5月 25, 2017 0

Sweet rice dumpling “Dango”

Have you ever seen these Japanese sweets?

It’s rice dumpling. We call it “Dango” or “Odango” in a polite way.
There are few kinds of tastes such as sweet soy sauce (on the left) and sweet red bean paste (on the right). I don’t have a photo but my favorite is Yomogi a kind of fragrant herb:) Usually sweet red bean paste is on the top.
We call sweet soy sauce dango “Mitarashi-dango”.
Sweet red bean paste is “Annko” in Japanese.
Annko is a bit too sweet for me so I always eat with Mitarashi dango:)
Also green tea is MUST to drink with!! Great combination of sweetness and bitterness:D

5月 24, 2017 0

Hello Kitty and My Melody♡

Look at these Hello Kitty (on the right) and My Melody (on the left)!!
These are traditional Japanese sweets called Manju and Nerikiri. 
Both are sweet red jelly beans inside:)

I felt guilty to eat them but it was yummy!!

You can find them in stores of Shiose-sohonke (塩瀬総本家).
It’s in Ginza, Shinjuku etc…
Web site: *Japanese only

5月 17, 2017 0

A Huge Festival “Kanda Matsuri”

Kanda matsuri (Kanda festival) was held last weekend here in Kanda. 
It’s one of three most famous festival in Tokyo:) It’s a very very very big festival!!

This is called Mikoshi which is a portable shrine. The spirit of a deity temporarily reposes during the festival held in his honor.
There is 108 Chokai which is like neighborhood associations. Each of us have our own Mikoshi and carry it on the festival:) We also have our own colored Happi.

On Sunday, all of Mikoshi were in Chuo-Dori (Chuo street)!!

I saw the kid were standing on the Mikoshi and led people carry the Mikoshi:)

Would you like to see it?
The next one is in 2 years 2019!!

5月 07, 2017 0


I did Takopa few weeks ago!! Takopa means Takoyaki party:9
I used to have takopa often when I was a student:)
Have you ever tried making Takoyaki?

Takoyaki is a signature food of Osaka. But many Japanese include me love it!!
In Tokyo, my favorite Takoyaki shop is 銀だこ(Gindako). Their Takoyaki is very crispy outside:)

By the way, do you know this?

It’s called Takosen. 
Takoyaki squashed between 2 crackers (senbei).
I had this few weeks ago. It was actually my first time to eat!! I didn’t even know Takosen!! 
It’s a good snack when you travel😊👍 Probably easier to find them in Osaka!!

4月 03, 2017 0

Cherry blossoms!!!!!

Finally sakura (cherry blossom) season has come!! It took longer time this year though. We love sakura and hanami so much!!

Hanami is a typical way that Japanese people enjoy sakura. We sit under cherry tree then eat and drink:D Even though it’s too cold for doing hanami at night, it doesn’t matter. They just do it. People are crazy about hanami lol
I went to Ueno park few days ago where is only 10 minutes away from Wakalture. Ueno park is one of the most famous places for cherry blossom and hanami!!
Then found this super cute cat on the cherry tree!!!!

She/he was sitting and didn’t move so much but turn her/his face in the back sometimes so that everyone could take photos!!lol Around the cat was like this!!

Soooo many people!!

It’s hard to say when is the best time to see Cherry blossoms as it’s really depending on the weather.
So if you have seen it, you are so lucky!!:)