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Have you ever seen them at your supermarket? Would you like to know how to cook them?
Please check my upcoming recipe video on my YouTube channel !

Behind The Scenes…

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I cleaned my working table and added new kitchen gadget called Sui-chan.

Gyoza making with kids

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Cooking is relaxing. That’s what I always feel while cooking. The other day, I cooked with my son and we made Gyoza (pot stickers) from scratch.
Homemade gyoza pastry has special chewy texture that you cannot taste from premade gyoza pastry. I like homemade better, of course!

In my Gyoza making online class, I will teach how to make Gyoza pastry from scratch! If you are interested in, please check the ingredients/utensils you need to prepare beforehand and book your seat from here!
➡️ https://yjc.tokyo/online-cooking-class-schedule

By the way, Gyoza making is the perfect activity to cook with kids!

Japanese sweets online class!

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I am now teaching mochi ice cream in Japanese Sweets online cooking class.
This class is getting popular so I am HAPPY!
Maybe…you understand how much I love homemade mochi ice cream from this photo! Hahaha

Gyoza online cooking class

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Don’t forget your smile while cooking!

If you are interested in learning how to make Gyoza from scratch,
please book the class from here!

In this class, we will make Gyoza pastry from scratch!
I prefer homemade gyoza pastry than premade one. Do you now why? You will know it after making it!!!

If you prefer vegan, vegetarian, halal, gluten-free Gyoza, I can customize the menu for you!
See you from your kitchen!

Happy Children’s Day 2020!

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Happy Children’s Day !
Children’s Day is a Japanese national holiday which takes place annually on May 5th, and it is part of Golden Week Holidays.
The purpose of the Children’s Day is to celebrate children’s happiness and to respect their personalities.

The day was originally called “Tango no Sekku”, or Boy’s Festival, was celebrated in order to wish the healthy growth of the boys in the family.

On that day, families with boys raise ‘koi-nobori’, or the carp-shaped streamers outside the house, wishing their success in their lives. They also display ornamental helmets called Kabuto or samurai dolls at home, because they are believed to be symbols of strength and vitality.

Traditional foods such as ‘kashiwa-mochi’, mochi rice cakes wrapped in oak leavesand, and ‘chimaki’, rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves are eaten on that day. People put iris leaves and roots in the bath. It is believed that it will purge noxious vapor.

This year, my husband prepared kashiwamochi and I bought iris leaves and roots to put in a bath. Since it’s rare to put iris leaves and roots in a bathtub, my son enjoyed his long bath time tonight!
Of course, kashiwamochi was delicious with green tea.

Birthday cake for Mario

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Made a special cake for dogs with using potato, special milk, yogurt and blueberries.
The reason is…Mario (our therapy dog!?) became 9 years old !!!
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My favorite place : National Azabu

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Day trip to memorable and important place for me.
I’ve been visiting the National Azabu supermarket since I was a child. I found this supermarket from teen magazine I was reading when I was elementary school student. (Wow, almost 30 years ago!)

When I visited this store for the first time, I was so shocked to know there was such a place in Japan. I felt that I was in another country! Then, I was fascinated by the scent, the interior, the foods and the goods that I have never had. This experience definitely opened my mind and made me eager to understand other cultures in this world.
After coming back to my hometown in Fukushima, I slowly became interested in learning English.

Since I love this supermarket very much so I occasionally visited there after I came to Tokyo for studying and living. What is more, I even worked for them before starting my business. Because I thought this was the best timing and the last chance for me to work there.

Don’t forget the strong passion and impactful memories you have in your mind! I believe those will guide you to the next level!

Onigiri under the Sakura cherry blossoms

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Did you enjoy the “Live” cooking class on YouTube on Saturday? I hope you made some of onigiri already.
After the class, My family and I visited the park in our neighborhood and enjoyed eating onigiri (that I made during and after the class) under the Sakura cherry blossoms. This year, this will be our first and the last time to go and see Sakura trees.

For video and recipe, please check here!
https://yjc.tokyo/japanesefood-recipe-onigiri

Hinamatsuri (Girls’ Festival)

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Happy Girls’ Festival 🎎✨
The 3rd of March is the traditional and representative spring event day called “Hina-Matsuri” in Japan.

Hina-Matsuri means Girls’ Festival! There is a tradition if the baby is a girl, the parents of the mother give a traditional dolls called Hina-kazari (Traditional dolls of Emperor, Empress, their servants and accessories on the tiered stand) to their daughter’s family. This day, parents having daughter invite their families and friends to celebrate this event. They display Hina-Kazari and serve guests traditional dishes, like Chirashi-zushi (garnished sushi), hard-shell clam clear soup, hishi-moshi and hina-arare (pink and white grilled piece of rice cakes).

When I was a child, my parents invited the Hina-Matsuri party for me and my younger sister every year. So this event reminds me of my childhood and I loved it.

It was my daughter’s first girls festival day today. I made a clear color soup with using cherrystone clam and chirashi-zushi. She cannot eat them this year since she is 4 months old… 👶🏻 Hopefully, next year!

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