Easy Valentine’s Day Chocolate Recipes!

As you may know, Valentine’s Day in Japan is the day when ladies give chocolate to their friends, sweetheart, or someone they hope to get together with (and it’s most often home-made)! Here are some easy recipes to give to your loved ones. Have fun with it!

Chocolate Love Bark

What you need:

Chocolate (of course!) – Milk, semi-sweet, dark, or white.

Toppings – Dried fruits, toasted nuts, cocoa nibs, candied ginger, or pretty much anything you’d like.

How to make:

Line a chilled wax paper on a baking pan, melt the chocolate until it is smooth and pour it onto the pan. Spread the chocolate evenly, sprinkle on the toppings. Place the chocolate in the freezer for 20 minutes to set.

Image: foodnetwork.com

Matcha Truffles

What you need:

1/2 teaspoon of matcha green tea powder

7 ounces 70% Dark Chocolate, fine chopped

1/3 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup sugar

Matcha green tea

How to make:

Combine the cream, sugar and 1/2 a teaspoon of matcha green tea in a saucepan and whisk. Bring to a boil, stir constantly, and remove from heat. Immediately add 5 ounces of the chopped chocolate to the mixture and gently stir until blended. Spread the mixture in a shallow dish and refrigerate until firm. Roll the mixture into balls and arrange on baking sheet lined with wax papaer. Freeze truffles until firm. Melt the leftover two ounces of chopped chocolate and lightly coat the truffles. Roll the cooled truffles in the matcha powder, store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to enjoy!

Recipe courtesy of foodnetwork.com

Spiked Bourbon Hot Chocolate

What you need:

1 cup whole milk

1 teaspoon cornstarch

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

2 teaspoons brown sugar

¼ teaspoon salt

2 oz semi sweet chocolate

½ teaspoon vanilla

1½ oz bourbon

whipped cream

caramel

How to make:

Mix the milk, cornstarch, and cocoa powder together in a saucepan. Whisk until completely blended. Turn on the heat to medium-high and add the brown sugar, salt, and chocolate. Stir frequently until the mixture is hot and the chocolate is completely melted. Remove the saucepan from heat and stir in the vanilla and bourbon. Pour the hot chocolate into a mug and top with whipped cream and caramel.

Recipe and photo courtesy of cookienameddesire.com

Choco-dipped Fruit Bouquet

What you need:

Your fav fruits

Your fav chocolate

Cream

How to make:

Melt the chocolate and cream together in a bowl set over simmering water until just melted. Stir and remove from heat. Dip each fruit into the mixture and set aside on wax paper to dry.

Rasberry-filled Molten Cupcakes

What you need:

1/2 cup of granulated sugar

6 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature

4 large eggs

1/2 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)

Pinch of salt

11 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted (2 1/2 cups chopped)

18 raspberries (36 if they are small)

Confectioners’ sugar, for serving

Vanilla ice cream (optional)

How to make:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 12 standard muffin tin cups with paper liners. In a large bowl with a mixer, beat butter and sugar on medium high until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. With mixer on low, beat in flour and salt. Beat in chocolate until just combined. Divide half the batter among cups, add two raspberries to each, and top with remaining batter.

Bake until tops are just set and no longer shiny, 10 to 11 minutes, let cool in pan on a wire rack, 10 minutes. Remove from pans, dust with confectioners’ sugar, and top with ice cream!

Recipe and photo courtesy of Marthastewart.com

Have fun trying out these recipes and maybe you’ll get something sweet in return next month on White Day! 😉

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3 Ways to Stay Warm in Japan!

We’re currently still in the depths of winter here in Tokyo and everyone’s feeling the chill! Here’s some distinctly Japanese tips to stay warm while we wait for spring. It’s just around the corner and I can already taste the sakura  Starbucks drink… but until then try some of these out!

  1. Go to an Onsen (Japanese Public Bath)

If you haven’t already visited a Japanese public bath, winter is the best time! If you can get out to the countryside and experience a real onsen, you’ll see a multitude of benefits to your skin and health. And best of all, it warms up your whole body so you won’t feel cold all day!

If you’re currently in an inner city area, there are plenty of onsen-style public baths where you can get the same warming effect. Just remember these bathhouses have strict rules so read up properly before you go!

  1. Eat Nabe

Nabe is Japanese style hot-pot. You can throw pretty much anything in which makes it a handy recipe when you’ve got a fridge full of random bits and pieces. You can even buy a pre-made broth at the supermarket, making this dish idiot-proof! Add ingredients to the simmering pot and once they are cooked, everyone can take their pick and eat from their own bowl. While eating, add more ingredients and the whole process starts again! Unlimited food!

