This ceremony was first posted last year for our very first grandchild and time has come for our second grandchild, now turned over 100 days in which to celebrate her first taste of food – a traditional Japanese ritual called ‘okuisome’.
Chinese Herbs Cooking (which we call it ‘Yakuzen’ in Japanese) has always facinated me whilst working in China – way back in year 2002, just that moment of the SARS outbreak.
The hot sun, the hot summer yields an abundant amount of summer vegetables. More than one can consume at once in a household. My friend from our ad agency days drops by now and then, very so often on a late Saturday after spending a full day at his ‘organic farm’.
The rainy season is finally over to encounter a hazardous heat wave. It has been over 35C (95F) with humidity over 80 even 90 percent, a cruel weather continuing for at least a week or so and yet to continue until the middle of August so tourist contemplating to visit Tokyo should be well prepared to ‘sweat like mad’ – visit the natural Tokyo Sauna Habitat, guaranteed to loose a couple of unwanted pounds. (Think positive!!!) These thunderhead clouds are signs of very hot weather. 『梅雨明け10日』という言い伝えがある様ですが、、 『梅雨明けずっと』とおもうほど過酷な暑さが続きますね。 お仕事をされて方は通勤で大変。 家にいる方は外にも出る勇気が出ずに殺人的だと日々呟いております。（我家の主人？のこと、、笑）入道雲は日本の夏の風物とはもうおもえず、天気予報を見るたびに気象庁に憤りを感じずにはいられない日々です（笑）。 Even our little dog sleeps upside down to cool herself down. 我家のワンも28℃のエアコンの効いた室内でも熱を逃がすため、、上むきで寝ています。 Well getting back into the main topic…. After the rainy season comes Japanese plum making. The Japanese plum is called ‘umeboshi’, an authentic pickle which most every household stores in their refrigerator. Since the ‘umeboshi’ is pickled with ‘red shiso leaves’; this is the season to see ‘red shiso leaves’ which I was lucky to purchase a natural grown stem (no use of pesticide) from a farm. The shiso leaves can be used in …