this star came home in the school bag last week. along with a bundle of tears. i could see the disappointment in his face. that something he crafted ever so carefully was shattered into a thousand pieces. i reassured him that we can fix it. and fix it we shall. so i’ve pulled out the gold to make this star shine even brighter. #cs_decorate @creativelysquared @scotch_anz
I'm not in Japan but i got to taste a bit of its culture through this super delicious Kinako Mochi (Mochi sprinkled with soya bean powder on top). This Kinako Mochi served by my english student which happen to be a japanese woman at her house. She said it's made by her and her students at Bandung Japanese School on Mochizuki Festival. My today's english conversation was all about japanese new year celebration and it's include mochi. Mrs. Sakurada told me an interesting story about Mochizuki Festival and Osechi (New year luxurious dish). Mochi itself always made before new year and it's a food that has deep meaning inside. It's usually served at new year celebration with other dishes like kamaboko (fish cake) in exchange of rice. The texture of Japanese Mochi is different than Indonesian glutinous rice cake, it is more chewy and needs more effort to chew it. (Reminds me of mozarella cheese.) It is served at new year celebration with Osechi and also presented to Japanese God in a form of Kagami Mochi so that they can live a long and prosperous life for one year to come (get it? Mochi is chewy and long if it's pulled 😉). Interesting isn't it? My today's conversation session seems more like japanese culture lesson for me than a teaching duty. 😆😆 .
CHRISTMAS IN JAPAN 🎄
Pronounced “'Meri Kurisumasu'
In Japan, Christmas in known more as a time to spread happiness rather than a religious celebration. Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) is often celebrated more than Christmas Day. That day is thought of as a romantic day, in which couples spend time together and exchange presents 🎁. It is kind of like a Valentine’s Day in America. Couples hang together, go for walks, watch the Christmas decorations and lights and dine in a nice restaurant 😍. One of the traditional Japanese Christmas food is Christmas cake 🍰, literally the same cake we see in this emoji!! Kind of spongy, with strawberries 🍓and whipped cream :
NAVIDAD EN JAPÓN 🎄
En Japón la Navidad es más conocida como un tiempo para dar felicidad antes que un momento religioso. La Noche Buena (Dic. 24) se celebra más que el día de Navidad. Ese día es comúnmente más celebrado como un día romántico en donde las parejas la pasan juntas, intercambian regalos 🎁, casi como si fuera el Día de San Valentín acá en America. Las parejas salen a pasear, van a ver las decoraciones de Navidad juntos y cenan en algún buen restaurante 😍. Una tradición de Navidad para ellos es el pastel de Navidad 🍰. Literal es exacto a este emoji que ven aquí!! Esponjadito con fresas 🍓 y crema batida.