How to Japan

how to make sushi, wear kimono, create bonsai-tree and lots more!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

My eBay Store

To share more about Japanese stuff, I created my eBay own store. I will try to collect as many Japanese stuff as possible. My plan is to have Hello Kitty, Sushi Kits, Antique, Collectibles, Samurai stuff and more from your request! Please visit my store.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Ikebana Pictures

The tall of this Ikebana was about 5"2'!!
How splendid Ikebana!!

Monday, March 27, 2006

How to eat Sushi 2

Soy sauce is a must item to use for sushi. I love using soy sauce enough but my Mom always scold me and said "Don't use say sauce that much and try to eat meals that are low in salt!" I cannot control myself not to use say sauce that much although I understand what my Mom said.

Let's introduce how people use say sauce from my obsevation here.

  • Enough say sauce is put in the saucer mixed with wasabi. It applies until the soy sauce is soaked in the rice. Use chopsticks to pick up sushi and eat it. Yummy! The problem is that if you take a little bit longer time to soak sushi in the rice, sushi becomes sloppy.
  • Same as above but apply say sauce just for a moment on the rice and eat sushi by using a hand.
  • Same as above but soak in sashimi-part not in the rice. This is easy to eat if you use a hand but a little bit advance if you do that with chopsticks. It may require a bit chopsticks skill.
  • Say sauce is dropped on sashimi-part and eat it with chopsticks or a hand.
  • Sushi without say sauce.

I like the first one. Which way you prefer?

Sunday, March 26, 2006

How to eat Sushi 1

I do love sushi. It is not too much to say that I cannot live without sushi. That is why I have started cooking sushi by myself because it is pricey. Cooking sushi is very fun because I can arrange sushi the way I like such as size of sushi and volume of sushi rice. Moreover, I do love eating. I cannot imagine how fun eating sushi that I made after cooking. Eating sushi with many people gives me a lot of entertainment. I have had many sushi parties at home and I came up with one question - how to eat sushi. Do you use chopsticks or use your hands?

From my observation, 87% of people use chopsticks and rest of 13% is their hands. The reason why? Most of chopstick user say that they don't like to have sticky hands after eating sushi. Asian people are used to use chopsticks for their meals. Therefore, they do not have hard time to use chopsticks. How about any other people besides Asia? If you are not familiar with chopsticks, it might be easier to use your hands to eat sushi. It is fast. However, if you could get a chance to go to Japanese or Asian restaurant, please try to use chopsticks one time which gives you a enjoyable challenge.

It was said that it would be a traditional way to use their hands to eat sushi but the time have been changing in terms of food culture, but as long as you are having fun to eat sushi, there is not such a rule how to eat sushi. Enjoy!

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Mt. Fuji - 富士山

My place of work is located at Roppongi Hills. It is getting nice weather in Japan. Spring has come in Roppongi!! The view from the office is very beautiful in every morning especially when it is blue sky. It is hard to tell how beautiful of the view from a picture but let me upload the picture!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Ichiro 51

WBC - World Baseball Classic. I cannot imagine how many Japanese watched this game. Japan beat Cuba and gotta a title of "一番" (ichiban) I am not a baseball fan, but baseball is very popular in Japan somehow. I guess the reason why I know rule of baseball game at least is from my Dad. Everybody loves baseball game. It is one of great games to watch and enjoy for any generation in Japan. I could watch Ichiro's interview on the TV. I just came up with one word from his interview - "Never give up" Although it seems a tough situation to go, you can make it unless you give up. It is not too much to say that Ichiro could lead the team to victory.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Bonsai - BON101

Look at this masterpieces! These pictures were taken at Mr. Kunio Kobayashi's nursery in Tokyo. His bonsais won prime minister award many times. I went to this Bonsai museum. This museum was built only to decorate the bonsai and invested one billion yen!! Wow! All bonsai in the museum were first-class bonsai. I could get a chance to talk with Mr. Kobayashi on the day I visited. He served me a green tea and taught me how to get started Bonsai101 - BON101. First step to get started is to water over the bonsai. I gotta bonsai from Mr. Kobayashi. What a nice present! I will let you know my progress of BON101 through this blog.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Sushi Lunch Box - Healthy Sushi

I would describe Tokyo as gourmet city like New York. There are many kinds of restaurants, cafes and delis which make me think what to eat at lunch time everyday. I bring lunch box every once in a while. I made Oinari-san, which is seasoned fried bean curd with stuffed rice. Oinari-san is a type of sushi and taste is like a little bit sweety. It is very easy to make oinarisan. Let's try!! You will be sushi-professional from today!! Here is my lazy sushi recipe.

  1. 1, Cook rice with rice cooker.
  2. 2, Use sushi-rice seasoning, stir lovely, and add some sesame if you like.
  3. 3, Stuff the sushi-rice into bean curd.

Sushi-rice seasoning - I usually use this vinegar powder to make sushi-rice because it is easy and delicious. It just mixes with warm rice. You will get sushi-rice in 3 min! How easy sushi is. You can get this delicious powder at any Japanese grocery store all over the world.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Ikebana Art

Do you know what Ikebana is? Ikebana is a type of flower arrangement, but it is not just an arrangement in a vase. Ikebana is very complex and Japanese style of flower arrangement. I went to Ikebana exhibition held in Tokyo and saw many creative Ikebana and those are very beautiful. I learned Ikebana approximately 10 years ago at school. I was amazed that the design of Ikebana has been changed as time goes by gradually. There were many people crowded who were interested in Ikebana.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

How to Japan?

This blog is for introducing about Japan - Sushi, Kimono, Bonsai and lots more!
You will know everything about how-to-Japan, how to make sushi, wear kimono and,create bonsai-tree.
Let's learn Japanese culture and travel to Japan!!