Monday, October 22, 2018

Kiki House: My Tokyo Summer Home


Hello! I have returned to my Japan travelposts from last Summer and my heart is still after beating in Tokyo. An amazing city. A colourful city. A hot city. Like literally hot because there were days that felt 50°C. I don't mind hot but that was insane.
Anyway it's good that me and my family had a place to retreat from the scorching sun and hide in the shadows with blazing AC and a cool drink. Our place was our temporary home called Kiki House.

Hallo! Ik ben teruggekeerd naar mijn Japanse reizen van afgelopen zomer en mijn hart is nog steeds aan het nagenieten in de stad Tokio. Een geweldige stad. Een kleurrijke stad. Een hete stad. Letterlijk hete stad, want er waren dagen die voelde aan als 50°C. Heet vind ik niet erg, maar dit was wél heel heet. Hoe dan ook, het is goed dat ik en mijn familie een plek hadden om zich terug te trekken van de brandende zon en in schaduw baadde met een koel drankje. Deze plek was ons tijdelijk huis genaamd Kiki House.

What I expect
What expectation do I have for my first time staying at a Japanese house? My view on Japanese houses is quite biased already thanks to the televisions and anime/manga ha and it`s positive! Japanese houses should be:

- clean! Not just clean but really spotless, dustfree spick and span area!
- large wood use
- cozy, homey and warm
- gadgety/futuristic
- simple and minimalistic
I absolutely love love the idea of taking off your shoes first before entering the house. Same rule at our Asian household house too!
So after we have taken off our shoes we walk upstairs to our room and so far everything looks so clean!
Also first gadget thingie spotted which is this cool staircase light switch.
Which was surprisingly small but still clean and spotless. It has one shower (with a steamer) and one toilet (with a butt shower cleaner thingy). The sink looks old but well maintained and we even received little toiletries too. Nice!
Living room
The living room was nice and comfy, maybe a bit small but it was enough for the four of us. There`s a sofa with sweet cushions but I was sitting on the floor cross legged at the coffee table most of the time. There`s a tv with good receive (we watched World Cup Football 2018 on that) and a little tea maker in the corner with a kettle. Also, there`s free wifi. Was I feeling quite at home? Yes I do!
Right next to the living room which was divided by a lovely sliding paper wood door was our sleeping area. It was the only sleeping area too. We slept on tatami mat and on a thin mattress, dreaming and sleeping in Japanese style. I like it! I wished Kiki House provided us cool yukata bathrobes but nope. Since our bedroom was right next to the living room we could easily watch tv right from our bedmat too!
There was an empty small room/walk-in closet which was for some reason creepy at the same time. Yet it also became my private yoga room too during my stay in Tokyo ha.
On a balcony for laundry hanging.
The Conclusion
Is it clean, spotless and spick and span? Oh yes. What they say and what I see for myself on the internet about Japanese houses they live up their fame. Perhaps not every Japanese houses are clean but so far, Japan is neat and tidy!

The wood in the interior is practically the main source and there`s rarely brick or stone used. I think it`s because Japan is sensitive for earthquake that most houses are build lightly on wood. I`m fine with wood because I like wood! It gives a cozy look and natural calm feel. There`s also a minimum use of furniture making all the wood even pop more. At the same time the insert of gadgets and nifty handy technology around the house is making living in Tokyo comfortable.

ADDRESS:〒124-0013 Tokyo 3 Chome-23-14 Higashitateishi Katsushika-ku - JAPAN
Bed: ♥♥♥♥ 4/5
Service: ♥♥♥♥ 4/5
Interior: ♥♥♥♥ 4/5
Price: ♥♥♥♥ 4/5

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Leaving Groningen

yawn yawn
stretch stretch
I never skip my day with a good energizing wake up yoga and so I wasn`t planning to skip in Groningen.

tea & coffee
Yay for a kettle in the room but I much rather have the better fuel downstairs at the breakfast buffet which was pretty guud!
And I always end my meal with a dessert. Hurray for this self service waffle maker! That`s a huge plus in every breakfast buffet to me!

Day 2 and also my final day in Groningen. Sigh, I really don`t want to leave Groningen. Before I take the 4-hour trainride back home again, I`ve decided to take my last walks in Groningen. Just a little bit more of carefree Groningen please!
It`s around 20 min walk from the hotel to city center. I`ve decided to take the bus but oh man that`s one overpriced one-way bus ticket, boo.
“I`m In Love With The Shape Of You”
The buildings
Gorgeous large house but I bet it can pass as a creepy horror house too. Like imagine what it would look like by night.
A matcha break, yes please!
Along the way I`ve met and came across feline friends here and there.
This little friend makes me smile! While I was taking pictures of everything this cat was watching me and observing me in way of `who is this weird Chinese woman and why is she standing there taking pictures?`. Well dearest random cat let me take a nice picture of you too of your nosiness!
Konbu ♥♥♥♥♥
My lunch was at Konbu Streetfood and by checking out their little menu it is based on East Asian streetfood such as the Vietnamese phở, Japanese ramen and Korean kimchi. I`ve decided to go for a good bowl of vegetarian ramen with a cup of fresh mint tea.

Nice sleek, hip touches of Asia and laid-back interior vibe!
veggie ramen
My €11,- veggie ramen and contains the following toppings: corn, seaweed, egg, bamboo, shiitake mushroom, bean sprouts and spring onions and swims in a (MSG) miso soup base. Mhmmm that sounds delish and it was! It doesn`t come near to the real Japanese ramen of course but still it was enjoyable and filling.
Most satisfied residents
According to a research, Groningen residents are the most satisfied residents about their hometown in the entire Netherlands. There`s a huge down-to-earth vibe and residents sense great safety within the city Groningen. Perhaps it`s my happy-when-I-travel feel but I felt the same way during these last 2 days in Groningen. Everyone was friendly, not moody and just minding their own business in peace.

It is time to go home. Before heading back home a one last coffee stop first at Coffee-Bike which is literally a coffeebar on bike. Pretty awesome!
Later I`ve learned that Coffee-Bike is actually a huge franchise and was invented by two students. I`m not sure from which country but Coffee-Bike appears to be active in the UK, Germany, Romania and The Netherlands and if you have barista-ambitions you can easily sign up to become part of the Coffee-Bike company!
▲ my flat white
my luggage ▼