Japanese beautiful sweets (wagashi)

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1 2 Just like a work of art! Japanese traditional Sweets Wagashi 和菓子Wagashi are traditional Japanese sweets that are usually enjoyed in great combination with green tea Matcha. Making Calmshell sweets Sweet azuki bean paste (anko) is almost used as  ingredient in Japanese traditional sweets, Wagashi Japanese dry confectionery Dry confectionery consists of sugar and used at tea ceremony. GIRLS DRESSES Vivamus sit amet odio sed quam volutpat ullamcorper vitae at mauris. Aenean ullamcorper vestibulum sagittis. Nulla vel ornare mauris, id congue nisi.  GIRLS SHOES Vivamus sit amet odio sed quam volutpat ullamcorper vitae at mauris. Aenean ullamcorper vestibulum sagittis. Nulla vel ornare mauris, id congue nisi.  BOYS SHOES Vivamus … Continued

New Year’s Day

How does peple spend 30Dec.to New year’s day in Japan?  1 “Japanese wives has no time to relax. They spend couples of gloomy days. We explain the reasons why” what they should do are countless,,, Cooking New Year’s Dishes(Osechi) Each dishes has special meaning such as health, longevity, fertility and luck, and it condenses Japanese beautiful culture. Giving New Year’s gift money Adults give money as a special allowance to young children. Money disappears as if it sprouted wings and flew away. The most poorest are adults and the most richest are their children in Japan. Visiting temple and shrine both Ring a eve bell at a temple and worship … Continued

Japanese Best Appetizer Recipes

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Let’s easy to cook 1 mineute Japanese appetizer! ”Easy! but Too delicous!!  Just like creamy sweet cheese cake! ” Don’t you think it difficult to make Japanese cuisuine in your home country? Tofu. One of Japanese famouse foods is very famous among health-councous people. .                 Recently we guess you could get Tofu easily in your countries. However, do you know the Japanese traditional cuisines with Tofu? How about Japanese ingredients?? Or do you know how amount of ingredients and what kinds of ingredients you should use?   Don’t worry!!   We introduce one of Japanese traditional cuisine used by Tofu and tofu dressing powder including some seasoning … Continued

Sesami Dressing Powder

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1 2 Sprinkle Magic 1 minutes cooking Cut your favorite vegitable easy to make delicious Japanese dish! microwave 30 seconds if you want enjoy bento time! Sprinkle it on the vegetable. Sesami Dressing Powder Just have a try! Made in Japan. Cooka members use it everydays,too! buy by Paypal

Soybeans Powder (Roasted ) Kinako

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             Our Amazing Soybeans     1 2 3 4 Amasing rich benefit of Soybeans good source of isoflavones, Vitamine E, Fiber etc, Reduce LDL cholesterol, blood fat,, It’s countless! One sprinkle, more healther! How to use? Just sprinkle soybeans powder on your ice, yourglt, cereals, smoothies! It’s simple! Great combination with Japanese sweets and snacks. Japanese sweets made with soybeans are very popular because of its flaver and taste. Just delicious! 100% Made in Japan and good quality. Our products are100% made in Japan. Cooka memebers always use those products. We introduce only what we use everydays. Soybeans  in your life Amazing  products Roasted Soybean Powder … Continued

The Ninja Box ; Healthy

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    Konnyaku is made from Konnyaku potato (yam cake). often used as a super diet food which is no calories, but is high in fiber!  It  has very little taste itself, and  two flavors of those snacks are chicken broth, and, salt with a slightly oceanic taste(seaweed).         This fruit jelly is made from Yam cake. It tastes like just Nata de coco. Grapes flavor and Peach flavor.           Women strugle to stay slim and  at the same time, they can’t resist to eat chocolate.   This cube chocolate has  two women’s desires. It compounds of roasted soy bean in a class of phytoestrogens known as soy isoflavones. It tastes sweet milky chocolate with … Continued

Japanese superfoods : Freeze-dried Tofu

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             Superfoods Freeze-Dried Tofu     1 2 3 4 What’s Koyadofu? Freeze-dried tofu and Rehydrated koyadofu has a spongy texture and tastes sweets from seasoning. Nutrition One of the most strongest superfoods in Japan. Low fat, cholesterol free, and sodium free. A concentrated source of iron and calcium. Also long term preservation!! Lucky you. How to cook Easy to cook because of our frozen dried tofu has soup powers, therefore, you need only water and a pan! Go Shopping! Quick enjoy cooking Japanese traditional koya dofu in your country! Don’t worry ! We will help you by using the short movie! Our Latest Menu … Continued

