Archive for the 'Japan' Category

Japanese owl cups

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

Our cute cups with owls on one side and japanese text on the other side. If anyone could translate I would be very happy! :-)

We bought these adorable handmade and handpainted cups in Kyoto on a very hot summer’s day last August. Tea and tea cups were the last thing on our mind while we were walking the narrow alleys of Kyoto in exhausting heat, but luckily we couldn’t resist the cute owls when we saw them in a display window of a small shop which we found.

Espresso cup from the Taika series of Iittala (photo: www.iittala.com).

If you want your own cute owl cups, the Scandinavian brand Iittala has a new series called Taika with owls which kind of reminds me of our Japanese cups.

Dippin’Dots Ice Cream

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

Mint Chocolate and Strawberry Cheesecake flavoured ice cream

When we were in Tokyo we visited Sega Joypolis which is an indoor amusement park. We basically spent a whole day inside the complex, playing games and riding their weird VR attractions. One thing which I never will forget is “THE ROOM OF LIVING DOLLS” which is the scariest thing I’ve ever experienced in my whole life. We were 8 people with surround earphones sitting around a table in a complety dark room . The technology used was fantastic and it was so realistic, it was just like someone was walking across the room, whispering in your ears, cutting your hair and eventually scarier things happened. I’m not going to reveal the whole attraction, but it was amazing and even though I didn’t understand the conversation I was so scared that I cried the whole time and screamed in unison with the japanese teenagers. Horrible, but still amazing. After that terrible attraction we had some ice cream, which I really needed for my nerves. As you can see on the photos the ice cream from “Dippin’Dots ice cream” in Joypolis consists of small dots of ice cream. It’s really cold and the ice crem doesn’t taste so much, probably because of the cold, but it was a fun experience and I felt much better afterwards :-) I thought that the ice cream was japanese, but it comes from the USA and is branded as the “ice cream of the future”. Here’s the official website for Dippin’Dots.

Matcha Frappuccino

Sunday, November 19th, 2006

I miss Japan. I miss all the delicious and fascinating food. I even miss the matcha hysteria and all the products with matcha flavour. For those who doesn’t know, matcha is green powdered tea which is uniquely Japanese. When I look at this photo I remember how incredible hot it was when we were there in August. Starbucks saved our lives many times with their frappuccinos, even if I have to admit that I prefer the strawberry one better than the matcha one which looks much cooler though.

I’m back!!

Friday, September 1st, 2006

Dagmar in Kyoto
The evening before yesterday we came back to Sweden after our incredible honeymoon in Japan. I can’t describe in words how amazing the trip was; we have so many experiences and memories of our wonderful honeymoon including an average of 200 photos per day. Japan is a beautiful and amazing country, even though it’s almost suicide to go there in August when it’s incredibly hot :-) My arthritis got worse and my knees almost killed me, but we kept a slow pace and managed to see quite a lot. We have eaten the most fantastic meals, most of them delicous but some of them inedible as they were just too much for us Swedes :-) I will post a lot about Japan in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for Japanese food and restaurants.

And our wedding? The wedding, on August 12th in Gothenburg, was just perfect and beautiful even if I’m quite partial :-) We were both so happy and we smiled like maniacs all day. It was the final weekend of the European Championships in track and field, so we were quite stressed as the women’s marathon started at the same time as our wedding and they roped off all central Gothenburg from traffic. My dear mother-in-law did a fantastic job during the weeks before the wedding and managed to get us all necessary permits and also managed to arrange a police escort for us and our guests so we wouldn’t get stuck in any traffic jam. We had an unique and great wedding and I will write a separate post about it when I get all of the photos.