So we are back for a month this time!
Other than a week in Hawaii, we actually have nothing planned (though the danna has to work most of the time), so it’s really just living a family life in Tokyo.
This time around things are quite different from last winter. Firstly it’s nearing summer so the weather is getting warmer and warmer (to be honest i actually prefer winter @.@). Secondly, Junya is almost 1 year old now, he is more active and mobile too so how i spend my time with him has also changed.
We flew with JAL as usual. Junya’s air ticket was about 10% of adult fare until he turns 2, so we plan to bring him travel as much as we can now lolol. #kiasu
It was a night flight so he slept throughout. I’m a little worried about the return flight though since it is the whole afternoon and he can’t sit still for a second now -_-
Rise and shine baby ❤︎
Junya’s first flight food!
We rented an apartment at the same place in Ikebukuro this time too. It’s spacious, clean, affordable and incredibly convenient.
He can walk a little now so he’s investigating every crook and cranny like Sherlock. It’s both easier and harder. Easier because he can now entertain himself (by pulling all my clothes from the drawer and throw them on the floor, pushing the dustbin from one end to the other…) so i have more time to do other stuff (putting clothes back to the drawer and cleaning up spilled garbage included). Harder because i really reaaally need to keep an eye on him allll the time.
And just within 10 minutes of unpacking our luggages, Junya already knocked himself like 10 times and have tiny bumps on his face -____-. Argh… to have to child-proof a new apartment all over again T_T.
Toilet is his favorite because of all the bidet buttons lolol.
As for me…
This sums up my life in Tokyo lolol.
I FREAKING LOVE GROCERY SHOPPING IN JAPAN!!!
Back in KL i loathe to think what to prepare and cook for the next day. But here… BRING IN ON!!!
I can spend hours just walking up and down different aisles in the su-pa (supermarket). Things are soooooo cheap omg. In Malaysia i usually buy local organic or imported Japanese ingredients because i refuse to eat ambiguous China produce that are probably made of explosives. One very very tiny organic radish can cost RM8 and a small broccoli easily RM10?! But here in Japan, all the local produce are like half the price!!!!!! A giant daikon triple the size is like 100 yen (RM3)?!?!?
And the fish!! Giant scallops, fresh fruits (in season now are cherries and peach!), mentaiko….. Jump into my tummy pls…
Many of you asked about Junya’s meals when we travel. True enough, this time things are a little less flexible because of Junya’s meal time. When we came back last winter he hasn’t started solid yet. But now he eats 3 proper meals.
What does he eat every day for a month?
When we go for short vacations (Singapore/Bali/Penang), i usually stock up packaged Baby Food. You can get them from Isetan. You can buy Kewpie, Meiji, Wakodo, Pigeon. Their baby food varieties are unbelievable. And really yummy (i tried). And safe (using all Japan produce with zero additives) and nutritionally balanced.
But for a month… no matter how tempting it is, it just feel quite wrong to keep feeding my baby compressed food from a plastic pack. Plus i’m keeping all these food to bring back to Malaysia for other travels where baby food is less accesible. Also, Baby Food in KL cost 3 times more -_-. A pack of these usually cost about 100+ yen only in Japan. Buy them ALLLLLL!
Here’s what he usually eats:
Milk bread (so soft yumss), scrambled egg, avocado and yogurt with fresh fruits. You can actually get these from the combini so that’s the easiest meal!
Fresh fruits. Please try out the Yamagata cherry if you come to Japan.
Usually he eats whatever i cook for the adults (me and the danna), minus the seasoning.
We can survive as long as there’s a rice cooker. Takikomi gohan (mixed rice) is the easiest!
Just chop and throw everything inside.
And an hour later you have dinner ready.
I usually cook it at night (Japan rice cooker can keep the rice fresh and warm for up to 5 days. Everyone should invest in one. Zoujirushi is the most popular one!) So the next day i don’t need to cook again. And can eat up to 2 days lolol.
My kicthen. The only seasonings i need are cooking oil, soy sauce, salt+pepper.
You can also buy stuff like these, super useful! Baby wafu dashi/white sauce/comsomme, just melt them and add into pasta, rice, tofu, or make stew.
You will be surprised that it is quite difficult to locate baby related products in Tokyo. It’s quite strange but you won’t find diaper or milk powder in supermarkets or departmental stores. You need to go to big drug stores. For us we went to Akachan Honpo in Gotanda, a hugeeeee baby store that has everything you will ever need.
We also bought a new Aprica stroller for Junya!! Turned out to be one of the best investments ever.
Most of the time i will have to go out with him alone, so with a 2.9KG stroller things are much easier!!
