Chinese Cuisine in Japan

Hello there! How have you been?

I am sorry for the delay. I wanted to update my blog soon, but I was busy for my family thing. Since I have some spare time, I want to update my blog today.

Today’s entry is about Chinese cuisine in Japan. I know in the States, people don’t think Chinese foods are “cuisine”. In Japan we have both cheap foods and expensive foods in Chinese foods. I want to show the expensive one today.

A couple of weeks ago, my family and I celebrated my husband’s parents’ wedding anniversary with them. My husband took us to a fancy Chinese restaurant. I thought it might be interesting for people who never seen Chinese fancy foods in Japan. I hope you enjoy the food.

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To be honest with you, I am not a big fan of the restaurant. When we lived in Wakayama prefecture, we used to going to our favorite Chinese restaurant. The foods are much better, but we don’t have the restaurant anymore, and we don’t live in Wakayama either.

I like Chinese foods both in Japan and America.

Do you have Chinese cuisines in your country?

Sakura (Cherry blossoms )started blooming! My next blog entry will be about the cherry blossoms!

Have lovely weekdays! See you soon here!!!

-Yumi

 

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Japanese Cuisine

Hi there! How are you doing today? I hope you all had an awesome weekend!

Today I want to share Japanese cuisine with you.

Last year, when my daughter turned 20 years old, my family and my parents celebrated her at an expensive Japanese restaurant.

The restaurant is in my hometown, Otsu city Shiga prefecture.  The atmosphere of the restaurant was very nice.  We enjoyed dinner there.

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The restaurant is popular in my hometown because of the old building. We can enjoy both food and inside. Since the day was raining, most of my pictures of outside of the building looks very abstract. We Japanese people love tasting food with mouth and eyes. I hope even tough you can’t taste the food, you can enjoy it with your eyes.

 

Thanks for visiting my blog again! See you next week!!!

 

-Yumi

 

 

Japanese Food

Hi there!

In Japan we are in the middle of the rainy season, and I hate the season because it’s really moggy. After the season, we will have a really humid and hot summer season. Aw, they are really gloomy seasons for me.  I hope you have a good time.

I’ve heard Japanese food is getting more popular because of Anime and Manga. People who love Anime and Manga have been seeing a lot of Japanese foods through them,  and they started getting more interested in our foods. Is it true? If so, it’s very interesting for me. I’m very curious when people from overseas hear about Japanese foods, what kind of foods they imagine. While showing my experiences, I want to show real Japanese foods in Japan.

I’ve experienced to eat so-called Japanese food at a restaurant in the States. My friend, Fresia from Bolivia invited me to the restaurant while we were traveling together.

Japanese Restaurant in New Orleans

Japanese Restaurant in New Orleans

 

It’s completely different from our foods in Japan. Even though it’s different, it was really good. I loved the American Japanese food, called Teppan-Yaki.

Japanese Restaurant in New Orleans

Japanese Restaurant in New Orleans

At the restaurant they served us a cup of soup, but it was mix of Chinese and Japanese. The spoon is Chinese. We don’t eat Japanese soup with the Chinese spoon.

Japanese Restaurant in New Orleans

Japanese Restaurant in New Orleans

 

When we go to Teppan-Yaki Japanese restaurant, we can enjoy seeing such the performance that we can’t see in Japan. The chef was from Thailand, and we enjoyed chatting when I told him I’ve been there last year.

Japanese Restaurant in New Orleans

Japanese Restaurant in New Orleans

 

Japanese Restaurant in New Orleans

Japanese Restaurant in New Orleans

 

Japanese Restaurant in New Orleans

Japanese Restaurant in New Orleans

 

Japanese Restaurant in New Orleans

Japanese Restaurant in New Orleans

 

While looking at the chef’s performance, we enjoyed eating. I ordered seafoods, and I ate grilled veggies, fried rice, salad, soup and grilled seafoods. All of them were very tasty.  The only think that they disappointed me was that they were using really cheap dishes for the foods. In Japanese foods, dishes are a very important part for us because we enjoy the foods themselves while looking at the decoration on really pretty dishes.

I also ate Japanese food in Canada last month. The chef was from Korea, and they also used very cheap dishes.

Here are real Japanese foods we are used to.

 

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Japanese Foods

 

Japanese Foods

Japanese Foods

 

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Japanese Foods

 

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Japanese Foods

 

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Japanese Foods

 

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Japanese Foods

 

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Japanese Foods

 

Japanese Foods

Japanese Foods

 

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Japanese Foods

 

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Japanese Foods

 

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Japanese Foods

 

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Japanese Foods

 

All foods belong to one person. The potion is small .

