Monday, July 24, 2017

Shiseido Will Release Limited Edition 2017 Snow Beauty Whitening Face Powder This Fall!

Shiseido Snow Beauty Whitening Face Powder 2017 Limited Edition

      Every year, Shiseido releases their limited edition of skincare powder, Snow Beauty, in Japan. This year, they are going to release limited edition 2017 Snow Beauty Whitening Face Powder on September 21! You will be able to get one at Shiseido branches and many drugstores which are selling Shiseido MAQuillAGE products in Japan. If you live in Japan and really want to try one, I recommend you to order it at drugstores or Amazon Japan in advance because it is limited in quantity and very popular in Japan. Indeed, Shiseido Snow Beauty Powder of 2016 limited edition was ranked number one as the best skincare powder award of 2016 by @cosme, a huge cosmetic review site in Japan.

      Snow Beauty is whitening skincare powder which brightens your face. You can use it as setting powder in the morning, and you can also use it as skincare powder after applying moisturizer at night, so you can wear it 24/7!
How to Apply Shiseido Snow Beauty



Shiseido Snow Beauty Whitening Face Powder 2017 Limited Edition


Shiseido Snow Beauty Whitening Face Powder 2017 Limited Edition


     Shiseido also released these short movies for Snow Beauty 2017 Limited Edition. If you understand Japanese, you should check out these Shiseido movies. :) 



 

     I'll write more about Shiseido Snow Beauty in my future entry. :)




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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Golden Curry Extra Hot - What My Husband Cooked

     Yesterday, my husband told me that he wanted to cook Japanese curry with Golden Curry Sauce Mix Extra Hot. Golden Curry, a Japanese curry sauce mix, has four spicy levels, Mild, Medium Hot, Hot and Extra Hot. Unlike Thai curry, Japanese curry is not extremely hot usually. We usually choose Medium Hot, but this time, he chose Extra Hot one. This package of Golden Curry Sauce Mix is for 12 servings of Japanese curry.
Golden Curry Extra Hot

     He cooked Japanese curry very late at last night. It was like our midnight snack, but we ended up eating a lot because Japanese curry is always so delicious! We cannot stop eating it until we are full. By the way, Golden Curry Extra Hot smelled very spicy. It was very hot to us, but I think that it was still not as hot as Thai curry medium hot. If you want to try to cook Japanese curry, you can check out my previous entry, Top 5 Most Popular Japanese Curry Sauce Mix. Cooking Japanese curry is very easy (I first learned how to make Japanese curry when I was in an elementary school in Japan.), it has directions on the back of Japanese curry sauce mix package, so I think anyone can make it successfully. :)
Golden Curry Extra Hot




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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Ingredients for Handmade Soap

      This week, I was making soap for my husband, who has very sensitive skin. Two years ago, his colleague recommended him to use handmade soap. She told him that she used to make handmade soap for her son who had been suffering from atopic dermatitis. Her son's skin trouble was gone by using it. That's why he decided to try it, and it has been working very well. He used to have skin troubles especially his scalp, face and back for many years, but they were gone by using our handmade soap.
Our Handmade Soap
       However, making soap is not easy because it needs sodium hydroxide, lye, which is also used as drain cleaner, so you cannot touch it directly. While making handmade soap, I have to be very careful how to handle it. I wear security goggles, a N95 mask and gloves. It's very dangerous for a month or so, but it turns out to be the most gentle soap eventually. :)   
     If you are interested in making soap at home, these are ingredients I use. :) 

What You'll Need
166g (5.8 oz) of Sodium Hydroxide
500ml (17.6 fl oz) of Distilled Water
916g (32.3 oz) of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
128g (4.5 oz) of Shortening
224g (7.9 oz) of Coconut Oil





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Friday, July 21, 2017

How to Cook Oyakodon, Japanese Chicken and Egg Bowl

      Tonight, I cooked oyakodon (親子丼), Japanese chicken and egg bowl. Oyako (親子) means parents and children in Japanese. Don (丼) means Japanese rice bowl dish. Because chickens and eggs are parents and children, it's called oyakodon in Japan. Today, I'm going to share how to cook oyakodon with you. 
     Ideally, you should cook one serving of oyakodon in a shallow oyakodon pan at a time, but I'm too lazy to make one by one, so I usually cook all in a regular pan. ;)

Ingredients (3 Servings)
1 Onion (Sliced)
2 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons of Mirin
1 Tablespoon of Sake
1 Tablespoon of Sugar
1 Teaspoon of Hondashi
100 ml (3.3 fl oz) of Water
1 lb of Chicken Thigh (Cut into Bite Sizes)
4 Eggs (Beaten)
2 Tablespoons of Chopped Green Onions (Optional)
Shichimi Pepper (Optional)


1. Put onion, soy sauce, mirin, sake, sugar, hondashi and water into a pan. Bring to a boil. Simmer it over high heat for 2 minutes.