If you’re not confident in your cooking skills, brace going outside in the cold to a restaurant. It’ll be worth it! Here’s a list of cheap restaurants for nabe, some are even all-you-can-eat! Amazing!

  1. Use Self-warming Products

 

There’s so many to choose from! Cold back? Back pad! Cold hands? Hand warmers! Cold eyes? Heated eye mask!! Seriously, any type of coldness you may have is covered in this wonderful country.

Self-heating bags can be placed inside your pockets to keep your hands toasty while you’re outside. They’re sold in all supermarkets, drugstores and convenience stores, look for something called ‘Kairo’. They’re super cheap and last for up to 20 hours (use them while you wait for that friend who’s always late…). Simply take them out from the plastic bag, shake them a few times and they start to heat up. Technology!

What are your tips for beating the chill? Leave a comment and let us know!

Stay warm, ladies!

How to Get a Successful Haircut in Tokyo

Foreign ladies in Japan with salon anxiety, we’ve got your back!

Japan is a largely homogenous nation. This makes some foreigners believe that Japanese stylists don’t know how to cut foreign hair. And of course, we all have that eternal worry faced by all resident non-Japanese. That no matter how good your language skills are, you’ll still manage to end up with the hairstyle from hell, due to some mix-up of your words.

One of our very own staff members, Jan, discovered a fantastic English-speaker-friendly salon in Ebisu that will put all your hair worries to rest. She recently went in for the chop and was impressed with what she found.

Nepenji interestingly derives its name from a Greek legend. Nepenthe is a potion that will chase away your sorrows, much like a good hair cut according to the owners!

The head stylist speaks fluent English which eliminates the chance of you walking out with an accidental mullet. She also used to work at a curl specialist salon in New York meaning when it comes to different hair textures she’s already seen and worked with them all.

As you can tell from this photo, Jan really went for a big change and she looks great!

It would be a waste to throw her long locks in the bin, so she’s donating them to an Osaka-based charity that makes wigs for children undergoing chemotherapy. Visit their website if you’re thinking about getting your hair cut any time soon! Your hair must be over 31cm in length and in good health in order to donate it.

A more general tip for those looking to book salon appointments is to use Hot Pepper Beauty, a website and app that lets you search for salons in your area and book appointments conveniently. Not just hair styling, but you can also book any kind of beauty service such as nails or make up. There’s often special deals available, as a reward for booking through the website. The site is only in Japanese, so if you’re struggling, you can usually wade through a bad machine translation and figure things out.

Good luck on your hair journey in Japan! And be adventurous because even if it all goes wrong, hair grows back!

Unless you end up with a mullet. Then I’m sorry, but it’s all over.

 

 

Gomi Guide: Let’s Talk TRASH in Japan!

Gomi ごみ (sometimes written ゴミ) is the Japanese word for garbage. Living in Japan, one of the first things you’ll need to do is get familiar with your area’s gomi guide. Trash-related issues could easily become a cause of trouble for you or your neighbors, so let’s get off on the right foot!

There’s no simple way to describe Japan’s garbage sorting system. Waste disposal is carried out at the municipal level, which means that each city, town, and district has a completely different system. To establish a comfortable life for both you and others in the community, it is important to follow the local rules for trash collection.

Figuring out how it’s done!

① When you move into a new address, your real estate agent or property manager should provide you with a trash separation pamphlet from your local municipal office. If not, you can pick one up from your city hall or even find the information online if it is offered.

② Refer to notices and signs posted in communal areas near your house around the neighborhood.

※ The majority of these will be stated only in Japanese so if you can’t read kanji but have a smart phone, Google translate will be very handy!

A trash schedule sign will be posted to indicated where you can leave your trash for pick-up.

Which trash is which? How do I seperate it?

Trash in Japan is largely separated into 3 types.

Combustible/Burnable Trash: Food waste, paper scraps, dirty plastic products, old clothing, rubber and leather materials, etc. These charts pretty much sum it up.

Non-Combustible/Non-Burnable Trash: Metals, glass, ceramics, spray cans, broken light bulbs, etc.

※ Garbage that can be separated as plastics have a “プラ” mark (for plastic in Japanese) on the product label. PET bottle caps and their plastic sleeves should be removed and disposed with your “Plastics.” Don’t forget that your “plastics” such as convenient store bentos and plastic food containers must be rinsed and dried before putting it out.

