zondag 21 maart 2021

wasabi

 the wasabi-plant (Chiyoko Abe gave it to me a few years ago) in my little garden, blossoming for the first time

 




maandag 8 februari 2021

I hand-stitched some reusable cotton pads

 

gisteren herbruikbare "wattenschijfjes" met de hand genaaid van een lap oud katoenen flanel, gezellig met een heerlijke kop bio
pu-erh thee (bedankt Roos) en terwijl genietend van een ontspannende Agatha Christie/Hercule Poirot film.
yesterday I hand-stitched some reusable cotton pads, from old cotton flanel fabric, while enjoying a superb organic pu-erh tea (thanks Roos) and a relaxing Agatha Christie/Hercule Poirot movie.


zaterdag 7 november 2020

for the 26th birthday of my youngest son, Maïme, I made some Japansese sweets: dorayaki (pancake filled with anko, sweet azuki paste) and petal-crepes




Kitsune V

 Just finished a new Kitsune, n° V



donderdag 30 juli 2020

origami hashioki tsuru

Today I fold a hashioki (chopstick rest) in origami, in the shape of a tsuru (crane). In Japan people often fold a hashioki of the paper where the chopsticks are wrapped in.


vrijdag 26 juni 2020

Hydrangea Odoriko Amacha

A new Japanese plant has joined our little Japanese garden: a mountain hydrangea: Odoriko Amacha. I found this very special Japanese hydrangea in the hydrangea nursery Ajisai in Sijsele. This variation, Amacha (ama means sweet and cha means tea) is often cultivated in temples. On April 8th

(birthday of Buddha) visitors of Buddhist temples are offered a tea made of the leaves, and this tea is also poored over the head of Buddha statues. Only the leafs of this hydrangea variation may be consumed, as the other ones ore poisonous.


woensdag 3 juni 2020

Japanese healthy bowl


Japanese healthy bowl: rice vermicelli, mushrooms, broccoli, Japanese black beans from Hokkaido, seasoned with genmai miso - really yummie! the bowl is a Japanese chawan or teabowl, in ceramic, made by Kenshin Koto.
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zaterdag 16 mei 2020

Japanese herbs/vegetables garden/Japanse kruiden/groententuin

Begonnen met een Japanse kruiden/groenten/bloementuin aan te leggen. Er stond reeds: wasabi (gekregen van chiyoko), hosta (gekregen van Marlène), crosne (gekregen van Lies), botan of pioenrozen, irissen (gekregen van Yvette),  Fuji of blauwe regen, Japanse kamperfoelie.
Nu erbij geplant: shiso, onsterfelijkheidskruid, shungiku, eetbare daglelie, mioga of Japanse gember, Japanse andoorn, slangenradijs.
I've begun to lay out a Japanese herb/vegetable/flower garden. There stood already: wasabi (given by Chiyoko), hosta (present from Marlène), crosne (given by Lies), botan or peony, Fuji, Japanese honeysuckle.
This week I've planted: shiso, immortality herb, shungiku, eatable daylily, mioga or Japanese ginger, Japanese andorn, snakeradish.











zondag 3 mei 2020

Daifuku mochi

Daifuku mochi gemaakt. Sinds ik in Japan versgemaakte heb geproefd, kunnen deze wagashi (Japanese sweets) die te koop zijn in Aziatische winkels me niet meer tevreden stellen. Dus 1e poging ze zelf te maken: eerst de anko (zoete bonenpasta) maken: azuki-bonen gekookt, suiker erbij, gepureerd, balletjes ervan gemaakt. De mochi gemaakt met zoete rijstmeel, water en suiker - stomen. Afgewerkt met sesamzaadjes of met kinako (sojabonenbloem). Lekker!
I've made daifuku mochi. I've eaten these wagashi fresh-made in Japan and now I can not enjoy 100% the ones you can buy here. First I've made the anko (sweet red bean paste made of azuki beans), then the mochi. Finishing touch with sesame or with kinako. Oishii!




maandag 27 april 2020

domburi

domburi gemaakt: kom bio-rijst, met daarboven gesmoorde shiitake en gestoofde wortelgroenten, afgewerkt met sesamzaad, uiengroen en raapbloemetjes.
made domburi: a bowl with organic rice, topped with shiitake and stewed root-vegetables, finished with sesame, green of onions and turnip-flowers.

zaterdag 25 april 2020

Japanese face wash

I made a few little silk bags filled up with finely grinded azuki beans. You soak the bag a few minutes in warm water, then you use it to clean your face, little massage. After use you let the bag carefully dry, you can use it a few times, then you empty the bag, wash it, and fill it up again. This is a very traditional and ancient Japanese method for cleaning the face (and body).

black sesame - kuzu tea


Today I made this Japanese beauty recipe for beautiful dark hair and to prevent grey hair, it could evenly restore the natural haircolor. For best results you should drink this tea daily for at least 3 months. Recipe: stir 1 tablespoon of grinded black sesame that into a cup of warm kuzutea (2 tablespoons of  kuzu in a cup of water are heated on low flame until the mixture is thick and translucent).

my first zokin



My first self-made zokin, a traditional Japanese cleaning cloth. I used fabric of an old denim dress and indigo Japanese sashiko yarn. 3 layers hand sewing.

zondag 1 maart 2020

temporarily closing/tijdelijke sluiting IKI

wegens grote wegenwerken in de Katelijnestraat en de schade die deze veroorzaakten aan ons huis, wordt IKI tijdelijk gesloten vanaf 1 maart 2020. Wij houden u verder op de hoogte. Voor meer info: 0496 938777
IKI will close from March 1st, for a temporarily period, by cause of the streetworks and the damage in the building caused by this works. We'll keep you informed.



zondag 10 november 2019

workshop shodo/sumi-e by Sol Michiels

Tuesday November 5th, another workshop shodo/sumi-e given by Sol Michiels







Japanese haori for men






unique vintage haori for men in blue silk, with handpainted lining, sold to an artist-painter in London

donderdag 24 oktober 2019

workshop shodo/sumi-e

Tuesday evening October 8th:  a new workshop shodo/sumi-e by Sol Michiels
with enthusiastic and talented participants