I Love Summer

Dear Beautiful Soul

How are you? I hope you are enjoying the summer/winter – and maybe soon you are going on vacation!!

For me summer looks like this! :oP

 

It has been a while since I wrote to you. I have been a little busy over the last months. In the beginning of  May I started preparing for my trip back to Denmark (my home county). It was a nice stay both by my parents and sister. My sister gave birth to a little son in March this year. It was my first nephew/niece. I was happy to meet him and spend time with this little being.

After being back from my trip to Denmark last week, I relaxed. Yesterday I had my first official Japanese-Language Profiency Test (JLPT Level N5). I have studied Japanese for approximately 2 years. My first language school was located in Shibuya, Tokyo. Only after 3 weeks I quit the school. The course was very intensive, everyday 4 hours per day. And homework and test every week. It was mainly focusing on writing and grammar skills.

I took a break for about one year. After making my research on Internet I found another language school and this school has now been my school for the last years. I can highly recommend it. What I like about the school is as following:

  • The teachers are very professional and they speak fluent English
  • The school have crated their own Japanese Text books that is easy to follow. It focuses on Japanese communication skills and basic skills that makes your daily life in Japan easier.
  • The school is small and the size of the class are therefore also small. I have only been studying with one another student.
  • You receive an extraordinary good service and it is for no reason that the school is named Sun Academy .

If you want to hear more about the school, I am happy to share more experiences with you.

The summer has now come to Japan. In Tokyo, the temperature will today reach 34 degrees.

I love summer and I am very grateful that can experience a warm summer in Japan!!

Please have a lovely summer. And talk to you soon.

Jeanette

Luscious & Green Tokyo

Happy May Beautiful !!

I hope you had a lovely April month, and now ready for a new month.

Currently many Japanese have vacation. It’s called the Golden Week. It is named the Golden Week as it the longest official vacation Japanese have during the year. Friday, the 29th of April is national holiday, and from the 2-5th of May are also public holidays. Therefore many Japanese take Monday and Tuesday off too, so they have a many successive holidays.

May in Japan is so green. Everywhere you go it is so fresh and vibrant. Japanese use the word mizumizushii, みずみずしい for fresh, juicy and young (-and lustrous).

Also all the jasmine flowers are blooming now. You almost feel like you are walking into a parfume shop. Hihi!! I love the jasmine fragrance so for me it is really heaven right now!!

The small white flowers don’t have the Hollywood glamour of roses or the regal elegance of iris, but their scent is so luscious and complex that it has few rivals. Jasmine smells like apricot jam and green banana peels with a hint of tanned leather, a surprising mixture of airy and sultry, sweet and tangy.  -Bois de Jasmine

Stay lovely,

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Italian Almond Cake

Dear Beautiful!!

Today, I made this lovely Almond Cake. It is soft and may be a lovely dish for the breakfast table.

Italian Almond Cake

200 g sugar

180 g butter + extra for the pan, softened at room temperature

2 eggs

1 small tspk baking powder

Zest of a half untreated lemon

200 g Ground almond flour

200 g Plain flour

A pinch of salt

0,8 dl Almond milk

20 g Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting + some almonds, for decoration (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C.

In a large bowl, whisk the sugar and butter until smooth. Incorporate the eggs one by one. Fold in the baking powder, ground almond flour, plain flour, zest and a pinch of salt, and then add the milk.

Generously butter a cake pan, approx. 24 cm, and dust with a little flour. Shake off any excess flour, then pour the cake batter into the cake pan.

Bake for approximately 40 minutes, or until the cake is golden.

Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar and some almonds.

Recipe and picture is adopted from Sonia Paladini.

Stay lovely and enjoy the beautiful Spring!!

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An Open Heart, Feels Like…

Dear Beautiful

I hope you are enjoying all the beautiful blossoms around you.

I have learned whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. Angelou Maya.

For about 8 years ago I received lots of healing sessions from a phenomenal healer in Denmark.

Just after a few sessions, so many changes happened to me. Everything in my environment shifted. I started to through things away that no longer served me and created a home that I truly loved. I started to feel my heart that I never I had before. Sometimes, I though that something was wrong as I felt it all the time. When it desired to tell me something, it started to beat loudly. Sometimes it began to beat in the night and I asked it what it desired from me. At that time I had kept all my love letters. My heart wanted me to through them away and so I did, and my heart immediately stop beating.

I discovered how amazing our bodies are, and it all the time desires to tell what it is best for us. My love letters was precious for me, all though I knew inside of my heart that I had to let them go. And then my body finally helped me. For two years I had these kind of moments in my life very often. Sometimes it was really hard, I couldn’t guess what my heart wished to tell me. I couldn’t sleep and sometimes I wished that my heart wasn’t that active. However, I knew that it would be less active later on. And today it is. Al though I still can feel it ALL the time.

