春雨 shun u (gentle spring rain) tanka

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copyright KanzenSakura

copyright KanzenSakura

Spring Rain gently taps
Tender Green and begs a dance
While clover blossoms
On holiday enjoy a
Rainy day at Puddle Lake.

copyright KanzenSakura

copyright KanzenSakura

Sumire – 澄玲 Voice of Jewels – tanka

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Today, Mary gives us the prompt of real beauty, savor it and share it. Click the link to learn more, and enjoy: http://dversepoets.com/2015/03/24/poetics-savor-the-beauty-and-share-it   Many times, we tend to look at the large picture of beauty: sunrise, sunset, the ocean, a forest, Mt. Fuji. As I am only 4’10” and close to the ground I have a different perspective. These small flowers speak to me in sumire 澄玲 – sound of jewels.

澄玲 =Sound of Jewels
The small shining things
of spring sing with the voices
of jewels hidden
in the jewel box of new
grass and faded autumn leaves

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Thoughtful Thursday and haiku

Koyo 紅葉
leaves softly falling
watching them I think of you
I hold one to my lips

And my dear, you know who you are.    私はあなたのことをいつまでも愛すでしょう

Friday Fun and Saturday Smiles: Have a nice day!

A fun video today from my favorite Japanese robotic group, World Order.  I’ve posted vids from them before but they are usually serious.  This one is just for fun and giggles:  the guys out on the town, listening to CDs, eating street junk food, going to an ice cream parlor and flirting with the servers, cruising the mall, pie at an automated Japanese restaurant, getting light sticks in anticipation of going to a “sophisticated” girl show….lots of energy in the video and music.

So, have fun doing whatever you are planning on for the weekend and –  良い一日をYoi ichi-nichi o – have a nice day, nice day!!!

A few of the lyrics, translated for you:

HAVE A NICE DAY
Sunday morning flashed bright
Let’s go back to town today
Favorite jacket
Everyone’s waiting at the intersection

Today, HAVE A NICE DAY
Passing through this Love Pattern
Seems to disappear when I put it into words
My feelings are like bittersweet chocolate

So! Like a cloud passing overhead
I already know your answer
Passing sky told me “Shall we meet again?”
My love doesn’t reach anyway

良い一日をYoi ichi-nichi o

 

 

 

 

 

The Walk – A New Conversation – Hazakura

summer cherry

When last we visited this place,
it was during hanami.
He lay on the grass,
long legs stretched out,
eyes closed,
hands behind his head.
I sat and wafted my fan slowly,
watching the geese float
on the small pond
at the foot of the hill.
The cherry blossoms had long since
turned into thick green shade.
He asked:
Who was he?
I ignored him.
He opened his eyes.
Who was he?
My fan gently moved the air
and hid my face.
He sat up and plucked
the fan from my hands.
Who was he?
I turned to look at him.
Please return my fan, sir.
Not until you tell me, who was he?
I sighed. My Japanese is terrible.
Who was he? Who is he still?
Kare wa watashi no eien no aidearu (the love of my life).
Daitan futekina senshi (fearless warrior).
Odayakana hito (gentle man).
samurai.
Watashi no uchū (my universe).

He handed me my fan.
Your Japanese is fine.
He lay back down and closed his eyes.

And you are?
Samurai.
totemo nakano ii tomodachi (very close friend).
Watashi wa anata o sonkei (I respect you).
Anata wa watashi o shiawase na kibun ni naru (you make me feel happy).

He opened his eyes
and smiled.

Japanese Cotton Cheesecake

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In the past, I have likened some desserts to a fairy princess, Southern Belle, expensive call girl, or empress.  This dessert is a prima ballerina – light, airy, delicate, but structured and sometimes difficult.  However, if handled correctly, you end up with a masterpiece.   This is a lovely dessert for any occasion.  With the advent of Spring, my heart (and tummy) turned to this dessert with longing.

Unlike heavy cheesy cheesecakes, Japanese cheesecakes are not as sweet and sort of a cross between a soufflé, a chiffon cake, a cheesecake.  “Cotton” in the name should tell you all you need to know.

IMPORTANT STUFF:  NO NO NO substitutions.  Use store-bought cake flour.  Use whole milk.  Butter, and superfine sugar.  If you can’t find any, grind some in your food processor or blender.  Sometimes superfine sugar is known as Bar Sugar.

Fold in well to ensure the whites are evenly distributed through the mixture.  Garnish with fruit or sifted cocoa or green tea powder.   A teaspoon of fresh lemon juice or vanilla can be added to the cooled butter, cheese, and milk mixture.

