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Last saturday, I was given a chance to try to wear kimono, the Japanese traditional cloth. Kimono stands for “ki” which means “to wear” and “mono” which means “thing”, so, kimono literally means to wear a thing. During the ancient times, Japanese women wear kimono and/or yukata, almost everyday. However, nowadays, they wear kimono only during a special occasion, such as wedding, ceremony, and matsuri.
This March, Japanese will celebrate hina matsuri, the celebration for the daughter in a family. To celebrate it, Japanese usually display the Japanese doll, eat special cake, pray for the happiness and health of their daughter, and of course enjoy the celebration itself. One of the way to enjoy it by inviting some friends for party in their home.
And last saturday, Eiko sensei, the dentist nearby our dorm, invited me and my friends to celebrate hina matsuri for her daughter, Kaori san. We enjoyed delicious foods, played bingo together, and wore kimono and wedding kimono that was bring by her Japanese friends. Of course we didn’t want to miss that good opportunity to celebrate hina matsuri and wear kimono.
Kimono usually made from silk, thus kimono is really expensive in Japan. The price of good quality of kimono usually starts from 10,000 yen. That’s the reason why I don’t want to buy a kimono from Japan. But I will consider to buy yukata, the simpler and cheaper version of kimono that is usually being wore during summer.
To wear a kimono, we should wear a special “underwear” clothes that looks like a simple and thin kimono. The color usually white and made from cotton. Kimono itself consists of inner cloth, outer kimono, obi, and tied with ropes. There are various types of kimono and various way to wear kimono. Kimono for unmarried woman is different from kimono for married woman. The one that I wore was kimono for married woman, which had the short sleeves only.
In my opinion, wearing kimono is almost similar with wearing traditional kebaya, because in order to make the kimono looks straight and good, it should be tightened by pulling the ropes. The way to tighten the kimono is similar with the way to wear traditional fabric (songket or batik) for lower cloth in order to wear traditional kebaya. Songket, or batik, should be tightened to make it looks straight, before wearing kebaya as the upper cloth.
As for me, I was so amazed and excited to wear kimono, as if I was a Japanese from Edo period. Kimono itself is so beautiful, and by wearing it, it made me feel beautiful also. The same feeling that I got when I wore traditional kebaya in my country. The feeling of grace, elegance, and beautiful of wearing a traditional cloth.
And I was also given a chance to try to wear the Japanese wedding kimono, which costs 8.7 million yen!! Wedding kimono is so expensive because it is hand made creation, it is also made from the good quality of silk, with a difficult pattern to be drawn in a kimono. Therefore, having a wedding kimono considered as having a priceless treasure for Japanese women.
The first experience of wearing kimono was extremely interesting, and I hope later I will be given another opportunity to wear kimono and join the tea ceremony or other Japanese matsuri
Alhamdulillah.. I have finished my first semester in Yokohama National University. The first semester was the most hectic one, because I took 13 courses in four days plus one full day for internship. Over the 13 courses, 4 courses were mandatory yet non-credit, and the other courses consists of two credits, so maximum 18 credits that I’ve got for this semester.
Lucky for me because among those courses, several courses already ended on December and January, because each week those courses consisted of two meetings. So during the final exam weeks on beginning of February, we only focused on several written exams. Still one more final report to be written to finish this semester actually, but all the written exam had finished and I don’t have to go to the college everyday..
As for the internship, I still have a research paper to be finished by the end of this month, and not to forget the thesis topic that I should submit also by the end of february. In addition, every monday I still have to go to Roppongi for internship and on beginning of March I will join the intensive course for a week. Hahaha..so it’s not yet a spring break actually.
Reminiscing about this semester, there were several hardest moments, hopeless times, and sleepless nights that I’ve been through. I remember that I barely had a sleep to finish the eviews programming, which was not my expertise, but I was trying to do my best, and ended up with not finished one of the question
There were also hopeless times to struggle with micro mid and final exam which was really difficult >.< but luckily because I had a really smart Teaching Assistant whose help me and my friends a lot with all those exercises and problem sets from the lecturer.
This semester I also met many new friends from different countries, with different characteristics and habits. Sometimes those differences make me not comfortable, maybe it is called a cultural shock/cultural differences. Another thing is regarding the language constraint. Oh my.. I realize that my english is not so good, and sometimes I feel so desperate to be able to talk to them with the same intonation and speed as I speak Bahasa. However, I am still struggling until now to be able to talk to them correctly
Regarding my Nihongo, hmmm…although I still have some difficulties to understand what they are talking about, but at least I am not as clueless as before when I’ve just arrived here. Haha…thanks to both my Nihongo sensei so I am able to understand a very little Nihongo..but still a looong way to be able to talk and listen correctly. I plan to take another Nihongo course for next semester so I can continue to study Nihongo.
I also plan to manage the administrative procedures required to bring my daughter here in my second year, insyaallah…I expect that by mid of October this year, my daughter will be able to join me to live in Japan. In order to do so, I should find a new dormitory for family, a hoikuen to take care of my daughter and also the immigration procedures.
