Category :JAPAN

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

Immensely Gratefull

Dear Souls,

Today I felt immensely grateful.

I talked on phone with a friend on Friday. I told her that my husband and I had decided to put less effort in me being pregnant and it felt true.

However, after the telephone call an email came into my inbox. It was a link with a woman who interviewed other women who were specialized in infertility, being pregnant, after birth etc.

I listened to one specific person, named Molly Nichols. She gave women her experiences and advices on how to be natural pregnant. One idea she suggested was to visualize your baby in your worb and talk with your baby.

I thought, this was a really nice thing to do. This morning, I did the visualization and it felt so good. Afterwards, my stomach felt warm and was open to welcoming a baby.

The link to the interviews is https://thefertilitypregnancyandbirthsummit.com/

With love,

Jeanette

I felt in love with this cute picture from hinalys.

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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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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