Posted December 31st, 2008 45 Comments »

<About Ume>

Where I was born: Japan, Shiga prefecture

When I came to Perth: 2003, as a student to learn English! It was my first time to travel to another country (I had never left Japan before).

What did I do in Japan: After graduating high school I went to a collage to study English and animal science. I love animals and wanted to get a job which relates to animals in some ways. I also had a dream to come to Australia since I was a child as my image of this country is “lots of nature” “lots of wildlife”.

What did I do in Perth: After graduating English school I took Commercial Cookery course for one year. My original thought was taking animal nursing course but I changed to study cooking. Cooking had been one of my big interests since I was little too. I also had other interests such as learning special make-up for film industry making energy masks and creating monster!

My life in Perth:  Living with my husband who is from Indonesia, and a baby boy Hiro.  We occasionally go back to Japan and travel to Jakarta.  Homecoming trip is my favorite part of the year.  I love food, shopping, life … everything in Japan, but most of all I miss my family.

<About this blog>

A blog by Ume, a Japanese girl who lives in Perth, Australia.

Started as a food blog, but I write about Japan, Perth, and other things that I’m interested in too.

I love food, both eating and cooking. I don’t like wasting food so sometimes I eat too much.

I eat almost anything, except okura, tororo (grated raw yum potato-slimy), raw eggs… whatever got slimy texture. And, possible some weird food which people eat in China and elsewhere.

Any feedbacks? I’m very glad to hear from you 🙂

<About Bagelier>

I started to run this online bakery shop Bagelier since 2009.  Personally I like hard, heavy, chewy bagels, but Australian people tend to like soft and light ones.  Bagels at Bagelier are more like Japanese style bagels, and you have a variety of flavors to chose from! If you like bagels, why don’t you try Bagelier ? 🙂

Any question, suggestion, comment etc … ↓↓↓

Email : [email protected]


45 Comments on “About”

  1. 1 Giulia said at 4:35 pm on July 19th, 2009:

    Hi Ume,

    I loved the retro popcorn maker you bought! Where did you buy it from..??? I’m dying to know 🙂 Was it from somewhere in Australia…?

  2. 2 umepontarou said at 4:36 pm on July 19th, 2009:

    Hi Giulia

    Yes, I bought it in Australia. The shop name is “HOME MART”.
    Do you live in Australia? I think you can also get it online, but I lost the site address…
    Let me check and I will let you know 🙂

  3. 3 Anonymously Angry said at 4:41 pm on July 19th, 2009:

    My friend lived in Japan for a few years. He was a skater. He used to tell me all about the people and culture. I’m trying to go next year.

  4. 4 umepontarou said at 12:53 pm on July 30th, 2009:

    Anonymously Angry ,

    I hope you’ll like Japan!

  5. 5 Kagemusha said at 11:52 am on January 20th, 2010:

    I just found your blog today, I have been looking for Somen and Zaraudon recipes etc as it is summer and cold noodles are easy and oishii…but, Mentsuyu is expensive in Perth, I have found one webpage suggesting a homemade mentsuyu, do you have any suggestions ? I love Konbu-aji 🙂
    I am going to Japan in February (for the 5th time), maybe you would like to see some of my photos from before as I used to live in Fukuoka for almost 2 years, Yatai natsukashii ! Nagahama Ramen natsukashii !
    Be sure to click on “slide Show” once you pick the album 🙂
    よろしく お願いします

  6. 6 umepontarou said at 1:45 pm on January 25th, 2010:

    Kagemusha san


    I wish I could go back to Japan! (><) Hope you have a wonderful time in Tokyo.

  7. 7 Kagemusha 影武者 said at 5:00 pm on January 25th, 2010:

    梅ーちゃん。。。Glad you liked my photos 🙂 I have many more and some great video too, but I cant put it all up on MSN 🙁
    I am going to Tokyo for fun, I have been to Japan 4 times already (and lived there as you know), but the last two times I went it was summer, this time I wanted to go in winter…
    You have my email address, please email me directly if you would like to see more pictures etc, maybe I can get you something form Japan ? or, maybe you use MSN or Skype ?
    Always nice to have more friends….そして。。私は日本語能力試験 四級を受かった。

  8. 8 umepontarou said at 11:25 am on January 26th, 2010:

    Kagemusha san,

    I love winter in Japan too! Are you planning to go skiing somewhere?

