Stay Home With SILENT SIREN: Think Positive and Enjoy the Here and Now During the Lockdown

17.April.2020 | FEATURES

Here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, we post news and information about Japan in six languages. Our aim is to deliver a variety of content related to Japan for those who love and enjoy Japanese culture.

 

Right now, people across the globe are in self-isolation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The same goes for Japan too, so we’ve taken this opportunity to create a new series on the website to show how we’re spending time at home here in Japan. The future is yet uncertain, and we hope for normality to return for all of us soon. We created a new articles series called Stay Home with which we hope to take your mind off the situation, even for just a little bit, to help you feel calmer. It might give you some tips on what you can do while spending time at home.

Today, we are joined by the members of all-girls band SILENT SIRENーwho have their own featured series here on MOSHI MOSHI NIPPONーto see how they’ve been spending their time indoors.

 

Stay Home With SUU

1: Smoothies Everyday

I love bananas, so I mix a bunch of them with some berries to drink♡ I wanna try making lots of different smoothies!

 

2: Chilling With My Pet Dog Komeko

I’ve been home a lot so Komeko is always sat with me lovingly♡

 

3: Reading

Since I’m at home more now, I’ve been doing lots of reading. I’ve been thinking of getting or making a new bookcase that’s bigger than the one in the photo.

 

What’s your secret to spending time at home?

A positive mindset! Since you’re at home, find things to do that you normally wouldn’t be able to otherwise♡

 

Please give a message to those reading this article

I’ve kept my spirits up by cooking at home, listening to music, watching movies, trying out different scents, and recently I’ve been rearranging the place. I think this unexpected time is the time to do things we weren’t able to before, so I want everyone to enjoy their at-home time too!

 

Stay Home With Hinanchu

1: Takeout From Places I Never Go

Since I can’t really go out, I’m making fun with eating, being greedy, and indulgence.

 

2: Changing The Mood Of My Home Entrance

Since I can’t go out, moods tend to build up when I’m home, so I’ve aired it out a little to feel refreshed.

 

3: Plenty Of Playtime With My Pets

My cats are great at being home alone when I’m out, but I get to play with them lots while I’m indoors, so much so that they never seem to get tired of it.

 

What’s your secret to spending time at home?

I’m making an environment that makes me feel refreshed, even if just a little, by rearranging my home, decluttering, and cleaning. I’ve used this opportunity to get into feng shui, so it could be fun for people to look up the directions in their house and enjoy some feng shui too.

 

Please give a message to those reading this article

Know that you are absolutely not alone if you’re going through a tough or lonely time. Everyone is feeling the same. So let’s all be lively and positive while we’re at home and we might just discover something new about ourselves! Another good thing to do might be to make a list of all the places you want to visit when the world returns to its peaceful self! Let’s all work together and get through this, okay?

 

Stay Home With Ainyan

1: Foam Roller Full Body Massage

It’s easy for your body to become stiff as you spend more time at home, so I’ve decided to loosen up everyday by massaging my armpits, thighs, and back. It hurts pretty bad since you loosen up by using your whole body weight!

 

2: Clearing The Veranda And Making My Own Terrace Seat

Since we can’t go outside, I’ve cleaned my room to make myself feel good and have brought the outside air indoors. I spend my time sat on the veranda relaxing and enjoying something to drink.

 

What’s your secret to spending time at home?

I look on social media for tips on how everyone is having fun at home and try out different things!

 

Please give a message to those reading this article

It’s important in these times to think about what you can do at home and enjoy it, so I want to keep on posting about what fun things I’m up to indoors too.

 

Stay Home With Yukarun

1: Rice Pot

I’ve always cooked rice for myself, but what I’ve been addicted to since last year is making rice in a pot! It’s super delicious and surprisingly easy to make♡

 

I can’t get enough of that moment of happiness when I lift the lid off the pot♡

 

2: Healthy Treats

Being at home so much tends to result in not getting enough exercise.

But I still want to eat a sweet treat, so I made some gluten-free scones using soy flour.

