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Lunch at preschool

My best friend Fiona inspired this post as she is a “foodie”!  More on her to come, but for now Sunday’s special for the month of NaBloPoMo is a “slice of life” (pardon the pun) type snippet on preschool life in Japan. Preschool in Japan is 3 years long. I have 2 children in preschool, one in the final year and one in the middle year. Our school is unusual for a preschool in that it has school lunch most days. Lunch is provided at most primary schools, but it is not usually provided at preschool.

The lunch at my kid’s preschool is provided by a company that specialises in these type of pre-made meals, not just for school, but for companies also. Before the start of a calendar month, I get a menu home with the month’s menu which includes allergen information, calories, salt content and protein values. Each day, I can view their school lunch on the lunch company’s Facebook page. At public primary school level, lunch is subsidised by the Government. Although, our preschool is private and therefore not subsidised, it doesn’t cost much more than the primary school lunches due to the economies of scale of the lunch company system.

Preschool Lunch 1

Once a year my kids preschool invites parents to enjoy the school lunch with their children. I visited just a few weeks ago to have lunch with my son, while my husband had lunch with my eldest daughter. In a situation where only one parent can attend and there are siblings involved, the older sibling joins the younger sibling to have lunch with the parent. This was my 3rd year to have school lunch at the kid’s preschool and each time it has been really delicious. The photo from that school lunch is the “featured photo” above. Hereafter, a gallery of photos of the school lunches my kids enjoyed this past week. There is no photo for November 4th as that was one of the rare days they had to bring their own school lunch.

Do your kids have school lunch? Yes: do they like it? No: do you wish they had it? Please do comment. Thank you!

Ebi shumai Maubo tofu November 2nd hamburger and pasta November 3rd corn on the cob liver sausage hijiki November 6th

Steam Locomotive Cafe in Lalaport | FUJIMI

One of the many fun and unique attractions of Lalaport in Fujimi is the Steam Locomotive Cafe on the 3rd floor. The cafe, which is also a train shop, features a number of different model railway towns and a plarail display. You can enjoy the displays as you eat your lunch or have a coffee (see the video at the bottom).

2015051313250001On weekdays, the children’s plate (800 yen in 2015) comes on a bullet train plate, as pictured below. They also have a “Nori Tetsu Meat” dish served with a train made out of seaweed. That comes with a half cooked egg though, so if you are buying for a child you might want to request they fully cook the egg! They have a bullet train cake on the menu too. They provide bumper chairs, and crockery and cutlery for children. You help yourself to water. They don’t have toilets in the cafe itself, but you can use Lalaport’s toilets, 2 of which are close by.

Lifelike model railway town
Lifelike model railway town

The Steam Locomotive Cafe is open daily from 10am to 9pm, last order for food is 8pm and for drinks it is 8.30pm. The nearest parking is probably car park lot number 2 or 3. The latter is outdoors. All parking in Lalaport is free. TEL: 049-257-6801

For more information in Japanese you can visit their official page here:http://popondetta.com/blog/cat83/steam_locomotive_with.html

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Realistic model railway town
Realistic model railway town
Very detailed model railway town
Very detailed model railway town


Day 4 in a maternity hotel

“Day 4” was the fifth and final day of my postpartum hospital stay for a vaginal birth on baby #4 (as the day you give birth is day zero). On the day you get released the hospital treats you to a hairdo in the hair salon on the 3rd floor. It involves a wash, head massage, hot towel treatment and blow dry. My appointment was at 9.30am giving me time to have an hour long sleep before it. It was much needed as I was up more than normal with little girl during the night. At least I remembered to take a photo of the garden illuminated by night, it just didn’t turn out well enough to post!