 

Japanese Cotton Cheesecake

9 oz. cream cheese (one 8 oz. brick plus 1 oz. of another brick)

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/3 cup fresh, whole milk

6 eggs, room temperature – whites and yolks separated

1/4 tsp. cream of tartar

1/2 cup plus 1/8 cup extra fine granulated sugar

1/3 cup plus 1 tsp. cake flour

3 tbsp. corn starch

 Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Melt cream cheese, butter and milk in a heat-proof bowl over a pot of simmering water.  Stir occasionally to break up cream cheese and combine the ingredients.  Remove bowl from heat and allow to cool. Mixture will be thick.  If lumpy, use a whisk to vigorously beat the mixture until smooth. Set aside.

 When mixture has cooled, fold in the egg yolks, flour and corn starch.  Fold until thoroughly incorporated.  In a large bowl, whisk egg whites with an electric mixer until foamy.  Add the cream of tartar and mix again, gradually adding the extra-fine sugar a little at a time until soft peaks form.  Note: Soft peaks:  mixture should be white and opaque, and meringue will fall onto itself when the beaters are lifted from the bowl.

Add the cheese mixture to the egg white mixture and fold together until well incorporated.

Pour into an 8-inch round spring-form pan that has been lightly greased and lined (sides and bottom) with parchment paper.  Place a piece of aluminum foil over the top of the cake so it does not brown.

Bake in a water bath for 1 hour 10 minutes.  Set timer for 1 hour 10 minutes.  When timer sounds, bake for an additional 10-15 minutes with the oven door cracked.  Carefully remove pan from water bath and let stand until cake pulls away from the sides of the pan.  Remove spring-form ring,  let cool,  and serve.     Yield:  1 8” cheesecake

Versatile Blogger Award

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This one actually came before the Best Moments Award.  I needed to think long and hard about the Most Versatile Blogger.  Sometimes my idea of things are waaaaay different from other’s.  Hence, probably some of you are thinking some of my choices for Best Moments are a bit odd.  Well, ODD is one of my middle names (along with Stubborn, Geeky, Lives in an Alternative Universe, A Bit Twisted -you catch my drift).

The same will be true of the Versatile Blogger Award.  But I am pleased with my choices.  I tried to choose new or bloggers who hadn’t racked up a bunch of awards already.  Please do check out the winners for both awards.  Find some new interests, different perspectives, cool stuff, funny stuff, inspirational stuff……maybe even a new friend or two.

THANK YOU to http://ajaytao2010.wordpress.com   for giving me this award.  His blog is worth checking out.  I like everything he chooses to share.  And the reason behind his choices I find typical of the way he is. Photographs, sayings, humor, inspiration, provocation of thought – all on his blog.  I am honored by his choosing me.

I told a friend about Versatile Blogger, and he says “Why, because you are a white southern woman writing about Japanese stuff?”  I said to him, “No, Dopey. it’s because I am a white southern woman writing about Japanese stuff, southern stuff, recipes, poetry, prose, Christian thoughts, and fun things.”

So that settles that.  My blog is a bit of a mish-mash of what is coming out of my head and heart at that moment.  I hope you will try some of the recipes – I’ve been on a Japanese jag for a bit so now it is time for me to go back to Southern.  Also, the poems aren’t the best in the world, but you may like some of them.  I thank all of you who read, like, follow my blog.  You all are the most versatile group of people I have ever met.  Keep your wonderful posts coming.  You are all special.

VBA Rules

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  •  Finally, tell 7 things about yourself
  1. 1.  I am part of a group of friends all born, in different years, on 11/16 within the timeframe of 5:00 am and 6:30 a.m.  I call this the 11/16 Society and have done various posts about it
  2. I love Blue Bell ice cream (hooray, finally in Virginia!) esp. the banana split, the banana pudding, and the peach cobbler.
  3. I’m afraid of spiders.  I think they are cool but I am afraid of them.
  4. My Japanese is really really bad and I thank you all for putting up with me.
  5. I’m not fond of chocolate
  6. I wrote my first poem when I was four:  Rain. Rain. Rain.  Ducks like rain.  Sometimes I do.  Sometimes I don’t. Rain. Rain. Rain.
  7. I like to ball room dance, especially standard tango and Viennese Waltz.

AND THE WINNERS ARE..in no special order…

 http://theverybesttop10.com/

http://matteringsofmind.wordpress.com/

http://serialoutlet.wordpress.com/

http://frugalfeeding.com/

http://team1million.wordpress.com/

http://cindyknoke.com/

http://nomadicpedestrian.wordpress.com/about/

http://biljanazovkic.wordpress.com/

http://ambitioninthecity.com/

http://mesayah.wordpress.com/

http://theevolutionofeloquence.wordpress.com/

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