Freshly-baked scones are the flavour of happiness♡

 

3: Doing My Nails

Since I can’t get to a nail salon, I’m enjoying enjoying some self nail care!

 

Whatever I go to do I can always see my fingertips, so simply making my nails look pretty is enough to lift me up.

 

4: Stretches

I’m making a conscious effort to move my body as much as possible at home.

 

Wearing leggings that I can train in all the time at home means I can stretch right away there and then, so I definitely recommend doing the same♡

 

What’s your secret to spending time at home?

It’s important to enjoy the things you can do now while at home for so long, be it doing your nails, trying new makeup, so on♡

 

Please give a message to those reading this article

I’m sure a lot of people are feeling down right now with how life as we knew it has changed so drastically. But it’s in these times when we need to stay positive, so let’s all smile and get through this together!

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    For more information about VALLEY PARK STAND, check out our full breakdown here.

     

    VALLEY PARK STAND
    Address: sequence MIYASHITA PARK 4F, 6-20-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 7:30-23:00 (Last Orders 22:30)
    TEL: 03-6712-5442

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/valleyparkstand/

     

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    So, how did you find MIYASHITA PARK, Hinanchu?

     

    “I’ve always lived in Tokyo, so I never imagined I’d stay in Shibuya, but you can really feel like a queen staying here! Despite it being smack bang in the middle of Tokyo, it’s right next to the park which feels good. I definitely recommend it to those who live in rural areas that want to come and play in Tokyo since places like Shibuya and Harajuku are close by. The hotel is littered with art and stylish design, so it’s not simply a stay but a creative experience too which I think will be popular with foreigners. I want to come here again on my own for a relaxing time!”

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    If you’re thinking of staying in Tokyo or Shibuya, be sure to look up sequence MIYASHITA PARK.

     

    Photo: Kayo Sekiguchi
    Text: Sayoko Ishii

    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

     

    SILENT SIREN

    SILENT SIREN is a four-member all-female band consisting of vocalist & guitarist Sumire “Suu” Yoshida, drummer Hinako “Hinanchu” Umemura, bassist Aina “Ainyan” Yamauchi, keyboardist Yukako “Yukarun” Kurosaka. In 2015, they performed their first solo concert at Nippon Budokan, making them the fastest Japanese all-female band in history to perform there since making their major debut. In April this year, they launched their own YouTube channel called “Sai Sai Channel.” They released their 7th album mix10th on September 2, 2020. The band celebrated their 10th anniversary with a special live performance at Yamanakako Communication Plaza Kirara on September 20, 2020. For the latest information on SILENT SIREN, visit their official website here: http://silent-siren.com/

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    21.July.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

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    Let’s get straight to it! Inside the facility is an area for people to experience making their own homemade senbei. You don’t have to book a space in advance either to make the senbei. It costs just ¥500 per person (before tax) to get involved. They even lend you a happi coat free of charge to put you in the Japanese chef mood even more.

    They have everything you need for making the perfect senbei including griddles, sauce, tongs, brushes, and a press.

    To begin, you pick up the senbei dough with the tongs and place it on top of the griddle.

    After three seconds on the heat, flip the dough over. Then it’s a matter of rise and repeat until it’s fully cooked. As it cooks, the dough will continue to rise.

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    Once the senbei has hardened, remove the press and flip it again after four seconds, then go in for another press. Do this multiple times too until your senbei takes on shape and a nice brown colour, but make sure it doesn’t burn!

    Once both sides are browned, the senbei is ready.

    Next, lay it on the tray next to the griddle, pour over the sauce, and leave it to dry. This tare sauce has dashi in it, so the senbei becomes a rich soy sauce senbei.

    “It’s crunchy and delicious when it’s cooked fresh,” said Suu, who took no time at all to have a bite of her senbei. “The dashi really works for the flavour of the tare.”

    You can also put your senbei in a little bag to take away with you. “The senbei began to rise really suddenly which took me by surprise and got me in a fluster, but it was a lot of fun going through the process of making one from that thin dough,” said Suu.

