Wednesday, 18 December 2013

kawaii kurisumasu~



Kyaaa~
is it that time of the year already? As some of my lovely blog readers and dear friends may know- I love the holiday season and for now and in future I' ll always try to be home for Christmas.
As I've written before, Japanese Christmas lacks that very special warm and cozy feeling you may know since your childhood days ... I' ll never get used to that missing Christmas spirit. - And I promise, even if you haven't really gotten homesick yet, during december it's unavoidable  



low calorie Christmas cake option ^ω^
- in Japan Christmas is rather a couple/ date thing...
- But Japan never fails to get you in the right holiday mood, providing loads of Christmassy cutesy around every corner:













So even if you are far away from home- enjoy kawaii winter wonderland and all the kirakira deko with newly found friends and a cute Japanese Christmas cake




Sunday, 30 June 2013

Mini snack review ~ Maxim macha latte


~ regular series ~

Hi lovelies Long time no read,
How do you enjoy summer so far? Seems like in Japan, we've still some cloudy days ahead until rainy season will be over ...

The best thing to do in either case of weather horribleness, is to enjoy a nice, sugary beverage in a cozy coffee shop~ don't you agree, dears? One of the most popular coffee drinks in Japan is macha latte and I'm happy that it's becoming a beloved treat in other countries more and more~ *yay* macha access all over the world...


pic. source: http://www.facebook.com/DolceTokyoSG

Don't worry, if the weather is not that cozy or if you're just to busy to visit your favorite coffee shop- in Japan you can find plenty of "uchi cafe"(at home cafe) goodies, just like the "Maxim macha late be-su", which I'm reviewing today.








As the name implies, it's a syrup-like macha base, individually sealed in small cups. The whole pack contains 5 portions, which can be poured in any regular (milky) coffee beverage or just mixed with pure milk. I got it for about ¥200 at Donki.









It's not as "macha green" as on the package, but it's quite yummy, not too sweet, maybe a tiny bit too bitter for my taste. 




Anyways, if there's any macha addict among your family or friends, this would make a great pressie to bring from your next Japan trip.

Thanks for stopping by, dears

バイバイ~




Saturday, 11 May 2013

May Bride~❤

Nyaa~ I can't believe I didn't post for this long. Please bear with me dears... I'm just so busy with work and with preparing for my move to Japan

Not only for me this a busy season but also another professional branch might be just as occupied~ the lovely, patient wedding planners (all those I know are...).
"June Bride" is huge in Japan, the best time of the year for the most important event in life. The weather is just mild and sunny, rainy season is over and the horribly humid summer still far away - a bit. 
And since May is mostly equally lovely and national holidays are summing up to the infamous "golden week", many couples decide to go for a "May bride wedding"

I'm scheduled to attend a few weddings this year and if you ever get invited to a Japanese wedding, a little spectacle is what you can look forward to.
Maybe even a bit more than in other countries, weddings are used to show off a family's status and are preferably organized in the most pompous way. An impressive industry provides everything to hold a "royal wedding":

- cute European style castles and chapels are only build for wedding purposes:





Those lovely building are often integrated in a complex building or area with various ceremonial halls and ballrooms, so that several weddings can take place at the same day.



Multi-course dinner is a popular option at Japanese weddings, just as Japanese fusion cuisine.


      
- Bride and Groom sport at least 2 different outfits, but 3 wardrobe changes are not a rarity either. Lately a cute and modern kimono style is gaining popularity.



Japanese weddings are usually every bit as glamorous as they are costly and a money gift of not less than 30.000~50.000 Yen is expected of every guest. And be prepared for maaany speeches of oji-chans, friends and coworkers... long speeches ... usually held before dinner ... *sigh*

But overall it really is a nice experience and opportunity to understand Japanese lifestyle.

That'll be all for today, dears.

Thanks for reading

バイバイ~



Thursday, 28 March 2013

Sweet sakura

I love sakura flavored sweets- besides being pink & yummy,
cherry blossom deco is just too cute

Yay~, it's spriii~ng!

A bit rainy now and then, but definitely more vernal than Northern Europe. The dearies back in Germany are really in despair because of Siberian-like temperatures, which seem to last until Easter...

Anyways, as I've read, some of you lovelies are in Japan at the moment and are able to enjoy the sakura season. 
All the little, sweet smelling cherry blossoms, which seem to cover the whole of japan with pastel pink candy cotton puffs, are already at their fullest bloom in Tokyo:

Zenpukuji kawa- a small, but famous river in Tokyo Suginami-ku


Yoyogi koen, which...
... is really a popular "hanami"(cherry blossom viewing)-spot

Aww~ look at this enthusiastic, trash-collecting birdy... I guess, everybody is happy it's spring 




Sunday, 10 March 2013

Tokyo smog

Hey dears,

how are you doing?Thanks for your positive feedback on my previous post

Today was a good day to wear a mask in Tokyo or rather two at once. Another polluted cloud arrived from China. (<Edit: meanwhile they've stated on the news, that the yellowish haze wasn't linked to China, but rather was a meteorological phenomenon caused by rapidly changing weather activity.)

view from my friend's work place at Shinjuku

Since it's "Kafun"(hay fever) -season in Japan, this becomes a double burden. The already polluted air gets mixed up with millions of tiny pollen. 

Two years after the Fukushima incident, radioactive particles are still around, clinging on said flower dust and "traveling" the country by the Japanese winds. 

Thankfully, their overall concentration is quite low, but sensitive people and kids are advised to wear masks by doctors and media.

...

Humans... *sigh*


Sorry dears, todays entry is rather serious. -But no matter where you are, there are always some negative sides.



Friday, 1 March 2013

How to go to Japan ~ part 1: student exchange

Hi lovelies

I know, that many of you dream about visiting Japan and that some of you are even thinking about moving there for longer-term. For those of you dearies, I decided to write this post. Please keep in mind, that these are my personal experiences, which do of course not apply equally to everybody.

Part 1~ Be brave- studend exchange!


If you are interested in Japan from a very young age and have the possibility to go there as a high school or university exchange student, you should grab that chance. Don't worry, if you cannot speak the language yet- it will come to you naturally. You'll be surrounded by Japanese 24 hours a day and automatically "soak it in", just like a baby would learn to speak. Remember, the younger you are, the easier it is do learn a new second, third or fourth language.

I could neither compose a single sentence in Japanese nor did I know more than three words, when my parents sent me abroad. The first two weeks where horrible: I often waited for my Japanese dad to come home from work, because in my host family he was the only one, who was capable of speaking English.  My host mom and sisters were lovely, so were my classmates but I got more and more frustrated, because I couldn't communicate with them properlyNeedless to say, that I could hardly grasp a line during the lessons either.
- But I really wanted to understand my new family and friends. I even wanted to do all the exams at school. -Weird?... I know...
So, I took my tiny dictionary everywhere and scribbled kanjis. I did overcome my shyness and asked hundreds of questions and much to my surprise, nobody got annoyed. Another thing, which helped me to learn Japanese was, that I listened well and therefore got used to the language's tone.

You would do the same for sure, because you'd be most motivated- A lot more than during any Japanese class in your home country. Sooner or later, there will be this little "click in your head", like a tiny switch being flipped. You will just speak and not worry about mistakes in grammar or pronunciation, which is the first step to become fluent.

Out of all the people studying Japanese I've met so far, only those who had been to Japan by themselves could really speak well.    



Stay tuned for part 2