18.07.2013

とんぼの帯 Dragonfly Obi

Ichiroya again (^_-)

I have a little faible for dragonflys.

I missed out the fabulous dragonfly yukata bolt some time ago.
Now I bought a wounderful Ro Nagoya Obi with embroidered Dragonflys.

Unfortunately it has many and very prominent stains. Ichiroya said it is not wearable anymore...

Maybe - I will give it a try and give it to the dry cleaner. It is not dyed but nly embroidered, so I think it could work.
The other option is to handwash it.

I will see.

I read about dragonflys on wikipedia and found this:

As a seasonal symbol in Japan, the dragonfly is associated with summer and early autumn.[18] More generally, dragonflies are symbols of courage, strength, and happiness, and they often appear in art and literature, especially haiku. The love for dragonflies is reflected by traditional (layman's) names for almost all of the 200 species of dragonflies found in and around Japan.[19] Japanese children catch large dragonflies as a game, using a hair with a small pebble tied to each end, which they throw into the air. The dragonfly mistakes the pebbles for prey, gets tangled in the hair, and is dragged to the ground by the weight.[12]:38

Beyond this, one of Japan's historical names – Akitsushima (Kanji Hiragana: あきつしま) – is an archaic form meaning "Dragonfly Islands".[20] This is attributed to a legend in which Japan's mythical founder, Emperor Jinmu, was bitten by a mosquito, which was then promptly eaten by a dragonfly.[21][22]



12.07.2013

Refreshing Green Tea



A perfect way to stay cool on hot summer days is to enjoy cold green tea. 

I love drinking it in the summertime for some years now.

Usually I make a huge amount of Tea with normal sencha, using hot water.
Let cool down, put it in the refrigerator and cool for some hours or overnight.
Then enjoy pure or with ice cubes

You can brew it a little bit longer then you would usually do with normal green tea. I prefer it only brewed for a short time. Maybe one to one and a half minutes.

What I learned now - after years of drinking it.  ( ̄▽ ̄)  you can brew only the half of the amount of water with the green tea. And then fill up with the remaining water (cold). So it will cool down faster.


With my last J-List order I got the new green tea that is already packed into small bags and can be used with cold and hot water. I decided to give it a try with cold water - the reason why I bought it.
It works very good. One teabag is enough for one litre of water. 
And you can even use the teabag a second time.


The same day I tried the new tea I  made cold green tea the way I usually do.


I wanted to have a good comparison between both.

I noticed that there is not much difference between them. The new one in bags gives a nicer green colour and keeps that colour longer. The sencha green tea tends to darken from green to brown with time.

Currently I prefer the newly bought one because it is easier and quicker made and I can use cold water.

On the left the ready packed tea and on the right my 'sencha tea' 

There is not much difference in taste.

05.07.2013

Ichigo Daifuku

We made Ichigo Daifuku yesterday.

My friend is really good at making them (*^^*)
I'm totally envious!

We tried my new tea - Hojicha - roasted green tea. It was delicious. My first thought was that is similar to Genmaicha but somehow there is a huge difference between them

Yesterday I noticed that I have eight different kinds of green tea at home at the moment (°_°)
I never thought that I would ever notice a difference between different kinds of green tea. Now I want to try every kind of japanese tea I can get.

04.07.2013

Back From Our Mini Holiday

We've been on the Island Ruegen in the North of Germany the last two days.
More information is about to follow soon.