Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wednesday in Japan...

Umeboshi !
Pickled plums.
My favorite !
Japanese son and family when on a trip to Hotel Nakanoshima which is the only island hot spring hotel in Japan.
They found this small Omiyage (gift to bring back) for me.
Fabulous packaging filled with umeboshi.
So cute !

These little umeboshi triangles are under 2 inches tall. The plums are small and you can see one peeking out.
These are special because some are flavored with honey, shiso or plain.
Daughter and I are planing a vegan sushi dinner one night and will make rice balls topped with the different flavors umeboshi so we can have a tasting.

I am very spoiled by my Japanese family and extended family.
Sons Mother In Law sent me for my Birthday, some Totoro furoshki (they all know I am a Totoro/Studio Ghibli fan) that can be used for wrapping gifts, your lunch box and a placemat.
But what I really love is the small landscape hangings or coasters. She is an excellent quilter and has made me wonderful gifts over the years. One of my all time favorites is a beautiful pillow that unzips to a quilted throw.
My son is so lucky to have married into such a wonderful family, he even took their family name.

Japan has the best socks and here is a fun bag that was filled with gifts and of course some socks from son and daughter in law.

New wall charm from Koshikiiwa Temple. This is the same neighborhood Temple that Granddaughter had her Omiyamairi (bapistism) at.

Just had to slip these two photo in.
Every morning when I wake up and step into the kitchen this is the view I get to see.

and on a sunny morning the shadows are beautiful.
No wonder I have always drawn and painted my trees like this.

lucky. . . parsnip
music. . . Nausicaa, Joe Hisaishi

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  1. well honey i love all this but where are the little square boys??? yert!

    smiles, bee

  2. Hello Gayle:
    The Japanese are so wonderfully gifted when it comes to packaging and presenting things. The wrappings of your pickled plums are exquisite!

    As you say, it is so good that your family can draw upon two very different cultures and enjoy the best of them both. It does make for an interesting life.

  3. I just want to eat those candies

  4. one of the things i miss most about los angeles is the wonderful japanese american area in downtown. there is a marvelous history that is both sad and hopeful and speaks to the resiliency of the american spirit. lovely photos, sugar! xoxoxo

  5. Hi Parsnip, I've had those pickled plums and they are such a treat. Your photos of your yard and the lovely shadows on the mountains are so pretty. It makes me want to head right down there. Are those the Santa Catalinas?

  6. Yes, very lucky Parsnip! Love your backyard and your son and daughter-in-law send you the cutest gifts! Thanks for sharing!

  7. You certainly are lucky. In laws can be tricky sometimes but they obviously realise that they are also lucky to have you in their family.
    I like the sound of pickled plums:)

  8. We're glad you like everything. Nice shadows. It's been too cold and rainy here this weekend to do much other than lay around. :P

  9. I like those quilts!

    And what a view!