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.
Today many kinds of Japanese design not only on Kimono but also T-shirt or some small items like box or purse you can find. Those patterns are Japanese traditional design called "Wagara" that has been used for Kimono and furnishing goods for centuries. Did you know each pattern and design have the meaning?
This month I'm so excited to post something different from the past. It's about natural hand-made seasoning as well as some recipes using it! It's really simple steps to make and also versatile. People are getting more conscious of picking natural/organic foods and products, but at the same time worrying about those too much wears us out and also most of the time it may be costly. Here I'd like to share my favourite handy seasoning for everyday for everybody!
Christmas is just around the corner. People are busy with running from one place to another for Christmas gifts, wondering “What did I give to her last year?” “ I want to get something different for him this year.” "I want to find one and only item for my mom.” and so on…We’re here to help. Our gift selection will definitely bring “wow” to you and your loved ones, so let us give you some Christmas gift ideas here.
Do you think the maintenance of Urushi lacquerware is messy or difficult? Even Japanese who are likely to be familiar with lacquerwares in the daily life, many of them still have the negative image on their maintenance. Actually this is not true. It is basically simple steps “use, wash and wipe”. If I say "handle them in the same way as washing your hands, it might be a clear instance. When you wash your hands, use the soap that is gentle for the skin with water or lukewarm water, and then...