September 2011 Archives

Hamamatsu Gyoza(dumpling)

Do you know ''Gyoza''? its a Chinese a dumpling with minced pork and vegetable stuffing.
People who live in Hamamatsu city love Gyoza very much!! so Hamamatsu city is the No1 or No2 specific consumption of eating Gyoza in Japan.
Nationally, it is seldom known that there is many Gyoza restaurants in Hamamatsu city.

Chinese people began to make the Gyoza, not only Hamamatsu but Japan all over the disorderly town after World War II. 
Japanese people learned making Gyoza by watching others and following their example, and it has been arranged in the style of Japan.

Hamamatsu Gyoza is in cabbage, onion and pork. because these were obtained easily in this area a long time ago, so people still keep use that stuff for Gyoza in Hamatsu city even if we can get any other ingredients now.
Hamamatsu Gyoza is loved by all generations!!

This is popular shop(restaurant) with noodles and Gyoza.
I went to this shop with my children around 5pm but there was already full.
There is only counter table witch look like the alphabet ''B''.
Waitress goes back and forth between two space of B to carry the Gyoza and noodle.

at the restaurants in Japan, of course you can sitting and chat face to face and stay longer there.
However, at the noodle or Soba(buckwheat), basically we can't be stay longer at that shop! everyone eat faster then go out soon. that is kind of unspoken rule.....
How about your country? do you have like that restaurant or shop at there??

This is Hamamatsu Gyoza.↑↑↑  it is about 1,000yen(about $US13.00) per plate which 20 pieces of Gyoza in one plate.
It is very delicious and healthy because vegetables are inside more than meat.

This is my favorite noodle at this shop.↓↓↓

Japanese people love order the noodle and Gyoza together.
I think, foreigner would love them too!!
When you come to Japan, you should try eat noodle and Gyoza!!

well, in Hamamatsu Gyoza shops,we can also buy takeout ''Gyoza''. 
many takeout shops for Gyoza in this area.
some people buy uncooked Gyoza then they cook it at the home.

I ordered Gyoza to go.↓↓↓
This Gyoza with homemade sauce.
If it has gotten cool, it is still delicious!!!


Ecology house

We called at the "Hamamatsu eco-house model dwelling" in the residential street in Hamamatsu. 
With the model house which it was built on the administration of Hamamatsu city about one year ago, anyone can inspect freely.
When passed through the door, the city personnel came out smilingly instantly. 
Since it says that the devices which live in ecology are explained one by one, let's follow after her!

Here is entrance.
It is doubled sliding door by which it is with the wooden door and screen door of the board.
When using the screen door,it can let a cool wind pass in a house in summer season.
If this house is seen from a top, it is a form of H of the alphabet and there are two small courtyards. 

When it enters from the door, there is a living room over a courtyard. ↑↑
It was very hot on that day, bu the cool wind had blown there. 

The courtyard which is crossed to the way of a living room and viewing from there. 

A dining room and living are one room and only the part is divided with the wall of the fireplace used in winter.
Seemingly the taken-in wind will serve as an air current and will go up to the second floor, since the ceiling is slanting.
Although it is big window, glass has carried out UV cut.
This house is with big eaves too, so it making the shade in summer season when the sun shines from a top and the light of a day enters into a house in winter season when the sun moves in the lower.


There is the same screen door as the front door also in this window.
The door which attached the board of the thin tree like the bone of a fish is called ''Garari'', and we has that design skill from ancient times in Japan.
All sides with this thin incline aslant, therefore, it can see the outside from in the house and can't see inside from easily from outside.

If a face is taken out from the door outside, the horizontal wall(brown color one) protrudes aslant. ↑↑
It is called ''Sode-Kabe''(a sleeve wall). This is also a certain construction system in Japan for many years.
This small wall takes the winds of a window gather, and the ventilation of a house becomes good.

Of course, it does not only depend on nature a wind.
A machine called a fan coil is under a floor, and blowing off the cold air under a floor from a ventilation is being in the summer. 
The air warmed at solar heat and fireplace is blown off from the same ventilation in the winter.

Can you see the small white hole in the picture?? ↓↓↓
standing at there, can feel cool air from there.
It is not necessary to use an air-conditioner in this house. 

This house is with the solar panel attached to the roof, does not need to buy electricity and the surplus electric power sells in an electric power company. 
It is said that a 10,000 yen or more profit has come out in one month. 

Furthermore, the Tenryu-sugi(Japan cedars) which is planted in local area of Tenryu in Hamamatsu city uses lots for this ecohouse.
This is the bath made with the Tenryu Japan cedar. 
Although the house of ancient times of Japan might make the bath from wood in this way, it is new now and is reflected very fresh to our generation.


The stairs and the wall which go to the second floor are also the Tenryu Japan cedars.
These stairs are assembled without using nails.
It is one of the ecology which must also hand down skillful carpenter work to future generations.

This is a natural stone used for the wall behind the fireplace of living.
It is high resistance to fire and thermal storage nature,then the heat of a stove is accumulated and it gets warm faintly.
That is very nice idea.
Thus, there will be various convenient construction materials. 
make use of nature and being with nature, that would be a wonderful life! don't you think so?
If everybody in Japan comes to take in such a device, I think that the surely comfortable and beautiful future is waiting. 

