Ma-Ma-Ma-Matcha

Hi hi everyone! 

Today I enjoyed a cup of Matcha and am excited to show off the pictures from this special occasion! 🙂 I recently purchased a can of green tea powder from Whole Foods and had a traditional Japanese bamboo tea whisk from Teavana that I’ve been waiting to use.

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My first attempt was rather messy, but have 29 more servings of matcha left to become a pro with… 😉

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Japanese Sweets

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 After hearing about my failed mochi attempt my swim instructor bought me some Japanese goodies – green tea Pocky, green tea Kit Kat, Nestle Aero – green tea flavored, another green tea crisp and strawberry daifuku which is basically mochi with something other than red bean paste inside. ^///^ The consistency of the daifuku was so much smoother than mine! I wasn’t even close. *tear* I’m going to leave mochi making to the professionals from now on.

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

How do you get to Japan?

So the other night I dreamt that I finally bought my ticket to Japan!!! My sisters and I were waiting to board the plane when we realized the flight wouldn’t be leaving for six hours and went home to do something… When we came back, we found out that our departure gate changed and had the stress of locating it. Stress dreamssss…

Anywho, I found some helpful videos on getting ready for my trip to Japan! \^o^/

  • Passport ✓
  • Visa Exemption Program – Round-trip Ticket (Delta, Narita Airport)
  • Money or credit card (in progress)
  • Address and phone number of residence (???)

  • Call Credit Card Company
  • Get Up to date with Vaccinations

One thing that is nice is that I’m only looking at a 7 day trip = 2 days travelling and 5 days in Japan.

Internet boards suggest having ¥10,000 allotted for each day of the trip. I don’t know how accurate this is, but hey. It’s a starting point.

At this time I am unsure of when this trip is going to be made – most likely around August. The majority of the trip will be spent in Tokyo – even though I also wanted to visit all the popular anime referenced areas such as Kyoto, Osaka, Hokkaido… but I am not made of money. Boo.

Any thoughts on what I should bring with me or where I should go?

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

NO-BAKE Chocolate Cake (Japanese Nama-Choco Cake)

I totally want to try this recipe out for Valentine’s Day! I will have to have a lot of helpers to eat it though – the ingredients are quite rich! 

Makes 16 Pieces

Ingredients:

  • 15 mini kit-kat bars (780 cal.)
  • 6 milk chocolate bars (Hershey – 1260 cal.)
  • 1/2 c. Heavy whipping cream (408 cal)
  • Cocoa powder (12 cal. per Tbsp)
  • Powder sugar (31 cal per Tbsp)
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter (102 cal.)
  • Slivered almonds (optional)

Recipe Total: 2491 calories (without almonds)

Piece Total: approx 156 calories

(OhEmGee! I’m looking up calories! XD)

Have you tried anything like this before?

Thanks for reading~!

-Anna San

Un-Japanese

A lot of anime and manga have little Japanese flags that pop up in random places – including on top of food. Why? Dunno. Maybe shameless self promotion? I’ve never bothered researching it, but have implemented it in some of my own characters/story lines with American flags and this has now spread to my food.

So, a little while back I purchased a pack of American flag toothpicks so I could start decorating my food too and tonight I did just that…

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Japan, eat your heart out.

Can’t get much more American than this! XD

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Another very Un-Japanese post: Just Another Friday in Lent…