Recyclable Trash: Glass bottles, aluminum cans, PET bottles, cardboard, old papers, milk cartons, magazines and books, etc.

In some wards, PET Bottles and Plastic Containers / Package are sometimes separated from Recyclable Garbage and will be collected on a different day.

Large/Oversized Disposable Items: Bicycles, futons, furniture, etc.

For oversized items, you must call and request ahead of time to arrange a pick-up with your particular ward. Refer to your garbage seperation pamphlet or gomi guide and the phone number for large trash pick-up should be written there. Once you have arranged a day for the large trash pick-up, there is a “large trash” sticker you should buy from the convenience store and put it on your large trash. This indicates that your large trash disposal has been properly arranged.

※ Major home appliances such as TV sets, air conditioners, computers, refrigerators/freezers, and washing/drying machines cannot be collected as oversized trash. If you are replacing the old item with a new one, be sure to tell the shop to collect the old item.

How to throw it out:

For household garbage disposal, you will need to collect your garbage according to the ward’s scheduled garbage pick-up day. Check to see which garbage will be picked up that morning whether that be burnable, non-burnable, recycleable, etc. Usually, the pick up time is no later than 8:00 A.M. so try not to miss it! You can sometimes put out your trash late the night before garbage pick-up.

It is recommended that your trash is in a clear, transparent plastic bag so the contents are visible. If you have large volumes of trash, you can purchase these large trash bags at the convenience store or supermarket. Be sure to follow these rules or your trash may not be picked up!

Though sorting garbage can be a pain sometimes, together as a society it is very efficient and eco-friendly. We are living each day as a member of a house, a member of a community, and of course as a contributor of the world, so let’s show some love and care.

References:

https://www.tokyo-icc.jp/guide_eng/info/01.html

sustainability.stackexchange.com

Jpninfo.com

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Slow Trip on a Shoestring Anywhere in Japan with Seishun 18 Kippu Ticket

If you enjoy slow life, talking with the locals enjoy a walk in small town, exploring a little more sideways to your destination, try this ticket. It`s more than worth it.

The Seishun 18 Ticket (青春18きっぷ), generally referred to simply as the jūhachi kippu, is a very notable and well-known JR ticket that gives you “all-you-can-ride” access anywhere you want all day with the catch being that you can only take JR regular trains (locals and rapids). It is only available in the time around spring, summer, and winter vacation, and despite the name – yes – you can use it even if you are over 18.

The ticket costs ¥11850 and gets you five days of usage (¥2370 per day). The five days do not have to be used consecutively. If you have a friend along, you can both use the same ticket – so if you went somewhere one day as a couple you’d still have three days left on the ticket.

You can buy the ticket at JR station ticket offices, View Plazas (JR Travel Service Centers) and major travel agencies throughout Japan. But the ticket is seasonal please check out the below time table.

Season

Spring Term of sale Feb. 20———–Mar. 31
Term of validity Mar.1———— Apr. 10
Summer Term of sale July 1————-Aug. 31
Term of validity July 20———– Sep. 10
Winter Term of sale Dec.1————-Dec.31
Term of validity Dec.10———– Jan. 10

http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/arrange/travel/practical/y18.html

Last winter, I and my friend brought the ticket for our  trip to Utsunomiya and Sendai  + lots of extra miles and extra trips to Kamakura + Yokohama  and Fujisan-kawaguchiko lake.

 

 

Day 2 Fukushima- Sendai

Day 3 Sendai back to Tokyo

Day 4 Kamakura -Yokohama

Day 5 Fujisan

 

 

For me the true value of the ticket is not it is cheap  but that you can get on and off the train anywhere you want. It can make for especially nice and experience-rich trips if you use it over a long weekend or a whole week. It can be really fun to use the 18 ticket out to a distant destination, seeing plenty of stuff along the way, and then just returning home via bus or shinkansen if  you would like.

 

Enjoy the trip!

 

 

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http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/arrange/travel/practical/y18.html

http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/pass/seishun18.html

 

 

 

 

 

How to Recycle and Dispose Your Stuff ?

Though it is best to giving away stuff that you no longer need but still functioning and in good condition to people who may need it. But in case of moving out if you really running out of time to post of if there is no adopter contact you in time, or if the stuff is really in a bad condition and nothing you can do but throwing it away;  here are How to Recycle and Dispose Your Stuff cheaply and properly.

