Monday, March 27, 2017

out and about in kyoto

Untitled Saturday, we went to Kyoto to visit Satoshi's grandma's grave.

Then we walked to Ichijo-modoribashi to check out their sakura (cherry blossoms)...well, it was only 1 tree, but it was still beautiful.

Untitled We then walked to Demachiyanagi to see the trees at Chotokuji.

There were many tourists photographing the blooms (including us)...

Untitled Afterwards, we went down to Fushimi.

This area has very clean water so there are sake breweries especially two major ones, Gekkeikan & Kizakura.

Untitled We also spotted some early blooming cherry trees inside a school.

All in all, it was a beautiful day despite all the junk in the air.

Friday, March 24, 2017

5-day roast pork butt

Untitled I tried this 5-day roast pork butt a couple of times now from a shop we have in the area called Co-Op.

I like how there aren't many ingredients involved...just pork, shoyu, sugar, mirin, honey, ginger, mizuame (rice malt syrup), thickener & oil.

(sorry, forgot to note that it takes 5 days to make when I first posted this)

Untitled Tastes like char siu without the food coloring.

They don't always have this, nor do I always shop here, but when I do go there, I try to pick it up.

It comes with a packet of sauce.

Untitled To eat it, I usually put some rice in a bowl, then I heat up the meat with some veggies, add an egg and then drizzle the sauce over everything.

Super comforting flavors.

What have you been enjoying lately?

Thursday, March 23, 2017

2 more to go

Untitled After taking the zabuton out of their covers...I realized I have 3 blue ones and 3 creme colored ones.

Yesterday, I went back to MUJI to pick up 2 more zabuton and worked on changing the innards.

I'm happy I am getting faster at doing this.

Untitled I will probably go back to MUJI over the weekend to purchase the last 2.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Untitled It's O-higan...around the Spring and Autumnal Equinoxes, most Buddhist sects observe this time.

Similar to O-bon, many visit family graves and think of loved ones.

I think it is cool that every year around this time the cyclamen that we had intended to give Satoshi's grandma blooms.

If you don't know the backstory on this cyclamen, check out this post I wrote here.

Anyway, O-higan ends on the 23rd, and we are planning to visit her grave during the weekend.

Thinking of you Hikone Grandma.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

rainy day project

rainy day project: change innards of zabuton My grandma gave us 6 zabuton (cushion used when you sit on the floor) when we moved to Japan.

rainy day project: change innards of zabuton The innards are quite flat, not "poofy" like the zabuton you see here.

I think it may be due to the type of filling that my grandma used to use.

After asking my aunties about changing the filling, I bought 2 zabuton from MUJI and they are "really poofy".

rainy day project: change innards of zabuton My grandma's filling is about an inch or two thick, while the MUJI one is 4 or 5 inches thick...

rainy day project: change innards of zabuton Anyway, after channeling my grandma & mom (both were great at sewing) and "squeezing" the MUJI zabuton in, I was able to change it...whew!

Instead of buying 6 zabuton all at once, I decided to try with just I know I can do this and will go back and pick up 4 more.

Thanks Grandma & Mom.

Monday, March 20, 2017

shunbun no hi

early bloomers❤︎  #sakura #osaka #minoo #japan #箕面 #桜 #大阪 #nofilter Today was Shunbun no Hi (Vernal Equinox)...I think Japan might be one of the only countries in the world to have a national holiday for it.

Today was really "warm"...I think the weather dude said Osaka went up to 18C (64F).

We did quite a bit of walking today despite there being a lot of "junk" in the air.

While we were at the mall, we noticed these early blooming cherry blossoms.

We'll be back to single digits tomorrow but it was nice to be out and about today.

Hope your week is off to a good start.

Friday, March 17, 2017

made in japan

Untitled Since we had bought that organic green tea from the Shimabara/Nagasaki food fair, I thought it might be nicer to enjoy this ground up like matcha.

While eating the leaves after brewing was an interesting and delicious way, I feel like being able to drink it would be an easier alternative.

I bought the matcha mill by Porlex.

They are the same company that made the coffee mill that I wrote about here.

Untitled With just 1 gram of green tea.

love this #porlex mill that turns green tea to #matcha ...gotta work on frothing milk though...matcha latte❤︎  #matchalatte #osaka #japan #抹茶ラッテ #ポーレックス #大阪 You can make about a teaspoon or so of matcha.

The package says that 1 gram of tea will be enough for about 1 or 2 cups of matcha...

love this #porlex mill that turns green tea to #matcha ...gotta work on frothing milk though...matcha latte❤︎  #matchalatte #osaka #japan #抹茶ラッテ #ポーレックス #大阪 We tried some this morning with some frothed milk as a latte and think 1 gram is enough for 1 cup rather than 2.

I still have to figure out how to get my frothed milk a little tighter...

Changing the subject...It's St. Patrick's Day and we'll probably be having corned beef and cabbage for dinner since I've not seen fresh corned beef here...

It's also a 3-day weekend here...though Satoshi needs to work tomorrow.

Hope you all have a nice weekend.