I'm back!

From: Sally
Sent on: Saturday, April 21, 2012 5:54 AM

(At a Belgian Waffle place in Ginza, Tokyo)

(Mariage Freres store in Ginza, Tokyo)



Hi everyone,


It's been a little over a month since I wrote to you about my illness and thank you again for all the prayers and warm thoughts you've sent me. I've been slowly replying the messages and emails individually, but I just wanted to tell you now that I've gotten better and just came back from Japan much healthier physically, emotionally and I would say probably spiritually, too.

I had a very extensive physical checkup package at a hospital which covered from literally head to toe. It  was done in two days and the results revealed many things about my body that I wasn't aware of, so I'm glad I went there... Although my stress EKG was borderline and I still need to see a cardiologist for more detailed exams, it doesn't seem like life-threatening. Please read at the end about it if you're interested.

Anyway, I'm still recovering from jet lag, but once I get over it, hopefully I can resume my normal activities including meetups at a relaxed pace.

I was also able to see beautiful cherry blossoms - photos attached below.

So many other things I would love to talk about more in person... Hope I can see you sometime in the near future, starting with the meetup this Sunday.  I also did a lot of soul searching while in Japan and came up with some great ideas about future events and on how to better handle no-show situations gracefully as well, which I would tell you later.

Now I'm motivated to learn more about healthy cooking than ever before.  Fresh ingredients and more varieties of spices, herbs and ways to cook I would really like to explore and hope you can join me.

And although I really enjoyed eating many good foods in Japan, I was still actually missing lots of yummy foods my members have cooked for me or the dishes we learned through the meetups both cooking and dining out, so it's time for me to catch up on you, too!))  Thank you very much again for your warm wishes and support and please have a wonderful weekend.





Jardin de Hama-Rikyu

Jardin familial des shôguns Tokugawa

"Ce jardin familial, qui servait d’annexe au Château d’Edo, conserve un étang d’eau de mer (“Shioiri-no-Ike”) et un terrain pour la chasse aux canards (“Kamoba”) de l’époque Edo.

En 1654, Matsudaira Tsunashige, seigneur de la région de Kofu et petit frère du quartrième shôgun Ietsuna, fait combler la mer d’une étendue artificielle de terre pour y construire un villa secondaire appelée Kofu-Hamayashiki (Maison de la plage de Kofu) Son fils Tsunatoyo, devenu le sixième shôgun Tokugawa Ienobu, fait rebaptiser le Maison de Kofu: Hamagoten (le Palais de la Plage) qui devient la propriété du shogunat.

Malgré des travaux et des modifications ordonnés par les divers shogunats, le jardin se trouve être aujourd’hui quasiment le même que souls l’ère du onzième shôgun Ienari Après la Restauration Meiji, la propriété divient le palais secondaire de la famille impériale, rebaptisée alors Hama-rikyu.

Le jardin est endommagé, notammen le pavillon de thé et une partie de la végétation, suite au Grand séisme de Kanto et à la seconde guerre mondiale. En 1945, le jardin devient la propriété de la Ville de Tokyo à la suite d’un legs impérial. Après travaux, le jardin est ouvert au public dès 1946. Le 22 Novembre 1952, l’Agence de la Culture désigne le jardin <<Site exeptionnel de première catégorie>> et <<Site historique de première catégorie>>"

In English http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/english/park/detail_04.html#hamarikyu



The whole package was about $1,800 (not covered by insurance) including lunches and a dinner and a hotel stay nearby and the following:


-Body measurement (height, weight, body fat ratio, abdominal circumference, BMI) -Stool analysis, urinalysis, blood pressure -Blood tests including sugar metabolism, liver, kidney, thyroid functions, serum, cholesterol, tumor marker -Sugar tolerance test -Abdominal ultrasound -Gynecological exam including pap smear, mammography and breast ultrasound
-EKG, stress EKG, chest ultrasound
-Ophthalmoscopy, intraocular pressure exam -Chest X-ray and chest CT scan -Lung function exam -Vision test and hearing test -Ultrasound and CT scan of bladder, liver, kidney, spleen and pancreas), ABI
-Head MRI and MRA
-Carotid artery ultrasound, ABI
-Intestinum rectum exam, breast exam
-X-rays of esophagus, stomach and duodenum


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