Konnichiwa, everyone! Autumn is nearly there. It's still quite hot and typhoon season in Japan but autumn is very beautiful here... so we hang in there!
Do you know that we have a lot of national holidays? You might question where those names come from because they all have unique one.
This month, September 17th and 23rd would be holidays. Today, I would like to introduce "Respect for the Aged Day" to you!
September 17th is called Respect for the Aged Day. This day, we express our respect and gratitude to the elders, like our grandparents.
Every year I call or visit them to say "'thank you for your love and support always, please live a long and healthy life." So this is kind a family day. Japanese are famous for the long life recently but some families live away from the elders, including mine. So seeing them is always great and heartwarming :)
When thinking about it, I feel that we have many national holidays related to family, which is nice. Also, we are going to be off so please note there would be one day delay on 17th!
Have you heard about the Star Festival, called Tanabata? Tanabata is originally one of the looms that chosen girls used to weave kimono for God. Those kimono were laid for good harvest and cleansing. After Buddhism was brought to Japan, we have got Obon, "Japanese Halloween" where we welcome Gods and our ancestors'
Shichirin (earthen charcoal brazier) has been used to grill dried fish, mushrooms and vegetables since ancient times. Its main features are ceramic effect and radiant heating. These enables Shichirin to grill ingredients without losing moisture and flavor. We would like to show you "diatomaceous earth stove", which can slowly heats ingredients by infrared radiation to make them juicer and more flavorful. We will also show you how to use diatomaceous earth stoves.