Thursday, June 11, 2015

Feeling Homesick for My Second Home

I received an email today from my dear Quilting Sensei in Japan. Her news was part good and part not so good and part just sad. I was left feeling quite nostalgic for my heart's home in Japan.

As a result of the email, my fond thoughts of town and friends and food brought me to cooking a batch of American Koshihikari Rice and trying to remember how to properly make a couple of onigiri. I had some lovely umeboshi - made by a classmate in that quilting class and mailed to me earlier this year. (I asked a Japanese person one time how long you could keep umeboshi. She looked confused, trying to imagine having some left over when this year's batch was being made.)

Putting it all together with some salad for dinner I got out the chopsticks, the little cat hashioki to rest them on, then realized - I have no cups for ocha. How in the world did I return to America from Japan four times with out an ocha cup?

Ah well, I'm finishing up a bit of yokan and feeling a bit better. Japan will always hold on to a part of me.


  1. Georgia, shopping list priority #1... Ocha, or a cup for your green tea. Your meal looks delicious, and with the news you received, nothing better than memories of your years in Japan, and having cooked food with those memories so strong, I do hope you are feeling happier already. And , yes, part of you will always be back there in Japan, a strong hold on your heartstrings.

  2. What kind of cups? size ... color ... rustic ... white china? I have a huge amount looking for a new home. By the way, we miss you too.

    1. Handle-less tea cups. Rounded (not the straight sided ones.) Blue and white or green. Something for daily use. I lean more toward rustic than to china, but would be happy with pretty much anything. The number of times I looked at cups in those 100 yen bins... It's nice to be missed.

  3. Georgia, I am leaving a comment as we haven't seen you for some time. I hope all is well with you down there, or up North from where I am. Please email and let me know, Hugs from NZ