Japanese Cuishine, Kaiseki

Hi there!

How have you been? I have had a cold more than for two weeks, and I haven’t felt good recently. I don’t want to make excuses, though. I hope I will feel better soon.

Today I want to write about an expensive type of Japanese food called Kaiseki.

A couple of weeks ago, we celebrated my husband’s father’s 83th birthday at a restaurant. The restaurant, which was built in the Edo period, was very interesting so I took lots of pictures.

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
Uotorarou

Since the owner of the restaurant’s mother is from Imari, there were so many antique Imari collections there.

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Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
Uotorarou

While eating, we can enjoy viewing a beautiful Japanese garden as well.

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
Uotorarou

The wife of the owner of the restaurant was very kind, and she showed me several rooms.

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
Uotorarou

Even the bathroom was very Japanese. This is a ladies’ room.

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
Uotorarou

The ceiling was built in the Taisho period, and according to the wife there is no people who can fix it.

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
Uotorarou

All the dishes were excellent. The service was wonderful, and the building was very Japanese. We really enjoyed eating out at the restaurant, and we want to visit there again soon!

Countryside in Autumn, Japan

Hi, friends!

Looooooooooooong time no see. I am very sorry that I haven’t updated anything new. Since I got a new puppy, I have been extremely busy for taking care of her, gardening, painting, learning English and so on. I have been really fine and enjoying my life with our new puppy. I will write about her soon.

Today, I want to show some pictures in autumn, Japan. Since our puppy came to our house, I’ve been stuck at home. To relieve my stress, I took my camera with me when I walked around my neighborhood. Then, I found some small autumn.

These are typical views of fall in Japan. I hope you can enjoy them. Fall in Japan is short, but I love this season. It’s a little bit earlier for leaves changing.  When it starts, I will post more pictures here.

Cosmos

Cosmos

Rice Fields

Rice Fields

Cosmos

Cosmos

Happy Eel’s Day!

Hello friends!

Today is a eel’s day in Japan! It might sound gross for you, but in Japan we have eaten grilled eel in summer to keep health.

This isn’t an official holiday, and it has been changing to be up to a calender every year. Last year, we had two ee’ls days, but this year we have the only one day. Today is it!!!! It has long history to eat eels, and it started since 1772 to 1788. We still keep the tradition.

My family and I went out to eat grilled eel. I love it as I can eat it every day!

Happy Eel Day!

Happy Eel Day!

 

Happy Eel Day!

Happy Eel Day!

 

Happy Eel Day!

Happy Eel Day!

 

Happy Eel Day!

Happy Eel Day!

 

Happy Eel Day!

Happy Eel Day!

 

It was soooooooooooooo good and made my day :)

We love going out to eat eels, but sometimes we take out to go eat eels as a bento box. A bento box looks like a lunch box. Grilled eel is good when it gets cold. I love both eating outside and taking out to go.

 

Happy Eel Day!

Happy Eel Day!

 

We have a serious problem about the eels. Now, they might become designated as an endangered species. If it will become designated as an endangered species, we won’t be able to eat eels in the future. We might not keep our tradition in the future. We are good at farming fish, but somehow, it’s hard for us to farm eels. That’s because eels are very mysterious species and sensitive, and we still can’t understand their biogeocenosis.

When I was younger, eels were not so expensive. However, nowadays it’s getting higher and higher. Now, eels are one of Japanese cuisines.

I hope we can succeed to farm eels soon!!!! Knock on wood!!!!!

Black Angels

This morning my family and I visited a breeder who has been breeding Labrador Retriever Dogs in Nara prefecture. Two months ago, we lost our beloved dog, Lala. She was also  Labrador Retriever. We can’t move on from her death, and after discussing, we made a decision to get a new one. A couple weeks ago, I found the place where the breeder lives online. He is a canine trainer for Nara police. He has been raising German Shepherd Dogs and Labrador Retriever Dogs and training them for the police. I contacted him to show us their new puppies. They have four puppies which were born on the eleventh of July; two female black Lab, one female yellow Lab and one male black Lab. We had been looking for a female black Lab because Lala was a female black one.

It took only forty minutes from our house to get there. Since the puppies mom was really nervous, we couldn’t see her. I understand her feelings because she was really worried about her puppies. Every time they take her puppies to show people, I think she gets nervous.

We saw two of female black puppies.

