House Warming Present for my lovely Japanese Mama and Papa

 House Warming Present - HITKOSHI OMEDITOU present

My Japanese mom and dad have just retired. They live in Saitama, too far away to live alone as seniors, in my opinion. I've invited them to sell their place and move here into the house next door. They happily accepted! This house is super cute now, recently reformed, painted and perfect for them as there are no stairs. 

I wanted family next door (mine or Hidenori's) for selfish reasons as I dreaded a noisy family of strangers moving in instead. Loud neighbors is the absolute worst nightmare for me. As a designer, I value my very peaceful mountian top with only sounds of ocean and nature outside.)

This is a very large, heavy design table left behind in the little cottage I just bought. Its legs and top are not connected, obviously for the purpose of moving it into and out of the doorways. 
I'll need to connect everything first.

Nice and sturdy now... need some spice.

Better... but somethings missing.

They will move here in June. Coming from a cramped city with no garden, I'd image they'll appreciate a nice picnic table set to enjoy their garden in. I put my heart into making it, I hope they love it too!!


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Ginger Pork, Baked Sweet Potato and Okra

Slow simmer in shredded ginger root, teaspoon of shoyu, mirin, olive oil and black pepper

Japanese grilled sweet potato  (the beauty food)
Super simple. Super healthy. Super delicious.
Cook Smart.


step by step: kimono1

OHANA Veggied-Out House Burgers

Hidenori's burgers.
Japanese style house burger. Served with sunny side up eggs! That looks so nasty to me.
I keep my veggied-out burger simple!
Eat Smart.



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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Are there good waves in Japan?


...yes, but it's a secret.


step by step: shoji =rice paper doors


Living in Japan : The art of artificial menu displays

I don't think we have "model food menu displays" in Western culture style restaurants. It is so easy to dine in Japan, even if you can not read Japanese.  How real does the display look.


Jazzy's Indonesian Curry Buffet

Red Pork Chili, Yellow Peanut Mushroom, Green Coconut




Very special Sunset Dinner Party

Table set!

Atsushi and Etsuko-chan: special guests
My very tiny Baby Sis can barely see over my 1 meter counter tops.


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