Category :TOKYO

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,

シャネット

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,

シャネット

 

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

シャネット


 

Photo @akiki_2015

 

 

 

2017

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

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


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