Black Lab Puppies

Black Lab Puppies

 

They were so CUTE! My daughter and I almost cried to remember Lala when we saw them. To be honest with you, we didn’t know Lala’s babyhood because she was a leftover at a pet shop. When she came to our house, she was already six months. When our daughter, Nana was younger, she always said, “Mommie, how Lala looked like when she was a puppy”.  I knew she wanted to see Lala’s babyhood even though she understood it’s impossible. When we made a decision that we would have a new one, only Nana was against it. She told us that she never ever wanted to have a dog at all because Lala’s death broke her heart.

However, when Nana saw the new puppies, they melted her heart.

Black Lab Puppies

Black Lab Puppies

 

Black Lab Puppies

Black Lab Puppies

They are just two weeks old!

Black Lab Puppies

Black Lab Puppies

 

Black Lab Puppies

Black Lab Puppies

 

When I saw one of them blueish black eyes, I thought humans babies also have the same colors when they are born. I still remember Nana’s blueish black eyes. At that time, I told my hubby that she was so pure that she hadn’t seen any evil things yet. That’s why her eyes are not black black, and blueish black.

Black Lab Puppies

Black Lab Puppies

 

Black Lab Puppies

Black Lab Puppies

 

They are too small to take to our house, but we chose which one we would take. We chose the one which Nana was holding. When she turns two months old, we will take her to our home. We are really looking forward to having her!

P.S I want to write about Lala next time.

How To Remove Your Resistance

Are you good at managing your time? Me? No! I’m really poor at managing my time. I’m sure I’m wasting a lot of time a day, and I just hate it.
I have several guilty pleasures that relate to my reference. For instance; the Internet surfing is a big problem for me. I love sitting in front of my PC and checking out the Social Network Service like Facebook, blogs, YouTube or whatever. After doing this, I always regret what I did.

So, trying not to spend wasting time on my PC, I switched a comfortable chair to uncomfortable chair. Now, I’m sitting on the uncomfortable chair to write this blog entry. It’s too uncomfortable, and I don’t want to sit for a long time. This chair is really working out for me.

Next, I organized my painting desk to focus on painting. When my desk was messy, I always lost feeling that I want to paint. That’s because before painting, I had to clean up my desk fast. It was a pain for me, and I always thought “OK, I can start painting tomorrow.” The thought; “I can do this tomorrow” never happens to me. Now, when I look at my organized painting desk, it makes my motivation up for painting.

Next year I want to have my own exhibition in Japan. So, I want to paint a lot of new pieces for my exhibition.

How Do You Manage Your Stress?

Hello! It’s too humid and hot in Japan, and this weather kills me.
How have you been?

I’ve been feeling a lot of stress because of this weather, having a deadline or whatever.

Today I want to ask you how you relieve your stress. Of course, I’m sure everyone has some stress and sometimes they stress us out. In my case, I’m really weak at summer. This heat kills me and makes me down. I don’t want to do anything and become really lazy.

However, this summer I have a deadline and have to push myself to keep it. This thing stresses me out.

I started gardening, and it helps me feel stress less. Even so, I want to know how people maintain their stress and want to try it to me. So, please share your case with me!

As I mentioned that I started gardening, and I will write down about it on my next blog entry! See ya soon!!!

A Strong Will

Recently I’ve been keeping on reading books in English every single day, and it makes me very happy :) It took more than five years for me to put it in my routine work. I tried to do a lot of things to make it routine, but I always gave it up. To keep my goal (I’ve set a goal to read 48 books in English every year), I always had to push myself at the end of year. It was very hard, and I regretted why I didn’t keep reading constantly. Even though I learned from my mistakes, I couldn’t keep on reading ever day.

However, this year is different from usual! Somehow, I can keep on reading every day. I want to think what changed me.

Firstly, I think I’ve improved my reading skills, and it has become easier for me to find certain books for me.
Secondly, I’ve been showing my reading progress in public to use Facebook and Twitter, and it has become my motivation to keep reading.
Thirdly, I think I finally joy to read in my second language.

I have several high goals for books. Someday I want to read more advance books that I’m used to reading in Japanese.
Through this thing, I learned keep going is the most important thing for me to improve my skills. I’ve known it, but it’s easy to say and hard to do.

I really want to use this method to improve my painting skills. I’m a moody painter, and I sometimes can’t paint. I’ve still been struggling with putting it in my routine work. I want to have a STRONG will to keep on painting every single day from now on to improve my painting skills!

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