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Archive for 2月, 2011

Handmade Valentine’s Day

handmade valentine's day

Maybe you know, in Japan, Valentine’s Day is like a girls’ festa recently…

handmade valentine's day

handmade valentine's day

not only for love, but just say thanks, try some good sweets with friends…
all from girls, all for girls!

handmade valentine's day

handmade valentine's day

handmade valentine's day

handmade valentine's day

Easy to make handmade sweets kit & cute wrappings are really popular.

I took these photos in Shibuya Loft & Tokyu Hands.
So many girls were looking for something in earnest!

Love Deco Hands – Tokyu Hands (Japanese)
Loft valentine’s day (Japanese)

A Year-end short trip to Kyoto-Arashiyama: 2nd day part2

kyoto arashiyama 5_1

We were out for a stroll to the town of Arashiyama.

kyoto arashiyama 5_2

Of course, we had to take a boat to the Togetsukyo Bridge again.

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kyoto arashiyama 5_4

A Bamboo forest
It looks very mysterious dosen’t it?

A Year-end short trip to Kyoto-Arashiyama: 2nd day part1

kyoto arashiyama 4_1

The morning of the 2nd day was very cold and quiet.

kyoto arashiyama 4_2

We had a big breakfast, HOSHINOYA Japanese breakfast at our room.
A staff of HOSHINOYA Kyoto served a “NABE” for us.
“NABE” is a one pot dishes. It is kind of stews in Japanese style.

kyoto arashiyama 4_3

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A serving lady put some local specialties, such as Kyoto-grown vegetables, mushrooms and Saga-tofu into cooking stock.
Also, a grilled salmon and Japanese pickles of Kyoto vegetable were served as side dishes.
We had lots of vegetables in which were very tasty and fresh.

kyoto arashiyama 4_5

Our bodies took in a lot of Vitamins and Proteins.

yukimi daihuku nama-choco strawberry

yukimi daihuku nama-choco strawberry

Yukimi Daihuku for this winter.

yukimi daihuku nama-choco strawberry

Nama-choco (raw chocolate, like chocolate cream) within strawberry ice cream.
Cute & sweet dessert for warm room.

yukimi daihuku nama-choco strawberry

Yukimi Daifuku Caramel
Yukimi Daifuku
 (Wikipedia)
Yukimi Daifuku – LOTTE (Japanese)

Minnetonka short boots

minnetonka

Yay I got the short boots from Minnetonka.

minnetonka

I’ll coordinate it with leggings & leg warmer.
Mixing up colors & patterns!

Minnetonka

A Year-end short trip to Kyoto-Arashiyama: 1st day part 4

kyoto Arashiyama 4

Dinner at HOSHINOYA Kyoto:We had a course of “ATAGO”.

kyoto Arashiyama 4

kyoto Arashiyama 4

They had appetizers, a special clear soup of Guji (snapper), sashimi, steamed Kyoto yuba (soy milk skin) and simmered seasonal Kyoto vegetables.

kyoto Arashiyama 4

And, we’ve shared grilled winter silver pomfret, grilled sawara fish, winter Kyoto duck in hot pot style and duck in charcoal grilled style.

kyoto Arashiyama 4

kyoto Arashiyama 4

Finally, we had HOSHINOYA special buckwheat noodle and seasonal fruits and ice cream for dessert.

We’ve had very good time to enjoy “KYOTO” because we had a lot of representative Kyoto foodstuffs in winter season such as Guji, Yuba and Kyoto vegetables. They are giving very sophisticated flavor.
Also, we’ve satisfied with their presentations that made us to delight the eye as much as the plate.
The arrangements of the foods on dishes of various colors, shapes and materials were just perfect.

HOSHINOYA Kyoto

A Year-end short trip to Kyoto-Arashiyama: 1st day part 3

kyoto arashiyama 3

kyoto arashiyama 3

The room of HOSHINOYA Kyoto where we stayed was furnished in the modern Japanese style, with bench sofas and the other comforts.

kyoto arashiyama 3

Also, Kagami-mochi was decorated on the cupboard for New Years.

HOSHINOYA Kyoto

Juchheim baumkuchen

juchheim baumkuchen

Juchheim the sweet shop gave a demonstration of cutting baumkuchen!

juchheim baumkuchen

juchheim baumkuchen

The floor was filled with sweet scent of butter and sugar…

juchheim baumkuchen

How can I resist this? yum!

juchheim (Japanese)

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