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2010.08.10

Current Exhibition Board

Animation can be alive in reality by the magical hand of film production designer like Mr. Yohei Taneda ! His current exhibition of Studio’s Ghibli “Karigurashi no Arrietty” is “the hot must do things this Summer”. He has created the world of “Little People” who live under the floorboard of normal people’s house inside 1,200 sq.m. exhibition space. As soon as I walked inside the exhibition space, I felt like I was the little people and part of Arrietty’s family, everything’s so real and approacble, I could feel that the little people were actually living there.

Entrance of Mo+

After touring Arrietty’s house, Taneda took us to the garden where Arrietty like to play, then, the mood of exhibition changes to be more like simple with his previous productions photographes and Arrietty’s production plans and sketches.
I bought original soundtrack CD which produced by Cecile Corbel and some postcards as souvenirs, I like all the songs in the movie because it reminds me of my childhood and also encourage me to live on strong with positive motivation.

CD Cover

The exhibition will last until October 3rd. and ticket can be purchased at Mo+ ( 1,200 yen) for access information, please visit http://www.mot-art-museum.jp/eng/access.html

Machiko

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Neputa Festival in Hirosaki

2010.08.09

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqid–7Ctxs

I went to Neputa festival last weekend. There are three places in Aomori Neputa festival,Hirosaki,Goshogawara and Aomori.
Hirosaki Neputa festival is quiet. People haul on a rope with saying “Yayado”.The neput float panel was really big so it was very difficult to haul under the street because high street lamps.
When the neputa float panel touched it the festival people care for it much more. When it pass throw under the street lamp. People clap the hands a lot. It was excited.

Art o Rice field in Inakadate village

ねぷた祭りにとうとう行く事ができました。一度はぜひと思っていたので、とても感動しました。新幹線で八戸から弘前へ、早速駅ではねぷたのお出迎え。祭りはお嫁さんのお母様が、ホテルの2階の特等席を予約してくださったので、涼しい中ゆっくり、全てのねぷたを見ることができました。あんなに大きなものを、人間がひいているのですから、色々な障害物があって、そこをくぐると観衆から、拍手がわいて、祭りを行う側と見物している側が一体となって、祭りを盛り上げるシーンは圧巻でした。寒い北国の一瞬の夏のお祭りのパワーに、しばし我を忘れ、酔いしれる事ができました。
右はお嫁さんの実家の近くの田舎館村のたんぼアートです。こちらも、各種色の違う苗を育てた結果ですので、大作です。

T

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My Sweet Day

2010.08.08

I love having sweet especially ice cream and all kinds of cake, I can even have them for breakfast, lunch and dinner in a day. Well, I actually did it few days ago. Hidemi Sugino in Kyobashi ( just off Ginza district) was my first stop, this pastissier found in 1973 and the owner chef Hidemi Sugino become well-known when he won the world pastissier championship in 1991. The waiting line’s started even before the shop opens each day. Of course, when I got there, I had to que up, once the store opened, everyone walked inside in order to select the choice of cake or kind of sweet then proceed to a seat. Unfortunately, picture inside the facility is not allowed in order to preserve the quatity of time of each customers to enjoy the taste of each cake. However, I managed to find picture of the cake I chose, which both were famous and could only be eaten inside only. The rich taste of quality ingredient was mouthful and worthed all I paid for….Next, I stoped by Tokyo Contemporary Art Museum to see the exhibition of Karigurashi no Arrietty and had lunch at cafe Hai, for dessert, I chose Vietnamese Flan, which used lots of contense milk and coffee for the caramel with crush ice, it’s very refreshing after a long walk.
Then I went to Shibuya for the sake of having Shoto sponge cake, I knew this Shoto Cafe by watching Japanese TV show, that the man in yellow suit walks along the area to search for cheap and delicious food that is recommened by each place he visited. For the Shibuya district, he ended up at Shoto Cafe and had toasted Shoto cake with fresh whip cream, of course I ordered the same thing and nothing went wrong…it’s surely the best and most delicious sponge cake I’ve ever had.
With My New Blythe
By Machiko

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Fine French dinner with a wonderful viewing!

2010.08.07

I went to a brand-new French restaurant “Chez Tomo” in Ginza which I had really wanted to visit for a long.
The restautant was located on the 11th floor so I was stirred with that beautiful night view of Ginza just as I came in there.
They had only one kind of course menu for 5980yen,however,there were many choices for the relish and main dish in the course. I was puzzled which to choose : )
All dishes were very beautiful, like an art! Especially,the dish of vegetable was amazing.Look at the picture!
There were so many kinds of fresh vegetable on a plain white plate and each vegetable was cooked in an each different way. I really enjoyed it : )

Ryoko

銀座にある“シェ・トモ”というフレンチレストランに行って来ました。
期待以上に、素敵なレストランでした。
ポーラビルの11階までエレベーターで昇り、店内に入った途端にまず銀座の夜景が目に飛び込んできました。もう、席に着く前から「きれいっ」「すごいっ」の連発です。
メニューは5890円のコース一つのみですが、前菜とメインを数多くのメニューの中から選ぶことができ、迷ってしまうくらいでした。
運ばれてくるお料理の盛り付けの美しさと斬新さに何より感動しました。
中でも、メインの前に出てくる野菜の盛り合わせは本当にきれいで美味しかったです。それぞれの野菜に合った味付け、調理がしてあり、一つ一つゆっくり楽しみながら味わうことができました。
銀座で5000円台でフランス料理のコースディナーを楽しめるお店はそう多くはないはずです。そしてそのお得感以上に、驚きや感動を体験できるお店だと思いました。
美味しいお料理ときれいな夜景と新しい発想にたくさん出会え、とてもとても楽しいひと時でした!

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Department store Maruhiro in Kawagoe-city

2010.08.06

custard cream, chocolate cream, macya cream and fresh cream
I went to “Maruhiro” in Kawagoe-city in Saitama. It’s very famous local department store in Kawagoe.
Kawagoe-city is my home town so I often go there Since when I was a child.
There is one of populer TV program for women in the moning.
Every week day they have a guest and they ask a recommend food to the guest.
Most of the time it’s sweets. And they call them “Omeza”.
Now, ”Maruhiro” has a “Omeza fair”!!! so you can imagine how wonderful the ”Omeza fair” is!
I got some cream buns which I really wanted since very long time ago.  When I found it I was very happy : )

It’s not big size but heavy more than I thought. It means a lot of cream inside ; )
I heard the cream bun is the most populer in this fair.

It should be keeping in a refrigerator. When I had the first bite, the cream is cool and sweet then I loved it ♪
Good bun for this season.

covered like a humberger
私の故郷の埼玉県川越市に「丸広」というデパートがあります。川越ではとても有名で、私は幼少の頃から家族や友人とよくこのデパートに買い物に出掛けます。
今、その「丸広」では、朝の人気TV番組「はなまるマーケット」で紹介された「おめざ」を集めた「おめざフェア」が開催されています。とっても美味しい物が大集合です!!
大分前から一度食べてみたかった、広島の八天堂のクリームパンを手に入れることができました:)
full of chocolate cream

サイズはそんなに大きくないのに、重みがあり持った感覚でクリームがたっぷりと詰まっているのが分かりました。 冷蔵保存の為、食べた瞬間に中の冷たくて美味しいクリームが口の中でとろけ、柔らかいパンの生地と融合していて、とても美味しかったです。 夏にはぴったりのクリームパンです♪
 Yuka

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