    日本語能力試験.. did you take the test in Japan or in perth?? I can see your Japanese is great, you are writing Hiragana & Kanji. 🙂

    How long are you staying in Japan this time anyway?

  9. 9 Kagemusha 影武者 said at 1:13 pm on January 26th, 2010:

    No, I am not going skiing, just photos, shopping, and…most importantly, Eating 🙂

    I did the test here in Perth (日本語能力試験) at UWA after I returned from living there, I was pretty happy because I taught myself, I have never had lessons 🙂

    I am staying for 8 days, I will leave Narita on Valentines Day to return back here.

    I am making your Mentsuyu now (but I added my own Konbu dashi), I will have somen (cold) for lunch 🙂

    Please feel free to email me directly, I have a YouTube channel too, (I fly…:) Maybe you would like to see some Aerobatic videos ?

    Hope we chat soon

  10. 10 umepontarou said at 4:41 pm on January 27th, 2010:

    Kagemusha san

    I didn’t know there was such Japanese test in Perth.
    I hope you enjoy the trip!! And I really envy you being able to eat delicious food in Japan :p

    I’m going back to Japan on March too. I will be mostly staying around my house, relax and eating! I can’t wait 🙂

  11. 11 Megan said at 10:45 am on March 4th, 2010:

    I just found your blog. I was searching for the Kimchi shop in Myaree and you had posted about it. I had a recipe from this blog http://www.lafujimama.com/ that I want to make on the weekend.
    I’m really looking forward to seeing more of your blog, especially since my husband and I love Japan so much.
    I hope you have a wonderful trip back home.

  12. 12 umepontarou said at 1:02 pm on March 4th, 2010:


    Thank you 🙂

  13. 13 lalala said at 9:17 pm on March 15th, 2010:

    Hi there,

    I just stumbled across your blog and I think, it’s love at first sight. 😛 I love it…it reminds me of the time I spent in Tokyo (I studied there) and all the wonderful foods I had.


  14. 14 umepontarou said at 4:02 pm on March 16th, 2010:

    Thanks Lalala 😀

  15. 15 こたつdeみかん said at 9:33 pm on June 3rd, 2010:


  16. 16 umepontarou said at 3:16 pm on June 4th, 2010:

    こたつdeみかん さん



  17. 17 MissyMinxy said at 8:38 pm on June 29th, 2010:

    Hi Ume!

    I was just looking at your blog and I wanted to ask you if you know of any shops in Perth that sell Japanese skin care and make up. Not just Shiseido, but other brands that you would find in Japan that are not available in Australia. For example, Paul & Joe, Maquillage.. etc.

    Thanks! Feel free to email me if you’d like ^^

  18. 18 umepontarou said at 8:46 pm on June 29th, 2010:

    Hi MissyMinxy,

    Hmmmm… not much variety, but Nippon Food in Fremantle and Maruyu in Perth sell some skin/hair care products from Japan 🙂
    Not expensive brand stuff though….

  19. 19 MissyMinxy said at 9:56 pm on June 29th, 2010:

    Thanks Ume! I will check them out! (><)

  20. 20 umepontarou said at 12:04 am on July 3rd, 2010:

    Anytime 😉

  21. 21 Krystal said at 3:23 pm on August 22nd, 2010:


    サイトはすごいですね! ^_^ 質問があるんですけど。。。

    Back to English now, hehe. I was wondering if you know of any shop that sells Japanese Ice-creams in Perth? I’m looking for either ‘Suika Bar’ (Watermelon popsicle) or ‘Gari Gari Kun’ (Mr. Crunchy Blue Popsicle). Thank you for your time.