Part of the room
Part of the room

After my hair appointment I collected baby from the baby room and went to the last “nursing class”. Each day you are asked to join at least one session of group nursing, so the nurses can monitor your progress with breastfeeding. There are two main sessions each day at 1pm and 4pm, but on day 1 and day 4 for natural births, (day 3 and day 8 for caesarean) there is a session at 10am. You don’t have to arrive exactly on time, sometime in the hour is fine and up to 15 minutes early is also okay. We got some free samples on our last session. It was back to the room after, to put on make up and get changed and to gather all the presents and bags to come home with us.  Above the sleeping and sitting area of the room after the clean out. The sofa doubles as a bed, which you can pay to have made up for your spouse or family member to stay. If they do stay there is a family shower room separate to the shower rooms for patients. Each patient is also entitled to three “present dishes”; 3 free meals for a person of their choice, during your stay. You can use them or pay for meals for guests.

Fuji View where meals are served
Fuji View where meals are served

I used my “present dishes” on the lunch on day 4 with my husband and our 2 year old. MIL was supposed to use the 3rd present meal, but in the end she couldn’t come for the meal. I opted for a “children’s plate” for my 2 year old. There are 5 choices including an onigiri plate, curry or spaghetti. I opted for the latter. The portion size was very decent. A child of up to 10 would be happy with the size I think. It came with soup, salad and a dessert. Her table mat was a colouring page with colouring pencils available on lend. She also received a special treat of sweets in a plastic shaped pumpkin container as day 4 was Halloween.

Japanese noodles, lunch on day 4
Japanese noodles, lunch on day 4
Kids plate
Kids plate

She wasn’t the only one to receive a present; as luck would have it, every table in the Fuji View Lounge had a parcel at it. Inside was a lovely Halloween babygrow for newborns. That wasn’t the last present either. When you get discharged you receive a beautiful “birthday” cake, the professional photo taken of the baby on day 1 or 2 with a CD copy, and baby is wrapped in Keiai’s famous baby towel. We said emotional goodbyes and there ended a wonderful five day stay in a maternity “hotel”.

Halloween present
Halloween present
2 year old insisted on looking after the cake, so it got a little battered on the journey home! It still tasted delicious though :-)
2 year old insisted on looking after the cake, so it got a little battered on the journey home! It still tasted delicious though 🙂

The official website of Keiai hospital is http://www.keiaihospital.or.jp/

DISCLAIMER: I had the most wonderful pregnancy and birthing experiences at Keiai Maternity Hospital, but before choosing any maternity hospital I recommend that you check it meets your personal requirements.

Day 3 of a maternity hospital stay in Japan

Day 3 of a 5 day stay for a normal natural birth in Japan, the last full day (“birth”day is counted as day 0). The day of the facial and foot massage. Also, the last physical check-up for Mama, before discharge.

Buffet breakfast day 3
Buffet breakfast day 3

I took a selection of tastes for breakfast again on day 3. After breakfast I took a nap, waking in time for my 9.30 appointment in the beauticians, where I had a foot massage and facial complements of the hospital. The facial included a chest and head massage. It was wonderful.

Waiting area for the beauticians and hairdressers.
Waiting area for the beauticians and hairdressers.

Lunch today was my 2nd favourite meal throughout my 5 day postpartum stay in the hospital (standard for a natural birth). It was Italian cuisine and included bite size tastes of various Italian cuisine. I didn’t get a photo of the soup.

La zuppa di oggi. (Not pictured). Boeuf au vin rouge braise en sauce pour quelques heures, servi avec des legumes de saison. Il mio piatoo di asagne in una piccola speciali. Frutti de mare, samonkisshu. Insalata di stagione
La zuppa di oggi. (Not pictured). Boeuf au vin rouge braise en sauce pour quelques heures, servi avec des legumes de saison. Il mio piatoo di asagne in una piccola speciali. Frutti de mare, samonkisshu. Insalata di stagione
Italian lunch dessert. Dolci Misto Caffe Pane
Italian lunch dessert. Dolci Misto Caffe Pane

On day 3 you are requested to hand in the outfit that you want your baby to wear home on discharge on day 4. You can bring something from home or you can use the vest and one of the two outfits that are gifted on day 2 (in the goodie bag pictured in day 2 account). Keeping in line with her older brother and sisters, I chose one of the gifted outfits. The designer is one of my favourite for newborns; “Helianthus“.

