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YUCa’s Japanese Cooking on COOL JAPAN (NHKBS1)

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YUCa’s Japanese Cooking will be featured on the Japanese TV show “COOL JAPAN” (NHK BS1 channel).
https://www4.nhk.or.jp/cooljapan/x/2020-01-01/11/3049/1887424/

On their new year’s special program, they will feature 25 news and cool activities in Japan and rank them and discuss its secrets. (Oh no!!! I feel excited and also nervous…50:50) .

If you are/will be in Japan, check out this program on the 1st of January, 2020 from 22:00! [Japan time]
Don’t miss it!!!

Morning on Christmas day

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Santa came to our house with presents & letter!
My son put the handmade little door on the window so that Santa can enter. Good job!
That’s why Santa could enter our house…Maybe?

Merry Christmas, everyone!🎄✨

Testing Christmas cake for Mario and Luigi

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Testing to make Christmas cake for Mario and Luigi. Which one do you like?

Time to enjoy YUZU !

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Seasonal fruits YUZU has arrived!
Yuzu is a Japanese citrus that tastes between lemon and orange.
Well…What shall we make?

Autumn leaves at the Rikugien garden

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Visited Rikugien to see autumn leaves.
Rikugien Garden is a traditional Japanese garden and Tokyo metropolitan park in Bunkyo-ku (one of the 23rd districts in Tokyo). The name of Rikugien means Garden is Six Principles of Poetry. This garden was specified as a special place of scenic beauty by the Japanese government in 1953.
This place is the closest from my house, so my family and I love to go there some times. We brought onigiri from home and enjoyed lunch time there.

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!

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!

Calligraphy time!

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Calligraphy time! I wrote Sui’s name on a special paper to follow one of the Japanese tradition.

In Japan, parents usually decide their newborn’s name until the 7th day after the birth. Because most of the parents 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. Then, I went asleep to get recovered soon…zzz
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A week after the child birth and my birthday

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Hi, everyone!
A week passed since I gave birth my baby girl.
(Oh, around same time last week, I was giving birth at the hospital. wow!)
Because of typhoon, my father couldn’t come to Tokyo for a few days.
But finally, both of my parents could meet the baby at the hospital.

I came back home now with my baby and rest a lot to recover well.
My son takes good care of his younger sister.
He seems growing up suddenly and gaining strong responsibility everyday.

And…yesterday (October 17th) was my birthday! Actually, I was thinking that it would be funny if my baby be born on the same birth day as mine. She was a bit early to be born(2 weeks before the due date!) but I am pretty sure that we will celebrate our birthdays together on the same day in the near future ! We are now October-born gals. hahaha

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