2. Add Chicken. Cover the lid and simmer it for 4 minutes.


3. Pour 2/3 of eggs into it. Cover the lid and simmer it over low heat for 2 minutes. 



4. Add the rest of the eggs. Cover the lid and simmer it over high heat for 10 seconds. Ideally, eggs are not fully cooked. 


5. Serve steamed rice in a large bowl. 

Then, serve it over rice. Top it with green onion and sprinkle shichimi pepper over it. Enjoy! 


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Thursday, July 20, 2017

How to Cook Ninjin Shirishiri, Japanese Stir-Fried Carrots and Eggs - Okinawan Cuisine

    Last night, I cooked ninjin shirishiri (にんじんしりしり), which is famous Okinawan cuisine made from carrots, eggs and tuna. Ninjin (にんじん, 人参) means carrots in Japanese, and shirishiri (しりしり) menas shredding in Okinawan language.
    Okinawa prefecture is the southernmost prefecture of Japan. Before my husband and I got married, we traveled Okinawa once and enjoyed Okinawan cuisine there such as Okinawan soba noodles (ソーキそば) and umi budo (海ブドウ), and we also loved eating out at a popular Okinawan cuisine restaurant, Teaanda (てぃーあんだ), in Osaka. Okinawan cuisine is very healthy. During the summer, Okinawa is extremely hot and humid. Hot weather makes you loose your appetite. That's why people in Okinawa want to eat nutritious foods to maintain their health during hot days.
         Today, I'm going to share how to cook ninjin shirishiri with you.  :)
Ingredients (9 Servings)
1 Tablespoon of Vegetable Oil
9 Carrots (Grated or Shredded)
2 Cans of Tuna
3 Eggs (Beaten)
1 Tablespoon of Mentsuyu
Nip of Salt and Black Peppers


* I grated carrots in my food processor with a shredding disc. It was quick and easy to grating carrots!
Cuisinart 7 Cup Food Processor

1. Heat oil in a frying pan over high heat. Stir-fry carrots.





2. When carrots are cooked, add tuna. Stir them thoroughly.




3. Add egg and stir them thoroughly.




4. When egg is fully cooked, season it with mentsuyu. Add salt and pepper according to your taste.




5. Serve and enjoy!


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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

How to Make Strawberry Smoothie with Yogurt


      As I shared in my YouTube video two years ago, you can turn mason Jar into a compact blender. Regular mouth mason jars perfectly fit the base of your Oster blender. :)  If you are interested in this hack, you can check out this video, How to Turn Mason Jars into A Coffee Grinder & Compact Blender, from my YouTube channel. :)



      Last night, my husband made this strawberry smoothie with yogurt with this mason jar hack! It was my healthy late night dessert. :)  I'm going to share how he made strawberry smoothie with you.

Ingredients (1 Servings)
5 Frozen Strawberries
1/2 Cup of Yogurt
1/2 Cup of Milk
*If you have a sweet tooth, add sugar or honey.


1. Put all ingredients in a regular mouth mason jar.



2.  Blend them!



3. Enjoy!


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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Automatic Miso Soup Maker - Marukome One Shot Kiwami

     If you drink a cup of coffee every morning, you might have an automatic coffee maker in your kitchen, or if you are an avid coffee drinker, you might brew cups of coffee in your office.

