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I am a Japanese American ballet dancer, YouTube Artist, FCI Reporter. ロサンゼルス育ち、現在ニューヨーク在住のバレエ・ダンサー、ユーチューブ・アーティスト、FCI モーニングEYEリポーターです。日本には住んだ事はありませんが、日本語と日本の文化が大好きです!

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Japanese Somen Bento★ ひんやり!カラフルそうめん弁当 (Kawaii Bento #16)


 Kawaii Bento #16: Japanese Somen (Cold Noodle) Bento! リンク



Summer is just around the corner, and as much as it is my favorite season of the year, I don't think many people like dealing with super humid weather. Hot and humid weather can make you feel exhausted and lose your appetite. Therefore, I decided to share a popular Japanese summer food called "somen", which are white noodles made of wheat flour that's served cold. When I was little I visited my grandparents in Japan every summer, and my grandmother always made somen for my brother and I. So in this episode, I will be sharing my grandmoter's nostalgic recipe and make it into a colorful and kawaii Somen Bento! :)

Click HERE to watch the full episode in English with Japanese subtitles!



*For one person. Please adjust amount according to servings*

- Somen and Toppings -
Somen (you can find white and/or colored ones at Japanese supermarkets!)
Seaweed paper (cut into thin strips)
Cold Shabu Shabu Pork
Eggs (cooked and thinly cut)
Sliced Cucumbers

- Tsuyu / Dipping Sauce -
Water (1 cup)
Bonito Powder (1 tablespoon)
Sugar (4 tablespoons)
Rice Wine a.k.a mirin (1/2 cup)
Soy Sauce (1/2 cup)

★Tip for the Tsuyu★
As I mention in the episode, it is best to make the tsuyu (dipping sauce) the night before so that you can store it in the fridge to make it cold. The somen will become more appetizing and delicious! When eaten at home, somen is usually soaked in a bowl of water and ice so you can make the tsuyu right before you eat it (since the somen itself would be very cold). However, that will gradually make the tsuyu taste watery so I personally recommend making it ahead of time for this bento. :) I also suggest adding some grated ginger and chopped scallions in the tsuyu right before you eat it to make it more enjoyable! I hope you will all have fun making this delightful summer recipe.

Kawaii Bentos from Around the World「世界のKawaii Bento」★

bento2.JPGIdeal Well-Balanced Bento
by: Irina Carbonnel (France)
bento3.JPGHealthy Kinoko Salad Bento
by: K. Heeley (USA)
bento1.JPGSummer Fatigue Prevention Bento (with my brother) & Japanese Koraku Bento
by: Yuka Poon (Netherlands)

Thank you all so much!! Happy Cooking! :)

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June 24, 2014 8:00 AMComment(1)

Summer Event at Governor's Island, NY!♡


 1920's Summer Event at Governor's Island! リンク

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Last weekend, I went to Governor's Island for an event called "Jazz Age Lawn Party!"
Once you take the ferry from NY, you can travel back in time where you can fully experience
1920's live music, fashion, dancing, shopping, and more!
It's such a joyful event which you'll definitely want to check out this summer. :)
Click HERE to watch the full episode with full English subtitles!



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June 18, 2014 1:16 PMComment(0)

Vegetarian Sushi Roll Bento! (Kawaii Bento #15)


  Kawaii Bento #15: Vegetarian Sushi Roll Bento! リンク


In this "Kawaii Bento" episode, I'd like to share an easy-to-make "Vegetarian Sushi Roll Bento!" Some of you may think vegetarian recipes are less tasty, but this is veggie sushi roll is actually sweet and healthy. It'll be a wonderful bento if you who want something filling + low in calories. :)
Click HERE to watch the full episode in English with Japanese subtitles!



*please adjust amount according to servings*

Dried Shiitake Mushrooms (2 pieces)
Carrot (1/4)
Fried Bean Curd (2 pieces)

Mushroom Stock (1/2 cup)
Sugar (1 1/2 tablespoon)
Sweet Cooking Rice Wine (2 tablespoons)
Cooking Sake (1 tablespoon)
Soy Sauce (1 teaspoon)
Salt (1 teaspoon if you'd like)
Brown Rice (1 cup)
Vinegar (1 1/2 tablespoons)
Sugar (1 tablespoon)
Salt (1 teaspoon if you'd like)

I hope you all will enjoy making and eating this vegetarian bento.<3
Happy Cooking!

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June 4, 2014 8:00 AMComment(2)

New York Dance Parade! ダンスパレード in ニューヨーク


New York Dance Parade! ダンスパレード in ニューヨークリンク

The annual Dance Parade took place in New York City last weekend! Being a dancer myself, I was super excited to attend and interview the dancers and members of the audience. It was actually my first time being there, and I was awed by the number of dancers and their incredible, energetic performances! It is such a cheerful event where you can feel the excitement and joy of dancing, and you can also experience cultures from all around the globe! I also got to learn from new Salsa moves at the festival after the parade. :D
Check out the full video by clicking HERE!



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May 20, 2014 11:08 PMComment(1)

JAPAN DAY @ Central Park 2014! ニューヨーク ジャパンデイ


 JAPAN DAY @ Central Park 2014! ニューヨーク ジャパンデイ リンクmeljd2.jpg

On May 11th (Mother's Day), the 8th annual JAPAN DAY @ Central Park was held in New York City! 50,000 people came together to celebrate this "omatsuri" (festival) with everything from Japanese games, activity tents to learn and experience all kinds of Japanese culture, free traditional food, and much more! I also had the opportunity to speak with special guests and performers who made JAPAN DAY even more exciting. At the very end of the day, everyone came together as one to dance to Japanese idol group AKB48's smash hit single "Fortune Cookie in Love!"

Click HERE to join in the fun and watch the full episode with English subtitles! :)

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I was also very honored to interview and speak with Mr. Amon Miyamoto! He is an incredibly famous stage director and choreographer from Japan who has produced numbers of award-winning musicals and plays. He was such a kind, down-to-earth and friendly person! It was also wonderful to hear Jero-san (bottom left) perform live on stage with his incredible voice and soul, as well as Sonim's touching solo and performance with the choir. All the stage performances were so full of energy, power, inspiration, and love for Japan.<3 It was also my greatest pleasure to meet SO many of you in person (both TV viewers and my YouTube Channel viewers)! Being able to greet you in person and send my appreciation directly is one of the best feelings in the world for me. Thank you always for your incredible love and support. I hope that every one had a fantastic time at JAPAN DAY, and I can't wait to see what will be in store for next year! :)

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