December 20th, 2017
“Japanese people like the taste of Green Tea Cookies for any occasion, though not any specific holidays. They’re flavored with green tea powder and are very common.” -Ayako Egawa I had asked Ayako if they eat any cookies in Japan for any holidays. It seems there aren’t really any cookies that are eaten for specific holidays. But […]
October 6th, 2017
Ayako Egawa shared this recipe for Somen Noodles. She calls it Somen with Kinshitamago (thinly sliced egg crepes) and Okra. Ayako is a frequent contributor to Mama Lisa’s World, sharing the traditions, songs and recipes of Japan. Somen is the name for our noodles that are popular to eat in the summer. It’s good to […]
March 31st, 2017
Ayako Egawa wrote from Japan and shared this recipe for Inarizushi with us! It’s a pouch of fried tofu typically filled with rice. In Ayako’s version, it’s also filled with scrambled eggs and ground meat. Here’s her email and recipe… I cooked two-color Inarizushi. Inarizushi is one of our traditional dishes. It’s good for bento […]
January 6th, 2017
Ayako wrote from Japan about a Japanese dish called Kuromame that’s made for the New Year. Here’s her email and recipe… Hi Lisa, Happy New Year! I had a guest from the US come to my home on New Year’s Day. So I cooked Osechiryori (New Year’s food) for him. Kuromame is a sweet black […]
June 7th, 2016
Ayako Egawa wrote to us about her visit to the Ginkaku-ji Temple… "I went to Kyoto and visited the Ginkaku-ji Temple. Ginkaku-ji Temple translates as the "Temple of the Silver Pavilion”. It’s a world cultural heritage site here in Japan. The Japanese Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa commissioned the temple as a retirement home. He was a […]
January 1st, 2015
I’ve been writing a lot about traditional Japanese dishes for the New Year. Here’s another installment! My friend Ayako wrote from Japan about the food she made for New Year’s Day: Lisa, Happy New Year ! This year I didn’t have a lot of time, so I made just two dishes of New Year foods. […]
December 31st, 2014
Sadao Mazuka wrote to me about New Year’s food (おせち料理) that’s eaten in Japan. "On New Year’s Eve, we ate year-crossing noodles when my sons were young. This year on Jan 1st to 3rd, we are going to have ‘zoni’ and ‘sechi’ or ‘O-sechi’." Zoni is a soup with either a fish based broth or […]
December 29th, 2014
There’s an old Japanese tradition, from over 200 years ago, to eat soba noodles on New Year’s Eve. About half of the population of Japan still follow this custom. The dish they eat is called Toshikoshi Soba or Year-Crossing Noodles. Sadao from Japan wrote to me about it: "On New Year’s Eve, we would eat […]
October 30th, 2014
Sadao Makuza wrote to us about Halloween in Japan… Halloween here is mainly a sales strategy in department stores and supermarkets. Children only go trick-or-treating if it’s arranged in school or with family and friends. Halloween first appeared in Japan in the 1970’s by the Kiddy Land Company store in Tokyo to promote Halloween goods. […]
October 24th, 2014
Saffron has a wonderful aroma. Adding it to your rice can make it taste extra special! The simplest way for westerners to make basic saffron rice is to soak 1/2 t. of saffron in 3T. of boiling water for 10 minutes. Then add the mixture to your regular rice recipe when adding the water. Ayako […]
September 3rd, 2014
Sushi is a delicious cuisine from Japan! Did you know there’s a right way to eat it? Here’s how… 1. Pick up the sushi rolls (the type that’s wrapped in seaweed) with your fingers and dip one side into the soy sauce and put it into your mouth. The type of sushi that’s just rice […]
April 4th, 2014
This seasonal recipe for Takikomi Gohan (mixed rice) was sent by Ayako Egawa in Japan. Takikomi Gohan is made with rice and seasonal ingredients and is made to celebrate the changing season. Here’s Ayako’s note on the dish, along with her recipe… "Lisa is very curious about our food in Japan. So I’d like to […]
January 9th, 2012