Zen Food Diet

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1 2 3 4 5 Difficult to cook Japanese Zen Food?? Nooo! Easy to make Japanese Super Foods! We use them everydays! Vegitalian Zen meals are based on Buddhist monk’s cuisuine that helps all of you to be healthier and enjoy pleasure of eating without any stress. Cooka introduces mainly Japanese traditional healthy superfoods to cook easily and enjoy amazing taste. Happy Body and Mind. Also Japanese tradisional cuisine was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2013. Why don’t you have a try of such a amazing foods easily!! The reson why Japanese super healthy food is so popular now 1)It is because Japanese foods are deeply associated … Continued

Izakaya Japanese public house is heavenly!

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Isakaya used to be the place where Japanese business men came to drink beer after hard work in Japan. Now Isakaya became complemented by a growing population of independent women, students, and families.         ■ 4 reasons you should go to Izakaya   Izakaya is the central Japanese real culture! When we  are asked by travellers where to visit in Japan, we definitely recommend supermarkets and Izakaya. Izakaya is the perfect place to enjoy the Japanese “real “food (delicious) and the people watching. You see and learn lots of Japanese life style in there, such as, how to eat many various Japanese dishes with using chopsticks.   So … Continued

Mari Makinami VS Tenshinhan

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          I bought a figure of Mari Makinami of Evangelion at the convenience store nearby. She really looks good in glasses.                             She notices someone standing on the back! ” the Beast!!??”                                                 Tenchinhan of Dragonball !! I wonder which is??                 These figure are only used as display. They are almost brand-new. If you want them. let me know.        

Doll’s Festival for girls

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March 3rd is very exciting day for Japanese girls! It is  Hina-Matsuri, the Doll’s Festival for girls is an event to pray for young girls growth and happiness. The family with girls display a set of dolls together with peach which express as ward off evil, and have some special dishes.   We have chirashi-sushi (vinegared rice with scattered ingredients) and clam soup, and sweet white sake, ricecake cubes, and diamond-shaped rice cake. Why chirashi-sushi? Its Ingredients are selected from auspicious names of the foods. Shrimps    long life Stem of a lotus any colorful veritable are available.   Why clam soup? Clam has two shells only overlap perfectly when they are from the same … Continued

The Green Tea Box ; Macha sweets selection box

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1 2 ABOUTVivamus sit amet odio sed quam volutpat ullamcorper vitae at mauris. Aenean ullamcorper vestibulum sagittis. Nulla vel ornare mauris, id congue nisi. Duis ac convallis nulla. Suspendisse rhoncus, mauris eu vulputate congue, lectus felis iaculis eros, eget vehicula ipsum felis accumsan justo. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Nunc urna nisl, condimentum sit amet lorem quis, facilisis molestie velit. BOYS WINTER JACKETS Vivamus sit amet odio sed quam volutpat ullamcorper vitae at mauris. Aenean ullamcorper vestibulum sagittis. Nulla vel ornare mauris, id congue nisi.  BOYS SHIRTS Vivamus sit amet odio sed quam volutpat ullamcorper vitae at mauris. Aenean ullamcorper vestibulum sagittis. Nulla vel ornare mauris, id … Continued

Devil out! Good luck in!

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   SETSUBUN 3rd of Feb.   This day is the end of winter. People throw roasted soybeans with saying “Devil out! Good luck in!” inside and outside the house. People eat as many beans as their age to wish for good luck. Why roasted beans? The evil of the previous year is prevended from sprouting from the beans in new year. Why holly spring and bakes sardine’s head? Those are on the entrance door of our house to get rid of Ogre. A holly spring is shaped sharply  and its stick into eyes of Ogre. Bakes sardine stinks and so that Ogre won’t come in. How to eat sushi roll Face the … Continued

Nightingale ball rice crackers

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Nightingale ball rice crackers  This snacks looks like  Japanese apricot bud. And Japanese nightingale often perches on a Japanese apricot. Ingredients are  glutinous rice, flour, sugar, salt only. No artificial coloring and artificial sweetener. Therefore very healthy and perfect  snack for natural sweeteners.

