Archive | May, 2011

Interview with Lisa

30 May

Interview with Lisa of Ichigoichie love

Lisa is one of the off-line friends who I got to know from blogging. I knew she was a funny person from exchanging comments so many times, I was so happy when she moved to Japan last year!! But what’s more exciting is that she now lives in Tokyo!! Ah, one more important thing that makes me feel so comfortable with her is that she speaks good Japanese and I don’t have to speak in English! lol

===My interview starts from here.===
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Japanese average income and low birthrate

28 May

This is a sort of true story post about Japanese culture or society that I sometimes write from Japanese perspective.
I happened to find this website to be totally surprised by the difference of income between men and women in Japan.
Average annual income (in JPY) in their 30s (I added English for you.)
Disclaimer…the sauce of information is here.

Average annual income (in JPY) in their 40s (I added English for you.)
Disclaimer…the source of information is here.

My surprise is how average income of female workers is going down as they get old! Of course age is not always the factor to decide how much they should earn. But I know why this happens. That’s because many women become a mother, many of whom has to give up her career in Japan. (It’s said 70% of Japanese women quit their job by the time they give birth to their first kid. This must be very high rate.)

You can see women’s income is decreasing as they become busy raising kids. Japan is a parent-unfriendly society, which is why most Japanese women always have to choose either way: to give up her carrier sorry, misspelling I mean “career” or to give up kids. Of course there are women who can get both, but such people are limited, as long as I look around people in the real life. In other words, most of the Japanese women around me belong to either of the group. A: those who give up their carrier “career” or B: those who give up having kids or even a husband!
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Win a chance to appear on Tokyo Kawaii TV

26 May

Kawaii of the world
14/MAY/2011 on air

EXCITING NEWS!!

WIN A CHANCE TO APPEAR ON TOKYO KAWAII TV (AND EVEN TOKYO GIRLS COLLECTION!)
VISIT THEIR WEBSITE, CLICK THE BANNER AND ENTER FROM THE APPLICATION GIVEN IN ENGLISH!

*Disclaimer: the graphic is from Tokyo Kawaii TV official website.

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Disclaimer: Tokyo Kawaii TV is a TV program owned and broadcasted by NHK Japan, and has nothing to do with this blog.

***There are archives of episodes listed under the page titled “Tokyo Kawaii TV” that is just located under the title banner of this blog.
***If you want to know the music that was used in the episode, please refer to this page and help yourself to find it by selecting the date when the episode was on air in Japan.

My Kawaii Entry 15

24 May

Here’s another My Kawaii Entry, and is from petitpaindepice! πŸ™‚

entry #17
petitpaindepice

HI Gals, my nickname is petitpaindepice -which mean little gingerbread man in french- I love kawaii for years now and I’m buying tons of kawaii stuffs when I’m travelling.
Here are some pictures of my collections – I only picked some of my favourite stuffs –

1) Picture : my SAKURA collection , I love cherry blossom: it’s so beautiful.

2) My Rilakkuma Collection : It is my favourite SANRIO character. I can’t refrain from buying Rilakkuma stuff when I’m in Japan or even on the internet.

3) My HELLO KITTY collection : you can see on the pictures many different items because I’m buying almost everything related to HK ❀

4) My Cellphone Straps: I have tons of them , even if I can’t put all of them on my Iphone, I keep it in a box (‘^-^)

5) My Lettersets / Papers / Stickers collection : Im collecting cute papers and stickers since I’m 7 y.o. Now I have 4 big boxes full of Kawaii Stationery.

6) Cutie Food: as all kawaii-lover, I’m collecting also Kawaii food. It may be a mystery why all occidental think that food with cute smiley face embody the supreme kawaiinewss. I also love collecting Bento and anything related like accessories and cookbook that help me πŸ™‚

Follow petitpaindepice on her blog if you like these. (She is writing it in English as well now.)
If you want to swap kawaii things with her or just exchange some letters you can contact her on her blog (*v*) //

Thank you petitpaindepice for your entry!! I liked how you organized each picture! You have so many kawaii collections. ^ ^ BTW, Rilakkuma is from San-X, a big competitor to Sanrio. ^ ^; (Hello Kitty is from Sanrio.) I think we could say this: Hello Kitty is a representative character from Sanrio, while Rilakkuma is the one from San-X. Both are so kawaii!! ^ ^

Are there any more entries for My Kawaii Project? It’s a good chance to let other readers know what you love! Also, please contact Kirin if there’s anyone who’s interested in doing a kawaii reporter for TKE. πŸ˜‰

Ideas for TKE Giveaway 2011

20 May

Are you excited about the title? ^ ^
You can guess what I’m trying to do, if you participated in the first kawaii giveaway event last year. But if you are a new reader, this will be your first chance to participate in TKE’s giveaway contest that may be held only once a year.

