Steak, Chicken and Pork YAKITORI (Mini Shish Kebabs)

Slow marinated Terriyaki Pork
Lightly sautéed beef cuts in olive oil, mirin and ginger
or Pepper Chicken 
Which would you prefer?
(dochi no ho ga hoshi no)


Living in Japan: Superstitions


1.   Most Japanese will avoid sleeping with their head facing North. (its the direction the deceased are placed at a funeral.)
2.   Japanese people will avoid writing a person's name in red ink, cause they may die. (so a Japanese person will often use a red pen to write the name of someone they do not like.)
3.   Many believe it is important to cover the bellybutton during a storm, to avoid stomach aches.
4.   A lot of Japanese do not cut their fingernails at night, for fear that their parents may die early.
5.   All Japanese will throw salt over thier sholders before entering their home after attending a funeral so not to attract spirits of the dead. (some of my friends keep small piles of salt in the corners of certain rooms)
6.   Japanese do not whistle at night to avoid attracting robbers or ghosts. (I never hear Japanese people whistle...especially while they work)
7.   Japanese never walk through the center of the TOORI (pictured above) when visiting a temple, they usually stay to the left. (the center is where the god passes through during MATSURI)
8.    A lot of Japanese believe, to keep a slither of white snake skin in their wallet, will attract wealth and prosperity.
9.  The number 4 is pronounced SHI, the same pronunciation for the word DEATH. To most, it is considered unlucky and is often skipped in hotels and hospitals, like in Western culture where many avoid the number 13. (everything in Japan is sold in sets of 3 or 5, never 4.)
10.   Unlike me, Japanese people are uncomfortable sleeping with exposed mirrors at night. They cover the mirrors in their room,  to avoid attracting ghosts. (if I visit my Japanese friends homes, they ALL, ALWAYS hang a towel over the mirror in their bedrooms)

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Living in Japan: The COCK Matsuri


⛩️ Hōnensai Matsuri⛩️
A shintō festival for fertility, celebrated every year on March 15 at Tagata shrine in Komaki, Japan. The phallic symbol, an object of veneration, is considered an offering to the gods. They are "loaned" to individuals searching for spouses,  wishing for a child...or just needing a really good shag...


PLAY TIME: In my office

Fitness can be done ANYWHERE.

Happy White Day ...(only in Japan)


These Lillies will look and smell gorgeous when they blossom in the next few weeks.
Thank you for everything, SuperHidenori!


Do you the "rules" of the chopsticks...

Sushi is finger food... and like with potatoe skins or chicken wings, 
Sushi is actually supposed to be eaten with your fingers. 
other notes:
1. Never pass food from your chopsticks to someone else's chopsticks. It's a ritual performed at funerals for morners to line in pairs at the crematorium, after the cremation. Both are handed large chopsticks, one individual picks up a piece of bone of the dead, passes it to their partner in line via they're chopsticks and that individual with their chopsticks places the bone into the ern of the deceased. This no no, is the absolute WORST thing you can ever do at the dinner table in Japan.
2. Never leave your chopsticks standing in your rice. Another ritual performed at funerals to offer food to the dead.
3. When you aren't using your chopsticks, lay them down together, right to left, in front of you with the small tips pointing left on your chopsticks holder. It is not really good manners to cross your chopsticks, lay your chopstick on your plate or worse on your glass, although quite common by many Japanese at BBQ parties.
4. Do not spear or stab at your food with your chopsticks to eat it.
5. Although very popular among foreigners, try not to point at someone with your chopsticks during conversation.
6. Do not move plates or bowls around or pull bowls closer to you with your chopsticks whilst eating. 7. If you have already used your chopsticks to eat with, use the opposite end of your chopsticks to pick up more food from a shared plate and move it to your own plate.
8. Don't lick your chopsticks.
Do not talk whilst waving your chopsticks around in the air during conversation. 
10. Finallt, avoid clinking your chopsticks on your glass to get someone's attention, use your chopsticks as tooth picks, or bang them against your plate like drum sticks.
#eatingwithchopsticks #howtousechopsticks


Beautiful Japan in Spring


New design: START!

"If you desire to encourage the quality of your life, 
make a conscious effort to improve a little, every day." ~jasmin
毎日少しずつ意識的により良い日々を送ることだ. ~jasmin 



Play Time: Dinner party: Spinach Ham Macaroni Cheese

 I add tea spoon of tarter sauce to yolks  as a substitute for mayonnaise.




NO WAY. NO THANKS....hooks bated, lines cast...


All the magnificent beauty our Creator made for us in this existence to explore with our imagination, empathy and intuition and this stupefied comatose is what the collective is regressing to. 
I will NEVER participate in this insanity.


Kodomo no hi 子供の日 (Children's day) May 5

May 5 is Japan's national holiday known as, Kodomo no hi 子供の日 (Children's day). It is a day to celebrate the health and happiness of children. Until 1948, it was called, "Tango no Sekku (端午の節句)", and only honored boys. Although this holiday became known as, "Children's Day", many Japanese still consider it a Boy's Festival. On the other hand, "Hinamatsuri (ひな祭り)", which falls on March 3rd, is a day to celebrate girls.  Families with boys fly "Koinobori 鯉のぼり (carp-shaped streamers)", to express the hope that they will grow up healthy and strong. The carp is a symbol of strength, courage, and success. 
Kashiwamochi is one of the traditional foods that are eaten on this day. It is a steamed rice cake with sweet beans inside and is wrapped in an oak leaf. Another traditional food is, chimaki, which is a dumpling wrapped in bamboo leaves.


jasmin's tasty Indian Curry Buffet...

Red Spicy Curry      Green Coconut Curry
yummy sides: Tandoori Chicken, Nan


Hinamatsuri = Girls’ Day in Japan

March 3 is “Hinamatsuri,” the Girls’ Festival in Japan, when “hina” princess dolls are displayed in the hope that girls will grow up to be healthy. In Fukuoka Prefecture, the Yanagawa region celebrates the festival in a grand manner by displaying colorful “sagemon” hanging ornaments along with hina dolls. In the “Yanagawa Hina Festival Sagemon Meguri” starting this Friday, sagemon will be displayed at tourist facilities and stores in the shopping district until April 3, and events such as the “Ohinasama Water Parade” will also be held.



New surf room: OHANA Surf



... somethings missing....
My new room divider for OHANA Surf room... lets go inside.
What a cool room!


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