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7月 09, 2018 1

A traditional Japanese craft, Tsumami-zaiku

Tsumami-zaiku, it’s a traditional Japanese craft using small squared pieces of cloth that is pinched and folded with tweezers. No needles or thread!! It originated about 200 years ago during the Edo period:)
It’s used by Geisha and Maiko as hair accessories and Obi-dome(for kimono).
Now, it’s getting popular for regular uses:)
White Dahlia on my weddingWhite Dahlia

What you can experience at Tsumami-zaiku class?
You make a beautiful flower of either magnet, corsage or hair tie. Hair tie can be a bag charm:)
   
1, Choose your fabric (a special type of fabric called Chirimen). There are various colours so you can pick your favorite colour;)
2, Practice how to fold and glue then give it a try!! It may be a bit tricky at first, but you’ll soon get used to it:)
3, Glue* them together to make a flower and place on the base (magnet, corsage or hair tie).
4, Choose pearls or beads and put it in the middle of flower.
Done!! It takes about 1-1,5 hours. This class is offered ¥3,000. NOW ¥2,000 if you take other classes:)

*There is a traditional way spreading glue on a wooden board and place the clothes that you fold in the glue. At Wakalture, you use different type of glue as it’s easier and quicker:)

Photo frame for friend's marriage Cherry blossom earrings
I got to know about Tsumami-zaiku when I was planing for my wedding!!
As I wore 白無垢(Shiromuku), a kind of Kimono for wedding, I looked for Japanese style hair accessories.
Everything related “wedding” costs a lot  even for a rental lol Then thought about making them by myself!!
Since I like craft, making small things, I really enjoyed making Tsumami-zaiku and started learning more about it.  It’s one of my big hobbies now:) Tsumami-zaiku is very simple but amazing!! All are used squared fabric but different ways to fold so that can be various of flowers such as cherry blossoms, rose, sunflower, crane or golden fish!!
So I set up this new class to share this FUN activity and people get to know about Tsumami-zaiku more as it’s not well-known unfortunately…!!

4月 05, 2018 0

Last minute for Hanami!!

 
Cherry blossoms have started falling already…;(
I went to hanami last Sunday as I thought it’s gonna be too late to do this weekend.
 
Ueno is a good place for hanami but Tokyo is warmer so I went to Yamato city in Kanagawa.
As it’s a bit far from Tokyo (about 2 hours away) there were much less people even though it was a nice warm day!!
 

Some of petals are gone already but it was still so pretty as you see:)
Also it was so beautiful to see flurry of cherry blossoms blown in the wind!!

It’s been 1,5 years since I started Wakalture so this is my second time for cherry blossoms.
I’ve been wanting to have a hanami party with my guests to share how we enjoy it;)
But it’s difficult to plan as nobody know when is the time for Sakura, cherry blossom.
Hope I can have a hanami party maybe next year… !!
Message me if you have plans to come to Tokyo in Spring 2019 😉

4月 02, 2018 0

Make Japanese Omelette, Tamagoyaki at Wakalture!!

What is Tamagoyaki??

Have you ever had Tamagoyaki? In English, it’s Japanese omelette, Japanese rolled omelette or egg roll, I think.
The typical egg dish in Japan!! And one of my favorite dish♡
Tamagoyaki is a bento box staple, as well as being a popular sushi topping!!

On the left down, you see the yellow square thing next to the pink one looks like a flower?
That’s Tamagoyaki!! My mum used to put Tamagoyaki in my lunch box almost everyday when I was a student:)
If you’ve ever had bento box, then you sould’ve eaten Tamagoyaki!!

There are several types of Tamagoyaki. It is made by eggs, dashi and sugar or soy sauce. Additionally, sake and mirin are used in some recipes. Also between the layers, many ingredients you could put in like seaweed or spinach etc…
A friend of mine, she makes Tamagoyaki everyday for her husband’s lunch box. She put something different in Tamagoyaki so that he won’t be sick of eating Tamagoyaki everyday!!

Do you want to try to make Tamagoyaki now?
Then Wakalture is the place for that!! 😀
 
At Wakalture, you make 2 kinds of Tamagoyaki, sweet Tamagoyaki and savory Tamagoyaki.
  
Cooking with the long chopsticks (called Saibashi 菜箸) and squared pan:)
We (used to) use chopsticks only for cooking. And the chopsticks are longer than regular chopstick for eating. (For the safety.) To mix egg and other ingredients with the long chopsticks will be fun and new experience for you:)
It might be difficult to roll the egg with long chopsticks but you’ll get better soon!!
And same as Udon making class, if you take this class, then you’ll be able to make Tamagoyaki after returning home♪ It doesn’t need very special ingredients and tools;)

Tamagoyaki making class is an additional activity at Wakalture.
So take either Beginners or Advanced Calligraphy class or one of Udon making class.
Then the Tamagoyaki class is only 2000 yen/ person 😉 (Udon and Tamagoyaki making class is 8000 yen)
*For people who have food allergies* Tamagoyaki is used EGG and Soy sauce. 

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3月 27, 2018 0

The best time to see sakura right now!!

I don’t know exactly why people include me like cherry blossom (sakura) so much… everyone is so excited seeing cherry blossoms. They’re so pretty, beautiful and gorgeous:) 

Please have a look my photos!! It was taken yesterday, 26th March at Ueno Park:)

Sakura trees are actually everywhere in Japan!!lol Hope you can find then if you’re here:)

3月 15, 2018 0

Plum festival at Odawara

About a month ago, I visited Odawara for plum festival (Ume matsuri) 😊
 
It was a super sunny day so I could see Mt.Fuji clearly!! Mt.Fuji and plum blossoms with my Alpaca:) 
 
Pink and white blossoms with blue sky!! So beautiful, isn’t it?
I saw a dog in front of the plum tree:) There were many people walking with dogs!! I couldn’t take photos but Shiba was sooooo cute with plum blossoms!!

Look at this plum tree!! Can you believe that only one trunk has this much branches and blossoms😲✨
Must be so heavy…
 
The day was a bit too early to see weeping plum blossoms. But I was lucky!! On the way back to car parking,
I found this weeping plum tree:) Still wasn’t full but 70%? so pretty anyway (my alpaca between plum blossoms too😁)!!

Tokyo is warmer these days so cherry blossom (Sakura) season may be coming earlier in this year…?!
Just now, Kouchi prefecture announced that the first cherry blossoms have started to bloom!!
Near my place, Ueno will may be announced in 3 days!! 
At Wakalture, I made cherry blossom earring with Tsumami-zaiku:) One pair is only 1000 yen if you participate any Wakalture’s activity!!

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