by Stefani on 15-April-2009

It seems strange, I know, for a born and bred, dyed in the wool Texas gal to be longing for Japan, but I am.

It’s been more than a year since my big trip across the globe, and that is just WAY too long.

So I have to tell ya, it has been great fun to revisit Japan with my kids and the Book of Days this month. If we can’t get to Japan we can do our best to bring a little Japan home, right?

We thought we’d share some fun stuff to help you get into that Japanese state of mind.

* We are big Bento fans in these parts. We don’t pack every lunch this way, but now and again we break out our boxes and wee little soy bottles and go to town turning our eggs into bunnies and our weiners into octopi.
If you aren’t familiar with the bento, or just want to bask in it’s glory, visit Lunch in a Box and this Bento Flickr Group.

* Speaking of Japanese cuisine, my oldest likes sushi, but the other two are too chicken to give it a go. I’m thinking that they’d be SO down with Not Martha’s version though. Just look at her sweet photo!


They’re not anything that any self respecting Japanese person would consume, but dang they are cute, aren’t they?

* My guys LOVE to gather ’round the coffee table for a “tea ceremony”. We sit on pillows and use the cups and teapot that Daddy smuggled home in his suitcase from a business trip to Tokyo. Can I just say that I LOVE that my boys are all for a tea party so long as we call it a “ceremony”. It helps that I tell them all the best Samurai attended many a tea ceremony. I think we’ll have to try Maya’s sop * sop tea next.

* We’re going to do our best to pack up our faux sushi in our bento boxes, bottle some tea and head out for our version of a hanami (picnic under the cherry blossoms), but ours will be without the blossoms. We may just have to take along a few photos of Valarie’s romp among the sakura blossoms or maybe some of our homemade branches.

Sakura forest Maryville Tennessee

* Maybe you’d like to see some photos from my trip to Japan? It wasn’t cherry blossom season, but we did manage to find some pretty red maple leaves.

Please feel free to post any great Japan-related links/ideas/recipes too!

(p.s. The title of this post is what you say when you answer the phone in Japan. It sounds like “moshee moshee.” I had that down and could answer the phone with style. Of course that’s about as far as my phone conversations went, but still, I was pretty proud of myself 🙂

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