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Ningyo-yaki : small snack cakes

ningyo-yaki

Ningyo-yaki is a small snack cake and is made by cooking batter of flour, eggs and sugar in an iron mold. They are sold both with and without “anko(sweet bean paste)” . While many ningyo-yaki are in a traditional shape of “shichifukujin “.

I got the ones in a shape of vegetable from Taishido. I can eat them at one bite.

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Taishido(Ningyo-yaki shop)

kirigami : cutting paper art

kirigami

kirigami

At the moment, I have been really into “KIRIGAMI”!
It is a paper motif made up by folding, cutting and then reopening a piece of paper.

Kanako Yaguchi has published several “KIRIGAMI” books, and among them, I love the “OTONA NO KIRIGAMI NO HON”(ISBN 4569692354) most.
The other day, I was making “KIRIGAMIs” with the book like mad , and have ended up loads of them…

There is a website that lets you make a “KIRIGAMI” online, too.

This is for the Japanese style.
“MON” is Japanese traditional patterns often used for “FUROSHIKI” or “wagashi”, and these “MONs” can also be made by “KIRIGAMI”.
How about putting the “MON” you made on a card or a coaster?
Or using a fabric “KIRIGAMI” for an appliqu?, which would be cute, too!

MON

UEKI-cakes (It’s girly bonsai !?)

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Arranging a plant ( “Ueki” in Japanese) like a piece of cake, that’s “Ueki Cake”.

These unique miniature plant arrangements are works of Tomoko Mitsuma, artist & display designer.

At her Ueki Cake exhibitions, she shows a lot of fun ideas for plants and sells her Ueki Cakes in the glass showcase used for real cake shops or displaying them with zakka.

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She has held her exhibitions not only within Japan, but also in Paris, which was very well received. There are also books showing how to make Ueki Cakes or how you can wrap and present them.

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UEKI-cakes Exhibition
UEKI-Yogashiten

Asakusabashi – Shimojima,Kiwa,Mokuba

If I take you to look around Tokyo, I would take you to Asakusabashi.
Well, if around the JR Akihabara station is a “town of OTAKU nerds”, then the next stop Asakusabashi is a “town of handmade”.

You can get beads and accessories materials, ribbons and other hand craft stuff at wholesale price.

Because Asakusabashi is wholesale-stores area, you can also find many other goods like commercial wrapping papers, display supplies or artificial flowers.
Of course, many stores accept a purchase for retail, so I often visit Asakusabashi for shopping.

I’d recommend “Shimojima

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Come out from the East Exit of JR Asakusabashi, walk to the left along the Edogawa Street , then next to a bakery there is 8-story shop building. That’s Shimojima’s 5th shop.. This one has the largest variety and number of goods of all Shimojima’s.
As it was close to Halloween, there were full of Halloween goods. (Google Maps)

If you are into beading accessories, then you should not miss visiting “KIWA”!
Come out from the East Exit of JR Asakusabashi, walk to the right along the Edogawa Street, then you see “KIWA” right away.

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There are always so many people busy with getting their beads and accessory parts. (Google Maps)

Or if you like ribbons then check “MOKUBA”.

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They have so many ravishingly gorgeous ribbons.
You can purchase from one meter. Take a roll you like to the counter and ask them to cut it to your desired length. (Google Maps)

Shimojima
KIWA
Mokuba New York

Ice Cream Diary part3 : nana’s green tea

Warabi Mochi frozen Green tea

Green tea Kuromitsu(brown sugar syrup) latte and Warabi Mochi frozen Green tea form the cafe named nana’s green tea. They taste great and rich.

  • Kuromitsu is one of the most fundamental materials used in making Japanese sweet desserts. It serves well with Kuzu Mochi, fruits, ice cream, pan cakes.
  • Warabi Mochi is a Japanese dessert sweet. It is not made with rice, as other mochi is, but rather from Warabi starch. Cheaper ones may have other starch mixed in to make them more affordable. They are soft, and slightly sweet.
  • Green tea Kuromitsu(brown sugar syrup) latte

    nana’s green tea

    Ice Cream Diary part2 : Hayashiya

    Green tea Parfait and Hojicha(roasted green tea) Parfait at Hayashiya-chaen in Seibu department store. They are heaven!!

    Green tea Parfait

    Hojicha(roasted green tea) Parfait

    Hayashiya

    Manju (traditional Japanese confection)

    manju (traditional Japanese confection)

    These Manju contain salt, are very tasty and good with green tea. Manju is a popular traditional Japanese confection.

    manju (traditional Japanese confection)

    There are many varieties of manju, but most have an outside made from flour, rice powder and buckwheat and a filling of an (red bean paste), made from boiled azuki beans and sugar.

    Manjū – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    BINGATA:Okinawa’s traditional fabric Dye-Work

    BINGATA

    BINGATA is a famous Okinawa’s traditional fabric Dye-Work. The technique does not use patterns such as stencils, but it uses starches to be put on the fabric and dyes it.

    The “BINTANYA”, located in Aoyama, Tokyo, offers BINGATA “washi” and other paper made products. They don’t have fabric products, but are specialized in paper’s. You can even order BINGATA patterned custom business cards from them!

    BINGATAYA
    1-1-1 Minami-Aoyama Minato-KU Tokyo Aoyama Twin Bld West 2F

    Art Paper Cafe BINGATAYA
    Bingata – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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