I had guests in November and arranged a Takoyaki & Okonomiyaki party for them. They are all foreign university students who are studying in Japan.
We started by making nice takoyaki balls with everyone. Making perfectly round takoyaki balls is difficult, so it was a teamwork effort.
We also made Okonomiyaki in another hot plate a few times.
Afterwards, we made Yakisoba noodle. We were all full by the time we finished eating everything.
But we still weren’t finished until we have had some dessert. In the very end, we made sweets balls on the takoyaki machine using some pancake flour mix, bannanas, and chocolate chips. Everyone loved the sweet pancake balls too.
If they have plans to come back to Japan again, I hope we can cook and eat again together!
We had a lunch meet up in August. ^^ Six members came and my children also joined in because they were on summer break!
I cooked spicy bean curry this time.
I also baked a cake for dessert and my children put strawberries on it for decoration. It was a very nice decoration! ❤️
For some people, it was the first time joining this luncheon so they introduced themselves to everyone and we all had a great time!
Everybody often travel around Japan and oversees. ♪ I usually see beautiful photos on my friends’ SNS. It was so exciting to hear about their wonderful experiences of their journey. They are very curious things for me. ^^
I went to Akihabara with my homestay student and their friends and host families.
The students wanted to go Animate.
It was first time visiting for me and nice experiences.
We also visited a Meid Cafe in Akihabara.
This was a fun place I never experienced too.
The food was so cute and tasty! My homestay student was a begitarian. They cooked a salad for her. ^^
Then we went to a Cats Cafe later.
There were many cute cats in cafe and we played with then for a while.
We also had a BBQ Party with another host families at a park.
It was nice to talk another people.
I also invited her brother to my house and had takoyaki party together.
He worked at a Japanese company as an internship student from this spring in Japan. It’s very nice to hear about his experiences for my kids. My kids were very interested in his talk and that was very good experiences for them.
I went to Nikko with my home stay student and another host family. It was a exciting day trip by car from Tokyo. I haven’t been to Nikko for a long time.
We started to drive around 6 AM and took a short rest in a shop on the high way. Then we arrived at the Kegon Falls almost two hours later. It was a little rainy and foggy in the morning that day. The falls had high water volume because of a previous strong tyhoon.
We went to Toshogu Shrine next. Usually there are many people there but not so many people in the morning after the strong tyhoon. Luckly it was easy to get the tickets. Early bird catches the worm!
Gojunoto(Five-Story Pagota) was so beautiful!
These are the famous sculptures of the three wise monkeys in Toshogu.
We can see gorgeous decorations and colorful paintings.
There were more people coming in the afternoon. When we went back to the car, there were many cars waiting in the parking lot and the line was so long.
I enjoyed a grilled Ayu fish. This is one of my favorite foods. ♡
We had a Sake Party in June. The guests were the same member of January. They enjoyed my handmade plum wine (梅酒・うめしゅ) for an aperitif. Now, I’m making a new plum wine of this season. ^^
First Sake was a Hiroki (飛露喜) Junmai Daiginjo (純米大吟醸) by Hiroki Shuzo in Fukushima prefecture. The scent was mild and it had a very deep and savory taste.
And this is Asahitaka(朝日鷹・あさひたか) of Takagi Shuzo in Yamagata prefecture. This is a local limited version and my husband got it there.
He also got dried codfish (棒たら) in Yamagata.
I eat this as the dish of New Year’s Osechi. But I’ve never cooked it myself. It was my first experience cooking dried codfish. I soaked it in water overnight and simmered with soy sauce and water for almost half a day till the codfish become soft. It took time for the preparation but very tasty and good for sake!
Bitter Gourd is a seasonal vegetable now. I cooked it with minced chicken (ゴーヤの肉詰). Marinated Deep-fried Horse Mackerel (アジの南蛮漬け）was pickled fish with vegetables. It had a refreshing sour taste and good for the rainy season.
Albacore Tartare (マグロのタルタル）with Yuzu Koshou(citrus pepper) was also great with Sake.
I got this albacore tuna (トロビンチョウ） from Kochi prefecture. These are the fatty (トロ）part of albacore and very tasty! ❤️
I made various tsumami (つまみ) as usual, like simmered vegetables and fried dishes.
And the last dishes were two kinds of chirashizushi (ちらし寿司).
This is a chirashizushi of Horse mackerel (鯵・あじ).
I enjoyed the wonderful night with guests and delicious sake! ❤️
If you want to try my dishes with Japanese sake, contact me. We can negotiate and I will arrange for you. ♪