By feeling it all the time, I mean: For example if I wish to have a cup of coffee. Sometimes, I cannot finishing it, but only take a few sips because of my heart.

My dear friend. I would like to hear from you.

Can you feel your heart in the same way too? Do you listen to your heart? Do you talk with your heart?

With an open heart

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A Leisurely Stroll in Daikanyama, the Brooklyn of Tokyo

Happy weekend!! And happy 1st of April!!

Today, my husband and I went for a little stroll in our favorite area of Tokyo. The area is called Daikanyama (some call it the Brooklyn of Tokyo). Why do we love it?

It’s filled with lovely small shops, mainly trendy fashion shops and cafés. Also the famous book shop, Tsutaya Books (T-site) is alocated there. Tsutaya is a lovely spot to enjoy your coffee with the latest fashion magazine, or any other kind of magazine or book. The shop also sells music and movies and has a salon with rare collections of books and magazines from around the world. Today, I had my morning coffee there, together with readings about Christina Dior. On our way back home we passed by a lovely boutique that only sells wedding dresses. In the window I saw this beautiful wedding dress.

 

 

I love it because it looks romantic, but at the same it is elegant. I wish that I might wear such one for my coming wedding. We are planning to invite friends and family for another wedding in near future. I love gathering with family and friends, especially to such a special occasion.

Stay lovely,

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Sakura Mochi – Japanese Cherry Blossom Dessert!

Dear Beautiful

I hope you are doing great!! What is your favorite sweet/dessert? Do you have any? I would love to hear from you.

When I came to Japan, my sweet world opened up to a whole new level. So many sweets/cakes/desserts that I never had seen before. It was so amazing and enormous at the same time. One of my favorite desserts is Cherry Blossom Sweet Rice Cake. In Japanese it is called Sakura Mochi, 桜餅 (さくらもち).

Sakura mochi is made of sweet glutinous rice and filled with a sweet red bean paste. It is wrapped in a pickled sakura leaf which is edible. Sakura mochi is traditionally enjoyed during Hinamatsuri (Japanese Girl’s Day) to celebrate the beginning of spring, and to pray for the health and happiness of all little girls.

Sakura mochi is pink, just like sakura (cherry blossom flowers). It looks so lovely and sweet.

With Cherry Blossom Love from

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Photo @akiki_2015

 

 

 

Pink & Beige in Japan!

Dear Beautiful!

I hope you are doing great. Maybe you are enjoying the beautiful season with a loved one or sitting at a lovely café with view to all the flower blossoms!

Japanese girls/women love the two colors beige and pink. When you e.g enter a train, and sitting and watching all the beautiful ladies, the basic colors in their outfits are beige and pink. It looks very lovely and classic. Also their nails are often painted in soft pale pink and beige colors and sometimes with small motives.

In Japan, the color pink symbolizes good health and life. Pink in Japan is also strongly associated with cherry blossom and spring, and this has some masculine associations as the cherry blossoms (sakura) are said to represent the young Samurai who fell in the battle in the prime of their life. Pink also represents pure love, childish innocence, purity (for example, a girl who is virgin in body and heart) and cuteness. The color pink in the Japanese language is ピンク(pinku). It is a relative new word for Japanese. Before it was called momo-iro (peach-color).

A popularly blogger for the Japanese fashion magazine, 25 ans, is Aki Weng. If you check her Instagram, @akinyc you will see that her basic color is pink!! Another interesting Japanese blogger, and cloth designer is @akiki_2015 (below pictures are from her blog).

Stay Lovely,

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My Kind of Evening

Mmm…I love cinnamon rolls. In Japan it is difficult to find really juicy and lovely cinnamon rolls. Therefore I often make them by myself. Tonight I made these lovely ones. Recipe is created by the Danish pastry chef, Mette Blomsterberg.

 

 

Phote of the roses @livingminnaly

 

2017

Beauty..Fun..Luck..My words this year

Looking so much forward to a lovingly New Year with my Hobby, My Family and Friends.


Japanese Luxury

Dear Beautiful,

I hope you are having a cozy season.

Yesterday, I past by an article about how to stay relaxed and cozy in winter in Japan. The article mentioned 6 different kind of hot springs (onsen). One particalur looked so lovely. It was located in the midst of nature.

If you are not living in Japan, and come to Japan, it is such a lovely and extraordinary experience to stay at a Japanese hotel (ryokan) with onsen.

The onsen tradition dates back thousands of years and Japanese culture embraces it as both a luxury and daily necessity. 

The onsen water is rich in minerals, appreciated for its “qi” (energy) properties that have been absorbed from the surrounding nature, and especially beneficial to well being and health.

Happy December!

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The photo and reference by www.zaborin.com