    Soka Senbei Garden also has its own garden cafe. The most popular item on the menu is the “Soka Senbei Soft Cream,” a soft serve ice cream that has senbei tare in it and is topped with a senbei. You won’t find a soy sauce flavoured ice cream like this anywhere else. The ice cream costs ¥350 (before tax) when order to have in.

    At the end of her time there, Suu went to check out the senbei souvenirs. The shop sells over 80 kinds of senbei and Japanese confections, including their classic Soka Senbei. You’ll feel like a kid in a candy store spoilt for choice!

    The staff can explain each senbei to you so you know what you’re buying.

    Some of the shop’s recommendations are the white chocolate-filled “Soka Senbei Choco” and “Golden Smile” (both ¥600 before tax). The sweet taste of the chocolate combined with the saltiness of the senbei is a match made in heaven. Suu got to try one herself. “It’s a bit like crunchy chocolate, but you can really taste that authentic senbei flavour. It’s a fresh take!”

    The “Golden Smile” has a chocolate base and is smooth, while the “Soka Senbei Choco” has a crunchy texture.

    The one that caught Suu’s attention was the crunchy “Okoge Senbei” which is made with scorched rice. The staff member told Suu that this one makes for a great breakfast when dipped in soup.

    The shop sells all kinds of okoge senbei, including the normal one, sakura shrimp, and more (all ¥390 before tax).

    ーーHow was your time at Soka Senbei Garden, Suu-chan?

    “This was my first time making my own senbei from scratch. I had a lot of fun! The staff were really kind, they teach you a bunch of different things. It’s a really fun time, so be sure to give it a try yourselves too.”

     

    Suu bought some senbei souvenirs for her fellow band members and headed back on the road home.

     

    SILENT SIREN’s Suu Makes Her Own Senbei Rice Crackers

     

    SILENT SIREN

    SILENT SIREN is a four-member all-female band consisting of vocalist & guitarist Sumire “Suu” Yoshida, drummer Hinako “Hinanchu” Umemura, bassist Aina “Ainyan” Yamauchi, keyboardist Yukako “Yukarun” Kurosaka. In 2015, they performed their first solo concert at Nippon Budokan, making them the fastest Japanese all-female band in history to perform there after their major debut. In April this year, they launched their own YouTube channel called “Sai Sai Channel.” They will release their 7th album mix10th on September 2, 2020. On September 20, 2020, they will  celebrate their 10th anniversary with a special live performance at Yamanakako Communication Plaza Kirara. For the latest information on SILENT SIREN, visit their official website here: http://silent-siren.com/

  • Stay Home: 6 More Toast Arrangements to Bring the Cafe Experience to Your Home During the Lockdown

    05.May.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, we post news and information about Japan in six languages. Our aim is to deliver a variety of content related to Japan for those who love and enjoy Japanese culture.

     

    Right now, people across the globe are in self-isolation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The same goes for Japan too, so we’ve taken this opportunity to create a new series on the website to show how we’re spending time at home here in Japan. The future is yet uncertain, and we hope for normality to return for all of us soon. We created a new articles series called Stay Home with which we hope to take your mind off the situation, even for just a little bit, to help you feel calmer. It might give you some tips on what you can do while spending time at home.

     

    In this edition of Stay Home, we’re taking a look at six more cute, easy-to-make toast recipes that were featured with the trending Japanese hashtag #おうちカフェ (“Cafe at Home”). Try making them yourself at home for breakfast, lunch, or as a snack.

     

    Related Article: Stay Home: 6 Toast Arrangements to Bring the Cafe Experience to Your Home During the Lockdown

     

     

    1: Orange Toast | @candyrose914

    Candy Rose’s recipe shows us how to make orange toast. Orange and chocolate is a tried and tested combination. The fresh cream adds a dessert-like quality to the toast.