The history museum of a car

Recently, the history hall and museum which a company manages are prospering in Japan. 
For example, Toyota Automobile Museum in Aichi Prefecture is impressive, and nationally famous.
Automobile company Suzuki built the history hall of its company in Hamamatsu city last year.
It needs making a reservation for observation before you go but not charge to enter.

It was second time visiting there for me.
This museum is very nice!!
We can learn how was born the automobile company then how became growth company in Japanese history at there.

The first photograph is the weaving machine  produced when Suzuki inaugurated an enterprise and the black-and-white picture of the first presidents of Suzuki and employees.
The first president, Mr. Suzuki, was the second son of the farmhouse. 
The eldest son had to family business and second son had to leave home those days. 
Fortunately, since he was young, he was interested in mechanical structure rather than agriculture. 
Because he was looking at his mother who worked at the loom harder every night.

then he was always thinking '' what can I do for her''.

He applied a trial-and-error method repeatedly, and produced the useful weaving machine.
Many new style weaving machines produced and a company called Suzuki was born here. 

Then, Japan lost all by World War II, and the time of revival started.
so many companies thought made the motorbike and bicycle used as the leg of a life rather than weaving cloth. 
and Taking advantage of the know-how of weaving machine manufacture, a motorbike was built and it came to build a car gradually. 
This is the CARRY of Suzuki which was running the streets in Hamamatsu those days. ↓↓↓

It projected the Hamamatsu town street of 50 years ago on the back screen.
It can take in the atmosphere which the liquor store stacked the beer crate and drived on that street.

Furthermore, when a time progresses and it comes to have a private car at each family.
The appearance of the family who got the private car of the wish can be looked into through the crevice between concrete block walls.
There is a monitoring screen in the crevice between concrete block walls, and the players are playing the family of this house in the films.
We can also go into a space outside the front door of this house.
This car is Suzuki Fronte ↓↓↓

Of course, the motorbike and car of the Suzuki successive generation are also exhibited.
Since the commercials and historical backdrop which were broadcast on television those days are also exhibited together with it, the history which Japan has followed is known well. 

And also the situation of the present production site. 


There is children's favorite space↓↓↓

Exhibition which to showing us how to making the parts of the cars.
the end, the button of a front machine is pushed, the minicar of a car called SWIFT of Suzuki will come out. 

Although there were also other 3D theaters which can experience a factory tour, since sound and the image were too full-scale for a 4-year-old child to bear, I also retire on the way.

well,here is my opinion,
The time when Japan sprang for the fiber. 
The time when many thing were lost in war. 
The time in which everybody did their best for revival. 
The time when it asked for affluence. 
In various current of the times, Suzuki began to make timely what is regarded as people being required. Therefore,  the Suzuki is continuing existing as a still big company. 
People can keep going for the future even if there is some hard situations in front of them.
If the providence is followed, we will find and know something newly in this terrible situation after the 3.11 earthquake in Japan.
Now, it is the time to do thinking hard what we need for our future.

Do you know ''Henohenomoheji'' ?

Do you know ''henohenomoheji(へのへのもへじ)''??
All Japanese know that.
The word uses into the seven Japanese Hiragana characters to draw face; ''he''→へ ''no''→の ''he''→へ ''no''→の ''mo''→も ''he''→へ ''ji'' →じ .
liken Hiragana to eyebrows, eyes and nose etc, face parts.
It is said that it was in fashion in Japan at the Edo period time. 
The face mark(Kao-moji, called it in Japanese) likened with a face even in present-day Japan combining a character by mail of a mobile phone, etc. is often used.→  Kao-moji
Henohenomoheji may be able to called the originator.

The first of photograph's Henohenomoheji is written by my daughter as face of Teru-teru bozu ( a paper doll hung out the window with a wish for fine weather)

Once it memorizes,anyone can enjoy that it can write easily.

memorize just four characters of Japanese Hiragana ↑↑↑

The expression of the face done by those who write is various.
It is possible to make the face of various by shifting the position of the Hiragana characters a little.
well, I am guessing the ''Henohenomoheji'' is male!! because Japanese male named with ''JI'' is many, for example ''Koji'', ''Heiji'' ''Yuji'' etc.!! 

A character is deformed more and a picture like a "rabbit" and an "insect" can also be drawn. 
Now, you try it!!! 
and I would like to look at the "face mark" which combined the alphabet!!!

By the way, my blog's sponsor of Apis corporation develops, manufactures and sells the collar stiffeners. They have a new version of the printed design now on sale!! it is ''Henohenomoheji''.
Please check it their website!! → Here

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It's made of frexible
bent material.
It has soft and smoothly touch.

Japanese split curtain.
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Traditional wrap cloth.
Bring something in the wrap cloth.


The cotton hand towel.
It is cute to put down on a table or display on the wall.


Traditional clothes Kimono, and Kimono tool.
It has beautiful colors, and pattern.
Its cordinate is interesting!!



Post it note contains 50 pieces.
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