Hmm…a lot of things to do for the next semester, I believe that I will be able to finish it well.. Ganbare…
Lastly, to end the first semester, me and my friends was enjoying sushi together and singing at the karaoke room together. Tanoshikatta desu ne…
I use Grammarly’s online proofreader for this post because it corrected me when I was wrong
Mochi is one of the authentic cuisine from Japan which is made from the gluten (sticky) rice with the filling inside. There are various kind of Mochi in Japan with various kind of filling. Most of The Mochi are sweet, but there are also several types of salty Mochi.
Last January, I was given an opportunity to join a small Mochi festival that was held in Gumyoji dormitory, Yokohama, and I was so impressed by the making of Mochi. In that festival, the Japanese introduced the process of making a Mochi. They already prepared a mallet, several pounders to pound the Mochi dough, the steamer to cook gluten (sticky) rice, and others. The participants were allowed to join in the making of Mochi by pounding the dough of Mochi by themselves. Me and other participants were so excited because this was the first experience to make a Mochi.
First of all, the gluten (sticky) rice were cooked in a steamer.
Then, the gluten (sticky) rice placed in the mallet while it was hot.
The process of making Mochi required two people, one person will pound the gluten rice, and the other will flip the gluten rice inside the mallet in order to make the smooth texture of Mochi. Coordination is really important in making of Mochi, otherwise the person who pound the Mochi might hit the hand of the flipper.
I was given an opportunity to try to pound the gluten rice. There were various types of pounder based on their weights. The Japanese picked the lighter pounder for me. They thought that the woman energy was not as much as a man. Then I started to pound the gluten rice with the instruction by the flipper. It was so excited and exhausted if you keep pounding it for a longer time. As for me, I pounded it only for five minutes, so others could also participate to pound the gluten rice. My Japanese friend told me that I should pound with the maximum power so that the texture of Mochi will be smooth. He suggested me to imagine someone that I hate the most. The person that I wanted to hit directly to his/her face, so I will be able to hit the Mochi dough with maximum energy..hahaha…that was funny…
After the Mochi dough was smooth, then the dough was distributed to two different Mochi stall. The first stall served Mochi with some sweet filling as peanut powder, red bean sauce, and strawberry (Ichigo).
The Japanese who served in the stall tried to make Ichigo Daifuku, Mochi with a filling of a whole strawberry inside.
the shape looked so different from the one that I bought from family mart nearby, which was wrapped beautifully with a whole strawberry inside.
The other Mochi stall served a salty Mochi named Agemochi. The Mochi dough was cut into pieces then the piece was fried and dipped into a shoyu sauce (salt soy sauce) with leeks.
I ate a lot of Mochi and enjoyed the ambiance of the festival when people were chatting, eating, drinking, laughing, pounding, and kids were playing around. A small but warmth festival that make me realize one thing, for the one who make Mochi as their living, making Mochi means a hard and tiring work that they have to do every day, in order to serve us with a beautiful shape of Mochi with various kind of filling. And although in this modern time the gluten rice powder is often use to make a Mochi dough, but nothing can be compared to the real Mochi which come from the hard work of the pounder and flipper.
So, in my opinion, a traditional way of making Mochi means an art of a hard work, and it creates a very tasty and beautiful mochi.
Hiyaah..resep kali ini diposting atas dasar narsis, soalnya rasanya enak di lidah saya :p
Gara-garanya nemu kerang dara beku di supermarket, harganya lumayan euy untuk 500gr, tapi berhubung lagi pengen yasud gpp deh sekali2. Dah kebayang pengen sambel kerang kayak yang dijual di kantin kantor.
Browsing2 menu sambal kerang akhirnya memutuskan memodifikasi sendiri, karena banyak bahan yang ga dimiliki.
Kalo mau komplit bisa ditambahkan terasi, daun2an (daun salam/sereh), air asam. Tapi namanya juga darurat ya, jadi seadanya di persediaan aja, trus ditambahin daun bawang soalnya stok daun bawang dah lama banget ngendon di kulkas :p
Yaah hasil akhirnya teteup beda ama buatan kantin kantor, tapi kalo saya pribadi suka banget sama sambel kerang ini, pedas tapi juga ada manis2nya, kurang asamnya aja nih..kayaknya perlu nyetok asam jawa dari Indonesia :p
continue from the first and second chapter…
I promise that this will be my last post regarding my first experience to Disneyland. I was so excited so I wrote a lot. Okay, the last post was about the Cinderella fairy tale hall. This hall made us waiting for 35 minutes to enter it, but it was really amazing inside. It made you feel as if you were in the real palace. The hall was not too big but it was very luxurious.
There was also a cinderella story hanging on the wall so we were able to know the whole story of Cinderella. But who didn’t know her story, right? everyone knows it and some others dream to experience it in real life, which is rarely or never happen at all. In the main hall, we could take a picture with the glass shoe of Cinderella, unfortunately because our foot couldn’t fit the shoe. Yeah, only Cinderella’s foot fits with it then we were also able to experience the throne, although only for a while
After that, we ate the mickey’s waffle at the restaurant. Mine was Mickey’s waffle with strawberry and custard, with ice cream. It was delicious especially during the cold weather like yesterday. It made us full and gave us more energy to wait for the electrical night parade.
