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Meimei Shiki (Naming Ceremony)

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In the past, it was common for respected people or relatives with longevity to be godparents, or for fathers and grandfathers to name their babies, but these days, with the trend toward nuclear families, parents are more likely to name their babies.

How Parents Decide The Name?

In the past, people often used the family name as a reference for naming their children, but nowadays people tend to focus more on the ease of calling (sound) and the image of the Chinese characters.

However, there are cases where grandparents or relatives place great importance on the family name judgment and cannot be ignored. Since surname and name determination is based on the balance of characters with the family name, the range of names is limited. (My mother, for example, bought books and did careful research.)

Once a potential name is chosen, the parents check the name from various angles for any flaws. It is important to note that some kanji cannot be used for names. The only kanji that can be used are the Joyo Kanji and Kanji for personal names. Since the reading is free, some parents give a reading that is somewhat close in sound and meaning to the kanji.

Recent Name Trends

The most popular names in 2021 were “蓮”(REN) for a boy and “陽葵”(HIMARI) for a girl. REN was the 1st for 4 consecutive years and HIMARI was 1st for 6 consecutive years!!!

As the effects of the COVID situation continue to be felt, there seems to be a growing trend among both men and women to choose names that are more solid and reassuring than those that are varied and novel.

Another name, “AOI,” ranked first in the common reading for both boy and girl, is a popular gender-free name.

Meimei Shiki (Naming Ceremony)

Parents usually decide their newborn’s name until the 7th day after the birth. This is because they used to invite their family and relatives and hold special dinner gathering/party. At this event, parents announce their baby’s name for the first time and put the paper with their baby’s name on the wall to show everyone.

Nowadays, parents and their family (including relatives) live apart because of lifestyle and also for work situation. So, it’s not so easy to coordinate this gathering after the child birth. Modern parents usually celebrate this event only for themselves these days. Same as this situation, my husband and I had casual lunch with my parents on the day I came back home from hospital. (After lunch, I went asleep to get recovered…zzz)
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Kissaten (Japanese Coffee Shop) 喫茶店

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Do you all like to spend time relaxing in a cafe?
While there are many Western coffee chain stores in Japan, there are also traditional coffee shops called “Kissaten”(喫茶店). Kissaten is essentially a store that serves tea or coffee. However, Kissaten in Japan may be a little different.

First, Kissaten are places to relax and quietly enjoy drinks and food. Some Kissaten have newspapers or magazines as well as TVs in the store, which may serve as background music in the store.

And, as is increasingly the case with Western coffee chains these days, Kissaten brew coffee one cup at a time, so it takes a little longer to be served. Still, it is worth the wait as a quality drink is served.

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Japanese Home Meals class collaborated with Kokoro Cares

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Collaboration class with Kokoro Cares is finished!
Thank you for everyone at Kokoro Cares and for all the guests who joined this special Japanese set meal cooking lesson.

Although we had a limited amount of time to conduct the event, it was a valuable opportunity for me to efficiently prepare a set menu while talking with familiar guests and guests meeting for the first time through the screen. I found that as long as I was prepared, I could prepare so many menus even in the limited time of one hour.

If you are interested in making this kind of Japanese-style set meals, please join my “Healthy Japanese Meals” class (online) or Home Meals class (in-person).

Collaboration Class with Kokoro Cares

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The first collaboration class with  Kokoro Cares was success!
I taught 6 dishes in 60 minutes ⏰

I usually make time to prepare many of the prep meals three times a week in bulk. This frees me up from having to think about the menu every day and allows me to have other free time.

The recipe is for two servings, but if doubled or tripled, it will provide 3-4 days of prep meals. If you plan the menu in advance, as I did in this class, you can use fewer ingredients, which results in saving money. Highly recommended!

There are still a few openings in the class, so if you are interested in this class, please message me directly or visit the linked homepage in the story in my profile. (Vegan, Halal etc. other options are available!)

