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”.


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…!!