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Useful Printables for Learning Japanese

17 May

from the Droplet Project

I’ve already shared one of my favorite websites with you, 幼児の学習素材館 (kotoba.littlestar.jp), but I wanted to highlight a few things on their website again.

The following are great printables for

– Teaching Body Parts(からだ): click here

– Teaching Colors(いろ): click here

– Teaching the Names of School Supplies(文房具): click here

There are a hundred other great learning resources on their website. Be sure to check them out!


Ichigo Daifuku Recipe

1 Mar

Ichigo Daifuku


Ingredients (ざいりょう):

4 strawberries

1/4 cup anko paste (or Nutella or other chocolate)

1 cup Mochiko (sweet rice flour)

2/3 cup water

1/3 cup granulated sugar

For Dusting:

If you have Katakuriko (potato starch), use that. But if not, you can substitute 2 Tablespoons corn starch plus 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar


Directions (つくりかた):

1)  Wash and dry strawberries. Remove stems and cut the berries in half.

2) To make the mochi: Stir together the water, granulated sugar, and mochiko in a microwave-safe bowl. (ad a drop of food coloring if you’d like). Mix well. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir well with a spoon. Microwave an additional 30 seconds, or until the mixture can be formed into a soft ball.

3) Dust a surface with the cornstarch and powdered sugar. Dump the mochi mixture onto it. Use kitchen scissors to cut the mochi into 8 pieces.

4) When cool enough to handle (about 1 minute after removing from the microwave), flatten each mochi piece into a circular shape about the size of the palm of your hand. (It helps to dust your hands with the starch/sugar mix to prevent sticking)

5) Put a teaspoon or two of anko in the middle of the mochi, then place a strawberry on top. Gently wrap the mochi around the strawberry, being careful not to let the mochi tear. Pinch the seams closed.

6) Roll the daifuku in the corn starch/powered sugar until it’s not sticky to the touch.

7) Eat in the next few hours! Don’t refrigerate- they will become hard.


*If my recipe doesn’t float your boat, you can find more recipes here, here, and here!*

Related Posts:

Making Ichigo Daifuku (step by step photos)

Hinamatsuri/Girls’ day

Ichigo Daifuku (いちごだいふく)

28 Feb

I made ichigo (strawberry) daifuku in honor of Girls’ Day/Hinamatsuri. Sweet mochi, strawberries, and anko… yummy!

I’ll take you through the process of making these things. It was my first time in awhile so I made some mistakes and learned from them.

Here are the main ingredients for ichigo daifuku. If you live in an ethnically diverse area, chances are good that your local grocery store will have mochiko in their Asian section. If not, I would try an Asian grocery store. I made my anko from scratch using azuki beans BUT I highly recommend taking the shortcut and buying premade anko paste. Making it from scratch was time-consuming!

You’ll want to get all your ingredients ready before you begin. Have your strawberries washed, dried, and cut, make the anko, etc. Once you begin, you can’t really take a break in the middle of this.

I followed the ichigo daifuku recipe from About.com (I didn’t follow it exactly though).

First I mixed the water, sugar, and mochiko together in a bowl (it looked like thick glue):

Then I microwaved on high for 2.5 minutes until it was thick and formed a ball when mixing, like this (make sure you mix it really well to avoid hard clumps in your mochi):

Then I used kitchen scissors to cut the ball into 8 pieces. They weren’t all exactly the same size, but that was ok because my strawberries were all different sizes too.

I dusted my working surface with mochiko because I didn’t have any katakuriko (potato starch). The mochiko has a funky texture though, so next time, I think I will use a corn starch/powered sugar mixture instead for a softer feel.

Let these rest for one minute because they are REALLY hot straight out the microwave. But you’ll want to start wrapping the strawberries as soon as you can handle them, otherwise, they will get too hard.

Then I flattened each piece, stuck a small spoonful of anko in the middle, placed half of a strawberry on top, then stretched the sides together to form a ball. Don’t flatten the mochi too thinly or it will tear and not look pretty. (Also, I learned that smaller strawberries are better. The bigger ones were hard to wrap).

If you do it just right, you’ll be able to see a hint of pink through the translucent white mochi:


* Add a drop of red food coloring before microwaving for pink daifuku.

*Une-Deux Senses made very pretty green tea-strawberry daifuku here.

*Instead of anko, dip the strawberries in white chocolate then wrap in mochi.

* Instead of anko, put strawberries and Nutella inside.

* Use a different fruit. I’ve done raspberries+white chocolate before, and it was AMAZING.

* If you work quickly, you could wrap some ice cream inside the mochi for mochi ice cream. MMM.

I’m off to a Hinamatsuri Playdate now, but I will post the full recipe for you later.

い: ”い”から始まる歌

11 Nov

When I was a preschooler, I was enrolled in a ballet class. For one of my recitals, we performed a dance to the tune of ”いぬのおまわりさん”. I was the police officer dog, and the other girls in my class were the lost kittens. It is such a cute song!

Here is another song about dolphins and squid. Makes me laugh every time! ”イカイカイルカ”

Here’s another classic song, “Ito Maki Maki/いとまきまき”:

い: いろ

10 Nov

どんないろがすき?”What color do you like?” is one of my daughter’s favorite songs to sing, and it is a great one for teaching colors. The lyrics can be found here, and here is a video:

Another good video can be seen here.

Here are some printable flashcards for learning the colors, courtesy of 知育あそび&子育てわあるど, a great website full of activities for the preschooler. You could also use these fruit flashcards to teach colors. I also recommend watching this cute animated movie where cartoon crayons teach colors.

I’ve also found some cute printable coloring pages for you… good ones for teaching colors 🙂 You can find them here (a rainbow), here (another rainbow), and here (Hello Kitty).

Speaking of coloring… I just found the CUTEST website that has a bunch of free coloring pages for our little ones. The website is called 青色超人 … just go visit, you will love it!

 い: いちご

8 Nov

いちご大好き! しまじろうと一緒にいちごのことを習おう:

いちごのぬりえ、strawberry coloring pages here, here, and here!

Hiragana Spotlight: い

8 Nov

There are soooo many fun words that begin with い! This week we might learn about:

1) Animals: いぬ, いるか, いか, いのしし

2) Food: いちご, いくら

3) Colors = いろ

4) Songs/Activities: いとまきまき, どんないろがすき?, いないいないばあ

5) Other: いす, いなか、いとこ


Activities to print:

Printable, traceable い . I especially like this cute little squid (ika).

Coloring pages for words that begin with い .

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