If you are interested in joining this special class, please book your date from here!
4 spots (dates) are still available!
– March 28th, 10:00am (JST)
– April 11th, 10:00am (JST)
– April 18th, 10:00am (JST)
– April 25th, 10:00am (JST)
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Healthy Japanese Meals Class (March & April 2022)

Radio Interview For “Living In Japan” (NHK World Japan)

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I have an announcement to make this time.
That is, I was interviewed by NHK WORLD JAPAN for their radio program “Living in Japan” and went to the studio to participate in the recording!!!


“Living in Japan” is a program that provides hints and tips for foreigners who are living or planning to live in Japan, as well as for those who are interested in Japanese culture.

– Radio Webside
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/livinginjapan_pr/

– My InterviewRadio: Jan 2nd 2022 On air
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/radio/livinginjapan/202201020600/

In the recording, I talked about topics such as “How to start cooking Japanese food” and “Easy & Delicious dishes to cook during this season” etc. Since it was a radio program, my favorite song and its episode will also be introduced in the program.

It was my first time to record a radio show, but the MCs Kevin (YouTuber&Influencer) & Ruth (Company Consultant CEO) created a fun atmosphere, so I was able to enjoy the show and finish it.

The episode I was interviewed in will be aired on January 2, 2022 (SUN) at 1:10 pm Japan time. The program will be broadcast on the NHK World’s Free App, Radio, and Website and archived on On Demand, so don’t worry if you missed it!
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/radio/livinginjapan/

I’m also very excited to see how the show turns out.❤️

The Season of Delicious Adzuki Red Beans

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It’s getting so cold in the morning and evening that I can almost feel my white breath coming out. Winter is coming little by little. At this time of year, Adzuki red beans are especially delicious. The other day, I made a pudding with soy milk and leftover sweetened Adzuki red bean paste called Anko. (I used agar-agar, so the texture may be more of a jelly than a pudding.)

It’s very easy to make! Put the 1 cup of soy milk and a half cup of grainy Anko in a small saucepan and heat it up a little, then add the 1g of agar-agar powder (or 10g of Gelatin powder, if you prefer) and let it dissolve. Be careful not to overheat at this point! Turn off the heat, transfer to a container, wait until it comes to room temperature, and then put it in the refrigerator. Spoon as much as you like, place on your favorite dish, top with Kuromitsu (or molasses) and Kinako soybean powder.

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YUCa’s Diary : Week 26, 2021

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Happy weekend! My family and I went to the Roppongi area. I like the Roppongi area because there are imported food supermarkets that I love and there are some parks that children can enjoy. For lunch, we ate Hitsumabushi and went to a cafe. My daughter goes back and forth between me and my husband. And eat well, eat well. She ate her favorite egg pudding and was in a good mood from beginning to end. Recently, she has been able to eat with her own spoon and fork, which has made me easier.

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YUCa’s Diary : Week 25, 2021

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Home-style rice crackers.Kengo and I made home-style (easy!) rice crackers by combining the trial production of new recipes and activities with children.

First, we combined steamed Japanese rice and ingredients found in the kitchen, and put in a microwave for several minutes. And it’s done! Too easy?!

3 Kinds:
– Tenkasu (tempura batter) and aonori seaweed + soy sauce
– Black sesame seeds and cheese + salt
– White sesame seeds, cheese and dried shrimp + sesame oil and soy sauce

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YUCa’s Diary : Week 24, 2021

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Happy Weekend! My family and I visited Roppongi Hills and had lunch at our new favorite spot. We sit at the terrace seat and enjoyed the food and the sunshine. We had this beautifully sunny day today here in Tokyo. it’s still rainy season and rainy days will be back next week. Have a wonderful weekend & new week, everyone!!!

Big size hamburger for Lunch. Kengo ate his own cheese burger!


Then, we had the strawberry sherbet ice cream for dessert! Why not?

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