As some of you may already know, TKE’s giveaway is little bit different from most of others. The rule is basically the same as the one in last year. I’ll ask my readers what you want in advance and reflecting your preferences, I will prepare 5-7 options of prize for the winner of the contest. To enter the contest, I’ll require you an email in which you have to answer several questions from me very seriously. It’s not just “subscribe and leave a comment” to enter the contest, but you’ll need to do a little bit to contribute to the improvement of TKE blog. That’s why I want to prepare the prize you’d love to win! ^ ^

Please feel free to give me your comment below, suggesting to me your idea about what kind of prize you think would be nice. (You can also email me directly if you prefer that way.) ^ ^

I can guess many of you like Hello Kitty. Some like bento goods, some like kawaii zakka such as SWIMMER. Some like Japanese cosmetics. Some like Japanese magazines. I’ll read your comments and plan for the giveaway contest. Meanwhile, it maybe better for you to subscribe to TKE so you should not miss the post about the TKE Giveaway 2011. πŸ˜‰

Looking forward to your comments and messages! πŸ˜€
Thanks!!
Kirin

***PLEASE DON’T MISUNDERSTAND THIS IS JUST A POST TO ASK YOU FOR THE SUGGESTIONS OF THE PRIZE FOR TKE GIVEAWAY 2011. DON’T ENTER FROM LAST ONE. I’LL PREPARE QUESTIONS AND PRIZES FOR TKE GIVEAWAY 2011 FROM NOW ON. THE GIVEAWAY POST WILL BE UP SOMETIME IN JUNE, HOPEFULLY! SO GIVE ME YOUR SUGGESTIONS WHAT KIND OF PRIZES YOU’D LOVE TO GET, AND JUST WAIT FOR THE GIVEAWAY POST!! THANKS!!!!***

How to make stewed hamburg steak

18 May

Hamburg steak is called “hambaagu” in Japan and is often cooked at home. It’s considered Yoshoku, or western cuisine arranged in Japanese way.

Ingredients for 4-5 people
-hamburger patty
(minced pork 350g, minced beef 150g, egg x 3, mid-sized onion x 2, breadcrumb 4tbs, some milk, grated garlic 1 tsp, salt 0.5tsp, some pepper)
*Minced meat mixed from pork and beef is quite common in Japan.
*Some milk…enough to cover the breadcrumb
-sauce
(water 500cc, ketchup 6tbs, Worcestershire sauce 2tbs, sugar 1tsp, soy sauce 1tsp, bay leaf x 1)

Put the following ingredients into the bowl and knead the dough.
-minced pork and beef
-finely-chopped onion
-egg
-breadcrumb soaked in milk
-grated garlic
-salt and pepper

Make golf ball sized patties, prepare a frying pan with a little cooking oil on and cook both sides of the patties until brown on top.

At the same time (while you do above) put all the ingredients to make the sauce into a deep pot and warm it. (Do not boil but just keep it warm.)

Enter the patties into the pot.

Use aluminum foil as in the below photo to make a drop-lid for simmering and place a lid over a pot while turn the heat high. Once it’s getting boiled, make the heart medium low or low and simmer for 30 minutes. (You can add ketchup if your kids like sweeter taste, for example.)

Done! This is suitable for bento as it tastes good when it’s cold too. I’m sure kids will love it too!! πŸ˜€

Hope it’s not too difficult and you like it. ^ ^

Seijo Ishii

16 May

Quality food and imported food
Seijo Ishii

When we want to buy some imported ingredients in Japan, Seijo Ishii or KALDI are the major stores we can often check out at most of the locations in Tokyo. (COSTCO has only 1 warehouse in Tokyo, and of course outside the central area. Sorry my posts are basically based on the information around Tokyo, so I don’t know much about west Japan or other parts of Japan.)

Seijo Ishii’s online store is here.

KALDI also has its online shop.

When you see how the familiar foods or beverages from your country are priced in Japan, you maybe surprised how expensive they are. ^ ^;
Below picture shows Marco Polo, The Mariage Tea and Seijo Ishii original jam.

Some chips.

I like these cookies from La Mere Poulard…I thought they are from France. ^ ^

Chocolates ❀

Teas

Beers

I don’t drink beers often, as I prefer wines. But I do remember those beers from Belgium from my last visit there! But I don’t remember how much it was in Belgium. ^ ^;

Seijo Ishii has its original sweets, breads, coffees, dressings and so on.

Basically Seijo Ishii is a quality food market. But you can still find budget priced items from time to time. You can check out the local flyers online at Town Market. If you are planning to move to Japan, you will know what kind of ingredients from home can be purchased in Japan at a grocery store like Seijo Ishii. πŸ˜‰

What kind of food do you think you would miss most when you are out of your country?

p.s. I didn’t categorize this post as kawaii shop because it doesn’t really fit into kawaii. ^ ^;