Yuzu is a citrus fruit they enjoy in Japan especially near the Winter Solstice and the New Year. I’ve never seen the actual fruit here to try it. But today I found a Yuzu drink you can buy at the American chain store Trader Joe’s. You simply empty a packet into a cup, add hot […]
December 28th, 2011
Ayako Egawa wrote from Japan about Kamaboko, a sort of gelled fish cake that’s eaten there. The one pictured below was made for the New Year. The character on these Kamaboko is called Kizuna (meaning bond) which is the symbol for 2011. (A character is chosen annually in Japan that best symbolizes the year that […]
March 3rd, 2011
March 3rd is Dolls Day in Japan. It’s the day that families with girls express their wish for their daughters’ health. Ayako wrote to me from Japan about the holiday… I am at my mom’s house today. It’s Hinamatsuri day. My mom’s ohinasama [set of dolls] is pretty. My grandmother got them for my sister […]
January 4th, 2011
In Japan, people traditionally make displays in their houses for special holidays. The displays often include flowers, branches of trees and symbolic food. My friend Ayako Egawa in Japan sent the photo below of a floral arrangement she made for the New Year. She wrote, "The berries are ‘senryo’, lucky plants for the New Year […]
February 27th, 2010
Ayako Egawa wrote to me from Japan about the Doll Festival. It’s called Hina Matsuri in Japanese… Hi Lisa, March 3rd is the Doll Festival that families with daughters express wishes for their daughters’ good health and growth by displaying hina dolls as you know. Hina dolls are traditionally displayed on stepped shelves, but I […]
January 12th, 2010
Ayako Egawa shared this photo of food typically eaten for the New Year in Japan. These foods are symbolic of good fortune, good health and prosperity. This is the meal Ayako’s Mom made this year for her family for the New Year. Ayako wrote: Hi Lisa, Japanese New Year food is called Osechiryori. Osechiryouri is […]
May 24th, 2009
I recently posted a recipe for miso soup that Ayako Egawa from Japan helped me with. When she saw the photo of the bowls and spoons I used to serve it with, she made this comment: "It is interesting you use a spoon for Miso soup, because we use chopsticks for it. And we usually […]
May 19th, 2009
Miso Soup is pretty quick and easy to make! I made it for the first time this past weekend. My whole family liked it, though my 7 year old daughter only ate the broth with rice (no seaweed!). The one possibly tough part of making miso soup is finding the ingredients. I got mine at […]
April 5th, 2009
I think it’s interesting to learn about different foods eaten around the world. Here’s one that’s eaten in Japan. Ayako Egawa shared this photo with me, with the note: This is a fish shaped sweet called “Taiyaki”. It’s a popular sweet in Japan. Usually Azuki (red bean) paste is stuffed inside it. But this one […]
April 1st, 2009
Check out this post for making bunny bento. What’s bento? A Japanese lunchbox! You can buy Japanese Bento Boxes at: Asian Art Mall Ayako Egawa wrote from Japan: “Hi Lisa, bunny bento, which is the cutting style of an apple, is very popular in Japan in lunchboxes!” A couple of days later, Ayako wrote to […]
March 25th, 2009
Yuta, Yoji and Miki made this awesome “sushi” for a school birthday party. It’s made out of homemade rice crispy treats, gummy fish and fruit roll-ups. How cute and cool! The one question everyone’s asking is: How did they get the rice crispy treats to be soooo pure white? Any ideas? If so, please let […]
February 26th, 2007
I’ve noticed that kids many kids now like sushi. At least the vegetarian type you find in New York. Here you can get Avocado Rolls, California Rolls (made with avocados and imitation crab meat) and Kappa Maki (Cucumber Rolls). One of my daughter’s friends loves sushi so much, she told me she wants it on […]
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100 Songs With Sheet Music And Links To Recordings
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