how to make ume sour

The umes are back in season, so get yourself down to the supermarket and pick some up. If you go later on at night, you might even get them reduced. This year I have had a go at making ume sour and if you fancy having a go too, here’s how I did it.

I followed the above recipe which came with one of the jars. I doubled the amounts because I got 1000g of umes.

Gather the necessary items (1kg ume, 1kg rock sugar, 800-1000ml vinegar (I used apple) and a 3 or 4 litre container) ...

may memories and june wish list

may memories

Not that many memories this month. Now, I pretty much say that every month to you and that’s fine. I’m boring, I can live with that most of the time. BUT! Just imagine how hard it is for me three times a week when I am asked by my teachers… so, what did you do this week/last weekend? And I answer as always, not that much. I’ve started making up going to cafes (that’s my best guess of what people do normally).

may wish list in review

  • start running again (this must make it onto the list every
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april memories and may wish list

april memories

It’s sakura, isn’t it?

april wishlist in review

  • start running again (this must make it onto the list every month) nope
  • mediation – aim for 20 minutes every day nope
  • stop watching so much tv (even when it’s in Japanese and I try to convince myself, ‘but it’s studying!’)
  • take more photos of life
  • get on with my sewing list
  • don’t buy any fabric nope
  • get a haircut

Just a very phallic looking dessert we had at 雪の窯珈琲.

may wishlist

  • start running again (this must make it onto the list every month)
  • mediation – aim for 20
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funabori days

We had lovely weather this weekend and we spent Sunday walking around Funabori in Edogawa-ku.

Hard to see on the above photo but they do boat trips down the canal during sakura season.

If you turn off the canal you get to a bit called 健康の道 (health road?). There are lots of these dotted about and they are ever so pretty, you can hear the birds singing and encounter lots of nature. It feels like you’ve left the city when you’re walking along them.

We stopped off for lunch at 雪の窯珈琲 (yuki no kama coffee) and had pizza and coffee. ...

miracle cream

Winters in Japan are very dry and every year I tend to suffer from eczema. It’s usually just a couple of patches on my legs but this year, it was one of my hands – a few fingers and a little section on my palm. It really hurt, to the point where I couldn’t stretch out my fingers properly without stretching the skin and causing it to break and bleed.

I’m reading that paragraph back to myself and I’m thinking, wow, you really should have gone to the doctors. Unfortunately, I’m British and will put off going to the doctors ...