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Ozoni “Japanese New Years Soup” recipe

 

Marc Matsumoto's Ozoni photo credit from  http://www.pbs.org/food/recipes/ozoni/

Marc Matsumoto’s Ozoni photo credit from
http://www.pbs.org/food/recipes/ozoni/

New Years in Japan is called Oshogatsu, お正月 (おしょうがつ – oshōgatsu) it is the most important day that’s celebrated in Japan.  Steep in traditions that goes back hundreds of years, you will still find many Japanese today continuing the same traditions.

On January 1, millions of Japanese visit shrines or temples, offering up a prayer, usually for good health and good fortune.  It is also customary to eat Ozoni the Japanese New Years soup.  This Japanese New Years soup is eaten on the first day of the new year.  Marc Matsumoto a food blogger, shares his family recipe for Ozoni.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water + 4 cups water
  • 4 dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 pound boneless chicken thighs
  • 8 slices carrot, carved into the shape of a cherry blossom
  • 1/4 cup sake
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 small bunch spinach, lightly boiled and drained
  • mochi
  • yuzu

Directions

  1. About an hour before you prepare your Ozoni, put 1 cup of water in a bowl along with the dried shiitake mushrooms. 
  2. Put the chicken in a colander. Boil a kettle of water and pour it over the chicken, letting the water go down the drain. This removes blood and impurities from the meat, giving you a clear soup. 
  3. Put the chicken in a pot along with the remaining 4 cups of water, the carrots, sake, and salt, and then simmer for 20 minutes, skimming to remove any scum that rises to the top. Remove the chicken and set it aside. 
  4. Add the soy sauce, along with the soaking liquid from the shiitake mushrooms to the soup and then adjust salt to taste. Slice up the shiitake mushrooms and add them to the soup. 
  5. Lay down a sheet of aluminum foil in a toaster oven then toast the mochi until it inflates and turns golden brown along the top. You can also just microwave it until it inflates.
  6. To serve, place piece of grilled mochi at the bottom of the bowl, then add a few slices of chicken. Gather a few strands of spinach and tie them in loop and place in the bowl. Add the soup along with two slices of carrot and some shiitake mushrooms. Garnish with some yuzu zest and serve.

Tips/Techniques

If you can’t find yuzu, you can substitute Meyer orange peel

View Marc Marc Matusmoto’s original family recipe 

 

 

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Best places to get your Fukubukuro 2015

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January 1 of every year, a Japanese tradition is celebrated here in Hawaii. Fukubukuro, meaning “lucky bag,” is a Japanese new year custom where merchants fill bags with popular items and sell them for substantial discount, usually 50% off or more.  The shoppers aren’t able to see inside the bag, until after the bag is purchased.  This tradition began in Tokyo in the early 20th century.  Japanese superstition has says the good fortune in one’s Fukubukuro bag, reflects the luck they will have in the New Year.

Ala Moana Shopping Center list here

Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center’s participant

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Narita Airport to Tokyo – Ride the Narita Express at a Discounted Rate

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Narita Express (N’EX) is fast and convenient way to get from Narita Airport to Tokyo without too much hassle.  The N’EX takes only 53 minutes and requires you to purchase the tickets the day of your travel.  I have read somewhere that you can purchase your ticket a day before. After standing in the long line for an hour, we found out that you can not purchase your tickets a day in advanced.  You must purchase tickets for N’EX the day of traveling. We were fortunate to purchase the limited edition Suica card and N’EX special.  JR East Rails is not currently offering that limited edition Suica Card and N’EX deal, that deal expired March 31, 2014.

Currently and till the end of 2014, there is a discount for gaijin (foreigner) travelers. From Narita Airport Terminal 1 and 2 to Tokyo’s major train station in the metropolitan area, including Shinagawa, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro and Yokohama without the hassle of transferring.  Adult fare is ¥1500 (one way) for children (6-11) ¥750 yen (one way).  Your guaranteed a seat. Your seat reclines back so you can relax, all seats are equipped with a large tray.  For your convenience there are large spaces overhead for your luggages and if thats not large enough not to fret, at the end of each car there is a section for storing your large suitcases.  Theres also a dial lock so you can set and safely lock your suitcases.

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Large suitcase storage area with lock

In the train are restrooms and even a baby changing station.  Each car has an overhead monitor in English, Japanese, Chinese and Korean.  Theres even an attendant that comes through the train selling drinks and snacks.  For more information on where to purchase your N’EX tickets please refer to the JR East Japan Railway. 

We found the N’EX to be fast, convenient and affordable way to get to Tokyo from Narita Airport.