  22. 22 umepontarou said at 9:55 am on August 23rd, 2010:


    Thanks for visiting 🙂

    Yes there are several Japanese grocery shops in Perth. I’ve seen Gari Gari Kun at Nippon Food in Fremantle & Subiaco, and Super Fuji in Victoria Park.

    Nippon Food Subiaco:
    Shop 26/180 Rokeby Rd Subiaco

    Nippon Food Fremantle:
    Unit1, 19 Collie St Fremantle

    Suer Fuji:
    245 Albany Hwy, Victoria Park
    08 9470 4402

    But I’m not sure if they still sell them, as it’s winter now.

  23. 23 Jacqueline said at 1:52 am on March 5th, 2011:

    Hi Love your Site .. was living in Perth along time ago … 😛 Seeing all the things tat u do in Perth .. makes me think of Perth again ..

    exactly when i look at your “Eat out in Jakarta” hm. u mizz out lots of good foods in Jakarta .. u should try the japanese food in Blok M .. its good .. n Italian Food here is very good too

    Would love to make frenz with u if tats ok .. I love to cook and eat too .. 🙂

    Yoroshiku =)

  24. 24 umepontarou said at 4:41 am on March 9th, 2011:

    Hi Jacqueline,

    Oh, do you live in Jakarta now? I love the food there… and so cheap! 🙂

  25. 25 cia said at 7:12 pm on March 5th, 2011:

    Ume san,
    Your blog is really wonderful! I feel that I can relate myself with a lot of things (I’m an Indonesian who loves Japanese culture and is currently studying in Australia)
    Your posts and recipes are interesting..can’t wait for more updates!
    Btw, congratulations for your pregnancy..hope that you will deliver safely 🙂

  26. 26 umepontarou said at 4:42 am on March 9th, 2011:

    Hi Cia,

    Thanks! Do you live in Perth, or another city in Australia?
    Hope you enjoy some of my recipe 🙂

  27. 27 windy said at 5:57 pm on March 11th, 2011:

    just suddenly randomly remember about you when i’m watching news about japan’s tsunami..
    are your family in japan alright??

    regards from your blog follower in sydney (^.^)V

  28. 28 umepontarou said at 10:42 am on March 12th, 2011:

    Hi Windy,

    Luckily all my families live in western side of Japan, no ocean around, and they are ok.
    Thanks for your thought.. 🙂

  29. 29 Novita said at 7:56 pm on March 27th, 2011:

    Hi Ume, I just known your blog from a friend of mine that lives in Perth. She was saying about you making the most delicious bagel and the recipes you have in this site.

    I’m from Indonesia, and I also love to eat interesting foods (only cook a little when I have the time :p)

    Nice to know you, Ume. 🙂

  30. 30 umepontarou said at 7:46 am on March 28th, 2011:

    Hi Novita,

    Nice to know you too, and thanks for the compliment! 😀
    I love Indonesian food. They’re very cheap over there, and tasty! I sometimes can’t enough of sambal, hehe

  31. 31 Jun said at 12:08 pm on April 9th, 2011:

    Hi Ume,

    Chanced upon your blog while googling for takikomi-gohan!
    You have a nice blog here! I enjoyed reading it. And congrats on your little bundle of joy! ^^
    I was living in Brisbane for uni, then moving back to Singapore after that. I went on an Japanese language exchange trip to Hiroshima when i was in college, hence, I’m still largely in touch with the things in Japan through my friends, and going back to Japan has been made a ritual once a year!

