Showing posts with label Japanese. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Japanese. Show all posts

Thursday, January 3, 2013

My Japanese New Years

Happy 2013! 

New Year's is a holiday that I've always looked forward to every year for a few reasons. One is because Japanese children receive money from relatives on new years. (YESSS!) The other is that we get to eat traditional Japanese food! Even though the cash receiving tradition ended a few years ago when my parents told me I've become an adult (Dang), they still spare me to let me join the food festivity ;)) Instead of money my parents gave us a big rice container and a huge bag of Nishiki rice. Thanks Mom & Dad!  

Japanese people eat specific foods around New Year's time. It goes like this:

All the food have meanings to them in relation to the New Year, but I don't know all of them... haha.
New Year's Eve night: We eat soba.
I know the soba eating in hopes for a long life.

New Year's Morning (Happy New Year's!): Mochi

The meal that takes several days to prepare for is the main meal: Osechi (Oh'-se'-chi) Mom & Dad worked hard for about three days to make everything. So it can be understood that this is the meal that I look forward to the most! 

The bottom right salmon is wrapped with konbu.
Yorokobu means to rejoice.
So... Yorokonbu... as my mom said haha!
Mom also explained that the Yellow & White are celebratory colors for New Year's.

So for a lot of the foods I don't exactly know the meaning, but I know that they're all to celebrate New Year's! Next year I'll help you make the food Mom & Dad. :)

So New Year's Day was great on my side. How about yours? What did you do? :)


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Hypothesis about "Half-babies"

This weekend was a busy one. My husband, father in law & I traveled over to Utah for our cousin Rebecca and Omar's wedding. (Congratulations to the newlyweds! :)) Rebecca looked beautiful in the wedding dress that her mother, who is a seamstress, made for her. The two newlyweds looked so in love :). Rebecca & Omar came out here to California from Utah (or New York? Can't exactly remember) for our wedding last month, and now it was time to celebrate their big day! It was nice going out there and meeting with friends and family, especially our little adorable 2nd cousins. Not to impose the half-baby (half Asian, other half Caucasian) idea on these little ones, but they are so beautiful and well mannered!

It was a nice weekend, but hopefully road trips won't be on the to-do list for a long time. At least not one that takes as long to get to as Utah, because while not being the one driving, I was still pooped out by the end of the trip. (weaksauce)

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For those who know me, I love little kids. I love squishing them, hugging them, pinching their chubs because they are so cute, but I've noticed that many "half-babies" are just particularly cute. I always wondered what it was about these "half-babies". Well, just a few weeks ago I established within myself about the reason why "half-babies" are so often such a beautiful sight to see. Well, it's more of a hypothesis. Most of these children have those large eyes with brown/blonde-ish hair, right? I figured out that they like those characters that are drawn so often in animes, those Japanese cartoons! Man, when I figured it out, wow, what an epiphany! Does anyone else agree?! If anyone else has another idea I'm all ears.

I missed making my own food during the entire road trip. It skipped my mind that a road trip meant fast food. I'm not a fan of fast food.

This is a side dish I made on one of the first days of our marriage. Veggies seem to be something that people just don't enjoy eating, but I think if it's prepared right, they can be delicious! Actually, I love veggie dishes, so much!

This dish has a bit of a potent Japanese smell/taste, so consider this a dish for my fellow Asians :) If you serve this, it's highly recommendable to eat with it plain rice to balance out the strong (yet yummy) taste.

If anyone wants to try it, here's the recipe:
Tomato - 2
Chopped up Green Onion ~ 1/2
Sesame oil - 1 Tablespoon
Salt - 1/2 teaspoon
1. Wash & then cut up the tomatoes in bite-size pieces
2. Mix the Green Onions, sesame oil, and salt together
3. Add #2 to the tomatoes
Yum :)

Sunshine spotlight <33:

Boba was the most stand-off chinnie at BunnyBunch. When we tried to adopt her, she would bark and bark, running away. It took a while to even get her out of the cage when I wanted to see if I wanted to adopt her. She was sooo scared :(. Within a few months she started showing signs of trust by letting me pet her, and a year later after becoming a part of my life with Shifu, she finally has started letting me rub her chin. Now, when I put my head near her she sometimes tries to clean my hair as if cleaning her fellow chinnies' fur. Despite resulting in messed up hair it's really cute! I can't help but say "awww :')" I think she enjoys living with Shifu and her daughter Mimi.

