Eel Foods

Hello there! How have you been? We are in the midvv summer, and every day is so hot and humid. To cheer ourselves up, we eat eels in summer. Well, it means Japanese summer is too tough, and many people lose their appetite. It’s easy for us to get sick. To stay healthy, we eat eels.

A couple of days ago, my family and my parents went to the biggest eel restaurant in my hometown. We ate eels until we got stuffed, lol. I think my family, my parents and I can stay healthy during this summer thanks to the eels.

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Since the restaurant has a beautiful garden, I took some photos with some foods. I think eel foods are very fascinating for you to see because I don’t see eel foods so often out of Japan. I hope this blog entry is interesting for you to know about our food culture. As I repeat mentioning, our food culture depends on the seasons a lot. Eels are definitely summer food for us.

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appetizer with some cherry blossom tea

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grilled ell with koi fish sasimi

I love eating koi fish sasimi with sour miso sauce. It’s so yummy.

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Umaki, egg omelet with grilled eel

Umaki is my favorite too!!

 

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Koikoku, miso soup with koi fish

Koikoku is my favorite too. It’s sweeter than regular and has much richer flavor than the regular one. We have another good restaurant for Koikoku close to my hubby’s parents’ house. When I get there, I will introduce the foods there.

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Koi-no-amani

It might be gross for you, but this is another one of my favorite. The fish is koi with sweet tasting soy sauce flavor. It’s hard for people to get Koi fish from a market for the amani, but I cook other fish with amani. The only thing that I don’t like is the fish part, though. My hubby loves amani with fish eggs.

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Unadon ( Una-jyu)  with some Japanese pickles

This is my best favorite food! I love grilled unagi with some rice!

 

Yuzu flavor ice cream. Yuzu is a citrous fruit.

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On this day my dad found a dragonfly. According to him, the dragonfly was a rare sort. I forgot the name, but I took some pics with him. He seemed to be very happy with good foods and the rare dragonfly.

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The restaurant has a koi pound.  I guess we ate some koi fish from the pond, the fresh ones, lol.  Poor fish……

I hope you enjoyed the blog entry!

 

See you in two weeks again!!

-Yumi x

 

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Cherry Blossoms! I Know It’s Too Late!!

Hello there! How have you been?

It’s been a while since I updated my blog last time. I have excuses that I was in the States. I apologize that I couldn’t post anything. You can guess how much I enjoyed my trip in America. I will write about my trip in the States in my other blog soon. So, if you are interested in it, please visit my other blog, my porcelain painting blog. Thank you!

Today I show you cherry blossoms photos this year. Yeah, I know it’s too late, but I can’t ignore this. I took these pictures before going back to the States. I didn’t have time to post them then. I hope you enjoy them.

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These pictures were taken on the way to a grocery store. I love this road in spring because I can see lots of different sorts of cherry blossoms. Which one do you like the best?

Now, the road is full of green. All pick were gone, but I can look forward to seeing the pink next year again before going back to the States!

Thank you for taking a look at my blog! See you here again next week!

Have a lovely weekend!!!

-Yumi

Spring Has Come in Japan!

Hi there! How have you been?  How is the weather there?

In Japan the weather is getting warmer, and now plum blossoms are full in bloom in my area where I live.

Last week my hubby and I went out to enjoy seeing the view of plum blossoms and took lots of photos. So, I want to share them with you today. I hope you feel Spring of Japan a little bit from the photos.

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I love this weeping plum tree! It’s so gorgeous!!!!

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My hubby and I were so lucky to see some Japanese bush warblers, called Uguisu (うぐいす)in Japanese. I was so excited when I saw them to cry, “Take some pics of them!!!!!” to him, lol. Actually, he did a great job, lol. I want to paint the bird some time.

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We will have cherry blossoms soon after the plum blossoms. I just can’t wait to see them!

Have a lovely weekend! See you tomorrow on my other blog, my porcelain painting blog!!

-Yumi

Leaves Changing

Hello there! I am sorry for the delay. Last week after I updated my other blog, I got stomach flue. It was horrible. I threw up, had a stomach ache, headache, fever and couldn’t eat anything for three days at all. I had to lay down on my bed for two days. Since then, I lost weight and my appetite still hasn’t come back.

Before it gets colder, I want to share fall in Japan today. I took these pictures two weeks ago with my hubby. He and I drove around our neighborhood.

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Now, Japan is getting colder and leaves started falling down. We are heading to winter. I will miss this weather soon. I hope you all don’t get a cold.

See you next weekend here again!

-Yumi

My Favorite Flowers in Fall

Hello there! How have you been? I am so sorry for the delay. I went to back to my painting school and I am so busy for this. I am also planning on studying abroad again at the end of this year and busy for preparing things.

Today I want to introduce my favorite flowers in fall. Do you have these flowers in your country? I have heard these flowers bloom in Asia. They smell excellent, and I so love the smell. We have the tree in our small garden, and I took some pictures of them. I am so sorry that you can see the photos, but you can’t smell it.

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They are called kinmokusei in Japanese and Sweet Osmanthus in English. When I took their pictures, they were in full bloom. Now, they all are gone. We are having  nice weather and enjoying autumn here. We will see leaves changing soon. I will post some of pictures when it comes.

Have a lovely weekend!

-Yumi

Hydrangeas

Hi all! How are you doing?  A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I went to a garden where we could hydrangea. I took lots of pictures and want to shear some of them today.  As I mentioned that we are having a rainy season, hydrangeas bloom in June, Japan. We enjoyed the flowers a lot there.

I also want to share one more thing. This year, the day, the 7th of July, it was cloudy. Since I live in a downtown in Japan, it’s hard for me to see stars in the sky. However, I think the poor couple could date for the first time in a couple of years. Thank you so much for the prayers for the couple!

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I hope you enjoyed hydrangeas in Japan in the garden where is close to our house. The garden is big and I love going there. When we visited there, it was raining.

Have a lovely day or night! See you again here next weekend!

-Yumi

 

Rose Garden

Hi there!

How is the weather in your places?  In my area where we live we will have a rainy season soon. I heard a Southern part of Japan already got the rainy season. I don’t like this season so much, but this year, I am thinking to visit some places where we can see hydrangeas to take some pictures for this blog. I will share them soon. Hydrangeas are the rainy season flowers in Japan.

Today, I want to share roses with you. A couple of days, my husband and I visited a rose garden where is close to our house. It’s a bit late to visit there, but we still could see some pretty roses. Since the garden belong to our city, we can enjoy the beautiful roses for free.

My husband and I enjoyed both of the fragrance and the roses . It was so refreshing.

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The entrance of the garden. There are always several elderly people who are playing some board games like Go or Shogi.

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I saw a painter who was drawing roses. I think she was very shy and didn’t show us what  she was panting to cover her piece with her umbrella, but she was painting with water colors.

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So, which roses are your favorite? I love pink roses, mix of white and pink roses, mix of yellow and pink roses. I am thinking to paint roses from my pictures.

By the way, I updated my other blog, which I am introducing my art pieces last night. I posted my hand painted roses plate. Please visit there if you have spare time! Here is the link: https://sommerstein0411.wordpress.com/2016/06/04/practice-piece-of-roses/

I hope you can enjoy both my blog entries!

Thank you so much for taking a look at my blog entry. I hope you start an awesome week!

See you next weekend!

-Yumi