While waiting for the electrical parade, we hoped from one shop to another one, because we were already to tired to take another ride. So, I ended up buying another souvenirs for my friends. But, I didn’t spend a lot for another dolls, because I thought that I could buy it later at the Disney shop nearby. Besides, I already spent a lot of money for all the souvenirs
Then we took another pictures with the Cinderella palace as our background, it was really splendid because of the illumination. And after that, we sat beside the road to wait for the electrical parade dream light. The weather was cold and it was worse with the wind, but still, we were so enthusiast because according to the stories that I’ve read before, the electrical night parade was really colourful and magnificent.
And after waiting for 45 minutes, finally the ultimate show began. It was really beautiful and the real parade was much more beautiful than the pics. Especially when the Cinderella came and then her dress was transformed into a beautiful gown because of the magic spell from Fairy Godmother. Oh my…speechless!! unfortunately because my camera is not so good for night shoot so I missed a lot of beautiful pics
And after the parade was over, I felt so happy and warmth inside, that day I was really come back to my childhood moments, and as the Walt Disney said, “adults are only kids grown up, anyway”. Indeed, there is always a child inside of an adult. And in Disneyland, the child of us can be revealed anymore… we can let go of our stress regarding the adults problems, and feel the same happiness as if we were a child, therefore, it is really worth to say that Disneyland is a land full of happiness…
And then we went back home, tired and sleepy, but our heart was warm, and the joy and happiness remain until now. We will treasure our moments in Disneyland and insyaallah will come back with our children here, some other day…and show them the same happiness as today.
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We were so excited as soon as we’ve arrived at toon town, because there was a Minnie’s house beside the Mickey’s house, there was also Donald’s boat, Goofy’s house, and Chip and Dale’s tree house.
Me personally really want to visit each house, unfortunately because there were a long queue (again), so we decided to visit only the Mickey’s house. For entering the mickey’s house, we had to queue for 55 minutes. Although it took a long time to queue, but it was worthed because finally we were able to visit the real mickey’s house, not only as we’ve seen in the Disney’s books. All the furnitures, the interior designs, and even the house, looks really similar to the one in the books. It looked so real and we really wished to live in that house. (I really want to make a different post about the inside of Mickey’s house)
At the end of the visit, we were able to meet Mickey, which waving his hands to us, and we were also able to take the picture with Mickey, our favourite character. It was a really great visit and 55 minutes was worthed with all the experiences that we had along the visit.
After that, we went back to Tomorrow land because we wanted to take the fastpass for star tours. We got the fast pass for 13.25-14.25. While waiting for the time, we took our lunch at the plaza restaurant. My friends bought the mickey sandwich, but I didn’t bought it because I already had my onigiri.
I had such an unforgettable experience yesterday. When it was time to pray, I went to the restroom and took wudhu. then I tried to find a proper place to pray, I had to find a clean and quite place to pray. Unfortunately because I couldn’t find the place for pray. So, I decided to find a clean place in the restroom, so I asked the officer who was in charge with the restroom. It was a hard time to explain my intention, but finally she understood my need to pray. Then, she offered her help to take me to a better place. It was a quite and clean enough, although it was located outdoor. I really appreciate her help yesterday.
After that, we entered the star tours ride, which was also fun! It was a 3D simulator, and we felt like we were sitting inside a space ship. The space ship was trying to escape back to earth, then the excitement started. We were chased by the other space ships, we were almost crashed and eaten by the sea monsters, but finally we were able to arrive to our base, and the journey ended.
All of the rides that we took were super duper fun and excited. After enjoying the star tours, we were stop at the Toy station and as can be guessed, we bought a lot of things there. I bought a pair of Mickey and Minnies dolls with emperor and empress dress, that costs 4200 yen, and I also bought some disney’s keychain for my friends for 600 yen. actually I really want to find a disney’s figurine in a box, but since the price was really expensive, it costs 20.000 yen, so I decided not to buy it.
After spent a lot of money for the souvenirs, we took a picture in front of the Cinderella palace, which was located in the center of Disneyland and there was also the Walt Disney and Mickey statue. And then we realized that it was almost time for parade, because people already sitting along the road, although there were 30 minutes left. So, we decided to find a place to watch the parade.
The parade was really interesting and enjoyable, the music and performances were really good, and we enjoyed the parade a lot. We were able to see all of our characters walking and waving to us and some others were dancing and talking to the people. I felt so emotional and excited to watch all those characters walking in front of me, it was a dream come true for me.
The parade lasted about 30 minutes, and as soon as it ended, we walked towards the Cinderalla palace and took another pictures there. Then we went to a shop that sold the glass-made souvenirs, there was also a glass-artist who was seriously doing his job. Unfortunately because most of the souvenirs were made from glass or crystal, so the price were expensive, and we ended up buying nothing.
We decided to visit the Cinderella fairy tale hall, which took about 35 minutes to queue in the cold weather. to be continued…