Archive for September, 2012

I Made a Cup of Hot ‘Iri Bancha’ Tea

I Made a Cup of Hot ‘Iri Bancha’ Tea

Today I made my first pot of hot tea since I can’t remember when. Autumn is about here! (Not quite cool enough to see the steam in this photo.) My first hot tea of the season was Iri-bancha, from Ippodo. Bancha is the tea that people drink at home everyday. Iri, means roasted. This is …

Green Aomikan Tangerine & Persimmons – Autumn 2012

Green Aomikan Tangerine & Persimmons – Autumn 2012

Today in the the greengrocer’s – aomikan green tangerines and persimmons, autumn is not far away!

September 17 – Cheri Beagle’s Birthday

September 17 – Cheri Beagle’s Birthday

September 17 – Cheri Beagle’s Birthday. This beagle girl is 11 years old! This year we didn’t do cake or steak, but peaches. Seven yummy peaches. Cheri ate as many as she could, then Rainy joined in the feast. Two beagles together couldn’t finish off just 7 peaches. Party continues tomorrow, I guess!

Pet Omamori from Todaiji Temple in Nara

Pet Omamori from Todaiji Temple in Nara

An omamori is a kind of amulet or talisman that can be purchased at shines and temples in Japan. As Japanese society changes, pets become more a part of society and the family. Today, a friend went to Nara and at Todaiji Temple, she got me a pet omamori. This omamori is the protect your …

Aomikan Green Tangerines – End of Summer 2012

Aomikan Green Tangerines – End of Summer 2012

Well, its official: summer 2012 is over. Aomikan are tangerines that are not quite ripe and are still green. They hit the stores in Japan at the end of summer. They aren’t quite as tart as you might imagine, unfortunately. Sometimes they are absolutely amazing yummy.

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