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Sunday, August 7, 2011


they make little candy takoyaki!!! takoyaki is a ball-shaped dumpling made out of batter with a piece of octopus in the center. so, this is a little kit to make candy versions of this! the flavors were peach and strawberry, and the takoyaki "sauce" on top tasted like maple syrup. fun to make!!!


  1. OMG, I love this! I have never tried or seen anything like it!
    SUPER cute!!!!

  2. loved the train! We went to feed the cats early today. Khalua very friendly--Sadie still unseen when I go there . got to your pastry shop--Yummy

  3. Cute!! That looks like a lot of fun!

    Something I've been meaning to ask... I'm still a couple of blog posts behind, so maybe you've discussed this a bit. :) How much Japanese had you learned before going to Japan? Are you finding any of it helpful? Picking any up on your day trips? Just curious!

  4. hi cassandra!
    thanks for all your new comments on the blog entries :) i've read them all and they really make me smile! glad you like all the photos :)

    as for my japanese knowledge, i'm still pretty much a beginner (season 2, chapter 12 on textfugu), but i am happy with being able to read a lot/get by easily in japan. sure sometimes waitresses will spurt out some quick japanese and i have to say, "ごめんなさい、わかりません" but they just smile, and understand, and we get by. train systems? easy. english and romanji everywhere.
    my one piece of advice for someone who knows NO japanese before going to japan is to learn katakana before hiragana (if they HAD to only choose one), because katakana is EVERYWHERE. especially on menus at restaurants and some signs. so that has been extremely helpful since i learned katakana long ago.

    some things you will randomly pick up (well, again, i'm still a beginner, so i probably pick up more things than advanced learners!) but it's things like HOW they talk in casual ways. i like that. i already knew the casual way to say "すみません" is just "see-ma-sen" so when i would say it among my japanese friends while we were out and about, they acted all surprised and said, "WHOA! SO NATURAL" you hear things like that being used by the people around you. it's pretty cool! my husband knows almost no japanese, and he said to me yesterday how he is picking up on a ton of things :) he even picked up on the counter word for floors on a building because of the elevator that we use everyday to get to our 11th floor hotel room it really helps to be immersed in the language! you hear a lot of the same things every day, and they stick! :)

  5. Thanks for taking the time to answer my question! I'm in the middle of Season 3 right now but I still feel very much a beginner. Hopefully being in Japan for so long will advance your studies!

  6. yeah! that would be great! and actually, being in japan helps show you how much you truly know :) it makes you feel good when you can read stuff/understand people! makes your realize you are actually really learning the language!