Another fresh new year is here. When the new year starts with colorful fireworks I wish it would spread to your mind and soul.
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Omakase (お任せ o-makase) is a Japanese phrase that means “I’ll leave it to you” from Japanese “to entrust” (任せる makaseru). The expression is used at sushi restaurants to leave the selection to the chef.
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When I look back, it was the people I cared about most deeply that ended up hurting me most. Makes me wonder, though, is it really because they gave me greater scars? Or did I inflict the pain upon myself by naively expecting that they, of all people, wouldn’t ever be bad to me?
Tablo, Fever’s End Commentary Film
I like my new smartphone, my computer works just fine, my tablet is perfect, but I miss my mind.
Seven years ago I was certainly more productive, though I lived without internet connection and limited gadget. I’ve always had time to learn some random skill like knitting, papermaking, or simply try new recipes. When I compare those years to now, everything gets more complicated, less time and less space to do what I really want.
Perhaps, simplicity is what I longing for. Wanting less and being happy with that, finding true priorities and making our lives less complex. Leave consumerist lifestyle behind and live simply.
I want to become more self-sufficient, re-learning the age-old skills of being able to do things yourself instead of always relying on someone else or something else that’s mass produced. Grow, cook, or preserve your own food and living more sustainably. I will have more time, more rest, more peace of mind, and more spirituality. Does the idea of simplicity appeal to you?
Being an astronaut was my very first dream. then a scientist, doctor, illustrator, and now I am a graphic designer who dreamed to be a patissier. Sometimes I wonder what is exactly things i meant to be.
You try new things just out of curiosity and then you realize that those new things are fun but not meant for you in the long run. That’s okay, because the most important things is you keep dreaming. Dream can keep you passionate and feel alive. As you try new things, you learn what you like and also what you don’t like. Then you’ll figure out ways to get closer and closer to reaching what you really meant to be.
Itadakimasu is traditionally used to begin meals in Japan. It is supposed to mean “I receive” or “I humbly receive the gift of this food” but it may literally translate as “I take your life.”
This is related to the Buddhist philosophy that all life is sacred. Living organisms, plants and animals have given their life to human beings. The term is an expression of gratitude for their sacrifice and for all who played a role in preparing, cultivating, ranching or hunting the food.
Sometimes we just forget that a single plate of meal is a result of hard work from so many things. Osen, the okami of Isshouan, bring those ideas as their way of preparing meals. Shinya Shokudou also give some humble atmosphere. If eating a particular dish has ever caused you to reflect on moments from your past, then each dish has its own story.