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

 

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

 

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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!

My Phobia

Hi there! Long time no see!!! How have you been? I’ve been doing well, and I returned to Japan from Canada a couple of weeks ago.

Do you have phobias? Today I want to share my phobia with you. Before studying conversational English and studying abroad in the States, I hadn’t realized that I’m scared of some small talk. Seriously, I’m scared of small talk.

When I go to the States, people love speaking to STRANGERS. You receive a lot of small talk everywhere. Since we Japanese people are not good at small talk like American people do, I have no idea how I response it. It always makes me very nervous. You might not understand what I’m talking about. All right. I’m picking up some examples for you.

You are in a Wal-Mart and waiting for your turn in a line. When you get your turn, a casher speaks to you, “Hello? What’s up? Today is really pretty, isn’t it?”. I have no clue how I should response because in Japan we don’t receive such small talk at cashers. When we go to a restaurant, a waitress/waiter are more pushy. They love talking to us. Even though we order our meals, they sometimes come to our table and ask “Everything is OK? Don’t you want anything else? Did you watch a game last night? Bula bula bula………”. I know they show kindness and niceness to us customers to get more tips, but we don’t have tips in Japan. We don’t need such the service at the restaurants.

I still remember that when I was a kid, we had a first MacDonald in our small town. I was scared of ordering there because we had received small talk from an employee like that “Anything else? ” with a big smile. It was so weired for me. Since I was not used to it, I couldn’t refuse to order something else. I tended to spend more money.

As thinking about my experience at the MacDonald, I think American fast restaurants brought small talk to Japan with their fast foods. Now, I can handle it in Japanese, but I’m not good at it in my second language. I sometimes can’t response well when I soddenly receive unexpected questions from strangers at shops, restaurants, airplanes or wherever.

I hope after improving my speaking skills, I can response without feeling any stress.

Yamamoto Nohgakudou

Last night I saw some classical Japanese performances for the first time with my friend from America at a Noh theater. We went to Yamamoto Nohgakudou in Tanimachi, Osaka. The Nohgakudou has been producing several Japanese classical and traditional performances called Rakugo, Bunraku, Koudan, Kyougen and Noh. I’ve watched Rakugo and Koudan on TV several times, but I had not been interested in such classical performances for a long time. I had believed in that such the performances were uncool, and I hadn’t tried to see them.

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However, last night several performances opened my mind! The programs of last night were very unique and they were made for beginners who watched Japanese performances for the first time. We enjoyed four different types of performances in two hours. More than the half of audiences were foreigners.

First, we enjoyed Rakugo. The performer of Rakugo performed it both in Japanese and English. I prefer the English version. He did a great job, and most of the audiences couldn’t stop laughing.

Next was Ozashiki-Asobi, and Geisya and custmomers plays with hand playing games like paper-rock-scissors. The roles are a bit different from the normal one. Instead of using paper-rock-scissors, they use tiger-samurai-his elderly mother. Samurai is stronger than a tiger, but weaker than his mom. Tiger is stronger than the samurai’s mom, but he is weaker than the samurai. We enjoyed playing the game with very Japanese music.

Third one was Koudan, and it was a short story. I think for foreign audiences the Koudan was a little bit difficult to understand because they didn’t translated what the story teller was performing in English.


The last one was Noh dance, and I really enjoyed it. The Noh dance was very calm and awesome because the dance was created for samurai and shogun. Since the theater was made for the Noh dance, the performance was the best to fit to it. I became a fan of Noh performance in a first sight.

I want to learn about Noh more, and now I’m thinking that I want to become a member of the theater to get more information.

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