Outfit for baby on her release from hospital, gifted from the hospital
Outfit for baby on her release from hospital, gifted from the hospital

In the afternoon, those of us who were getting discharged the next day had our last physical examination before leaving the hospital. This includes bloods, urine samples, weight and blood pressure check and an internal exam.

Dinner that evening was my 3rd favourite of the stay. Named “Creative Japanese cuisine”. It was as artistic as it was delicious.

創作日本料理 Creative Japanese Cuisine
創作日本料理 Creative Japanese Cuisine
Creative Japanese cuisine
Creative Japanese cuisine
“Creative Japanese cuisine”

The dessert, Japanese wagashi, was from a famous wagashi store in Kawagoe.

Dessert of dinner on day 3 from a famous store in Kawagoe
Dessert of dinner on day 3 from a famous store in Kawagoe

After dinner, I had my last shower and last use of the massage chair in the refresh salon. Once again I fell asleep before the nurse made her rounds and I was thankful that she didn’t disturb me as I knew from the following day, it would be a long time before I’d be so rested again!

Halloween Ornament
Halloween Ornament

THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE FOR KEIAI HOSPITAL IS: http://www.keiaihospital.or.jp/

FOR INFORMATION IN ENGLISH, WRITTEN ON THIS WORDPRESS BLOG IN 2012:

Keiai Ladies “Hotel!”, Saitama. General Information

Disclaimer: I had four wonderful birthing and pregnancy experiences at Keiai Hospital because it suited my needs. I always recommend you check that a maternity hospital meets your needs and requirements before you sign up to it.

Day two of maternity hospital stay

Day two brought more delicious food and even more amazing presents. It was also the day I got a professional massage in my room.

Breakfast everyday is buffet style. They have a great selection of Western and Japanese breakfast foods. The breads are particularly delicious and varied.  The breakfast I chose on day two;

A mix of Japanese, Europeanand Irish breakfasts
A mix of Japanese, Europeanand Irish breakfasts
This illustration indicates where to find Mt Fuji on a clear day.
This illustration indicates where to find Mt Fuji on a clear day.

I mentioned yesterday that meals are served in the Fuji View restaurant. It is so named, because on a clear day you can see Mt Fuji, which is about 160kms away from the hospital! The photo above shows you where in the window to look for Mt Fuji. I couldn’t see it in the afternoon on day one, but I sat with it in view on day 2, photo below.

View of Mt Fuji 160km away from maternity hospital
View of Mt Fuji 160km away from maternity hospital

After breakfast I got to choose a present from a selection displayed on the 4th floor. I chose the Summer Soft Bath Chair and a “baby’s 1st year” album.

More presents from the hospital.
More presents from the hospital. “Summer” Soft bath chair and album

Lunch on day 2 was sushi.

More sushi was brought throughout the mealtime.
More sushi was brought throughout the mealtime.

After lunch we had a meeting about getting discharged on day 4.

Hospital discharge meeting on the 5th floor
Hospital discharge meeting on the 5th floor

We received a light snack during the meeting.

Snack served at the
Snack served at the “hospital discharge” meeting

We were presented with a bag of goodies.

Bags of presents lined up for patients
Bags of presents lined up for patients

The contents of the bag of goodies!

Even more presents and free samples
Even more presents and free samples

The very delicious dinner on day 2 was Contemporary French cuisine served with cranberry juice. This was my personal favourite out of all the meals, not least because the dessert was an explosion of sweet delights. I didn’t get a photo of the 3rd course “Parfumee au Herbes avec Coquille Saint-Jacques Deux Sauce avec Petits Légume!

