7月 12, 2017 0

Summer greeting card

I did a workshop making summer greeting card “Shochumimai” (暑中見舞い) at Keio department store in Shinjuku.
I’ve done another workshop making new years card before. Then they offered me again fortunately:)

Summer in Japan is super muggy. So we send the card to wish their health.

They were all Japanese. I usually teach Japanese Calligraphy (Shodo) to foreigners. But I’ve found the Japanese were almost same as foreigners. I mean things I taught them. Only except they know Kanji so that I didn’t teach order of strokes. 

Calligraphy is a Japanese traditional culture.
But unfortunately most of Japanese don’t know about it well.
Especially younger people and my generation, we don’t really use brushes to write:(
It’s a good opportunity to experience/know our traditional culture:)

Wakalture’s activities

6月 22, 2017 0

Full day of Japanese experience!!

This awesome family from Australia came to Wakalture for the beginners Calligraphy (Shodo) class in the morning then Tea ceremony class in the afternoon!!

The guy, Matt, he message me through Wakalture’s Instagram:)
And decided to take the classes!!

They picked their own favorite word. 
They wrote 双子(futago) which means twins:) Yes, they’re twins!!
First time to have twin guests:D

Next to them, she wrote 家(ie) which means home. She wanted to write family(家族) but it’s a bit too difficult so picked 家:)
Matt picked a perfect word “journey” 旅(tabi).
On the left of Matt, she wrote SUSHI(鮨):D!!
On the right of Matt, she is Japanese who lives in Australia then picked the word 豪 which means Australia:)

After they had lunch, I took them to the place for Tea ceremony.
It’s just 5 minutes away:)
First, they were served Matcha green tea with this Japanese sweets, Nerikiri.
This shows Japanese seasons. So this is a rose and it was the season for rose in Japan.
In March, other guests had cherry blossoms sweets *not taste just looking!
Very nice to drink bitter tea after tasting the sweet rose:)
Then, they made their own Matcha green tea and served their family!!

She (on the left) was impressed that her daughter made it for her:)
I spent only a half day but it was enough to see how great family they are!!

Bisui sensei (Tea ceremony teacher) gave a chance to wear Kimono too:)
Her birthday was just around the corner and she wished to wear Kimono so it was a perfect present for her!!
I saw she was almost crying…!!;) She looked super happy!!

They are family but live different parts of Australia. Then planed to get all together here in Japan!! How cool is that:D I’m glad we could show them our culture:)

5月 31, 2017 0

Rose garden

I went to Ikuta ryokuchi rose garden last weekend:)

The garden opens in late spring and autumn.
It was the last day so some of them were dying unfortunately 🙁
But still very beautiful!!

There were a lot of kinds and colours of roses!!
This rose garden is a bit far from the city but it’s free entrance:)

Web site (Ikuta ryokuchi)

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