    Have a good time in Perth!
    & hello hiro! 🙂


  32. 32 umepontarou said at 12:42 pm on April 10th, 2011:

    Thanks Jun!
    Wow you go to Japan once a year, you must have been to many places in Japan already. 🙂
    This year may be different because of the earthquake though… but it’s always good to hear from someone who loves my country.
    And, hello back from Hiro! 🙂

  33. 33 Wayne said at 10:04 pm on May 31st, 2012:

    Konnitchiwa Ume-Chan Nice Site And i Love Your Display Of what You Have cookted

    I My Self Amd Lurninfg Japanse via Nintyendo ds Langwage Game calold My Japanse Coch

    i pritty bad at cooking thow i did once time Made Sushi But right now am haveing Instent Miso Soup

    Gomennasi about my english i have a bit of a lurning prob my native toung is english

    out of the japanse takeaways i have tryd one place carnt remember the name of it but thay made a delishess bento
    By the way i Love Japanse coucher and i watch japanse animation atomicboy ie astroboy and once watchted sailor moon

    out of live action whan i was a kid i watchtd Monkey Magick ie Saiyūki And i loved the opaning and closeing theme of it witch was done by Godiego i was amased by the actor of Monkey it Masaaki Sakai Who was lead singer of the band calld The Spiders

    For thows of you who dont know Monkey Name in Japanse is Songoku
    any How i Am injotying Reading Your Site Keep Up the good Work

  34. 34 umepontarou said at 9:34 am on June 4th, 2012:

    Hi Wayne,

    Thanks for reading Umeboss 🙂
    I love Japanese cartoons and anime too. I think it’s one of Japanese culture now…
    My husband loves Monkey Magic, and I think their songs are great. 😀

  35. 35 Paul (Blueshoe) said at 9:10 pm on July 6th, 2012:

    Just found your blog! I started cooking for myself when I went to live in Japan about 4 years ago, and since then my interest in it has been gradually building.

    These days I’m back in the USA but am still trying to improve my cooking, including Japanese dishes (which ironically I didn’t make very much when I lived in Japan). Anyway, I will look through your blog for some good recipes!


  36. 36 umepontarou said at 11:00 pm on July 7th, 2012:

    Thanks Paul!

  37. 37 D said at 8:00 am on February 13th, 2013:

    Ume, interesting blog. Great insight. My family and I are coming to Perth to see friends and family for a week very soon. Could you recommend some good restaurants please?


  38. 38 umepontarou said at 10:52 am on February 24th, 2013:

    Hi D,
    Thanks for visiting Umeboss 🙂
    If you are after Japanese restaurants, Kido Japanese restaurant in Nedlands and Kiri Japanese restaurant in Shenton Park (their names are similar :p) serve great food! The chefs are Japanese.
    Hope you have a wonderful stay in Perth!

  39. 39 Zac said at 11:22 pm on August 29th, 2013:

    Hello ume
    Where can i finde popin cooking in perth it is a Japanese d.i.y candy kit it is realy populare but i caint finde it any where and i dont want to buy it online

  40. 40 umepontarou said at 12:00 pm on September 23rd, 2013:

    Hi Zac, do you mean some gadgets to cook food/sweets? Ummm I’ve never seen these toys here in Perth. The easiest way to get it is online I think…

  41. 41 mobile marketing said at 10:42 pm on November 17th, 2013:

    Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any
    widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter
    updates. I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite
    some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this.
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  42. 42 Anh Le said at 3:40 pm on December 17th, 2014:

    Hi Ume, I found your blog a year ago . It’s very interesting, and I’m living in Perth as well. I always follow all your posts. Please keep posting, but it’s a bit sad that you don’t have a facebook account , which I can easily follow all yours post evey day 🙂

  43. 43 umepontarou said at 11:05 pm on December 21st, 2014:

    Hi Anh,
    Thanks for reading my blog!! Yes I know I haven written much lately… will try posting more regularly!! Thanks again 🙂

  44. 44 Lara said at 11:49 pm on March 10th, 2015:

    I live in Perth too and found your page while looking for food ideas for my baby. Loving the baby recipes, and the whole blog is great! 🙂 I lived in Japan for 6 months on a working holiday about 6 years ago, I hope I get the chance to go back again one day.

    Your little boy is adorable!

    Keep up the good work with this blog 🙂

  45. 45 umepontarou said at 10:37 am on March 13th, 2015:

    Thanks Lara, your message made my day!!
    Will keep up posting whenever I can 🙂

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