We are going through a little cold snap here and while I love living in Japan and my apartment, one of the hardest things to get used to is the lack of insulation in Japanese housing. Even if outside isn’t as cold as I’ve experienced elsewhere, it’s so cold inside! (15 degrees in my apartment). My office is the easiest to heat so I had lunch and snack in front of my computer like everyone tells you not to do. But! I had a delicious, warming zenzai・ぜんざい, a sweet red bean paste soup with toasted chewy mochi. Chilly as it was today, it was kind of fun to camp out in my office one time.