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12月 14, 2018 0

Japanese Tsumami-zaiku Christmas Tree


Do you know what Tsumami-zaiku is?
It’s a Japanese traditional craft. *Please read about this blog A traditional Japanese craft, Tsumami-zaiku 
From a squared of fabric, we can make many kind of flowers like cherry blossoms, sunflower, hydrangea. Also able to make a crane AND this Christmas tree!!♡
Then my Japanese friends really like this so I did a workshop making this Tsumami-zaiku Christmas tree:)

I prepared various colour of fabric and they chose as they like.
So look at the Christmas trees!! Nothing same:D

It was their first time making Tsumami-zaiku but they did it!!

I know Christmas is coming soon but if you would like to make this at Wakalture,
please send me a message!! You can make this mini Christmas tree for 4,000 yen:)
(It would take about 2,5 hours)

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11月 08, 2018 0

Fukushima Trip

I visited Fukushima prefecture in September for eating my favorite fruit, PEACH♡♡♡

Look at this parfait!! Only 600 yen😲 If it was in Tokyo, probably costs twice or even more😂
The cafe is located just beside the orchard!!
I saw on Instagram that there was a long line (someone said she waited over 2 hours)  for this parfait especially on weekends. Crazy!!lol So I arrived there before they opened 😛
There was a board which I left name on then went to eat breakfast and shopping and came back when they opened!!
When I went back,,, there were lots of people waiting 😲
No wonder,,, delicious and super cheap!! I wish this cafe is next to my building!!haha


This is Goshiki-numa✨
“Goshiki” means five colour and “numa” is pond.
Unfortunately the weather wasn’t good so I saw only this colour but still beautiful, isn’t it?😊


This is Onsen (hot springs) at where I stayed:)
The ryokan has a big garden and there are 5 Onsen♨ The onsen is very smelly because of sulfur😂 See the last photo you can see white dots in my hands. That’s sulfur👀 That means their onsen is very thick as they don’t add  water, 100% pure onsen!!

    
Ashi-yu (footbath) is very nice to be warm and don’t need to take of clothes😌♨
There is a shrine called Tamagoyu Onsen Shrine (same name as this ryokan) after lots of steps🏃💦 The third photo was taken in a half way to the shrine. You can see the Torii gate on the top😂 Still more stairs to the shrine after the Torii💦 


Dinner at the ryokan😲✨ It was delicious but tough to eat them all😂


I also visited Ouchijuku😊 I think it’s similar to Shirakawago. Ouchi-juku is much smaller but I was there on Monday not weekend so there were less tourists. So I felt more comfortable, relaxed and authentic😌✨
*When I was in Shirakawago on the first day of light up, there were soooooo many people and they seemed like they weren’t organised well for lots of visitors:(
The shrine is located at the top of Ouchijuku!! See the top of roof😲 Reminded me totoro:D

It’s not easy to get and travel Fukushima without a car.
But if you have a chance, go there, have fresh and delicious fruits, Onsen!! Aaaaand Oouchijuku:)

10月 02, 2018 0

Welcome back!!


Welcome back to Wakalture Andrea and Violet♡
They came here in January then messaged me a few months later for another booking 🙂
This made me super happy!!

First time when Violet came to Wakalture in January:)
It was actually Andrea’s second time! He came for Udon and Calligraphy class then came with her for Calligraphy class. So he’s been to Wakalture 3 times!!

In this time, they did Udon and Calligraphy class:)
Well, actually Violet did make the Udon noodle by herself!!

Glad she enjoyed making Udon noodle and liked the taste of it:D

Look at her hairpin!!
I made the Tsumami-zaiku cherry blossom hairpin♡

Thank you for coming again!!
I hope to see them again:)

8月 22, 2018 0

Calligraphy exhibition at Tokyo Metropolitan Art museum

My icon of summer these 3 years is this exhibition!!

I won the second best prize♡

Now, I would like to thank to all my guests.
My teacher told me because of teaching calligraphy to you guys, I have more time to use(write with) a brush, my calligraphy skills have been improving  
All of you guys who came to Wakalture, because of you guys I was able to win this prize.
Thank you so much for coming to learn Calligraphy!!

8月 22, 2018 0

Calligraphy at a Japanese language school, ILCL

 
I did the Calligraphy class at a Japanese language school, ICLC!!
Wrote 夏 means summer in kanji😊

I tried to pick simple or easy Japanese words for students since some of them have just started learning Japanese.
It was more difficult to teach in simple Japanese than teaching in English
They kept saying “difficult” but then practice very hard so that everyone realised how much they’ve improved at the end:) I told them doing Calligraphy is like learning Japanese. You can’t be get in a day;) Like “Rome was not built in a day”.


日本語学校ICLCさんで書道を教えて来ました!夏と言う漢字を皆で練習しました。
日本語を勉強し始めて間もない生徒さんもいるので、簡単な日本語で・・・と気を付けましたが、想像以上に難しかったです💦英語で教える方が、慣れてるせいもあるけれど、簡単です(笑)
難しい~と言いながら一生懸命練習してくれたので、上達も早かったです!
書も日本語も、学ぶことは一日にしてならず^^
私にとってもとても良い経験になりました!

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