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As I mentioned about the Chrysanthemum festival, people who celebrate it pray their health and longevity. 


Before, people who lived at the Imperil Court used to put raw cottons on the chrysanthemum in this festival eve( Sep. 8th night) to expose them to the night-dew for absorbing the dew. We called the event “kisewata” in Japanese. It means a flower wears a cotton.




Next morning, people patted their faces with the wet raw cottons. It is because they believed in the paranormal power of the dew like as the elixir of like which was possessed by the chrysanthemum power…



Of course, I think most of people in Japan don’t believe in the power, but a few things still linger in the Japanese tea ceremony or the Japanese art of flower arrangement.










These are Japanese confectioneries shaped the chrysanthemum with the raw cotton, confectioneries just shaped the chrysanthemum, and the modern flower arrangement.










People might pray their health through them in the present tme…could be.

I wish your health may continue “forever!!!”


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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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 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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スクリーンショット 2013-07-11 11.33.59in Japan, the act of giving clothes or books an airing, in the japanese special season of summer…named “mushi-bosi” in Japanese.






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So, I did the airing of my hanging scroll for tea ceremony in July, and also enjoy arranging of flowers and vases match it.
















This hang scroll’s meaning is “Truth is as plain as daylight…If you cannot realize the truth, it is just because of no eyes for it ” which is Zen terminology (Zen word).

pure at heart & eyes and open-minded…I hope so!

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It has been VERY VERY hot here in Japan.

Today, the temperature reads 38 degrees centigrade indoors…wow!

This heat could melt me! All I could do is just razearound in my house.

However, I wonder why I can shape up…why??? Anyway, I went to a japanese tea ceremony, and I felt refreshed during the tea ceremony.

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Today’s interior decoration for the ceremony ; a hanging scroll, the Flowers of the season, and the Japanese-style confectionery.  take care….

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Today is also rainy…how are you?

Start from the same topic of the last time; the japanese-style confectioneries for summer.

In this time, I will introduce another manju for summer…This is Kudzu-Manju. Kudzu is the Japanese arrowroot. It has very nice texture in my mouth like a hard jelly. it also taste better if you chill it in the refrigerator.

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Depending on the stuffed bean pastes, the manju colors are changed!










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The typhoon is coming here in Japan, so all is damp, but it is cool and confortable today for this time.

Japanese people love several things that are appropriate for the time of year. The japanese -style confectioneries are one of them.

Today, I will introduce some of them for June.

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Manju is a Japanese steamed bun stuffed with red bean paste, and Namafu is a food made of wheat gluten.

It is seasonal specialty thing…hope you can eat it someday!]

take care!





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The rainy reason here in Japan…2013

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Speaking of  the flower in the rainy season, most of  Japanese people think “hydrangea”.  Do you know them?

They’re originally from Asia. Beautiful, aren’t they?  The colors and shapes are several…Blue, pink, purple, white, pale-green, and so on.

Today, I will introduce some Japanese things which the motifs are “hydrangea”.

these are the Japanese-style confectioneries and cups for the Japanese tea ceremony.

The confectioneries are made from jelly, sweet bean paste, and so on. The tastes are really good. I love them. I hope you can try them someday!



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It has been a long time since I went to a Japanese tea ceremony.

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Today’s interior decoration for the ceremony ; a hanging scroll, the Flowers of the season, and the Japanese-style confectionery.






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Also, I had dishes coming before the tea ceremony, and they are the special dishes only for the ceremony. It is called  “Kaisei Ryori” or “Chakaiseki”. The food amounts on the each plates are pretty small, but the food arrangements and the plates are really beautiful.

Of course, the tastes are delicious, too!

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