 

 

 

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Blogs with 200 followers or less, lets come together

Liebster Blog Award

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Hello, hello all bloggers!!  I recently got nominated for the Liebster Blog Award.  I have to say I am honored to have been nominated, but it was difficult to find blogs with 200 followers or less to nominate.  Not that none are out there, but it wasn’t easy to find.  It took some effort.  So, I thought it would be easier for any one that has 200 or less followers to post your blogs here for others to find and follow.  Maybe your blog will be the next one nominated for a blog award.  Please nothing inappropriate.  I will make the discretion to remove or allow a site to be shown on my post.  So go ahead and add your blog in the comments. I will review them ASAP.  Enjoy the camaraderie!

Dont forget to follow me for your latest and trendiest Asia Trends.  I will follow you back too, just be sure to let me know you followed!  You should let your fellow bloggers know that you followed them and to follow you back.  Im really excited!  I’ll start off by sharing the first blog that has less then 200 followers.

eyeonjapan.blogspot.com

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WTH is The Liebster Blog Award? Because I got one….

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What the heck is The Liebster Award…..? Apparently, this award is given to bloggers from bloggers.  Liebster in German means kind, sweet and beloved.  Like a chain letter, this award is passed on and it seems no one knows of the origins or when this award began. The rules are simple and has varied over time. If your blog is nominated and you accept the award:

Display the award on your blog, the simplest way is to save the image and then upload it.

Recognize and link back to the blogger that nominated you

Answer the set of questions (asked by the blogger who nominated your blog)

Nominate 10 other bloggers with 200 or less followers (not as easy as it seems)

Ask your own set of 10 questions

Finally, let your nominees know you nominated them for the award. You can do this by going on to their blog and notify them.

The choice is yours if you would like to accept the award or not.  In my opinion this just a way to discover and recognize new bloggers and welcome and encourage them to our world of blogging.

With that being said, I feel very honored to have been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award.  Thank you onlyinthebay for the nominee.  Wow, what an honor!!  I have never been honored in any such way before.  Thank you very much. Its been an amazing 3 months back into blogging.  My wonderful friend Keito, from Keitochansays.com has also been an amazing friend that encouraged me to start back into blogging again, every time he saw me.  No matter how much excuses I had, Keito had a reason why I needed to stop giving excuses.  Thanks Keito!

Recently, I’ve had wonderful comments on my posts, I’ve had coworkers tell me they follow my blog, I never even told them I had a blog, that makes me feel so honored.  Thank you all for the encouragement, thank you for pushing me and thank you for sharing and retweeting. Now for the questions my nominee onlyinthebay asked me:

1. What got you to start blogging?

For me, I wanted to share my love for my culture.  Im half Japanese and I’ve always been proud to be Asian. I want to be recognized as an Asian American Blogger

2. How long have you been blogging for?

I started blogging in September 2012, I believe.  After a few months, I stopped.  I just started blogging again in December 2013 so technically about 6 maybe 7 months, just not consistent.  This award helps to encourage me as well.  

3. What do you have a hard time with in terms of writing?

I have the hardest time thinking what I should blog about.  I start writing many times and I change my mind half way through, thinking it may not be a topic anyone would like to read about. 

4. What kind of movies do you like?

Oh boy, movies…… I like adventures and comedy the most.  

5. What is one dish you can not live with out?

Rice, I think for me it would definitely be japanese rice.  

6. Is there a specific spot you like to be when you write? if so where?

I usually sit on the floor in the living room, using our Ikea footstool as my table.  

7. If there is one place in the world you would like to go to right now; where would that be and who would you bring with you?

Thats easy, Japan.  Sapporo, to be exact.  I’d bring my husband and children of course.  

8. If you were to go to a deserted island, what three things would you bring with you?

I’d bring my husband, a blanket and a knife

9. What is the strangest food you have ever tried?

Fried plantation

10. Have you ever been nominated for a liebster award before?

No, Never. Many thanks again for the nominee and for this opportunity, onlyinthebay.

Now for my 10 nominees for The Liebster Award:

atouchofjapanese.wordpress.com

tenstarsorless.com

selftaughtjapanese.com

makeup-bakeup.com

lenapera.wordpress.com

beausandbows.wordpress.com

naomitalksbeauty.com

eyeonjapan.blogspot.com

sophielouiseanne.blogspot.co.uk

fiveleveninety.blogspot.com

My set of questions are:

1. Please tell us what made you want to start blogging?

2. If you were famous what would it be for?

3. What makes you smile?

4. What advise would like to share with other new or newer bloggers?

5. Do you have a favorite blogger or blog to visit and why?

6. Who or what inspires you and why?

7. If you could vacation anywhere, where would you go and why?

8. What is your favorite meal?

9. Is there a beauty product you can’t live without?

10. Favorite animal?

It was hard for me to find blogs with 200 or less followers.  Its not always easy to discern how many followers some blogs have.  So, if you have more than 200, my apologies.  No one is obligated to accept this award.  I know some blogs may not except awards, that is not always easy to discern too.  Again, my apologies if I included your site.

