It's been almost 2 months since we welcomed the new year. After hectic December (in Japan December is said to be the busiest month in a year as we wrote on this blog) and the hustle-bustle days in January, then February. Now that Valentine's day has totally become a part of Japanese culture, February becomes another shopping month for that event in Japan too. However in the light of original Japanese traditional customs, there's no major events in February.
Another year is coming to an end soon. In Singapore where most of the people celebrate Lunar New Year, it may sound a little bit away, but is there any annual tradition, family event, special customs before getting a new year started?
Does it sound like a little bit tricky for you to go well with other tablewares you have? Lacquer wares are made of natural materials which always brings harmony with any other. It actually spices up and brightens up your table or interiors depending how to use it.
This month I'd like to showcase the various ways of using beyond its item name. Let's get started!
You may have heard of Shio-Koji or Koji, which is a Japanese traditional ingredient that has been used in many ways from old times. I'd like to share about this fantastic ingredient this month. There're so many benefits to use it and it's pretty easy to bring in your daily diet.
It got the life back!
What a shocking incident when your favourite ceramic break, get crack or chipped. It happens a lot to the careless person like me. It's like "not again!".
The painful appearance made me feel down and I put them away somewhere I didn't see or even threw away some of them that broke into pieces. I did know that there's a way to repair broken ceramics, but now that I'm living in Singapore, it's not easy to find the right place to have them fixed.
I've spent our summer break in Tokyo for almost 2 months. After I have lived in Singapore for 4 years, I became to appreciate the culture, food, season, people that our country has, and also came to see my own country in a different way wether it's good or bad. First once I arrived my home town, various flowers of the season welcome me and various veggies, fruits and fish of the season entertain us in many ways.
I've come to see a lot of stainless or bamboo straws recently a little while after worldwide marine pollution by waste plastic straws got into the media. In a way this news attract interest of waste plastics from us and helps us directly address the reality happening on our earth. Also various food services have followed this trend.
Father's day is approaching soon. When it comes to Mother's day, you can find a wider variety of gifts out there such as flowers, sweets, jewellery, cosmetics, shawls and endless lists... What about Father's day?
We usually pick white or lighter colour as a plate for dishes. What about black? Do you think that it might darken the table? or that the food or thing might not stand out against it? I know what you mean!
It's been almost a year since I started learning Japanese tea ceremony here in Singapore. Every time after the lesson, I've realised how much I had led things by without caring about what was happening close to me in my everyday life. In today's world that is changing with dizzying speed, if I at odd times pause for a moment with my five senses, renew my awareness of connecting to nature and being alive. That is what Japanese tea ceremony reminded me first.