Thursday, December 23, 2004

New Year's gift coupons

We still have a week before the year of 2005 starts, but my mom in law have already prepared a New Year's gift for my daughter. Giving New Year's money to children is a typical custom in Japan.
The envelope was unusually thick as for money, then I realized what's inside are gift coupons. Although my daughter is no more a kid, she still enjoys the benefit of this custom. May be because she is the only grandchild for her grandma?
This special envelope for a New Year's money is very beautiful. The colors, red and white are usually represent happy events. I'm not sure but it might be originated from "the country of the rising sun," just like the meaning of Japanese flag.
China and Korea also have the same custom of giving New Year's money, but they do New Year's cerebration according to the lunar calendar. When I visited Hong Kong, I saw an envelope used for New Year's money, which was deep red.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004


Frankly speaking, I think it's very good for the first time. Much better than I expected anyway.
Though it is very similar in appearance to Japanese Makizushi, Kimpa, seasoned rice rolled in laver, is a popular Korean dish.

The most conspicuous difference between the two is seasoning of rice. Sesame oil, sesame, and salt are used for Kimpa, while vinegar and sugar are used for Makizushi.
The laver used was obtained in Seoul when I visited there.
Looks good, tastes so-so.

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Practice makes Perfect

Recently took a 3-day trip to Seoul with my daughter. The purpose of the trip was practicing my poor Korean language there and see how I could make myself understood. I tried to use every single Korean word I had learned to communicate with people there, which consequently brought me some warm-hearted encounters.

There are many ways to get close to different cultures, and through this trip I realized that learning languages was one of the best and shortest ways.
People were friendly, food was good, and the city was very exciting. I love the neighboring country and its people. I'm sure I will visit there again anytime soon!

Friday, December 03, 2004

It's that time of the year again!

We have been with him for 12years. He is from the States and likes playing the piano and singing Christmas songs. Annually he sits in the corner of our living room from the beginning of December through Christmas. I wish I could let you listen to his wonderful songs. Despite his motionless left hand, his singing is always joyful. I love him!