Can you find three anmails in Japanese Garden ?

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I drove to country side and droped by a cozy Japanese resturant.   I and my friend had a  traditional sweet sake called Amazake, but  non-alcohol . It is Japanese drink made from fermented rice. (more detailed in other blog)       This cafe resutant is reformedd from Japanese old style house to open shop. This is entrance of shop. Beautiful.     We impressed this beautiful Japanese garden.           Now I have a pop quiz. There are three animals hiding in Japanse garden. Can you find it out?? Easy to find two of them, but where is another one??? Actually, I didn’t find it last one … Continued

Double Double Macha

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Japanese sweet sponge cake with green tea flavor and Macha green tea. Double Double Macha sweets. Kastella called Japanese sweet sponge cake comes from Portuguese originally.      

Harvest moon in Google

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27 th of Sep. is Harvest moon festival  in Japan. Lots of sweets and goods for Harvest moon is seen in everywhere in Japan toady.   Google JPN also celebrates  Harbest moon. Here is So cute logo! Tonigt we enjoy full moon with Sake and sweets.   A full moon in Sake. How cool!    

A rabbit punding rice cake in moon in Japan!

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On 27th of Sep, there is a  farvest festival  held to appreciate the full moon in Japan. The markings on the moon surface is seen as a rabbit pounding rice cake. Can you see it ?   Why Rabbit? Once upon a time, there were a rabbit, fox and monky. Three animals came across one elderly and asked them for food. A monky went into montain for some nuts and a fox  went fising in a river for fish, and a rabbit tried to find something, but couldn’t find anything. A rabbit felft quilty and jumped in a fire saying to a elderly “Sorry I couldn’t find anything for you, so please eat me” . Acturally, the  elderly was one of … Continued

Gods in one grain of Rice

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The rice harvest has just started around my place. Can’t wait new crop.               Why do Japanese people love rice so much?   Rice tells Japanese soul According to Japanese mythology, Sun Goddess (Amaterasu Oomikami) , she gave one of god childrne order to harvest rice palnts on earth. His name is Hono ninigi’ which  means a good rice harvest. So we believe rice is a gift from God.   Therefore, Japanese mothers or teachers  tell children to be grateful for nature and farmers and make sure to eat all your rice in your bowl. People said  if you leave  even one grain of rice in your bowl, you’ll go … Continued

Higan –

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  Higan is a seven-day period surrounding the autumnal equinox, Sep.23th. During those days, we have a custom to visit our ancstores’ gave to respect them and offer bean cakes called ohagi.          

Fortune Daruma Crackers – Always stand-up!

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This kawaii Japanese cracker is called Fuku-Daruma. Fuku means good luck, happy, forunte,etc, and Daruma is  modeled after Bodhidharma who was the founder of the Zen  Buddhism. Daruma doll represents  Bodhidharma sitting in meditation.  It is weighted on the bottom, so it always recovers upright position.  Daruma is regarded more as a bringer of good luck and as a symbol of perseverance and reaching the objective, because  it always stands up positively.     Those ccrackers tastes crispy!  Each face is  different. So cute. Can’t eat it, but ate

EDAMAME Salt is needed only and perfect snack to everyone!

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      Edamame is young green soybeans. What’s seacret Edamame ?     【Reason 1】Healty food. Edamame have many great  health benefits. They’re low in fat and calories, but high in protain and fiber. Therefore Edamame are prized among vegetarians becaues of their high protein content. Perfect for diet and better than chips!     【Reason 2】Easy-cooking Just put Edamame into boiling waterbeasoned with salt  for 5-7 minutes until slightly tender. That’s all. Japanese resuturant often serves  Eamame as appitizer and best with beer. Salt boiled Edamame is  yummy  the best.     【Reason 3】Good chores for kids! Edamame is sold everywhere, even in conveniencet store  in Japan all the year round.     … Continued

Are all of those machines really needed?

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 This is a Japanese freeway service station and rest area. Japanese freeway is not free way, turnpike.     Just only one bottle is needed,,,,,. Heaps of Bitter Gourds. They are all free!!!!     How !!! Farmers near around this area must put those on the plate for drivers. Bitter Gourds contains a lot of Vitamin C to reflesh.  Very generous!  

