3月 13, 2018 0

Traditional Japanese Wedding

I just got married the end of last year:)
Then now, I would like to share my wedding ceremony which is very traditional Japanese style!!
These days, Many people prefer western style and actually I did too. But since I lived abroad and got to know our beautiful culture, why not having Japanese style?

The kimono called Shiromuku. There are flying cranes in the back:)

I made all hair accessories and the earrings:) It’s called Tsumami-zaiku.  It’s a traditional Japanese craft made using small squared pieces of cloth that is pinched and folded with tweezers. It originated about 200 years ago during the Edo period!!
You can make it as it will be a new Wakalture’s activity soon:)

I fell in love with this beautiful garden😌💕 Actually I’ve come here for a Wakalture’s event in 2016. But who could imagine that I would come back here again for my wedding!!
Read about the event⇒
It was early December so perfect time for 紅葉(kouyou means autumn colour leaves)!! 

After the ceremony, we had reception. During the reception, We change dresses:)
I ordered this wedding cake topper:) It’s the same as our dresses!!
Look at my beautiful dress!!

I had busy days for preparing wedding but it became the most memorable day for me:)
Ask me when you come to Wakalture if you would like to see more photos!!

9月 22, 2017 0

Calligraphy Exhibition at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

That’s my Calligraphy work for the Exhibition at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Ueno:) I did it last summer as well.
Then won a prize which was better than last year!! I’m not happy with my Calligraphy works though… When I saw it at the museum, I cried as it didn’t look great for me…
I’m always told by my teacher it’s a good thing. Because if I think my Calligraphy is good, then I will never improve.
I also always tell my guests but… it’s hard ;(
I’ll do better next year!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8月 25, 2017 0

A thing you must do in Japanese summer :)

If you’re in Japan in summer, you must go to see fireworks!!
Many people wear a kind of kimono called YUKATA. I wore it as well!!
Wearing yukata isn’t comfortable and is very hot!! But it’s like a tradition in summer 😛
I enjoy more with yukata♡

I did the nails by myself 🙂

There are lots of fireworks displays in Japan. I went to one in Adachi-ku Tokyo.
It was about 1.5 hours. Sooooooo beautiful!!
I took few good shots 🙂 Please have a look!!

8月 23, 2017 0

Hawaiian Family

This great family came to Wakalture for Udon making and Origami class from Hawaii:D

Their daughter, she is only 11 years old but very talented:)
She knows how to fold some of Origami already and is good at cooking!!
She rolled and cut the Udon noodles by herself almost all!!

What made me happy the most is that they’ve sent me photos from Hawaii.
They made Udon noodle at home again and show me!!:D

The reason I picked Udon noodle for Wakalture’s activity is that it’s easy to make after returning home!! So happy they made it again:D

Here is the review they left for me:)
We talked about Japanese culture I’m glad they still remember!!

“Authentic Udon making and Origami”

While looking for fun and interesting things for my family to do I came across Hub Japan. Hub Japan has locals that want to share the “real” Japan with vistors. this where I found Wakana. Her business Wakalutre, teaches you the authentic way to make udon noodles. Being we had a 11 year old with us it sounded like something exciting and different to do. She loves to cook and when I found that you need to use your feet to knead the udon made it all the more fun. 

Wakana is very pleasant, speaks English well, entertaining and overall easy to talk with. I felt like we were talking to old friend, not someone we just met.

Wakalture is in a residential neighborhood, away from the busy city. It is a short walk from the Okachimachi Station. Google maps takes you right there. 

During the time that we had to let the udon set she taught us how to make various origami pieces. After she cooked the udon we got to eat our creation! She not only just served us the food but explained the reasoning for placing the zaru (bamboo plate) and hashi (chopsticks) a certain way. You even get the recipe so that you can make it at home. My daughter has made it already and it came out great, not mention fun to do. 

After a few hectic days all around Tokyo, it was nice way to relax for 3 hours. Go and visit Wakalture, I’m glad we did.

Thank you for choosing and coming to Wakalture!!
7月 21, 2017 0

My first Calligraphy student from German

He’s left Japan already but he was learning Shodo (Japanese Calliraphy) from me these few months.

He first came to Wakalture with his parents and did Beginners Calligraphy.
He’s lived in Tokyo for studying and his parents was visiting him:)
Then he decided to take my lesson once a week!!

Calligraphy is not something like you can get well in a few days. I always explain learning Calligraphy never ends.
So leaning Calligraphy for few months isn’t enough at all. He always said that he understood what I meant but he couldn’t do it. It’s so true!! Even though you know how it should be/ how you should write but you can’t make it if you don’t have enough skills.
However I saw he was certainly improving!! I was sad he’s gained his skills but he was leaving Japan then won’t have time to practice. He won’t lose all the skills but he will do some for sure. I know it as I felt after I came back from Australia and Toronto staying about a year each then didn’t practice Calligraphy.

Anyway!! I’m just glad I could help him to improve his Calligraphy skills:)
And I hope he comes back to Japan in 2 years (it’s his plan!) then see him again!!

At the last lesson, I gave him a present.

Fuku kumo no gotoshi… Fuku is happiness and good luck. Kumo means cloud. I picked this word  as I hope his new life will be lots of happiness like cloud:)