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Christmas market at Roppongi 2019

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In this vlog, I will introduce Christmas market in Tokyo. My family and I visited Roppongi area, which is famous for night life (clubs, pubs etc), international hotels and Embassies. In the area, there is a big building that accommodates shops, condominiums and offices called the Roppongi Hills. The 13th Roppongi Hills Christmas market is held there until the 25th of December. If you are in Tokyo or coming to Tokyo until then, please visit there to feel Japanese-style (maybe?!) Christmas market in Tokyo.
Have a great weekend!

Yuzu syrup

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In this video, I’ll introduce how to make Yuzu syrup. Yuzu is a Japanese citrus that has between lemon and orange flavors. These days, yuzu is known as worldwide. Some of you have tasted yuzu zest on Japanese foods or yuzu flavor sweets etc. The other day, I bought a lot of small size yuzu. So I decided to make a yuzu syrup to preserve and enjoy them for long time. The recipe is also very simple. Please try it out!!!
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Tokyo Guide : Yanaka ginza vol.3

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In this vlog, I will introduce Yanaka ginza. This is the 3rd time to feature this area. (I mistyped in the cover photo. Sorry!) Yanaka area is close to my place and one of my favorite town in Tokyo. This time, I’ll guide you another eating places that I recommend. ūüôā Hope you like them ALL!

YUCa’s Table : vol.173

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Menu :
– Sara udon (Nagasaki dish of noodles with various toppings)

Omiyamairi (First time to visit local shrine)

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First time to visit local shrine with Sui.
One month later after the baby’s birth, parents and grand parents all go to the shrine in Japan.
It is called the “Omiyamairi”.

Omiyamairi literally means “a visit to a shrine.” Omiyamairi is a Shinto ritual similar to the Christian baptism ceremony. It occurs when the baby is about one month old. Some parents choose to visit the famous shrine which is normally a bit far, but my family chose our local shrine.

During this event, babies usually wear a special white clothes for the ceremony, and have a special kimono draped over them. As the baby’s grandparents hold them, the priest presents the news of the birth to the guardian spirit of the shrine, and offers thanks. He then asks the spirit to protect the baby and keep them healthy.

These days, mothers also hold babies and take a picture as for memory. I could take photos of two kinds kimono. So happy to meet our parents from Fukushima and Fukuoka. One of the memorial day!

Kimpira gobo | Stir-fry burdock

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Kimpira gobo is traditional Japanese home meal. “Kimpira” came from the Japan’s old story. The main character Kimpira was strong and courageous man,¬†so Kimpira represents strong and courageous in Japan. “Gobo” is a root vegetable called burdock in English¬†and¬†has lots of fiber. For¬†cooking,¬†Kimpira¬†means¬†a stir-fried veggie dish seasoned with say sauce, mirin, sake and sugar. Kimpira gobo is cooked with burdock only but¬†we use carrot quite often. I usually¬†slice¬†the¬†veggies like sharpening pencils. But you can cut veggies into various sizes and shapes. When I feel like biting chunks, I cut them into big pieces. I want to eat this dish everyday. I hope you enjoy this simple and easy dish!

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Filming day!

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Crews from my favorite TV show came to YUCa’s Japanese Cooking!
I wanted to be featured in this TV program someday so I was sooo surprised and also happy when the director contacted me. For more detail, I will announce later. Probably, early next year!

Karaage | Japanese-style fried chicken

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In this video, I introduce how to make Karaage (Japanese-style fried chicken). I am sure you are waiting this recipe for long time! There are so many Karaage recipes in Japan but I will introduce simple, easy and yummy recipe!
Don’t miss to check the secret ingredients and tips!!
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YUCa’s Table : vol.172

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Menu :
– Japanese curry rice [Recipe]
– Mixed grain rice and brown rice
РSalad with sautéed maitake mushrooms
– Grapes and Japanese pear

Osekihan | Festive rice with sweet potato

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In this video, I introduce how to make Osekihan with sweet potato (Festive rice with sweet potato). This rice dish is a traditional festive rice dish we usually eat at celebrating situation, like passing the exam, entrance and graduation of school etc. We normally use mochi-gome (glutinous rice) instead of using normal rice. This special rice adds a “mochi-mochi” (sticky) texture that many people love! To add a little bit twist, I added sweet potato for this dish since it’s autumn (when I shoot this video). At the final touch, I recommend to sprinkle black sesame seeds and salt on top! YUM! Please try it out!!!

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