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Win 2 Tickets to Tokyo Disney

19 Sep

Tokyo Roomfinder is currently holding an essay contest for 2 tickets to Tokyo Disney. They are looking for personal essays about your experience with the earthquake in Japan. From their website:

We welcome heart-warming experiences following theย earthquakes in Japan. You may want to write about when the earthquakes hit, when you went to Tohoku for volunteer, when you raise fund for support, what you have seen in the TV…,etc and any experience will be okay. You can attach photos with your writing.

Please visit their site for more information.

Japanese Hairstyles

4 Jul

So… this post has nothing to do with educating our children, but I thought a lot of you Asian-mama’s might be interested.

I went to get a hair cut this weekend. And every time I go get a haircut,ย  I visit the website http://www.rasysa.com/ for inspiration. It is seriously the best website for hairstyle inspiration!!!! You can browse by season, hair length, etc and there are hundreds of pictures to look at. You are almost sure to find a style that you like.

Before I discovered this site, I would look at People or InStyle magazine for inspiration but I couldn’t really tell if a hairstyle on a Caucasian girl would look good on a Japanese girl like me.

So anyway… if you have been contemplating getting a haircut… check it out!

This picture was my inspiration and my hairstylist did an excellent job replicating it on my hair ๐Ÿ™‚

from rasysa.com

There’s even a hairstyle simulator (you can “try on” hairstyles online) if you know enough Japanese to navigate through the instructions.

ใ๏ผšใใƒผใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใžใ†ใ•ใ‚“

13 Jun

The words that came to my mind first when I thought about words that begin with ใ were ใใƒผใ‚ใ‚“/somen and ใžใ†ใ•ใ‚“/zousan.

image from misaki.rdy.jp

Somen is a summer staple in Japan! I start craving these cold noodles as soon as the weather gets above 80 degrees. They are delicious, easy, a big hit with kids, and refreshing on a hot summer day. The basic ingredients you need are somen noodles and dipping sauce. Then you can add your favorite toppings, such as:

shiso leaves

chopped green onions

myouga

sesame seeds

grated daikon radish

mandarin oranges

Check out this page by oisiso.com for inspiration ๐Ÿ™‚

There’s also something called nagashi-somen, which translates to flowing-somen. Somen is sent down on a “waterslide” made out of bamboo trees while people sit on either side and pick up the flowing noodles with their chopsticks. Not sure how sanitary this is, but it looks fun! You can buy an electric somen machine for your home too ๐Ÿ™‚

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Did you know that elephants say “Pao~๏ผใƒ‘ใ‚ชใ€œ” in Japanese? Cute.

Here is an elephant coloring page, and video+lyrics of the famous zousan song:

ใžใ†ใ•ใ‚“ ใžใ†ใ•ใ‚“
ใŠใฏใชใŒ ใชใŒใ„ใฎใญ
ใใ†ใ‚ˆ ใ‹ใ‚ใ•ใ‚“ใ‚‚
ใชใŒใ„ใฎใ‚ˆ

ใžใ†ใ•ใ‚“ ใžใ†ใ•ใ‚“
ใ ใ‚ŒใŒ ใ™ใใชใฎ
ใ‚ใฎใญ ใ‹ใ‚ใ•ใ‚“ใŒ
ใ™ใใชใฎใ‚ˆ

summer!!!

6 Jun

my boy turned one!

Please excuse my absence from this blog.ย  We have been busy celebrating birthdays and enjoying the GORGEOUS weather we’ve been having! We just bought our pool pass this weekend and I’m sooo excited to start using it! I LOVE summer. I love the festivals, BBQ’s, gardening, road trips… and my kids love it too. It is nice for them to run around outside when we’ve been cooped up all winter.

Has nothing to do with my blog, but I wanted to show-off… here is the S’mores cake I made for my son’s cowboy-themed party. It was delicious!

most un-Japanese cake ever?!?

ย Stay tuned… I’ll be sharing yummy and easy Japanese food to eat with your kiddos during the summer months soon ๐Ÿ™‚

ใ‚คใƒผใ‚นใ‚ฟใƒผ /Easter

19 Apr

fumira.jp

Easter doesn’t seem like a very well-understood holiday in Japan, which of course, make sense, as Easter is originally a very Christian holiday. I feel like Easter (at least the secular aspects like the Easter Bunny and dyeing eggs) will eventually become popular in Japan, because they seem to like adopting American holidays.

Anyway, if you are looking for a cute Easter craft, origamispirit.com has an instructional video on how to make little origami bunnies, perfect for holding an egg or some jelly beans.

Tokyo Disneyland also does an Easter parade:

Have a Happy Easter!

Cherry Blossom Tea

18 Apr

I don’t know what it is, but our family is sooo busy lately!! We’re busy in a good way, but I would love to have nothing to do for an hour or two, put my feet up, and sip some sakura tea.

be back next week

12 Apr

pinning a carnation on my daughter for the ๅ…ฅๅœ’ๅผ

I am sorry for the lack of posts this week. We have all been super busy and sick. I’m hoping to be back to regular posting next week. In the meanwhile, enjoy this silly sushi video:

‘Hafu’ Movie

22 Mar

Hafu Film teaser (with Japanese subtitles) from Hafu Film on Vimeo.

I’m guessing many of you readers are “hafu”, or half-Japanese. Maybe your children, your parents, or husband are. If you aren’t, there’s a good probability that you know some “hafu” people. “Half-Japanese” people are other times referred to as “halvsies” or “hapa”. Either way, I’m not sure how I feel about my children being called “a half” of anything. They are a whole person of mixed race. Hmmm… I’m sure they will grow up having to explain to people all the time that “My dad is Caucasian and my mom is Japanese”.

ANYWAY, there is an interesting documentary due out in late 2011 called “HAFU“.ย  CNN wrote an interesting article about the movie last year. The film’s website describes the movie in this way:

“Hafu” is the unfolding journey of discovery into the intricacies of mixed-race Japanese and their multicultural experience in modern-day Japan.

I think it looks interesting and definitely want to go see it. I want to know what kinds of issues my children will face during their lives because of their mixed race. I hope their experiences will be mostly positive. Another ongoing project is the “Hafu Project”. You can check out the website to see pictures of mixed-race Japanese people and read their stories.

For Japan With Love

17 Mar

I will be back to regular posting about teaching our children Japanese next week. In the meanwhile, if you’re still looking for a way to help, check out For Japan With Love.

Also, if you’ve been thinking about buying TextFugu, now is the time. For a limited time, Koichi is donating 110% of the proceeds to the relief effort in Japan.

Free Phone Calls to Japan

15 Mar

Time Warner Cable is offering free calling to Japan through April 15. The offer applies to calls placed by its digital phone customers, both residential and business-class, and is retroactive to March 11. The offer applies to direct calls; calls to operators or directory assistance will be charged at the normal rate, the company said in a statement.

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