Saturday, July 30, 2016

Usual Saturday

It is a usual Saturday.
Yuki vacuumed the rooms on the second floor, water the garden, and treated trees "a little" instead of weeding , and went to play tennis.

I put away 15 things, included 5books which I'm gong to take a used book store.
I cooked pre-cooked dishes for this coming week.
And I'll vacuum  rooms on the first floor.

And probably when I finish my morning jobs, Yuki will comes back and it will be the time for lunch, so I have already set a timer of a rice cooker.

Potatoes and onion mayonnaise salad.
Grilled eggplants soled into soy sauce tasted soup with shoos leaves
Salmon and onion marine
Salted cucumbers
Boiled corn

Flash-cooked small tomatoes soaked into sugar syrup
Boiled carrots marinated with honey, vinegar and olive oil
Simmered green peppers and kidney beans with Dashi and soy sauce
Boiled pork and Moroheiya- leaves soaked u to lemon juice, and olive oil

Have a nice weekend!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Finally rainy season has finihsed.

Japan Meteorological Agency  announced that rainy season in Kantou was finished.

This morning we picked ripe green peppers (their color is red), and tomatoes.
I fried red peppers, beef, and eggs. And I put cucumbers and tomatoes on the same plate.

I thought I felt restorative, a new weekend is just around the corner.
To tell the truth, this week I'm struggling against a slight fever. I don't seem to be caught by a cold, the fever seems to come from tiredness.
On the other hand, my mother who is 82 years old, said at the night she came back home, she sweated a lot in the bed.  so at the middle night, she changed her pajamas. -- the next morning she was usual "she" --- powerful woman.
I'm very surprised to hear that, and I'm very relieved to hear that.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Warning appeared suddenly.

It happened yesterday.
When I searching some information on the Internet, suddenly my computer started beeping and earning message appeared.
I didn't understand what had happened. I clicked the cross mark on the sign,but the beeping sound didn't stop.

So I  decided to contact   "Windows support" at the number on the warning sign. It was a toll-free number. They answered quickly ( it was the first point that I suspected the sight) , and the person at the end of the line spoke strange Japanese. So I suspected the sight more.
I hanged up on "her". However the beeping sound didn't stop.

I looked for the warranty and user register card. The I called the PC help center, however I had to wait about for 30 minutes. Because the call center was so busy. 
I almost got panics.
Finally I could contact with the help center, and  another "she" suggested me that
first activate task manager ---- finally the beeping sound stopped.
next check whether computer virus is installed or not.  ---fortunately computer virus and software were not installed.
She said it must have been a fraud sight, if you had obeyed the fake windows support operator, you would have been stolen your personal information, or paid some money automatically.
it was about a 50-minute event.
Additionally  on the warning sign, there was also OK sign, but I wondered whether to go to the next stage. And my choice was "right".
Be careful!!!  

Tuesday, July 26, 2016


This weekend Yuki, my mother who is 82 years old, and I made  a two-day went to KOUYA-san.
Have you ever heard of KOUYA-san? It is one of the world heritage sights in Japan.
My mother had wanted to go there for a long time, and I finally decided to take her there because coincidently yesterday Yuki was going to take a planned day-off..
From Tokyo (We went to Tokyo by Shinkansen, it takes about one hour) to Kouya-san, we had to change trains three times including a cable car, and takes bus to the center of Kouya-san, We took the Shinkansen leaving at 9:30 and got Kouya-san at around 2:00.
Yuki and I thought "she made it".
My mother and I made HAIKU (the shortest poems) at some places.
On a Strip f paper , everyone writes one verse, at KOBO-TAISHI's  home town
Green breeze,  invites us, to visit and pray at Mt. Kouya

At Btsudan,    KOUYA-maki (kind of black pine) is dedicated  to KOBO-TAISSHI,  with pray

NANKOUBAI (very big pickled Japanese plum) , served to finish up,  with morning devotions
(We stayed at a temple, and before breakfast we had to attend morning devotions from 6:15 to 7:15, then we had breakfast.)

