Sorry. Like I already mentioned in my replies to the comments, I couldn’t take photos of the tea ceremony last weekend.
This was the booth by local chefs and they made and sold nigiri-zushi bento there. They started working earlier than any other booths.
This was the booth right next to us and they sold dried fish. I guess this was a rare opportunity to see hanging dried squid and matcha being served by women in kimono right next to each other. ;)
At our booth, we spread white cloth over the foldable tables and set 10 foldable chairs. My mom and her students made tea in one corner which was hidden from visitors by red-and-white backdrops. Three RELATIVELY young women (incl. myself) in kimono received tickets from visitors and told tea-makers the number, then brought matcha and wagashi to the tables.
The funny thing was that most of the wagashi was rice cakes with anko inside, and the rice cake part was so moist and sticky that the guests couldn’t cut it easily with a wooden pick. Most of the local people don’t really care about the manner of tea ceremony, but since women in kimono brought tea and took a bow as serving it, they seemed to have thought that they had to behave elegantly, too. So all of them tried to cut the wagashi nicely instead of stabbing it with the wooden pick and biting it off. It was hilarious to see them – even big old guys – trying so hard to cut the small rice cakes.
The most amazing thing was that there were three or four kids who really loved the matcha and asked for seconds, or thirds. One of them even came to the “backstage area” to say thank you to my mom and her students. I guess those of you readers who have tried matcha know how bitter it is. Even though we made weaker matcha for kids, it was totally amazing that kids loved it so much. The secret was the deep sea water. I don’t know why, but when you use deep sea water for cooking or making drinks, it always makes the taste a lot milder. Maybe because of its rich mineral content?? So, some think it ruins the real taste and flavor of tea or coffee, but some do like it.
Well, helping the event was kind of fun, after all, but I don’t know if I want to do this again in the future.
And the izakaya work that night just completely killed me. Honestly. :O
Please help me with English. What's the difference between "desalted seawater" and "desalinated seawater?" The former had 217 hits and the latter had 9,540 hits with google, so the latter seems to be more popular, but is this a grammer thing or is there a difference in their production process or something?
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
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Saturday, January 28, 2006
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Thursday, January 26, 2006
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Sunday, January 22, 2006
Lucas of Cooking In Japan tagged me for the Too Much Information meme, and looks like I’m supposed to post 10 random and interesting (and maybe weird) facts about myself and tag 5 people. OK, here’s 10 random facts, but I’m not sure if these are interesting to anyone.
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Saturday, January 21, 2006
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
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Monday, January 16, 2006
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Saturday, January 14, 2006
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Friday, January 13, 2006
Leaf vegetables are expensive now. One cabbage costs something like US$4 at supermarkets around here, and the price of lettuce is said to be doubled in many places. It’s because of the cold wave and the heavy snowfall in the northern part of Japan this winter.
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Thursday, January 12, 2006
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
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Sunday, January 08, 2006
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Thursday, January 05, 2006
New Year’s Day is a time for tradition in Japan. Just like many other families in this country, my family (my parents, my sister, her husband and two kids and me) got together and celebrated the holiday. (Photos with '*' mark can be enlarged.)
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Happy New Year everyone!
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