April 14, 2014

✿Creative Growth at The Possible

Creative Growth gallery had fashion show event at Berkeley Art Museum about 2 weeks ago. Creative Growth support artists for disabled adults.
      

Here are some blog articles I wrote about Creative Growth.

   
Creative Growth have done fashion show at their gallery in Oakland but this time, they collaborated with "The Possible" exhibit in Berkeley Art Museum.


March 27, 2014

✿Garden Party

Hello !

Did you notice that I just change the design of my blog.
It's a bit wider and has menu bar on both side of the articles and now I have instagram photos above the blog post.

I also change the background color from light green to light blue because the article title can't change from blue.

I hope you enjoy my instagram and hope you like the new look of my blog !

Thank you.


The Photo is from when I spent a lovely afternoon at a friend's garden party...  


March 04, 2014

✿The Possible at BAM

            
My calligraphy teacher and friend, Lauren is part of " The Possible" exhibit at Berkeley Art Museum. 

I went to Berkeley Art Museum in Berkeley last Friday for the opening of "The Possible".
It's me and Lauren on the circle rug.

The museum became the workshop of many artists and they creates art there.

At one corner, there is pottery area as well !

Here is the schedule for workshop.


February 04, 2014

✿Calligraphy & Craft

This was the last calligraphy class in this session.
We do calligraphy in the morning and after that we have craft class.

Look at these beautiful calligraphy samples we receive in each class.


We made stamp !
I curved my favorite flower, pionees.

I love how it came out. 
I wanted to leave wood block feeling even thought the material I used was rubber block.

and... we had those delicious food ! 
Zucchini Flan.

Profiteroles.  

Stamped on one sheet of paper with other classmates. 
I think we are missing some classmates stamps because they are more than 14 people.

Katherine gives us all the recipe she made for the class !

Thank you, Lauren and Katherine for the " happy time " !



January 31, 2014

✿Calligraphy

I went to calligraphy class about 2 weeks ago. 
Madame Lauren, one of the owner of Tail of The Yak in Berkeley offers calligraphy class.  
I forgot to take photo of what I did in the class but I remember to take photos of beautiful flowers and sweets in class.
Beautiful flowers in gorgeous vases are on every table and some time they have incredible scent.   
Katherine makes beautiful and delicious sweets for the class every time !




✿Ohatsugama

           
Last Saturday, I went to Ohatsugama. 
It's the first ceremony of the year and we have a special way of having tea and also we have special new year meal.  
In this photo, my tea master, Yuko-san is making very thick matcha tea in a cup that's real gold inside. After Thick tea, we have thin tea in other cup. Each cups are specific for the kinds of the tea we drink. Of-course, the manner of making and drinking thick tea and thin tea are different.

Pretty Wagashi half in white and another half in pale pink.
Wagashi is Japanese sweets. Wa 和 means Japanese (also means peace) gashi (= kashi) means sweets or snacks.  We call western sweets Yogashi. Yo 洋 means Western (also means ocean).

This outside white and pink are made with Tsukune potato and it has sweet red bean paste inside.   

I love going to Tea ceremony but I can't eat Japanese sweets. My master and tea mates think it's very funny (weird) but I just can't eat them... I especially don't like sweet red bean paste... I love French sweets much more but it doesn't stop me not going to tea ceremony.

Osechi is the food we eat in new year. 
My tea master made so many kinds of Osechi food for us. 12 different kinds of delicious dishes in obento box.

January 05, 2014

✿Happy New Year

I send you much joy &
love peace chamagne fun
chocolate caviar & music 
now  & forever
Happy New Year !

I am taking calligraphy class again from Lauren.

                 
Each little things that Lauren has are so beautiful !

                 
All the students look for the break time to have these treats.
That day we had delicious salad and this beautiful desert which I forgot the name.

Katherine makes everything delicious for the class and this one tasted really really good !

Such a lovely way to spend an afternoon at Lauren's place !


December 31, 2013

✿Christmas Eve


I know half of the world has started 2014... but I am here in Berkeley California and it's still 3 pm in the afternoon. Trying to post blogs before 2014 arrives.

I went to Lauren's Christmas Eve party !
Ton's of presents and gorgeous tree.

Beautiful Madame Lauren and Madame Pattie !
I was so glad to be there and had beautiful Christmas Eve.


On the Christmas day, I went to my friend, Mayu's place for dinner.
She makes the best food and we had little bit of Japanese influenced Christmas dinner.
I made a Mattcha cheese cake to bring for dinner but I couldn't go to sleep until 5 am that night because of the caffeine effect.  haha...



December 30, 2013

✿Chez Pannise

Some special people took me to Chez Panisse restaurant right before christmas !

I had such a great time with great people !
Our table were specially decollated with gardenia and our menu had our name ! (is that normal ?)

Pretty desert !

What a nice treat !!
Thank you Alice & Lauren !

✿Last Tea Ceremony 2013

This is my Tea Master, Yuko-san.
I have " Okeiko " (lessons) 2 ~ 3 times a month in this beautiful tea house in Yuko-san's Japanese garden.
Many tea tools changes by the season and also the way we serve tea changes according to that, for example, where the cup locates, the direction of bamboo ladle rest on pot are so precise and we learn to master every steps.   It's too complicated to explain but there are lots of rules we have to master.  
Tea ceremony is all about " Omotenashi " meaning treating the guest with gracious hospitality.  
Japanese culture pays attention to treating others with more respect and more and more I discover little things we do in tea ceremony, I am understanding that tea ceremony is the core of our culture. 

Yuko-san made these beautiful tea sweets.
That was my last lesson of this year.

I started learning tea ceremony in 2011 and I feel little more comfortable to serve tea to my tea mates now but I often forgets some steps.  I would like to serve more beautifully and I hope my tea master let us invite friends again to the tea house.
 * see when I invited my friends as my guests HERE

Now, I am so looking forward for " Ohatsugama "  (New year's first tea ceremony) . We will have Osechi and Ozoni (Japanese New year's traditional food) and of-corse Maccha tea and sweets.