When you looked at the photos of real Japanese foods, what did you think? Please compare the American Japanese foods.

I think the real Japanese foods seem to be more delicious for you because we concern about decoration, dishes, colors and which season we eat. My family and I went to the Japanese restaurant in this rainy season. So, they served us some cold foods. You can see some ice cubes in some photos, and they are cold foods. Eating cold foods in this season is so good because we can make our body cooler.

I think Japanese foods are almost art because we can enjoy looking at them before eating. They are very colorful, and we use expensive dishes for the good foods.

Do you know that our Japanese foods have been registered as a World Heritage Site? I’m very proud of it.

I hope you can understand about Japanese foods in Japan via my blog post.

 

Puffer Fish!

A couple of weeks ago I went out to eat some puffer fish with my family in Obama city, Fukui. It was my husband’s idea because we would have to move out and enjoy some seafood here where we current live. He reserved a nice restaurant where we can stay for us. Puffer fish is my favorite, and I really enjoyed it!

Appetizers

Appetizers

Raw Tai (sea bream), called sashimi in Japanese

Raw Tai (sea bream), called sashimi in Japanese

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sparidae

Raw Peffer Fish

Raw Peffer Fish

We eat raw fish and seafood with some soy sauce and wasabi (わさび、green horseradish paste). I love the combination, and I eat stake with soy sauce and wasabi! That’s also my favorite!! Every time I go to study abroad in the U.S of America, I always bring a small bottle of say sauce and put it on anything I want. I can’t survive without any soy sauce!!!!

Fried Puffer Fish

Fried Puffer Fish

I also love fried puffer fish! It’s the best fried stuff every for me!!!!

nabe (Japanese style hot pot dish)

Nabe (Japanese style hot pot dish)

Nabe is a Japanese style of hot pot dish. We put some veggies and seafood, in this case we put some puffer fish in a pot. After they are boiled, we eat them with some ponzu sauce (ポン酢、ぽんず, ponzu). The flavor of ponzu is mix of citrus, vinegar and soy sauce. The nabe is for the Winter season and it keeps us warm.

Grilled Shirako (soft roe)

Grilled Shirako (milt)

I know for Western people, it’s disgusting! We Japanese people eat everything of seafood even some milt!!!!! I love some soup of some milt.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roe

Desert

Desert

A View from Our Hotel

A View from Our Hotel

A View from Our Hotel

A View from Our Hotel

We will move to a new town next weekend, and I’ve been walking around to take some cherry blossoms’ pictures here. I will miss our current town because the town has a lot of cherry trees. The view of Spring is the best.

My text blog entry is supposed to become cherry blossoms! Stay tunned!

-Yumi

Merry Christmas from Japan!

I’m very curious in other countries people also have a special menu for Christmas at some restaurants. In Japan some Western style restaurants have special menu for Christmas.

In my family’s case we tend to go out to eat dinner every year and this year we went to a Spanish restaurant in Fukui. When I chatted with my Texan friend and Floridian friend on Skype, since two of them were very curious about the Japanese special Christmas menu, I’d love to share the menu that we enjoyed this year. I know some of foods on the menu are not Spanish foods, but I want you to know that the location is in Japan.

A Spanish Restaurant in Fukui

A Spanish Restaurant in Fukui

The Spanish restaurant has been serving only the menu in 23rd, 24th and 25th of December.  Of course we have to book the restaurant because the Christmas season was full of reservations.

A Spanish Restaurant in Fukui

A Spanish Restaurant in Fukui

A Spanish Restaurant in Fukui

A Spanish Restaurant in Fukui

A Spanish Restaurant in Fukui

A Spanish Restaurant in Fukui

My husband ordered a bottle of Spanish beer.

A Spanish Restaurant in Fukui

A Spanish Restaurant in Fukui

A Spanish Restaurant in Fukui

A Spanish Restaurant in Fukui

A bowl of potato soup.

A Spanish Restaurant in Fukui

A Spanish Restaurant in Fukui

This was very interesting and it’s my first time to eat. The brown pan is some oil with fish and potatoes.  We ate some bread with the oil. It was yum!  The potion of the bread and the oil were for three people.

A Spanish Restaurant in Fukui

A Spanish Restaurant in Fukui

Some pasta with some crabs and crab sauce with some fish eggs. To be honest with you, I don’t like the fish eggs and I gave them to my daughter because she loves them.

A Spanish Restaurant in Fukui

A Spanish Restaurant in Fukui

A desert: A mixed of cassis and wine flavored sherbet

A Spanish Restaurant in Fukui

A Spanish Restaurant in Fukui

A piece of beef with some sauce. The sauce flavor was like some teriyaki sauce for me.

