Posted December 13th, 2012 in Ume's Interests | 4 Comments »
My mum told me this is what Japanese people are into these days – Sleeping Baby Art.
Sleeping Baby Art is something you do to make it look like a sleeping baby doing something /0r being something.
I’ve seen photos like that at some Facebook pages here too, but some mums in Japan are crazy about this thing. But, since my mum told me about it, I kind of wanted to do it too.
Here is my first work
Does it look like a Santa Claus carrying a bag-full of toys near a chimney? ^^
Have a wonderful holiday season to everyone!!
Posted September 10th, 2012 in Food, Japan, Perth WA | No Comments »
We are definitely in middle of spring now. It’s been pretty warm for the last few days – though forecast says it’ll rain again soon. Time for lots of insects… (yay…)
Spring makes me feel happy, sleepy, and want to do laundry everyday. It also makes me want to go out for picnic with Hiro who always wants to get out of the house and play outdoor.
Lunch I made for Hiro the other day…. It’s not only for Hiro, by the way. He is a big eater but I don’t think his stomach can hold this much food. :p I made them to share with my friends.
This is one of the things I like about Perth. In Japan… well, in my hometown, you can hardly find park or nice place to sit down with kids and have lunch together. There’re always cars, buildings, and people passing by. There is park near my kindergarden, but it’s not big and the ground is covered with seaweed for some reason!! How come? Is it not seaweed? Or the area used to be under water or something? Very weird…. So I don’t want to take my kid there to play. He might try to eat it :(
My parents used to take me and my brother to many places for picnic when I was a child. Near Biwako Lake, some themed parks, and some public park. You have to drive there and is not really close to my house. So I definitely think Perth is very family-friendly and great environment for kids.
Mixed sandwiches and omu-rice. It’s so easy to prepare if you have the ingredients.
For Omu-rice you’ll needs:
- 2 cups of steamed rice (preferably left-over from last night)
- 2 tbs of frozen mixed vegetables
- 2 tbs tuna, canned, drained
- 1 tbs unsalted tomato sauce
- bit of oyster sauce and soy sauce
Then, make large thin omelet. Place on the tomato fried-rice. Draw smily face with tomato sauce!
Posted August 18th, 2012 in Food, Japan | No Comments »
Obon has finished….! Obon is one of holiday season in Japan where people go back to their hometown and pray for ancestors. During Obon you are not supposed to kill any living creature (including a fly) because it may be your ancestor visiting you in a form of the creature. I feel so bad now because I forgot about Obon and killed a small spider 2 days ago. It’s hard to remember these things while living in Perth. :|
Above photo is marinated octopus, cucumber and wakame seaweed in vinegar sauce. I call it tako-to-kyuri-to-wakame-no-sunomono, but I think you can just call it tako-su. It’s typical summer salad (or should I say side dish) in Japan.
It is hard to find octopus legs in Perth, but in Japan we eat it very often. If you go to kaiten sushi bar you’ll see octopus sushi, which is a nigiri sushi with a slice of cooked octopus leg. Octopus leg is always available at supermarket too. It is usually sold cooked though. I don’t get to see raw octopus legs much over there unless I go to a fish market.
I think octopus legs are kind of gross food here? That’s why I can’t buy it from any grocery shops? Most Asian grocery shops don’t sell it too. I usually buy it from seafood shops.
- Octopus Leg (cooked) 100g
- Cucumber 1
- Wakame seaweed (dry) 1 tbs
- White Wine Vinegar 2 tbs
- Sugar 1 tbs
- Soy Sauce 1 tsp
- Ginger 1 slice
- Soak wakame in water until soften, and drain well.
- Slice cucumber thinly. (or thick if you prefer crunchy texture) Slice cooked octopus leg. Slice ginger into long matchsticks.
- Mix vinegar, sugar, soy sauce and ginger.
- Marinate octopus, cucumber and wakame in the dressing in the fridge for 1 hour or more before serving.
Posted June 4th, 2012 in Japan, Ume's Interests | No Comments »
This may be a little old story to write about, but I just saw some photos of eclipse which was visible in Japan on May 21, and found that it interesting to actually see all the variety of sunglasses they were sold at stores. Yes, the photo of eclipse is the most amazing thing, but so are the sunglasses/googles.
Eclipse sunglasses and googles were at the shops everywhere and millions of people rushed into the stores to grab one for themselves. By the 21st, lots of shops sold out them and come people still tried to look at the eclipses with naked eyes (which was not recommended and people rushed into eye clinics afterwards).
I heard the story from my mum and friends, but I didn’t know there’re so many kinds of sunglasses and googles out there. From character things to funny looking ones…. I just have to agree because it’s Japan!
Posted April 7th, 2012 in Japan, Perth WA | No Comments »
There will be a 30minutes of TV program showing about Japan’s earthquake on channel 9 (Perth WA) -
08 April 2012, 5:00PM on Channel 9 (Perth WA)
<Nippon – a country of unique characters>
In recent years, interest in Japanese subculture, particularly in anime and manga, has dramatically grown all over the world. What exactly are “characters”? Why do characters appear and become popular? What kind of social reality do they reflect? Focusing on the theme “Characters and the Japanese,” this exhibition will showcase, through visual images and panels, characters commonly known to Japanese people that have triggered fads. The purpose of this exhibition is to introduce the world of characters in a broader sense and examine their impact on Japanese society.
©Tezuka Productions/Mushi Production | ©Fujio Productions | ©Tsuburaya Productions | ©FUJIKO STUDIO | ©HIKARI PRO.
17 April 2012 (Tuesday) ~ 03 May 2012 (Thursday)
10:00AM – 4:45PM
2:00PM – 4:45PM
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
Gallery Central (12 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge)
Enquiry: 08 9480 1800