

Boil aburaage
Enough boiling makes aburaage open its mouth.

4. Then sumeshi (酢飯) = vinegared rice. 650g I prepared, and 16 bags are filled. So 700g of rice would be ideal.

0.5 cup of vinegar, a bit of salt and 2 to 3 teaspoons of sugar.

Sprinkle on warm rice, 2 to 3 separate times. Mix it like “slicing with spatula.

Sprinkle sweetened vinegar to make shimeshi.

5. Put rice into aburaage bags.

I used a china spoon, the amount of one scoop is just right.

16 – 1(eaten) = 15 inarizushi

And leftover age. Which is actually quite useful. I could make inarizushi as I like later.

4 pcs of inari bag

What’s nice about inarizushi, it’s delicious even keep it in fridge.

Onigiri 🍙 on the other hand, not okay to keep in fridge long time. Rice becomes hard and not good taste.

We had 8pcs for lunch, and would have in the evening too.

Stay safe and have a wonderful day!


a jog by train.

It’s Saturday, and felt like going somewhere for a jog.

So, I took a train headed to Motomachi Chukagai station.

It’s a terminal of Minato-Mirai line.

There I saw a full scale GUNDAM from famous animation.

Gundam factory Yokohama

And jogged from Yamashita park, passed by Akarenga, Minato-Mirai area and arrived at Rinko park.

Rinko park@yokohama
2. Rinko park, beautiful view
From GUNDAM factory to Chuo-Ichiba
6km from GUNDAM to my neighbor.

It was really a nice jog. I’m glad did try this.

I’d go tomorrow again, maybe a bit earlier then should be less people.

The smell of ocean at Yamashita park, it was something I’ve been longing for the past few years, since traveling to overseas is an impossible desire.

Actually there are many things available in neighborhoods I’d find more places to jog.

Have a safe and wonderful weekend!

Dessin (drawing)

Now, with Covid there is some time to spare on my hand that allowed me to take an art class.

Left done by a teacher, right me.

Even if it’s in monotone, it looks like an apple. Drawing done by a teacher.

She has finished this within a few minutes.


These days, being at home all weekdays staring at screens on mobile and pc.

So that, taking a lesson and focusing on dessin an hour was really a good change.

I’ve never looked at an apple with so much effort. And my right arm tired from holding a pencil. Interesting experience.

It might be a common-knowledge.

But recently I heard a story for the first time, it was about three kinds to be recommended as a hobby.

One– physical activities.

Two– creative activities.

Three– learning.

Or other expressions I’ve seen were acquiring skills or making money etc.

E.g. Drawing is a creative work. writing blog is a creative work. Jogging is a physical activity and programming is a learning.

How about you? in good balance?

I hope so!

Living with Covid.

Finally my mother received her 1st Covid shot today.

I can never thank enough to people who developed the vaccine, delivered to the clinic, and doctor and nurse to gave a shot.

A clinic where my mom usually visits for prescription drugs, the place started to support a vaccination for people aged 65 or older living nearby.

Also near future vaccination will be extended to the rest of population.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner at home x 350

we will order in once a month or every other month, therefore I can say I’ll cook meals for 350 days.

Breakfast is easy, pancakes or smoothies. Only I need shopping for groceries to keep fresh fruits and veggies in a fridge.

Lunch, eat anything available myself.

For my partner, omelette, rice balls, pasta, or anything I can cook and leave for him. Unlike me his lunch break is not 12:00-13:00, so it needs something like bento style.

Ramen or such need to eat soon are excluded, those would change the form in time.

And dinner, cook something we would like to eat, and have it at a dinner table.


smoothies for breakfast;

Apple, banana, spinach, Japanese mustard spinach and 1scoop of soy protein.

Rice balls for lunch;

Four rice balls wrapped in boneless rib lean beef. Grill the balls on a pan, flavor with Teriyaki sauce.

Next, dinner.

Thinking about recipes (and groceries) throughout the day.

In the morning, out for a jogging and bath and shopping. Come back home, cook, work, cook, work, cook, sleep……..

I do follow the same routine every day. It is fun, happy and I’m content.

That is because I have enough time in hand.

Housework will never end automatically, then time in hand is important to enjoy the necessary thing to be done.

Let me share about “work in the office” culture, here in Japan.

It’s my personal opinion, based on my personal experience.

Colleagues who have IT literacy are mostly happy with Work From Home,

Other colleagues who contact helpdesk often and have less IT literacy prefer going to the office.

Latter colleagues like chatting, a meeting and paper-based materials.

It’s nothing to do with the age.

Some senior colleagues I know were actually good at mastering a new gadget and device. They read novels on kindle, play Pokémon, utilize iPad and more.

And these days, at least you know how to use Google then technology related questions are answered by YouTube or people’s blogs.

I think it’s about curiosity. No need to become an expert, just need to be curious and to not be lazy to think, search and find the solution. It’s actually fun.

Back to “time in hand”,

Roughly estimated, when we go to the office every day, we’ll spend 90 min for TO + 90 min for FROM.

180 min, 3 hours only for commuting. In a packed train or traffic.

In 2011, I was working as a regular office worker and the company allowed me to work from home right after the earthquake, then for the bad weather, or simply when it’s needed. There is such flexible company existing, hope others to follow suit.

Honestly, when the work can be done with PC there is no point consuming three hours out of our limited lifetime for commuting purpose only.

It also leaves unnecessary stress more or less. In the worse case, it causes an argument, an injury case, spy cam etc.

Requiring employees to be in the office just because there is an office should be reconsidered.

For people who prefer the office as their workplace, make it available after releasing extra floors to a office lent agency.

For the others, allow Work From Home, please.

No need to monitor/obverse “active status” of employees, it can be done by apps. Ask IT administrators in the company to extract a status log.

or using a bot to throw a quick random survey once a day, just checking who is working fine who is not so fine.

E.g. Windows has teams, Mac accepts slack, it shows green or yellow or more, as being in front of the pc or away for errands,

or Google hangouts for google account holders.

Messaging is quick, easy, short unlike emails. Time saving in both sides.

In addition, when the office workers stopped commuting, there would be an enough easy-to-breath, comfortable space in trains and highways for people who need to be on site.

W/ or w/o Covid, Work From Anywhere should be adopted to more broaden industries.