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Homestyle Chinese Cuisine 'jeeten'| 吉田風中国家庭料理店

Homestyle Chinese Cuisine ‘jeeten’| 吉田風中国家庭料理店

Located in a tranquil posh residential area at the outskirts of Shibuya, Yoyogi-Uehara, you will find this humble atmosphered Homestyle Chinese Cuisine ‘jeeten’, owned and operated by a the chef Yoshida himself. With a counter bar seating and just few tables, at first glance may appear to be a cafe style restaurant but the Chinese […]

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Dried flower roses and rose oil | 薔薇のドライフラワーとローズオイル

Dried flower roses and rose oil | 薔薇のドライフラワーとローズオイル

While having a rose garden at home, caring and gardening the roses can be rewarding but also relentless. Once the roses commence it’s bloom, the garden is well looked after by my husband, while my daily chores (as an assistant) is cleaning and sweeping. As the flowers fade to the end of life, the petal […]

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"Roses" to brighten the rainy days |今年の薔薇、ローズカーデン

"Roses" to brighten the rainy days |今年の薔薇、ローズカーデン

Past spring, our rose garden (to be precise, my husband’s rose garden) was of heavenly beauty. My husband has been growing roses nearly over a decade but this year seemed to be of utmost beauty. This is a post is a gallery of our garden roses, to brighten the rainy season, commenced last week. Enjoy! […]

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March 3rd Hinamatsuri | 'Girl's Day'

March 3rd Hinamatsuri | 'Girl's Day'

March 3rd is a traditional day observed in Japan called ‘Hinamatsuri’ or ‘Dolls Festival’ or ‘Girls Day’. Ceramic dolls are displayed in each household to pray for continued health and happiness for their daughter. The ceramic dolls are dressed in traditional kimonos, displayed on red carpet steps, ornamental dolls representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and […]

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Japanese Foods to go...

Japanese Foods to go…

Foods prepared to go…are not easy. Perhaps I am over-sensitive and particular as to making and serving food; but not in this case as my daughter has been suffering from severe ‘migraine headache’, since late fall-early winter. The progressive winter cold certainly does not help alleviate her headache, daily housework and mothering a 3 year […]

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Osechi

Osechi

our traditional Japanese New Year Food On New Years Day, the ‘Osechi’ is our traditional food accompanied with mochi (rice cake) in a soup broth called ‘Ozoni’. The Osechi comes in a infinite variety of styles, differ in region and household but the most common ‘Osechi’ (dishes or items) have a certain meaning to it’s […]

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one of the oldest shrines in Japan - Izumo Taisha

one of the oldest shrines in Japan – Izumo Taisha

an excerpt from our camping car trip in 2018 Our trip to Izumo Taisha Shrine located in Shimane prefecture took place early October 2018, when the longest and hottest summer gradually started to loose force, surrendering itself to the next season, the fall. Izumo Taisha Shrine is considered the oldest shrine in Japan, in existence […]

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Welcome 2019

Welcome 2019

  I often wonder why we love to organize our time into segments; minutes, hours, weeks, months and then years. Every moment of our lives must be just as precious as any but the accomplishment of completion, achievement bringing satisfaction quite often is measured by time, I the same. Year 2018 had been quite a […]

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a summer day..hiking...Nishizawa Gorge(Keikoku)|西沢渓谷ハイキング

a summer day..hiking…Nishizawa Gorge(Keikoku)|西沢渓谷ハイキング

It’s a  ‘hot’ summer, rather an ‘extremely hot’ summer. Japan, like the other countries has been encountering, perhaps due to the global warming, days over 35C continuing since early July. Outdoor activities tend to be quite dangerous from high heat but luckily, this day, August 7th was like a crevasse between the hot temperature and […]

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Bread series  | White Bread |食パン生地でお楽しみパン

Bread series | White Bread |食パン生地でお楽しみパン

The regular sandwich loaf, it’s dough can be reshaped into many different type of tasty breads. This white bread dough, the British Loaf dough can is an egg free ingredient which suits well with ‘egg allergy’ toddlers. Indeed… these breads were made for my little munchkins (grandchildren), two among three still struggling to overcome  ‘egg’ allergy. […]

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British (Sandwich) Loaf | イギリス パン

British (Sandwich) Loaf | イギリス パン

My goodness…time flies. As cherry blossoms feather away, it’s already the middle of April and our country looks forward to a spring break, namely Golden Week (4/29 – 5/6). Spring is supposed to be one of our best seasons in Japan but rarely are we experiencing the pleasant “spring days”

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Okogi & Aralia Sprouts | 春の食材 おこぎ・たらの芽

Okogi & Aralia Sprouts | 春の食材 おこぎ・たらの芽

“Aralia Sprouts” and “Okogi“. These spring (wild) vegetables are not so much the common Spring vegetables;  ‘Aralia sprouts‘ has a little bit more recognition than the Okogi, the Aralia sprouts being new buds from the Arilia tree. The buds have a rose-like thorn along the stem, so extra care is necessary during preparation.  The most […]

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