September 14, 2020
I was supposed to be in Japan now, but because of the COVID-19 outbreak, my flight was cancelled and I am still in Canada.
Although we are not going to Japan this summer, I wanted to do something that we might have done in Tokyo. So we decided to fix the lid of our rice cooking pot, which Jess dropped and broke.
Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with lacquer that is dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, a method that is similar to the Maki-e technique.
It is interesting that Marie Kondo-san is teaching North Americans how to declutter, but Japanese people also have the concept, Mottainai.
Mottainai is a Japanese term used to convey a sense of regret over waste. It is a term also used to encourage individuals to reduce, reuse and recycle, as well as show gratitude and avoid waste whenever possible.
With that being said, we love the rice cooking pot. We don't use an electric rice cooker at all, and cooking rice in the pot is something we enjoy and love, so we felt mottainai and sent the lid to the master of Kintsugi, our mom of Tokyo, Yoshiko-sensei.
And this came back!
The great part of Kintsugi is that it actually makes broken pottery look way nicer than before. All the gold lines give character to the pot and we will love this pot for a long time.
Yoshiko-sensei has a pottery studio in Tokyo. We love her craft and Jess was learning pottery from her. Also, we are big fans of her food! Her creativity never stops :)
So when this crazy time ends, and if you have a chance to go to Tokyo, bring along your broken pottery and fix it with Yoshiko-sensei. She has classes for tourists(one day tryout) and you can return home with your favorite pottery intact! You can find her information below.
June 01, 2021
There is a special place in my heart, and my mouth, for ramen. I love it! Now as we are preparing to launch our own new healthy version, ABO Ramen, I’d like to share a bit of the inspiration for its creation as well as bring light to the style of ramen that I grew up eating in Kyushu.
There are many regional varieties of ramen throughout Japan. The table below shows a basic breakdown of the ramen styles from the north of the country to the south. This list is not exhaustive as I may have missed some, and experimentation is going on all the time.
November 26, 2020
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