Contemporary French cuisine. Hors d'oeuvres.
Contemporary French cuisine. Hors d’oeuvres.
Contemporary French cuisine. Filet de Poisson fraisen Poeler
Contemporary French cuisine. Filet de Poisson fraisen Poeler
Contemporary French cuisine. Filet De Boeuf en cro te a la wellington
Contemporary French cuisine. Filet De Boeuf en cro te a la wellington
Contemporary French cuisine. Corbeillede Fruits de Saison, Cafe pain
Contemporary French cuisine. Corbeillede Fruits de Saison, Cafe pain

After dinner, having thoroughly enjoyed my massage in my room in the morning, I decided to leave LO#4 in the baby room to try out the electric massage chairs. These are housed in the “Refresh Salon” on the 3rd floor where you have your shower. They have had this facility since I had my first child 5 years ago, but I never made use of it until this stay.

Electric massage chairs in the refresh salon
Electric massage chairs in the refresh salon

After “refreshing” I picked baby up from the baby room and we went back to our room for the night. A nurse pops in every night at 9pm to see if you are alright. I must have drifted off after feeding little one as when I woke next it was close to midnight! The end of a very enjoyable day. 🙂

THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE FOR KEIAI HOSPITAL IS: http://www.keiaihospital.or.jp/

FOR INFORMATION IN ENGLISH, WRITTEN ON THIS WORDPRESS BLOG IN 2012:

Keiai Ladies “Hotel!”, Saitama. General Information

Disclaimer 2015: I had the most wonderful birthing and pregnancy experiences on all four of my children at Keiai Hospital between 2009 and 2014.  However, I always recommend that you check that a hospital matches your personal needs and wants for pregnancy and birth before signing up to it.

Day one of a hospital stay in a maternity “hotel”

Some photos of the food and the goodies on day one of a standard five-day stay (birth day is counted as day zero) in a Japanese maternity hospital.

Breakfast, which was brought to my room the morning after I gave birth. Little one #4 was in the baby room, where you bring your baby each mealtime to be watched, so you can relax over your food.

Breakfast in room

Lunch, which I had in the Fuji View Restaurant on the 4th floor. This is where you have all your meals during your stay, once you have had a 24 hour rest (48 hours for caesarean sections) after giving birth. This lunch was an “Oriental Plate” prepared by the chef teppanyaki style.

Lunch

Steamed dumplings served with teppanyaki lunch
Steamed dumplings served with teppanyaki lunch

There was a little Halloween ornament on the table for every meal during the stay, which I thought was a nice touch. Here it is pictured with the delicious dessert.

Lunch (1)

Dinner was Kyoto style food. Kyoto is a region in Japan.

Dinner (2)

Dinner (3)

I don’t normally like Wagashi , but this was absolutely gorgeous, not to mention beautifully presented.

Dessert of dinner on day 1
Dessert of dinner on day 1

Meanwhile back in the room, I was enjoying more freebies. These goods are for the baby. Everyone is provided baby milk powder, a bottle, a brush to wash the bottle, milton tablets and other bits and pieces so you can prepare a formula bottle if you choose to bottle feed or supplement for the first few days. Second photo shows the vanity area where the goods were presented. The large milton sterilising box, the bottle keep, the kettle, the pot and the washing up liquid belong to the hospital, but are provided in each room throughout your stay.

Some of the baby goods gifted from the hospital
Some of the baby goods gifted from the hospital
Vanity area
Vanity area

Thanks to the various freebies, the delicious food, the restaurant ambience, the friendly staff and chatty patients, day one was as relaxing as it was enjoyable. Before bed I had a power shower in the “refresh salon” while the staff watched Little One #4 in the baby room.

DISCLAIMER: I had a wonderful experience at this hospital, 4 times, but it is always worth checking early on that any maternity hospital is suited to your personal needs.

THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE FOR KEIAI HOSPITAL IS: http://www.keiaihospital.or.jp/

FOR INFORMATION IN ENGLISH ON THIS BLOG:
http://insaitama.com/?s=keiai