Payment On-delivery Computer Recyclers

Some appliances are inherently more recyclable than others.  For example, you will have a lot of trouble trying to find anyone willing to take an old printer off your hands—they break, they’re expensive to run and new ones don’t cost that much anyway. Computers however are full of parts that can be recycled in reconditioned machines—fans, cases, hard drives, CD/DVD drives, power supplies and monitors can all be re-used or re-purposed. Given the expense of sending them back to the manufacturer for disposal, you’re better off looking for people willing to recycle them for you. There is a recycler service provider  pc819.com (link in Japanese).  If you don’t speak or read Japanese, you might need to ask for someone to help you.  With this service, not only the recycling is free but so is the shipping—as long as you use Kuroneko Yamatotakyubin to send it. They claim that they’ll also wipe all the data from your hard drive. Don’t be clever and remove everything of value first (RAM chips, power supply, hard drive etc.) or there is a good chance they’ll reject it—then you’ll end up paying for the shipping both ways. Another similar service  is https://pc-farm.co.jp/ which follows the same process. An interesting aspect of their service is that you can send other things (like printers, etc., for free in the same box as the computer or other high-value item).

http://www.pc819.com

Consumer Electronics Retailers

If you’re buying a new fridge, TV or washing machine, most retailers (Bic Camera, Yodobashi Camera, etc.) will dispose of your old one very cheaply or even free of charge. Don’t forget to mention it when you are purchasing the item—or before for a little extra negotiating power.

‘Sodai Gomi’Oversized Garbage

This is the standard way that most people use to get rid of large items in Japan. You may need to plan up and need at least 1 week time  to arrange everything. Every city (and ward) in Japan offers a service in which they collect large rubbish (sodai gomi).  If you don’t speak or read Japanese, then your ward or city should at least have some information in English on their web site about this. Typically you have to call a number and explain what you want to throw out and tell them the size of the item. Based on this they will tell you how many ‘粗大ゴミ処理券’ (soudai gomi shori ken—stickers you attach to the item) you need to buy and when to put it out for collection.  The stickers can be purchased from just about any convenience store. It’s a bit of a pain and sometimes can be expensive. If you don’t speak Japanese, they should have at least one person in the office who can speak some English to help you through. Also be aware that not all things can be put out with ‘sodai gomi’.  For example, printers are OK, but computers are not. By law, the original manufacturers of the computer are responsible for its disposal. The  original manufacturer might cost you 6,000 yen or more.

Roaming Recycling Trucks (not really cheap)

You can’t be in Japan for longer than a few weeks before you notice the ‘kei-trucks’ driving around your neighborhood very slowly blaring out a recorded message exhorting you to bring out your appliances and have them take them away for free or even pay cash. Despite what the announcements claim, they’ll only do that if they can get a lot for selling it—so it basically has to be a brand new appliance!  If it isn’t new, you’ll likely have to pay them a few thousand yen to get rid of it. The collectors actually call it a ‘disposal’ fee—which didn’t make a lot of sense when I used one of these guys to get rid of an old analog (it was still LCD) television. Despite saying he was going to ‘dispose’ of it for 4,000 yen, the guy insisted that I dig up the power supply and the remote control for him to take as well!  I’ve seen programs on TV where they actually take these old TVs, pile them into containers and send them off to places like the Philippines or South America. This raises ethical issues as the disposal of these items is then offloaded to poorer countries less likely to have the resources to do it properly.

 

Reference

5 Ways to Recycle or Dispose of Stuff Cheaply in Tokyo

 

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What Should I Do Before, During, And After An Earthquake?

 

Japan is a country that is prominent in the world for having earthquakes. During the period of one year of my stay in Japan I have had experience approximately 10 , big and small earthquakes or so.  However, as according to Japanese people who know their home the best it is not necessary to always feel anxiety when it comes to “earthquakes”.

That is because  just as much as there are earthquakes, schemes have been made in order for Japan’s architectural structure to be able to withstand earthquakes. Almost all of Japan’s buildings are made to be able to withstand earthquakes to a certain extent.

And if anything, panicking just because an earthquake occurs can be more dangerous. It is best to get your self well informed and prepared. And here below are some basics and useful information that Tulip Real Estates Co., Ltd. has compiled for you.

What to Do Before an Earthquake

  • Make sure you have a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, a battery-powered radio, a flashlight, and extra batteries at home. For Tulip Real Estate Co, Ltd.`s share house , we provide fire extinguishers,flashlight, and extra batteries and other emergency equipment at all houses. Every resident must be taught how to use the fire extinguisher and locations of the emergency kit upon move in procedure.
  • Learn first aid.
  • Learn how to turn off the gas, water, and electricity.
  • Make up a plan of where to meet your family after an earthquake.
  • Don’t leave heavy objects on shelves (they’ll fall during a quake).
  • Anchor heavy furniture, cupboards, and appliances to the walls or floor.
  • Learn the earthquake plan at your school or workplace.