Stone pagodas  covered with green moss, share the history, lead to OKUNO-IN

Kongoubuji temple,  s keeps the customs, bridges time Now and Past

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Peach cobbler

Yesterday I hold an event at home "let's make a couplet poem with rhyming".
And I served ---"peach cobbler".
It was the first time to hear the name, and bake it.
It was very "easy" and tasty.

cited from (A to Z summer poem)
P is for Peach Cobbler
Perfect dessert for a warm summer’s day
Enjoyed all over the US of A
A cobbler – a pie with no bottom crust
Can be made with many fruits, but a must
Has to be peach –It’s just so summery
Cherries work, as do most types of berry
Of course apples and rhubarb are common too
But we all have our favorites – do you
Best thing is, you can whip one up real quick
Luscious and juicy–simply fantastic
Even writing this verse makes me want one
Ready to go and turn on the oven
Actually it doesn't have bottom curst, and I whipped the dough real quick and shortly and baked it.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

I wonder about that!!

A woman who live abroad showed an interesting article.

The title is  "10 Reasons Why The Japanese Live Longer Than Any Other People On Earth".
I know we have the highest level of longevity. It might be a wonderful thing, because some countries have a problem to get lower level of  longevity.

On the other hand, we have some problems such as longevity crisis,  nursing care system, and lonely old people.

Well, well, anyway the article was very interesting. I looked into it.

1. They eat lots of vegetables.
Probably it's right. However my friends who live in foreign countries seem to like eating lots of vegetables. The important point is that kids also eat or have to eat lots of vegetables at "school lunch". When I was an elementary school, if students left something they don't like (at that time no one knew they couldn't eat or they wouldn't eat. These days it is clear that some kids "cannot" eat some things because of they cause allergy)  students were disciplined by teachers. (Now to force to eat some things is  "prohibited".) School lunch is a key factor to foster a habit of eating vegetables regularly in our life.

2. They cook their food differently.
I'm really surprised to see this sentence. Some people who come from other countries say "Japanese dishes have the same taste ---soy sauce taste".
These days some people like to use herbs or spices, the other prefer soy sauce, salt and plain taste.
Actually we boil , grill, steam, fry, or deep fry ingredients. And these days another way is added "chin". Do you know what it means --microwaved.

3. They drink a lot of tea.
The photo of this side is drinking "traditional green tea" called MACCHA.
We seldom drink MACCAH, though we have lots of MACCHA flavor sweets.
And senior people prefer to drink usual green tea, and young people , I don't know.
What the interesting thing is, usually at Japanese restaurant "usual green tea" is served for free as well as water. So Japanese people are seemed to drink  a lot of tea.

4. Their food is fresh.
Japanese people  tend to seek for something fresh. Meat, fish, vegetables and  -- even bread and dishes.
Additionally "vegetables are always fresh"  --- I think. If they are not fresh, they are getting rotten.

5. They've got smaller plates.
It's  a little wrong. Many dishes are served in a small amount with a small plate --- at KAISEKI-dishes. At house most of people use a rice bowl, soup bowl, and some plates.
However it is right the plates are smaller than American usual dinner plats.

6. They stand, walk and squat more.
I was laughing at see this sentence. Because nowadays my project is how I walk more.
People who live in a big city, they have to walk. Because the main means of transportation is trains or buses. So they have to walk and usually everywhere is crowded so they have to be standing. (I don't know whether people squat or not). On the other hand people who don't live in a big city, the main means to transportation is car. So for such people including me, how we walk more is our task.
And on average people who live in cities are thinner than people who don't live in cities.

7.  They've got morning exercise --on radio.
Oh, really??? when I was a child, it means long long ago , morning exercise on radio used to be taken as a usual task at school, company, and local community. However now---- at some factories morning exercise might keep to be continued.
On the other hand morning exercise on radio is taken as a traditional event for children's summer vacation.  When I was a kid, I used to have to go to the park do this morning exercise every morning during the summer vacation (about 35 days),
Nowadays,  probably just one week some kids go to the park to join this "traditional event".
And -- the organizers are "mothers". This event is taken over every year. So for the mothers who are in charge of this event, this one-week "job" is  a very hard job.
Usually doing morning exercise starts at 6:30. so the organizers have to go to the place at 6:15.

8.  They've got universal health care.
I love our health insurance system. Everyone goes to clinic  when they get ill without concerning.
On the other hand, I know some clinics are place for senior people to communicate each other. Senior people often goes to clinic if somewhere hurts a little bit, and talk with another senior patients( you can say visitors) at the waiting room.  so increasing the cost of medical care is one of our government problems.

9. They spend more time outside.
Well, well, --- it's interesting.
I think depends of generation. These days increasing the number of lonely old people is getting problem. I think European people spend more time outside.

10. They focus on cleanliness.
"focus", it's a good word, isn't it.
Actually at school cleaning not only classrooms but also hallway and restroom  is taken as a way to discipline ourselves.
Focus and keep are different things, aren't they?
I know lots of "messy" houses.

