Tsuyu (Rainy season)
In early summer, we have a rainy season called Tsuyu (or Baiyu) here in Japan. Tsuyu literally means “Plum rain”. Coincidentally, it is also the season of plum ripening.
The rainy season is caused by the collision of cold northerly and warm southerly air masses, which results in a relatively stable bad weather front over the Japanese archipelago for several weeks.
In most of Japan, the rainy season lasts from the beginning of June to mid July. Only Japan’s northern most main island of Hokkaido usually doesn’t get affected by the rainy season. I think it’s very unique!
The most common way to enjoy Plum is to pickle them. It is said that the most oldest pickled plum is the one made in Muromachi period.
The main nutrition of pickled plum is the citric acid, which is the main factor of sourness. This has the effect of “fatigue reduction”. And it breaks the “lactic acid” in the muscle which is the cause of the fatigue, suppresses and also works on lactic acid in the blood, so it’s also effective in arteriosclerosis, rheumatism and a poor circulation measure.
It is also said that citric acid helps to secrete saliva, removes the oxygen radical which causes the origin of cancer, makes the movement of internal organs active, digests and helps absorption.
Additionally, citric acid suppresses multiplication of the bacteria which causes food poisoning. So, citric acid has the effect which can defer decaying food, and they’re the ideal ingredients in the humid season.
Rice and pickled plum lunch box called “Hinomaru Bento” might be quite reasonable in Japan with the high humidity. I also like pickled plum so I usually put them in my bento box.
Healthy Character Bento class STARTED!
YJC started the Healthy Character Bento class recently.
Since Japan is famous for animation and cartoons, YJC also wants to introduce those characters by making Bento.
You can choose several characters. For more detail, please book from here! Thank you!!
Children’s Day (Boy’s Festival)
On 5th of May, we celebrate Children’s Day (Boys’ Festival) in Japan. It is called Children’s day but families with a boy put up carp streamers and display doll warriors, armor and war helmet decorations and similar and offerings to the gods, with Chimaki (cake wrapped in bamboo leaves) and Kashiwa-mochi (rice cake wrapped in oak leaves).
Since I have a younger brother so my mother used to put iris leaves in a bath tub. By taking a bath to which the leaves and roots of this plant are added, people hoped that noxious vapors would be driven out from the body and their children would have sound health.
Kitchen renovation is done!
My kitchen renovation is done!
Special thanks to Humming Design (http://www.humming-design.com/) & Kasumi kensetsu (http://www.kasumi-k.co.jp/)!!
YJC started offering the Lesson Voucher comes with 4 tickets!
This voucher comes with 4 tickets and you can use anytime within 6 months. This might be perfect for expats living in Japan, or great gift to your friends/family studying or working in Japan etc. For more information, please send a message to us! Thank you.
P.S. Special thanks for talented illustrator Ericca😘
AKARI roof top light
New roof top light has come to our classroom!
(Yes, we are always working on giving the precious and memorable cooking class experience to our guests! 🍙😉)
Japanese beckoning cat “Maneki-neko”
This is a perfect timing to start/prepare for something new!
So I bought the Japanese beckoning cat called “Maneki-neko” for the first time.
Maneki-neko is an ornamental beckoning cat. It is usually made of clay which is often found in restaurants and shops in Japan. (Well, I now have a cat and *real* dogs at home! )
It is believed that the cat with right arm up, it brings money. And the cat with left arm up, it is believed that it brings visitors and customers. At the Maneki-neko shop in Yanaka area, I bought the traditional design one. Because I thought traditional design appeals to the guest from abroad and also I felt that this cat has nice face!
I also have another Maneki-neko! I should say Modern style Maneki-neko!! My friend Ericca, who is an illustrator created the special Maneki-neko for YJC. This cat wears the YJC’s original apron! (I am sure many of you have wore this apron in the class! )
How cute is that!!! I LOVE them all!!!