What to Do During an Earthquake

Stay calm! If you’re indoors, stay inside. If you’re outside, stay outside.

  1. Protect yourself

If you’re indoors, stand against a wall near the center of the building, stand in a doorway, protect your head with a helmet or cushion, and hide in a safe place, such as under a table. Stay away from windows and outside doors. Running outside is potentially dangerous, because roof tiles and glass may fall on you.

2. Extinguish flames

Major aftershocks can come after the smallest earthquakes. Calmly extinguish any nearby flames.

Caution!!

If you are cooking, oil or boiling water may spill during the quake. Under such circumstances, you should immediately distance yourself from the oil or water and extinguish the flames after the quake stops.

Don’t use matches, candles, or any flame. Broken gas lines and fire don’t mix.

What to Do After an Earthquake

Open your door and secure an escape route

Earthquakes can warp buildings, especially apartment buildings, making it impossible to open doors and escape. Open doors and windows to secure an escape route and prevent yourself from becoming trapped.

 

Be careful of broken glass

You may injure your feet on broken glass and other objects. Prepare a flashlight and slippers near your bed so you will be able to move safely.  Be careful around broken glass and debris. Wear boots or sturdy shoes to keep from cutting your feet.

Never return to your house

Once you have evacuated, never return to the house to get money or possessions. You may become trapped under debris or caught in a fire. Try to avoid entering your house until safety is confirmed.

Walk to your refuge area

Many emergency vehicles, such as fire engines and ambulances, will be using roads during disasters. Obstructing emergency vehicles immediately increases the damage caused by a disaster. Never use cars during an earthquake.

Where is My Evacuation Area in Tokyo?

Evacuation tips

Avoid phone calls after a disaster

Turn on the radio. Don’t use the phone unless it’s an emergency.

Phone line usage jumps up during disasters because of people trying to confirm the safety of themselves or others. This can obstruct emergency phone calls, such as 110, 119, and utility information.
Please avoid unnecessary phone calls. When you want to confirm the safety of a person, try to use the NTT Disaster Telephone Message Service (171) or make conversations as short as possible.

Calmly obtain accurate information

False rumors and information can spread during disasters, leading to further confusion. Obtain accurate information from the TV or radio and don’t get tricked by misinformation.

What should I do in these stituation?

When walking outside
Take caution against falling objects, such as signs and broken windows. Tools and construction materials can fall down at a construction site. Protect your head with your bag or coat and keep at a distance from tall buildings.
Stone walls and pillars can also fall down and are potentially dangerous.
When driving a car
Firmly hold the steering wheel, gradually reduce speed, park your car on the left side of the road, and stop the engine. Listen to information on the radio and find out what is happening. If you need to evacuate, leave your keys, keep the doors unlocked, and walk away with your car documents and valuables.
When underground or in a subway
The shaking you feel when you are underground is about half of what you would experience over ground. Additionally, underground areas have strong structures and are safer than high-rise buildings. Calmly evacuate, following instructions from shop clerks and subway staff.
When in high-rise buildings
Elevators with earthquake sensors will stop at the nearest floor. Immediately leave the elevator. If you get stuck in the elevator, use the intercom to contact someone outside and wait for rescue.
When you evacuate from buildings, never use elevators, listen to announcements, and use the stairs to leave the building.
When near the ocean
Head for higher ground and carefully listen to tsunami information. Do not go near the ocean until tsunami warnings have been cleared. Don’t even think about going to watch tsunamis!

 

What`s More

Important Information and Communication Tools

1. Yurekuru Call is an app available for iPhone and Android that sends you a warning if an earthquake might occur in your registered location, which is part of the nationwide early warning system. Many Japanese telephones have this function already built into the phone, so it’s worth asking your mobile company about this if you decide not to go for a smartphone.

For android , please click  here

For Iphone, please click here 

2. The Disaster Emergency Message Dial (171) is a voice message board for communication when a disaster such as an earthquake or volcanic eruption occurs and telephone traffic to the disaster-stricken area increases making it difficult to transmit calls. By entering your landline phone number as a pin code, you can leave a message on the system where other family members who share the same landline number can listen to your message and record theirs as well.

