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Hiroshima and Nagasaki marked the 68rd anniversary of the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing of the cities.










The atomic bombs code-named Little boy dropped on Hiroshima on Aug. 6th, and code-name Fat man was dropped on Nagasaki city on Aug. 9th.










Today Aug. 9th is  the day of the Nagasaki…it was 11:02 AM. More than 74,000 people were killed, and more than 75,000 people were injured.

There was a memorial service today. About 5,600 people attended. Among them there were representatives of 48 countries from the world too. At 11:02 AM they offered a silent prayer for the dead.

The other day at the ceremony in Hiroshima, some 50,000 people attended this year’s ceremony at the Peace Memorial Park. Among them there were representatives of 70 countries from the world too…The centre of the blast was displaced 490 feet (150 m) horizontally and 1,968 feet (600 m) vertically from the dome, having slightly missed the original target. The Hiroshima peace memorial Dome was 160 meters from the hypocenter of the atomic blast. Everyone inside the building was killed instantly….now, it is a symbol of a prayer for a peaceful world in which there are no nuclear weapons….

5i pray that…7


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Hi, it is also muggy here japan…how are you all?

I went the tea ceremony in the last weekend. The time that I spend at the ceremony always give me bracing feeling…I hope you can feel this atmosphere someday…

Anyway, the meaning of the hanging scroll is “The ordinary mind is the way”, Zen terminology (Zen word).


In the summer ceremony, a leaf of paper mulberry is sometimes used in place of the formal lid of a water container, for the cool looking.

Today’s confectioneries: shaped morning glory. Also other dried confectioneries; shaped stream of water, shell, and like Japanese rice cracker made from wheat gluten.  Gokigenyo!









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Have you seen or eaten the turban shell in your life?

I think perhaps most of non-japanese people say “ no”.

However, we some of Japanese love it( unfortunately, some japanese don’t like it, ha-ha), especially when it is grilled with soy sauce, the dish name is “sazaee(turban shell) tsubo-yaki” in Japanese.


We can eat it in all seasons, but eating this seafood meal in summer with beer tastes especially good. It looks a bizarre food? Don’t say that, please try it when you come to Japan!


















This is a raw turban shell…











When the turban shells are grilled near the sea… wow!












inside of it….? What until you actually see it! ha-ha!


itadakimashu! & gochisousama!

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As I have wrote before, Japanese often eat light and plain food like somen nudle in summer for the muggy weather of japan.

About somen, click here!


However, just only somen, we get protein shortage easily, so we need to pay attention to the nutritional balance.

Then, I made this somen; healthy and high nutririon values!

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Ingredients( for 2 portions):

Chicken meat(breast or thigh)…about 150g

Your favorite vegetables( I used eggplant, pumpkin, sweet potato, lotus root, and  perilla( Japanese herb like basils))…total amount about 200g

Salt…a dash of

Sesame oil…1Tbsp

Potato starch…1Tbsp


Noodle soup

Citron fruit…1 fruit

How to make:

1, cut into slivers the meat into bite-size pieces, then lightly salted and sprinkle potato starch. Cut all vegetables except perilla into bite-size pieces( about 5mm thin), submerge in cold water to eliminate bitterness and drain them.Cut the citron fruit in round slices.

2, grille the chicken with sesame oil on medium heat, skin side firstly, then turn over until both sides get brown and cooked completely.

After cooked the chicken, pour off the oil, and while still hot, put them into a sauce container.

3, cook vegetables(except perilla) same as chicken.









4, leave them to cool for 10 minutes( add lemon slices to them), then cover it with plastic wrap. Cool it in the refrigerator until right before eating.









5, boil somen and cool it with cold water, drain. Arrange the somen, marinade vegetables in the plate. Arrange perilla on them , Then, pour the marinade sauce over them.

That’s all!

 itadakimashu! & gochisousama! 

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 The meaning of the hanging scroll is the letters of ‘A Song made by Li Po.




The text of it sounds cool,  and it is perfect for summer, don’t you think so?







“The Cataract in view ” by Li Po

The sun burns Mount Lu in purple haze
The torrent leaps headlong to my amaze
The cataract is three thousands feet tall
As though the sky let the Galaxy fall.
This lacquered tea powder box’s motif is a cartwheel of a cattle-drawn carriage, “Genji-guruma” in Japanese.
and….Today’s confectionery ; jelly shaped goldfish bowl.
have a nice day!

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I made Japanese cafe style green tea “matcha” bavarois,  I love this taste! try it!


Ingredients( about 2 portions)

Matcha…10g(about 1/3oz)

Boiled water…3Tbsp

Egg yolk…2

Milk…200cc( a little less than 1cup)

Granulated sugar…60g( 2oz)

Powderd gelatin…5g( 1/5oz)

Whipping cream…150cc( a little more than 2/3cup)




For decolation;

Whipping cream…50cc( about 1/4cup)

Condensed milk…10g(about 2Tbsp)

Your favorite fruits like as strawberries, canned peaches, grapes, marron glace, sweet beans, and so on

How to make;

1. In a bowl, mix and soak the gelatin and water. In another bowl, mix the matcha powder and boiled water until the paste becomes smooth. Set aside.

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2. In a pan, combine the egg yolks, sugar, milk, and mix well.

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3. Heat the pan on low heat, cook and stair until a little thickens, taking care not to let the milk boil as the yolks will harden. Remove from the heat and cool slightly.

4. Add the gelatin, matcha paste, and mix well .

5, Strain them with a fine mesh strainer once. Place the pan in a large bowl of iced water to let it cool.

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7. Lightly whip the cream and fold into the mixture. Pour into mold and refrigerate until set.

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8. Serve with your favorite fruit and syrup.

I mixed condensed milk and whipping cream, and whipped them.

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The bavarois will look more attractive if you slightly tilt the glasses when you put them in the refrigerator.

like this…


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Japanese students have usually about 1.5 month vacation in Summer ( unfortunately, they have lots of homework,too…).




From last Saturday, they are in their vacation, so there are many festivals in several place.  Around me, there were  a few festivals last weekends.

Anyway, speaking to Japanese summer festivals, to summer festivals in japan, Fire works (hanabi) is inextricable.




I think the Japanese hanabi performance is top level in the world. I really hope you can see it someday!!!














see you!


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