Monday, July 18, 2016

I made another dishes with Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce

My husband seems to like Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce, because it's not so sweet compared with Japanese bull-dog sauce. (Of course it depends of dishes.)
So I checked this site as soon as Ms.H recommended.
Well, well, now I need someone's help.
At that time I opened it, and I took a note of one recipe. However now I can't check this site. I tried to contact  to the company, I couldn't send e-mails because I live in Japan.
So please someone (or Ms.H) tell me where I can find recipes using Lea& Perrins Worcestershire sauce.
Anyway I wrote down one recipe. It was interesting.
It suggested that when you make mix and knead ground meat, you put this sauce and BBQ sauce into the meat.
I keep HENZ BBQ sauce (though the recipe recommends England BBQ sauce)

I did it, and grilled the meat balls in the oven.

They were very tasty, not Japanese hamburger stakes.
This recipe was added one of our special meet dishes.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Karaku tea room

Yesterday, it was the day of Karaku  for me.
It means it is the day when I become a pianist once a month.
After 30 minutes performance this set was served. It was the wonderful time for me.
These days the audience are usually in their 60 or 70's. And some senior couples were there.
"It can't be helped". Because the owners get old and "I" also get old.  When  I started this performance, I was in my 30's. At that time "many" housewives used to be in Japan. I was surprised one -fourth people are over 65 in Japan, and more that 70 percent of 30's and 40's women work now.
So I understand why audience are in their 60 or 70's.
And --- these days I think the following thing.
When I see (senior) couples see coming, I'm very happy.
Usually audience are women's group or a single man.
Because  -- senior couple who living with their pensions probably think it's expensive to have just tea or coffee at a tearoom, because they can have tea or coffee at their house watching TV.
So if I give some pleasure by my performance and if they find worth coming to Karaku, I'm very happy.
To tell the truth, Yuki and I also seldom go to café just to have tea or coffee. However if we listen to something or watch something, we manage to go there.
It was a good day for me yesterday. 

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

cooking meeting was finished!!

Yesterday's club was fun, although I had one attendee.
First we write something on strips of paper and hanged them on the fake bamboo-tree.

And we talked about something  such as our plans, our hope and our wish in English, read the book in English, and made a short speech using "know me".

and cooking was started.
We boiled frozen green peas with mint leaves which are grown in my garden.
we grilled soft beef patties.


Of course the Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce was perfect!!

We had a good time!!!!

Next cooking club is going to be hold in September, it is the final meeting.
I hope "you" could join us.!

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Cooking meeting

Today I'm holding a cooking club "Marry Poppins in the kitchen".
I'm finished preparing today's menu.

Today's main is Beef parties with "Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce". Is it familiar with you? It is the first time to use it for me.
I would skip this menu, because beef parties are not so interesting to me. However the sauce is interesting --- of course I bought it on the Net. And the recipe said "you shouldn't knead the meat."
It is also interesting. When I make beef parties (or Hamburgers are more familiar name in Japan), kneading is Yuki's job.
And I picked some mints from the garden.
We'll boil green places with mints. It is also the first time.
I already prepared for bread and butter pudding, it is waiting for being baked in the oven.

Unfortunately two members who was going to join us cancelled because of illness. So just a person is coming. It's OK. She loves studying English. So I also prepare English learning materials.
This time we'll read the book Mary Poppins in the kitchen only in English.
And of course TANABATA (star festival) is just around the corner. so We'll write our wish on strips of paper.
Since last week , it has been a "star festival week."
The day of star festival is June  7, this Thursday.

Monday, July 04, 2016

we enjoyed hydrangeas.

There are many temples and shrines which are famous for hydrangeas.
Last Saturday Yuki and I visited a shrine which takes about 40 minutes by car. It is "Isoyama shrine".
I heard the colors of hydrangeas are decided by the acid level of the land.
However in this shrine there are lots of colors of hydrangeas.

Most of them were purple or light blue, but some were white and some were bright pink.
Actually in Japanese hydrangeas are called "ajisai"  (purple flower), but it has another name of Japanese, "shichihenge" which means change colors seven times.

Of course we visited here to see hydrangeas, but we had another purpose. In this season some shrines set such a big straw ring. When we go through in a traditional way (just when we go through it first turn to left, when we go though it the second, turn to right, and when we go through the third, we have to go straight and visit the shrine.)  It is said by going through it, our "dirty" and bad luck have gone.

A half of year has passed since 2016 started. So from the day our "new" half of year in 2016 has started.