It's the sweetest thing when people or animals open their hearts to you, trusting you <3

It's amazing what an iphone can do!

She often puts her little paws on that ledge, making it look as if
she's waiting for food on a little table. Makes me squirm!
(I'll post pics of more than the chinnies soon, but aren't they cute? :))


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Newly Married = Provident Living?

Hello, I'm Masumi. :)

This is my first post (It feels so different from having a journal), so here is a little introduction about 5 foot under me.

I am a Japanese American, currently studying Social Work for a BA. Just over a month ago, I got married to a wonderful, sweet husband :) It's been so sweet, so fun being married to your favorite person, your best friend When we moved out, we took with us sweet memories and lasting relationships. We also brought our three adorable chinchillas (shown below).

This blog will talk abt me, food that I've made or come across that my extremely picky taste buds approve of, and also a variety of things that touch my heart (like my irresistable chinnies) :)

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While my husband and I were engaged, I was expecting nothing more than to live a humble newlywed life. You know those stories of dirt-poor newlywed days, "When we were first married..."? Yeah, somehow it didn't turn out so hard for the two of us. A month after marriage, I can't help but feel SO lucky, and SO well-off. What the heck happened? The gifts that the wedding reception guests gave us were mostly items that we had listed on the registries thinking "Well, we'll register for a lower-priced one, but it won't hurt to list this too?" For some reason, we have utensils that we didn't even have in our own homes. Adding to that generosity we've received, my father-in-law has been coming to our apartment weekly since we got married, up-grading our small apartment with each visit. This is bad, but sometimes I even get upset with him for bringing nice stuff (and he knows!)

I can't help but think over and over: "This is not how newlyweds are supposed to be living." Working since 15, I'm not used to having so much cool, nice stuff, and I never expected it for obvious reasons.
Wealthy living wasn't a part of my family's life, but let me add that that never changed the value of my family. So, "this girl is so bragging" right? I will say, YES! ha ha but please hear this: I'm gratefully bragging about the generosity and kindness of the people around me. I learned so much during this time of marriage AND engagement. Through experience I make a bold statement that despite the growing number of people who live for themselves, there are still SO MANY people who have cultivated open, loving hearts and are willing to love love love. For those who feel discouraged from seeing a little too many ppl still stuck in the me-world, I know hearts can change. I can't help but feel so grateful, thankful. Thank you thank you thank you, if only I could finish these thank you cards more quickly. I know that God knows me and my worries, and He has blessed me through loving hands, both before and after the wedding.

So for anyone that is currently engaged, my advice: If you ask for help you'll be surprised with how many people are willing to help you. :) To bridesmaids & friends how have engaged friends, please ask them what you can help with (that's if you do want to help hoho), they'll appreciate it, promise.

DISCLAIMER: Overload of pictures. I've just got to post everything I've made so far, it's so exciting! It's quite empowering, knowing that I can cook! YAAS! From the next post, there should only be one or two pics, but it's not a guarantee... can't say how many adorbs will be posted though.

I've started cooking since marriage, and I can't help but feel the cooking flame from within just BURN. These are some of the things I've endeavored to make so far:

Thank you little cookbook, for having so many wonderful and simple recipes for newbies like myself. :))
This used a ketchup and soysauce sauce, and it tasted so good with the veggies :)
Mom makes this better, I need to improve on this one. It looks simple, but the sour plum and seaweed gives the dish a good kick.
This cold dish is so good with that sesame sauce on the side, promise. It's great for hot summer days, we've been stormed with them. My mom used to make this all the time. I loved it. Every time.

We got a huge packet of center-cut bacon at Costco. That meant that we got too much. Note to self: stick the bacon in the freezer. Tasted good tho.

Asian pear with grapes. Ok I just wanted to make it look cute, didn't cook it.

This had all sorts of things on the tomato from bits of bacon, panko, parsley, etc. The lemon juice on top finishes it :).

This simple carrot salad, was refreshing and nice. It felt so good not having to heat it up. The dressing was just olive oil and vinegar, with a little bit of black pepper.
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From left to right: Shifu, Boba & Mimi.

Mission: Take pictures that capture more light.

According to my husband: Mimi is an attention hog.
This is exciting!