I was also thinking of just starting a post for anyone who has 200 or less followers to just leave their blog post for others to easily recognize and follow.  Stay tuned, I may be doing something like that in the near future……

Don’t forget to follow me for the latest asian trends….

This is all in fun and thank you.

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Steven Yeun Your Favorite Asian American Zombie Survivor

February 9, has got TWD fans counting down.  With Walking Dead’s 5th Season only days away, we cant help but to get excited about our favorite character, Glenn.  Steven Yeun plays Glenn in the AMC The Walking Dead horror drama.  I have to say, AMC does a fantastic job not stereotyping his Asian American character.  Glenn doesn’t play the typical computer nerd, or the geek, or foreigner with an accent, he’s just a former pizza boy before the world went to hell. In TWD, Glenn and Maggie share a romantic bi-racial relationship.  It’s rare to see an Asian male romantically involved and more seldom sexually involved with a girl thats not Asian on American television.  Kudos to AMC!  Steven plays a regular dude and the fact that he happens to be Asian, is just the cherry on top.  I guess it doesn’t hurt to be named one of the Sexiest Man of 2013 according to People magazine’s annual “Sexiest Man” edition.  This should come as no surprise for fans of The Walking Dead.

I found this awesome post in Audrey Magazine “10 reasons Glenn would make a great boyfriend” check it out.

 

The video in this post are not mine. Please see people.com for this and more videos.

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Kai Japanese Ramen in Honolulu

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Kai Japanese Ramen Honolulu
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According to Wikipedia “the origin of ramen is unclear” no matter, the Japanese made it famous and well known today.  I have to admit, Im a true ramen girl, total ramen lover.  I’ve been spoiled as a child, and had only the best and true Sapporo Ramen, from Sapporo of course.  So, I’m very doubtful when I go eat at a ramen-ya, especially when they proclaim to specialize in “Hokkaido” or “Sapporo” style ramen.  To my surprise,  Kai Ramen was pretty darn good.  I ordered the the Shoyu Ramen (my favorite) the broth was thick or kotteri which is robust and very rich with flavor.  Their Curry was delicious, rich in color and flavor.  My husband ordered the mini curry and the portion was quite large considering its a mini.  My  son ordered the Goma Tan Tan Men the broth had a nutty flavor and was kotteri, thick and robust with flavor.  Their gyoza I was disappointed with, it was bland not much for taste at all.  Even the texture of the filling I was disappointed with.  This is my third time eating at Kai Ramen and I have ordered gyoza every time, hoping it would get better.  They just don’t make good gyoza in my opinion.  I have to warn you that the broth is really salty, so you need to drink a lot of water and since the bathroom is located in another building just behind the shop it is a little inconvenient.  Other than the gyoza, I love this simple little ramen-ya.  This little shop is located at 1430 Kona St, below Axis Hair Salon (The best Japanese Hair Salon in Hawaii).  Their hours of operation is 11:30 am to 9 pm daily.  They even have happy hour see picture below.  My family and I really enjoyed Kai Ramen and we hope you do too.  Let me know where your favorite ramen shop is, where ever it may be.  

See menu in english and japanese below.  

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Kai Japanese Ramen Honolulu
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Kai Japanese Ramen Honolulu
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Shoyu Ramen @ Kai Ramen Honolulu Photo Credit: ionasiatrend.com

Shoyu Ramen @ Kai Japanese Ramen Honolulu
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Goma Tan Tan Men Photo Credit: ionasiatrend.com

Goma Tan Tan Men @ Kai Japanese Ramen Honolulu Photo Credit: ionasiatrend.com

Mini-curry @ Kai Ramen Honolulu Photo Credit: ionasiatrend.com

Mini-curry @ Kai Ramen Honolulu
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Gyoza @ Kai Ramen Honolulu  Photo Credit: ionasiatrend.com

Gyoza @ Kai Ramen Honolulu
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Happy Hour  Photo Credit: ionasiatrend.com

Happy Hour
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Show Luo’s “Fantasy” in Japanese (MV)

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Show Luo commonly known by his Chinese nickname Xiao Zhu (Little Pig) has released his single Fantasy in Japanese.  Check out this  King of C-Pop‘s music video.

The music video in this post are not mine, Please see Pony Canyon Official You Tube Channel for more videos.

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