けっこん Unique wedding kimono

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本 Japanese book sale

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Last month my Japanese language school that I take classes at had a used book sale (though some were new from kinokuniya in NYC). All the books were a $1 and the few new ones were $2. There were also some free ones that had some extra wear. Most of the ones I got were children’s books since they are suited to my Japanese reading level. Thought I did get a fashion magazine and an exercise book that has some really good things in it. The exercise book is named Real Simple. Also I got a Hello Kitty little kids activity book that I love so much. It’s super simple but has fun games while learning a little bit of Japanese, plus it has stickers!

A real good one for practicing kanji and general reading is the となりのトトロbook. Since I’m familiar with the story it’s an easy read and great practice. Another one that is short and cute is くまのスリーピー. It’s about a bear who is sleepy and tries finding different beds of other animals but none work out except his own. It’s cute. I also picked up the manga Death Note which is good since all the kanji has furigana. I got many others but these are my favorites.

あけましておめでとう2013 in review

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Liebster Award

Last month I had a nice surprise when I checked my notifications and found that I have been given a Leibster award. Thank you to Through the Looking Glass and Down the Rabbit Hole for giving me this 🙂 Check out her blog it’s super awesome if you enjoy Japan.

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“The Liebster award is intended to give some exposure to small blogs with less than 200 followers. The rules are as follows:

1] Link back to the blogger who nominated you
2] Answer the 11 questions given to you by the blogger who nominated you
3] Nominate 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers
4] Go to the blogs you nominated and notify them of your nomination
5] Give your nominees 11 questions to answer.”

1) What was the last thing you bought?
Fabric for my lolita Halloween costume. I made a skirt, hat and collar.

2) What’s in your handbag?
Ah too much! But off the top of my head is a wallet, mirror, chapstick and lipstick, utility knife, measuring tape for sewing, lotion, sunblock, first aid things, small travel nail kit, this awesome super small bag that is no bigger then a soap box that has 16 necessities for women and tissues. I know there is more but that the basics.

3) Tea or coffee?
Tea but only japanese green tea.

4) What are you most looking forward to at Christmas?
I have to say giving and receiving gifts is one of my favorites but also lights, they just look so dreamy at night. Oh and can’t forget the cookies!

5) If you could choose a wardrobe from any given decade and century what would it be?
Either the later 60’s since I’m somewhat a hippie at heart but I also like the late 1800’s(Maybe the 1880’s?). I love the victorian fashion and all of the fancy clothes. Kind of the reason I like lolita with all the petticoats and ruffles.

6) What was the last book you read?
Actually it’s a blog I follow, the woman wrote a series called An only in Tokyo Mystery. It was the latest one I read.

7) Name the first 5 items you see right now if you open your fridge.
Pickles, soy sauce, apple cider, matcha and a big vegetable pile.

8) What was your favourite childhood story/book and do you still like it or have you grown out of it?
Probably Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. I still love it.

9) When socks disappear, where do they go?
Hm… Good question. Sometimes my dog(but not so much any more since she grew out of that) or behind my laundry basket in my closet.

10) Give us a description of what you see when you look out the window this very moment.
Lots of trees, my deck with potted plants and herbs and a beautiful sunny day(but a bit cold out).

11) What does blogging mean to you?
Sharing things I find interesting and hope others find them interesting too.

Now for the blogs I have chosen:
(I only have 7 but I will try to add more!)

1) saninstory.wordpress.com
Awesome illustrations and info on Japanese culture and history.

2) blackcabbit.wordpress.com
Great illustrations and life in Japan.

3) yieldforkimono.com
The kimono fashionista.

4) samokan.wordpress.com
Great photos and more about Japan.

5) swanlaine.wordpress.com
Most adorable craft and sewing projects.

6) noramennolife.wordpress.com
Everything about ramen and other Japanese foods/restaurants.

7) ddworkouts.wordpress.com
Everything you need to know about exercise and nutrition in great detail.

Questions for you to answer:

1) What is your favorite holiday?

2) If you could choose a wardrobe from any given decade and century what would it be?

3) If you could travel any where in the world what would your top 3 places be?

4) Tea or coffee?

5) What is your zodiac sign?

6) If you had a past life what country and time period would you be from?

7) Which is your favorite cats, dogs or fish?

8) What was the last book you read?

9) Name the first 5 items you see right now if you open your fridge.

10) What is your favorite flower?

11) What does blogging mean to you?

ねこ Final Fantasy Cat

Found this while browsing google and it brought a smile to my face (and some giggles). This is a white mage cat!

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Here is the original link.

ケラケラ This Japanese video is too funny

ちゃわんむし Egg Custard

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Yesterday my fiancé and I decided to make chawanmushi since it’s one of my favorite dishes. Only problem was we didn’t have a steamer so we made a ghetto rigged one. We put a pizza pan that has the holes in it on top of a pot of boiling water then covered the top with tin foil. It took much longer then it should have taken but still tasted good. Also when we took them out they deflated making them look funny.

I only added the shiitake and carrot since that’s what was in my refrigerator but traditionally you can also add shrimp, chicken, ginkgo nuts and a couple others which have slipped my mind.

Recipe:
4 eggs
1 can chicken broth (2 cups)
Tbsp mirin
Tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tbsp dashi
4 small Shiitake mushrooms
4 slices of carrot

First start the boiling water. While the water heats lightly mix the eggs so they can mix without bubbling. Then add the broth, mirin, soy sauce, dashi and mix. place a shiitake and carrot slice in each of the 4 ramekins. Add the mixture to each ramekin then cover each one with tin foil and place in covered steamer for about 20mins or till toothpick comes out clean. Finally let cool since it will be super hot and enjoy!

となりのトトロ All things cute and Totoro

If you enjoy Totoro check out my other post! Totoro cream Puffs!

となりのトトロ All things cute and Totoro

totoro necklace totoro lolita totoro cup cake totoro boy

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どうぶつ Cute fan

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Why cool yourself with a plain old fan when you can have this small brown dog cool you with his behind! I found this website called Cube Works which has four versions of these little breezy animals that will offer you a refreshing cool breeze from their behind all while looking at you with a smile. There’s also a bear, elephant and panda for you to choose from.

おもしろい Barcodes of Japan

Thought these were really interesting.

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