A Spanish Restaurant in Fukui

A Spanish Restaurant in Fukui

Some deserts: a piece of chocolate cake, a piece of almond cake and some vanilla flavored ice cream

Although I forgot to take a picture of a cup of tea, we were served a cup of tea.

The potions were for one person except the breads.  You might be surprised at the Japanese potion, but for me the potion was good enough.

How are you spending your holiday season this year? I hope you and your family have a great time together! Merry Christmas from Japan!

-Yumi

Valentine’s Day in Japan

How will you spend Valentine’s Day? I would like to write about  Japanese Valentine’s Day today. Do you know we have two Valentine’s Days? One is called ” Valentine’s Day” , and it is the 14th of February, and the other is called ” White Day” , and it is the 14th of March.

Our Valentine’s Day is for girls. Many girls, especially young girls are looking forward to the day because it is a good chance for them to tell someone in mind that they love the person. They usually prepare homemade chocolates, cookies, cakes, or handmade knits. Since my daughter love baking, she always bakes something for her male friends. ( I am not sure if she might have a boyfriend. However, she bakes some chocolate cakes every year for her father, grandfathers and someone else.)
When I was young, I loved knitting some sweaters for my boyfriend. I am wondering if my ex-boyfriends still have kept them, lol.

On the other hand, girls also prepare some chocolates for their colleagues and bosses. It is called “Giri-Choco” in Japanese. In this case the chocolates mean they are obligation chocolate without true love. It is just a diplomatic way in a social situation.

After girls give some chocolates or another things to their boyfriends, male friends, colleagues and bosses, girls expect to receive luxury stuff from them. That is our second Valentine’s Day, ”  White Day”. The day is for males. Of course, after males receive some gifts from their girlfriends, female friends and colleagues, they have to return some gifts that are their female friends’ favorite.
My daughter  receives some sweets with cards from her male friends every year.

If the Days are weekends, most of the couples spend together to see a movie, enjoy dinner and go to some romantic places.

Christmas in Japan

Today I discussed Christmas stuff with my Texan friend. Since the content was very interesting, I would love to introduce Japanese people’s Christmas here.
Of course how to spend depends on individual.
When I was a child, of course I also believed in Santa Claus. Our Santa Claus is wearing “Kimono” and hanging a “sword”, and his haircut is “samurai” style. Naaaaaaaah, of course NOT!!!
Our Santa Claus is also a western guy who is choppy and plumply. He is wearing red costume like western people think. He also has white long beard and mustache. He is quite same as western culture. However, one different thing is that he can speak Japanese. On TV or other mass medias he speaks Japanese fluently. When western people see it, they might think that it is hilarious.

I do not know each Japanese house serves some sweets and some tea, but in my house my mother prepared something sweet and to drink for Santa Claus. I guess since she prefers Japanese snacks to western snacks, she always served Japanese snacks called “senbei” and two cups of Japanese green tea for him in the kitchen table. When I was young, I did not know why she prepared two cups, but after several years  I knew the reason.

Meanwhile, we decorate Christmas fake tree inside. Compared to America, our tree size is very compact because our houses are smaller. When I was a child, I had not seen big Christmas lights so many times. However, right now the Christmas light is very common. I think the blue LED ( Light Emitting Diode) is discovered by a Japanese company. After the blue LED was produced, we can enjoy various colors LED here and there.

On Christmas day we buy a whole Christmas cake and cut it off. And then we eat a piece of Christmas cake. I think that it is  big different from America. Our cake has various types. However, most of them are decorated by lots of white whip cream or chocolate whip cream and strawberries. That is a common Christmas cake.

Since I was born in the western region, our parents house has no chimney. So, my mother told my sister and me that we had to keep opening our bathroom’s window for Santa Claus because we have no chimney. I believed that in my regions Santa Claus came into our house from the bathroom’s window. I never doubted how such a big guy came from the small window.

After I turned 16 years old and started to go out with my boyfriend, I tended not to spend Christmas with my family. I tended to go out with my boyfriend to see movies. I think in Japan when couples have young children, they spend Christmas with their children. However, after their children grow up, they do not spend Christmas together. Our Christmas are much for couples and boyfriends or girlfriends rather than for families.
I think that Christmas is one of the most important events for couples and lovers.

Christmas gift is also most important part in our Christmas. In young couples and lovers, they enjoy exchanging gifts. Parents and grandparents give gifts to their children and grandchildren. In my case I always give my love to my husband, and I receive kind of expensive stuff from him every year.

I’m curious about your country’s Christmas. So, after you read my blog entry, please leave a comment. I’m looking forward to reading lots of interesting stories.

Japanese Christmas cake

 

Japanese  senbei

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