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Oyaki introduced to Thailand

According to YOMIIURI Online, Japanese traditional food, Oyaki(おやき) in going to be introduced to Thailand from June, 2014. This store is going to be run by Iroha-do(いろは堂) which is the old-established and most famous store.


Oyaki is a Japanese roasted dumpling made from kneaded buckwheat flour dough. Japanese vegetables, pumpkins or beans are wrapped with the dough.  Oyaki is popular mostly in Nagano prefecture for dish.

The Iroha-do’s owner, Sonoko Ito agreed to start a new branch in Thailand when she met with the president of Japanese association in Thailand at an exhibition of the product of Japan.  Now, Japanese food culture gradually introduced to Thailand.  However, the traditional and local food like Oyaki is still not in abroad, so I thought this is going to be first step to be known about minor Japanese culture more.

According to YOMIURI Online, Ms. Ito is trying to make a store which people can feel Japanese homely ambience with the simple taste of Oyaki.  You can have Oyaki as sweets, not only a meal, so I would like as much people as possible to try Oyaki.

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Yushima Tenman-gu


A few days ago, I went to the “Yushima Tenman-gū Shrine (湯島天満宮)” with my friend. It was the second time to visit there.

When I was 18 years old, I went there for the first time to pray for my entrance examination. This shrine enshrines “Sugawara no Mishizane” who is known as the god of learning. Every year a lot of students preparing for exams come and pray. Some of them dedicate “ema.”

This shrine was built in 458. It is located in Bunkyo Ward, not far from the University of Tokyo. You can see beautiful gardens there. Around there, you can enjoy eating or shopping. If you have an opportunity to go near there, please find it.

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In addition to Kimono or Yukata which are already famous, Hakama is also a type of Japanese traditional clothing.  You put Hakama over the Kimono, and tie with the rope covering the lower half of your body.

Hakama was originally worn by only men as casual wear.  The time passed, in the Taisho era, women started to wear hakama as the school uniform because of the easiness to move.  Women put Hakama over the Kimono below the bust line differently men wearing below their waist.

In the recent era, the most famous image of women in Hakama is Miko (shrine maidens), and women wear Hakama for traditional sports such as Kyudo or Kendo.  Hakama for Miko or traditional sports consists of plain design with only white, red or dark blue.





Hakama at graduation ceremony

On the other hand, Hakama at graduation ceremony for women is more gorgeous. They wear bright color kimono and black with flower patterns Hakama(sometimes green or red).  While women have many occasions to wear hakama, men are losing it.  Graduation season and new years are coming, so you will have opportunity to see people wearing Hakama in the city.

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Euglena saves you


Can euglena save you? What does it mean? I guess you are wondering.  Euglena is a small tiny microbe that we cannot see with naked eyes. I’m sure everyone observed it in junior high school.  Green and so tiny…what can such a tiny thing do for us?  It actually works for our beauty. Though I told you it is a microbe, it is one kind of algae like Wakame, and has both kinds of natures, animal and plan.  Unbelievably there are 59 nutrients that we need to keep our beauty, such as vitamin, mineral, DHA and amino acid in euglena.

But, where can we get it? Recently convenience store has started selling euglena yogurt with aloe. This is the first time that the stores in whole parts of Japan try to sell it. Euglena is about 0.05mm on the other hand hair is 0.07mm, which means even hair is thicker. So it cannot be found in yogurt. It is said that the taste is sweet and sour. Why don’t you buy it and help your beauty more!?