Diner Lunch

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At very popular diner restaurant “SATO” Sushi lunch with buckwheat noodle and Tempura ¥1,280 Very fresh  ! Very reasonable price!  

Obon festival starts! What is Obon??

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Obon(around the 13th ~16th of August) is  the home coming time for the souls of ancestors. Families get together to prepare special foods (dumplling and vegitable  ) and visit their grave and get the priest recite Buddha’s teachings, and visit tombs.

Lunch at beautiful Japanese garden hotel

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I had a lunch meething with some Buddist females at the beautiful Japanese garden hotel. Here is a lobby at hotel. In May,  It is Tango no Sekku (Boys’ Day) on May 5. It is the custome of wishing a bo’s health. Parents display japnese armour and sword, or a Samurai doll equipped with them. ↑ looks strong samurai,,,, but a little scared,,,, Sometime we put up carp streamers called “Koinobori” at garden. In May, we eat rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves or rice cakes wrapped in an oark leaf. yummy! So even we don’t have any boys children, we love to eat rice cakes in spring season!      

My friend’s temple: Soto Zen school

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  Buddihism is divided into some sects. Our sect is called Soto Zen school, which is very famous as  zazen; sitting  without disturbances. I visited the Zen temple that one of my firends live in. It is good to visit other temples. I can learn a lot from them. see more :http://global.sotozen-net.or.jp/eng/what/index.html  

Flower Festival – the anniversary of Buddha’s birth

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April 8th is the anniversary of Buddha’s birth. The anniversary of Buddha’s birth is called Flower Festival. In 2014, Flower Festival ws held in May 11. Temple sanctuaries are decorated with many flowers . Mother picked up many flowers in the temple garden this morning. The sanctuaries full of flowers are called hana-mido, and statues of the newborn Buddha are placed there.   The statues of Buddha are placed in basins that contain special tea (amacha) . This tea is sooooo sweet.  Natural sweet, no sugar!! People pour amacha onto the statues of the newborn Buddha. This comes from the legend that dragon in the heavens poured perfumed warm water … Continued

Oriental beauty with Kabuki facepack

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Kabuki makeup  generally consists of brightly colored stripes (usually red/blue and black) over a white foundation. Like this   You can use this facepack as daily beauty care !   So fun! http://isshin-do.co.jp/facepack.html This Kabuki facepack is fulled with the compound of natural extract of seeds of camellia, cherry, leaves, and also hyaluronic acid, collagen   which are said to have moisturizing effect! Please enjoy using it in your daily care!          

Macha Melon Bun

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This bun looks Melon, but doesn’t taste Malon flavor exactly. It tastes crispy outside and chewy inside. Today we introduce Melon bun with macha falvor. It looks rocks,, doesn’t look pretty. But tates good!!!!    

Kitty are everywhere in Japan!

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Before We knew, we’ve  got heaps of Kitty goods in house. Here’s my daughter room. She is not a big fun of Kitty. But Kitty are everywhere in there!      

School starts! new life starts!

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April is a special month in Japan. New life starts from April! Everything starts from this month. The new school term started today! My daughter (and my husband also) went to school with a lunch box. That means,,, making their lunches starts in every morning,,, (sigh)

Funnassy goes to London to meet Kara!

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      Japanese most of local government and cities made their mascots to publicize their local foods and area for tourists and people. These characters are called “Yuru-Kyara” which means “loose characters”.   It is because they seems to be somewhat goofy and rough. Funassy is one of the most popular mascot of Funahashi city, Chiba  in Japan. He is a pear fairy, but he has incredible physical performance , different from his appearance.  He looks “loose” but he really works “hard”.      

Kakizome – Student winter homewok

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Kakizome : First Calligraphy Written at The Beginning of A Year Japanese school students are assigned to Kakisome as a their winter holidays homework. Grade 1 and 6 girls start to write Kakizome 2nd January, 2013. They are concentrating. I’ve done ! Some department stores display student’s Kakizome. Grade 1 – “Raising Sun” Grade 5   “Light of peace”    “Mt.Fuj”  ” Five coloured clouds”   Grade 9    Cool!