Family outing <3
Also this time we tested the limit. I really really really needed to eat Gold Rush the best hamburg in the world (according to me only la. The danna’s god tongue wasn’t so impressed lolol), which is very non-baby-friendly because of how smouldering it is.
But we survivedddd. Although we came out smelling like smoked bacons.
Totally worth it.
Also went back to eat the best Beef toro rice.
That’s the happening parts. Other times i’m just happily being grounded at home as just watch my baby sleep 🙂
uwah.. business class oohhh!! *envy eyes*
ahhh noooo so happened we had just enough mileage to upgrade only i wish we can do this every time hahaha
Which website do you rent your accommodation Cheesie? My friend and I are planning a trip to Japan but are stuck with accommodation and not sure which Ryokan with onsen to go to. We plan to go to Tokyo-Kyoto-Osaka =)
Usually the danna settles the accommodation. Mine is a long term apartment though so i don’t think tourists can rent it :/
Finally came to understand why tourists from my country snapped up the rice cooker in Japan a while ago. LOL~
Where are you from ? 😀
LOL~~~ I’m cheesie’s fan from China
I ate at Gold Rush in Yodobashi Umeda and it’s not as confined as it seems 🙂
Osaka!! Did you like it??
Junya is getting so big now! You’re making me want to get a rice cooker here… hehe
You should!! 😀
I love goldrush too! I followed ur suggestion last time when i went to Tokyo. Best decision ever!! Thank you!!
Really??? I’m so happy to hear that!
Hi! May I know which supermarket you frequent in Tokyo? I can’t seem to find any other than those at department stores and things there are so expensive! If not I always visit Ueno for my grocery shopping whenever I visit Tokyo…
I usually go to Tobu/Seibu, and yes they are very expensive as they usually sell high end produce. However there are many markets on the streets, you will have to look it up, and they offer real cheap stuff!!
Hi Cheesie! I am a long time blog reader of yours. Had many similarities with you too..or rather inspired by you. My wedding was planned by Betty and Amie in 2013 and my son is now 9 mo. Anddddd…. we are going to Tokyo in October! Very excited as my son will be 13 mo then. I just read the earlier comments.. too bad the accommodation is not for short term. Can you recommend a hotel suitable for parents with a baby? Thanks!
Hi Lynn!! Really? That’s so nice to know!! 🙂
If you have the budget, definitely go with Keio Plaza. Super convenient with a day care (chargeable) too!
The business class looks sooo nice! And the food too.
Wish it was easier and cheaper to eat healthy in Malaysia :/
Yes me too T__T. But we can always try our best!! And max out when travel to Japan lolol
Looks like you are having fun! I had one of those rice cookers. I am going to check out the water filter. Funny how your posts are now drifting towards domestic life. 🙂
Yea highly domesticated XD
I’m counting down the months I go to Japan! Sakura~~~~~
Always lovin’ your Japan posts, babe!
Next April ah!!! So nice!!!!!!
Hi Cheesie! I know you mentioned above that your danna usually settles the accommodation but is it possible for non-tourists to rent for let’s say, a month? In Tokyo, of course.
For a month i think it should be possible! Do check out “weekly mansion” 🙂
Hi, would like to know if you booked your accomodation via airbnb?
Mind sharing the link? Thanks in advance!
No i didn’t! We go back to our usual rented apartment. 🙂
Im a student travelling solo to Tokyo on the 23rd July for 5 days 😀
Just wondering how hot/cold the weather will be and what sort of clothes to bring ( im hoping to bring only <5 pcs lol )
Also i love all your blogs omg i cant wait to visit all the harajuku shops you recommended <3
Since it’s next week, you can check the weather forecast on iphone! It’s pretty accurate. Rainy season should end by then too 🙂 Have fun!
Hi Cheesie, I pre-booked our tickets as gift to my husband for Tokyo next year Feb, unknowing that I was pregnant. The baby will turn 3m at that time, will it be too cold for a 3m to travel with us? We will be there for a week. Thank you 🙂
Feb is indeed the coldest month >.< Be prepared and buy lots of heat tech from UNIQLO!
Hi Cheesie, wondering if you travel with ANA before? I would like to know what is the experience comparing this 2 airlines JAL and ANA?
I have!! But not KL-Tokyo though, it was domestic flight in Japan so i can’t really make a comparison. But so far nothing beats JAL 🙂
Hi Cheesie, love your blog! Just wondering which Aprica stroller did you get? Cheers -Christine
Hi! I also will travel with my 18mths baby to Japan end of this month. Now searching ard for apartment or min us. Do u have any good recommendation ? Thx!