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

 

Rose Vanilla Truffles

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Oh, these truffles looks so tempting.

Next week is my Christmas Shopping week. My Japanese class has stopped for a little winter break. I am so looking forward to do all the Christmas Shopping, writing Christmas Cards and do some Christmas Cooking.  My family lives in Denmark so I need to prepare for presents to be sent. I am currently making a list of what to gift them.

Yesterday,  I went to an amazing shop in the little city where I live. The name of the shop is Today’s Special.

Delicious Olive Oil, Almond, Pear Cake

Dear Lovelies,

This week I made another lovely cake. I LOVE baking. It makes my heart sings. And it feels so naturally; to look after a new recipe, to buy the ingredients, and to make it!

This cake is inspired by Cécile Molinié & Aran Goyoaga. It is a very soft and delicate cake because of the olive oil, the coconut milk and the zest from the lemon. You can make it with any fruits you like.

The recipe can be found here Cake.

Wishing you a lovely weekend & stay warm and with someone you love.

 

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Photo by Cécile Molinié

Gingerbread Bundt Cake

Oh, the other day, I made this lovely and soft Gingerbread Bundt Cake created by Linda Lomelino. The smell of the cake reminded me of Christmas. Inside it is filled with lovely spices, like cinnamon, ginger, cardamom.

I only made half portion, as we only are two people in the household. And it was big enough! I added a little less sugar, and used brown sugar. Also I didn’t have cane sugar, so I made it myself by heating up a mixture of brown sugar and water (in the ratio of 1 1/4 cup of sugar to 1/3 cup of water).

The recipe can be found here Gingerbread Bundt Cake.

Please have a lovely & inspiring day!

Much Love

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Picture by Eva Tsang

Dreams Are For Real

Dear Sweet Soul,

This week my sister and her boyfriend visited me/us for the first time since I moved to Tokyo. It was so nice. Let her see my world, was something special. Things, I only had talked about in phone, became real.

This weekend they are traveling to Kyoto. And next week we are going to join the last days together in Tokyo. I will show her all my favorite places, Japanese tea houses, cake shops, book shops and much more. I LOVE Tokyo. It is still one of my favorite places in the world. Why?

It’s a beautiful city, very clean, and people are so kind and the food very tasty. Furthermore the weather is lovely, very warm and soothing in spring and autumn.

I LOVE pictures, therefore all these pictures below.

Enjoy you Saturday!

Jeanette

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