For both channel,  the system prompts are all in Japanese, but if you follow the steps you can still use this valuable tool even if you don’t understand Japanese.

Continue to think about how our residents will have a peace of mind and enjoy Japan and Japanese culture that have so much to offer, we hope that this article would be more or less helpful. And  we hope that you will love Japan, including its difficult natural environment.

With love and care.

International Unit

Tulip Real Estate Co., Ltd.

 

 

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Nakano`s Ramen Adventure

Ask anyone to like up Japanese food and ramen surely is listed among the top. Japanese governments even made it the latest “Cool Japan”  , government efforts to take advantage of this spreading interest in Japan’s pop culture and food around the world, and its growth potential. Please see more in https://www.ana-cooljapan.com/contents/ramen/

The Cool Japan Fund set up by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry last year said Monday it would spend up to ¥2 billion ($17 million) to help a ramen noodle restaurant chain expand its business in Europe and the United States.

So to keep up with the trend 2 colleagues/Ramen maniacs  set out on Nakano`s Ramen (little) Adventure. We found out that there are 2 ramen stores listed in  TRY (Tokyo Ramen of the Year) in Numabukuro, near 2 of our share houses  Happy House Vitamin Color and Happy House Asian

1) Gotaro Ramen (ごたる (Gotaru in Numabukuro)

Simple, not too creamy, and inexpensive describe the Hakata ramen at Gotaru, 650 Yen. The chashu is especially buttery, and it almost melts in your mouth. This bowl goes on the short-list of great tonkotsu ramen shops in Tokyo.

http://www.ramenadventures.com/2013/02/gotaru-in-numabukuro.html

東京都中野区新井3-38-10
Tokyo, Nakano-ku, Arai 3-38-10
Closest station: Numabukuro

Open 11:30-14:30, 17:00-23:00
Weekends 11:30-23:00
Closed Mondays

2)  MUTEPPOU

A ramen shop from Kyoto opened in Tokyo, MUTEPPOU 8 mins walk from Numabukuro station.

3 words to describe it?  Its heavy, oily yet tasty.  For certain one of the most intense tonkotsu ramens out there.

Muteppou’s broth is made of pork bones.. It is boiled until the bones are completely crushed and the chef is constantly mixing the bones or broth using a huge stainless steel stick. I had the famous Tonkotsu ramen (Pork bone broth ramen) for 750 yen.The soup was so extra thick and creamy that you can feel the gluey soup coat the noodle when you lifted with shopsticks.  They also have fish broth, which is also good and thick. My colleague have the fish broth one. If you are not a big fan of creamy stuff the fish broth is recommended.

 

For girls living in Nakano and Egoda area. Happy House Vitamin Color, Happy House Asian, Happy House Orange,and  Happy House Herb, its in walking distance. Especially Happy House Vitamin Color , it`s less than 5 minutes` walk.

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Washing Machine and Dryer – Kanji Cheat Sheet

Washing clothes has been a very basic skill, one that I have taken for granted. That was until I came to Japan and found myself illiterate and could not make heads or tails of any Kanji on the washing machine I was trying to use.

Being in Japan it’s more than highly likely that your washing machine and other house hold appliances will be written in kanji and hiragana.

While some may get by with similarities; how  your machine is similar to the one back home. But to some with totally different climate, it may not be surprising the washing machines here can really be all that different.

Well if you’re another one out there who are struggling with it, not to worry, below is a Kanji Cheat Sheet that  though it may not tell you exactly what to do and there may be thousands of models,but if you know the basic concepts, you’ll be able to get the job done.

Washing Machine and Dryer Kanji and Kana

洗剤     detergent

漂白剤     bleach

柔軟剤     fabric softener

洗濯コース     washing course

標準     standard

お急ぎ     fast

毛布 / もうふ     heavy (blankets/linen)

手洗い / 念入り     gentle wash

わが家流     personalized settings

洗濯  / 洗い / あらい     wash

すすぎ     rinse

排水     drain

脱水     spin dry

一時停止 / いちじていし     pause

冷水     cold water

温水     warm water

水量     water volume

水位     water level

給水     water supply

洗濯のみ     wash only

乾燥のみ     dry only

洗・乾切替     to switch between washing/drying

洗濯~乾燥連続運転     continuous wash to dry operation

乾燥     dry

室内干し     indoor drying / hanging clothes inside

ソフト温風     soft warm air

送風     cool air

高温     hot/high temperature

控えめ     low temperature/controlled drying

Reference:

Kanji Cheat Sheet: Washers and Dryers