     Have you ever seen an automatic miso soup maker?
Marukome One Shot Kiwami
       Marukome (マルコメ), a Japanese miso soup paste producer, released Marukome One Shot Kiwami (マルコメ 椀ショット 極) , an automatic miso soup maker, in 2014. It's gradually become popular in Japan, and it's now one of the most talked about topics on twitter!  
Marukome One Shot Kiwami
     You can use their affordable Marukome Liquid Miso, which can be purchased at most supermarkets in Japan, with this automatic miso soup maker. Some people review that the ingredients for a cup of miso soup cost only 10 yen, so it's more reasonable than regular instant miso soup. You can make 25 servings of miso soup with one bottle of Marukome Liquid Miso.  
Marukome Liquid Miso
       Some people say that they also placed this automatic miso soup maker in their small office, so employees can enjoy hot miso soup during lunch time. They review that compared to instant miso soup, they can also reduce trash by using this miso soup maker.
Marukome One Shot Kiwami

How to Used Marukome One Shot Kiwami
     

        Miso soup is very nutritious food which has high in protein and vitamins, so you might want to have miso soup every day. :)   Do you want to try this Japanese automatic miso soup maker?



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Monday, July 17, 2017

How to Cook Saba no Misoni - Simmered Mackerel in Miso Sauce

      This weekend, my husband purchased mackerels at Japanese supermarkets, and he cooked this saba no misoni for dinner. Saba no misoni (サバの味噌煮, 鯖の味噌煮) is one of famous Japanese fish dishes. It is simmered mackerels in miso, sugar, sake and etc. By simmering mackerels rich miso sauce, the smell of fish disappears, and it turns out very delicious dish which is perfect with freshly steamed rice. :)

     This time, he used ama koji (甘麹) as substitute for sugar. As I mentioned in my previous entry, How to Cook Teriyaki Chicken with Ama Koji, koji (麹) is a high nutrient food which contains essential amino acids, vitamin B, folic acid and etc. Moreover, shio koji and ama koji are very useful ingredients that make meat and fish tender and create natural umami flavor.
     I'm going to share how to cook simmered mackerel in miso sauce with you.

Ingredients (2 Servings)
2 Servings of Cut Mackerel (4 Pieces)
2 Tablespoons of Ama Koji (or Sugar)
2 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons of Sake
5 fl oz (150ml) of Water
1 Teaspoon of Grated Ginger
3 Tablespoons of Miso


1. Soak mackerel in a boiling water for 10 seconds.

2. Heat ama koji, soy sauce, sake and water in a pan over medium high heat. When it begins to boil, add mackerels and ginger in it.

3. Simmer mackerels. Repeatedly, scoop the sauce from the pan and pour it over mackerels for a minute. Then, place otoshi buta (おとし蓋, Japanese style drop-lid) or aluminum foil over mackerels and simmer the mackerels for 4 minutes.

4. Remove the otoshi buta. Add miso and stir to dissolve miso completely.

5. Repeatedly, scoop the miso sauce from the pan and pour it over mackerels for a minute.

6. Serve and enjoy!
Saba no Misoni


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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Whole Foods Marinated Chicken Drumstick Sale


    This evening, my husband and I went to Whole Foods and purchased some chicken drumsticks.


      Marinated chicken drumsticks were on sale for $1.29 per pound there!

     We purchased 3 lb of barbacoa chicken drumsticks, chipotle chicken drumsticks and Japanese steakhouse chicken drumsticks.

     After coming back home, I heated oil a large pan and cooked the chicken.

     When the chicken was fully cooked, I forgot which was which.

     These were very fresh and tasted good! Even though I still couldn't tell the difference between these clearly, chicken was very good quality. :)


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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Unko Kanji Drill - Fun Kanji Workbook for Children

Unko Kanji Drill
       Unko Kanji Drill (うんこ 漢字ドリル) has been very popular workbooks for children in Japan since it was released in March this year. It has already sold over two million copies! If you are learning Japanese, you perhaps know what unko is. Most children don't like learning kanji, but they are incredibly excited about studying with these kanji workbooks.   
Unko Kanji Drill for the First Grade
     Unko Kanji Drill is a kanji workbook. All sentences in this workbook includes the word "unko" (うんこ), which means poop.
Unko Kanji Drill
These are example sentences from Unko Kanji Drill.

1. That man took poop in his hand and faced a challenge.

2. International TV News reporter came to cover my poop.

3. I write down "Poop" 100 times.

1. Let's pick up beautiful flowers and decorate the poop with them.

2. For the next class, take poop and get together in the science room.   

3. If you concentrate, you can poop in 10 seconds.



      Now, you know how fun Unko Kanji Drill is! :) 
Unko Kanji Drill
       If you are learning Japanese as a second language, you know how hard it is to memorize numerous kanji. Do you think it is good for adult Japanese learners as well?   I don't think so.  Maybe, it's only for children. Children love this fun workbook!




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