Category :JAPAN

My Journey in Japan

Dear Sweet Souls, 

I hope you all had a very nice New Year Evening, and a great start to the new year 2018.  Myself, I spent New Year Evening in Fukuoka, which is my husband’s hometown.

On the way to Fukuoka, we made a stop by Hiroshima, to visit the shrine, Itsukushima. The shrine which is built in the sea. It was absolutely a magical experience and I can recommend everybody to visit this place!

Job in Japan

Since I came to Japan in 2013, I have been struggling with finding a job I truly like.  My latest job in Denmark, before I came to Japan, was in the fashion branch. I worked as a Sales Associate, and I really loved it!

I love to provide an outstanding customer service and make the client smile when they leave the shop

I worked in a high-end fashion house, and before, I left, I received an excellent reference letter to show the employer in Japan.  As I arrived in Japan, I contacted the same fashion house in Japan and asked for a transfer to Tokyo. Unfortunately, they couldn’t help me.

The main reason for not hiring me was that I was not able to speak fluently in Japanese (Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Level 1). I was so sad, because, I knew that it would really take a long time for me to get the Level 1 (Level 1 is the most difficult level).

After the meeting with this particular fashion house, I didn’t give up! I continued my job hunting.

After all searching, I always got the same answer; we need someone who is fluent in Japanese.

The message *This is happening FOR me* came up in my head. It made me smile and trusting that this situation is happening FOR my growth, support and evolution.

And it surely did.

After one year of job searching, I started to integrate more self-love/healing into my life. I created this blog and started to read and make more bread and cakes. I still continued to study Japanese (Which I LOVE).

Today, I am very grateful, that God/Universe gave me this chance to be more with ME, and care for ME.

Sweet soul, I would love to hear from you if you have any experiences with finding a job in Japan. Was it easy/difficult?

x,

Jeanette

Happy New Year!!

Can’t Wait…

Dear Beautiful Soul,

How are you? Do you enjoy this beautiful season?

In Tokyo, the scenery is now so magnificent! All the autumn colors are so beautiful! Besides all these colors, the flower Camellia (the name in Japanese is Tsubaki 椿), is blooming everywhere in the colors of white, peach, pink and red. It is really so beautiful.

In my home country, Denmark, this time of the year is very dark and grey. So I was so surprised when I experienced my first winter in Japan. It is so colorful and pretty.

I love this season very much. Actually, I don’t mind the darkness and I love to light up with candles in every room. Also, I love hot drinks, read books and magazines, and cuddle in lots of blankets. In Japan, we have a special table we use, when it is cold outside. It is called kotatsu 炬燵. From the picture below you can see how it looks like.

It is a low table that is covered with a heavy soft blanket and underneath the table there is a electric heater. It is really so lovely to use in winter. My husband and I bought one last year. And now we don’t feel cold anymore during winter in Japan. In Japan it is a tradition to eat mikan みかん (Japanese mandarin) while sitting underneath the warm blanket. And of course you can also sleep!

And now I cannot wait to Christmas. I love Christmas music very much. And I also love to make all the nice Christmas cakes, and sweets. It’s my fav. season.

What is your fav. season?

Much love, and happy thoughts,

Jeanette

My Dreams in Pictures

Following My Calling

Dear Beautiful Soul

How are you?  I hope you are enjoying the beautiful autumn. The trees in Tokyo are still mostly green. Usually, the second spring starts in the beginning of November in Japan.

When I moved to Japan, I felt drawn to learning massage. I had already experienced and facilitated an energy healing massage from Denmark. However, I felt it was not true for me to continue this modality. And for long I only practiced energy healing massage on myself, sometimes with help from healers from online communities.

This summer/autumn I felt it was the time for me to learn Thai massage. My whole body and heart told me to follow my calling. And this weekend, I signed up for a Thai massage class in Bangkok, Thailand. I felt a little nervous. But I am sure it will be great!

A piece of music from Youtube which found me :o). I hope you will like it.

Love,

Jeanette

Nursing Day

Dear Beauties

I hope you are doing fine and enjoying the beginning of a new month, September. I love September. It is still quite hot in Japan. Today it reached 28 degrees. However, it was not human today, so it felt good.

When I woke up this morning my sweet body felt so tired. I usually go for a walk in the morning for about 40 min. Today, I just walked a little.

After having my breakfast with my husband, I still felt tired. I cleaned, and then took a lovely bathtub with my coffee & vanilla body scrub. It felt so good. I made the body scrub by myself for about 2 months ago.

After the shower and bathtub, I felt like going to one of my favorite area of Tokyo. It is called Daikanyama and is only 15 min. by train from where we live. It is such a peaceful and yet trendy place where you can enjoy yourself with a cup coffee, books, and fashionable shops. I enjoyed myself with books and coffee.

The Embassy of Denmark is also located in Daikanyama. And today I received an invitation letter to meet the Crown Princess Couple of Denmark, Frederik & Mary at the Embassy in October.  The royal family is coming to Tokyo due to the 150th Anniversary of Japan-Denmark Diplomatic Relations. I feel excited to meet them in person and maybe talk to them.

Please find below the pictures from my adventures today. 

Organic bread from Lotus Baquette Organic Bakery and Cafe

Wedding dress from Maria Love Lace

T-Site Tsutaya Book Store

Birthday Girl!

 

 

Dear Sweet Souls

Today, it is my birthday. I cannot really believe it. One year has already passed. So fast!!

Yesterday evening, I looked back on my year that had past and expressed gratitude for my experiences.

How do you express gratitude for your life? I am feeling so immensely happy that I am able to live the life I am living. Every day is truly a blessing. Recently, I have started a new morning routine. I wake up early in the morning. Immediately, my sweet body likes to go outside and say hello to a new day. Although I feel it is very early, at 5.30 a.m, it feels so good afterward. I usually walk for about 50 min. We are living close to a huge park which I usually go through.

After my morning walk, I do a little self-massage on my face. It is a Japanese face massage which I felt in love with after my return from a face massage in Tokyo. The face massage stimulates the blood cells in your face as well as in your body as the face is tightly connected to your body. Do you also have a similar morning routine?

Stay lovely,

Jeanette

 

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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