Autumn Foliage in Tokyo

Hi, Hi and HI…! 🙂

It was a long weekend over here in Japan last week, and I dragged Y-chan with me to enjoy the Autumn foliage/leaves (or kouyou 紅葉) which were happening almost every where in Tokyo.

Initially, I was planning to visit Tochigi in mid-November for the pretty autumn foliage & a night’s stay in the ryokan but gave up because the ryokans were either fully booked or waaayyyy too expensive (SGD 400/pax). 😥 *face palms & shakes head*

So we took the cheaper route to enjoy autumn by going to Shinjuku instead. 😉 The spot we went to was Jingu Gaien Ichou namiki (神宮外苑イチョウ並木). Ichou in English is Ginkgo tree. You may think “What’s so special about Ginkgo tree?” right?

The answer is this.

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Golden colored ginkgo trees lined the road of Aoyama. It was my first time seeing such uniformly-shaped trees and colors.

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The pathway was filled with visitors and everyone was just strolling and enjoying the moment.

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It was very hard to capture the actual colors of the ginkgo trees because of the reflection it gives off. (So I tried to edit it and added a layer of filter to match it to the original colors.)

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Asked Y-chan to take of shot of me with the trees. It’s just so hard to take a nice photo without strangers photobombing it. *sighs*
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I love how the fallen leaves piled up to cover the protruding roots.

One BAD point to note: the area stinks.

Yes, it smelled like some animal’s poop. The fruits (ginkgo nuts) dropped from the trees, no one picks it up and it just rot there. 😦

Other than it stinks (and crowded with visitors), I would recommend giving this place a visit when you’re in Tokyo during late November. 🙂

Directions: From Shinjuku station, take Oedo line (subway) to Aoyama Itchome station and exit at Exit 1. Walk down the street and you’ll reach in a few minutes.

Recipe: Banana pancakes

HELLO. I am still alive, haven’t been active as I was thinking of what to write here.

Till yesterday, I was scrolling through my instagram feed and I saw a photo of banana pancakes uploaded by linda_lomelino. She even shared the recipe together with the photo so I decided to make it for today’s breakfast. 😀

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Going to share her recipe here (also for my own memo purpose) so don’t say I never share.

Take 1 banana, 1 egg, 1/4 cup rolled oats (I used whole wheat flour), 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, a pinch of salt and a dash of cinnamon, combine the ingredients together and blend it until it is smooth.

Then pan-fry the batter in some oil and serve. For a kawaii presentation, pan-fry spoonfuls of the batter and stack it up to form a pancake tower. 😀 Top it with your favorite toppings like maple syrup and extra banana. I had mine with a spoonful of nutella though and it’s good.

Do try it out as it is so easy and simple to make.

P/s: I am writing this with the WordPress app and it is smooth to use.