Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
The squash was based on this Roasted Corn Pudding in Acorn Squash recipe, with slight tweaks - because as is the case with most recipes, I can't seem to leave well enough alone.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
As one of the few places where we can buy clothes, it is also one of the few places that we get to experience dressing rooms. Like a number of other situations here, it is often necessary to remove your shoes. Once your shoes are off, you step onto a little square of carpet in the dressing room. And if the item you're trying on needs to go on over your head, sometimes you'll also be handed a sheer bag type thing that you are expected to cover your head with while you are putting on or taking off items. That way if you have any make-up on, it won't get on the clothes.
A bit more of a rigmarole than might be preferred, but worth it for my new pair of running shorts!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
I love the thoughtful friendly gesture, and it helps me spot new places to check out too.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Also, we got a little pile of chestnuts in our veggie box this week, so I had fun with my first experience of roasting and peeling them.
They were added to a couscous stuffing with cranberries, which in turn was stuffed into a seitan roast. Mmmmmm.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I was excited to get back to this festival for a second time, we added to our own pottery collection and even managed to pick up a few Christmas gifts too. But the most exciting part of the day was discovering that my handsome husband was featured in not one, but two publications advertising the festival!!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
What I spent a lot of time looking at was the back of people's heads. The place was packed. Many viewing windows were stacked 5 or 6 rows deep. Not the ideal situation for taking in exotic sea life.
The jellyfish area though was somewhat empty (comparatively anyway), which I found surprising because there were so many lovely ones. I was completely enthralled.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
'In Japan, hearses can come in two styles: "Foreign" style, which is similar in build and style to an American hearse, or a "Japanese" style, in which the rear area of the vehicle is modified to resemble a small, ornate Buddhist temple. This generally requires the rear of the vehicle to be extensively altered; commonly, the rear roof is cut away from the front windows back and all interior parts are removed from the rear as well. The ornate Buddhist-style rear area, generally constructed of wood and in which the casket or urn is placed, is built on top of this empty cavity and most often is wider than the base of the vehicle, so that it sticks out on the sides, over the rear body panels.'
There are regional differences of ornaments. The one in this picture is Nagoya style, so not only the upper half of the body is decorated, but the lower half as well. Kansai style has relatively modest unpainted decorations, Kanazawa style is known for having a red body (other styles mostly have black bodies) with gilded ornaments, and Tokyo style, found everywhere else in Japan, features painted/gilded ornaments only on the upper half of the body. (Source of info Wikipedia)