     

    Ingredients
    ・Bread  ・Navel Orange & Chocolate Jam  ・Orange Jam ・Fresh cream ・Orange

     

    Method
    1: Simmer the orange in white wine and granulated sugar.
    2: Toast bread and smear with the jam.
    3: Add a dollop of fresh cream on top.
    4: Top with sliced orange and tuck in!

     

    2: Mini Strawberry & Red Bean Paste Butter Toast | @__yk._

    yk.’s toast recipe is a combination of Japanese and western flavours with red bean paste and buttered brioche which looks cute when it’s cut thick and small like in the picture♡

     

    Ingredients
    ・Brioche toast ・Strawberries ・Red bean paste ・Butter ・Fresh cream

     

    Method
    1: Toast the bread and add the red bean paste.
    2: Top with a strawberry and fresh cream.
    3: Finish with a knob of butter and enjoy!

     

    3: Apple Toast | @ruko_0519

    KAORUKO’s toast recipe is a great dessert idea too. It’s a super simple recipe made with microwaved apple compote.

     

    Ingredients
    ・Bread ・Apple ・Lemon juice ・Sugar ・Fruit granola

     

    Method
    1: Slice apple with the skin on.
    2: Add 1 tbsp of lemon juice and 30g sugar to the apple and microwave for 3 minutes.
    3: Slice a thin slice of bread and toast. Add the apple compote to the toast and finish with a sprinkle of fruity granola.

     

    4: Marshmallow Toast | @woo.rrei

    Rei has added marshmallows to their toast to create a fluffy, dessert-like, and cafe-worthy recipe.

     

    Ingredients
    ・Bread ・Marshmallows ・Chocolate Sauce

     

    Method
    1: Slice a thin piece of bread and toast. Top with marshmallows.
    2: Toast once again under a grill until the marshmallows take on colour.
    3: Drizzle with chocolate syrup and you’re done!

     

    5: Open Avocado Sandwich | @keijunrin

    Keiko’s recipe makes a fresh open-style sandwich with lots of avocado. The egg yolk adds a melt-in-the-mouth texture. The texture of the whole thing is nice and smooth.

     

    Ingredients
    ・Bread ・Avocado ・Pink pepper ・Egg yolk ・Mayonnaise

     

    Method
    1: Add the avocado to a slice of bread and grind on some rose pepper.
    2: Drop on an egg yolk and lightly toast under a grill.
    3: Drizzle with mayonnaise and enjoy!

     

    6: Bread Gratin | @izumxx_37

    izumi’s recipe is a combination of bread and “naporitan” which is a Japanese pasta dish. It’s a hearty serving that makes for a great lunch.

     

    Ingredients
    ・Bread ・Naporitan pasta ・White Sauce ・Cheese

     

    Method
    1: Make naporitan and white sauce in advance. Cut the naporitan into small pieces.
    2: Slice 1 thin and 1 thick slice of bread.
    3: Cut out the inside of the thick slice. Place this hollowed-out thick piece on top of the thin slice of bread. This thin slice forms the bottom of your bread.
    4: Add the naporitan inside. Drizzle in white sauce so it’s like a lid over the pasta.
    5: Sprinkle on cheese, toast, and you’re done!

     

    Bring the cafe experience into your own home by making your own fun toast arrangements.

  • Stay Home: 5 Simple and Kawaii Drinks to Try Making During the Lockdown

    28.April.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, we post news and information about Japan in six languages. Our aim is to deliver a variety of content related to Japan for those who love and enjoy Japanese culture.

     

    Right now, people across the globe are in self-isolation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The same goes for Japan too, so we’ve taken this opportunity to create a new series on the website to show how we’re spending time at home here in Japan. The future is yet uncertain, and we hope for normality to return for all of us soon. We created a new articles series called Stay Home with which we hope to take your mind off the situation, even for just a little bit, to help you feel calmer. It might give you some tips on what you can do while spending time at home.

     

    In this edition of Stay Home, we’re taking a look at five simple and kawaii drinks that were featured with the trending Japanese hashtag #おうちカフェ (“Cafe at Home”). Try making one of these drinks yourself to bring the cafe experience into your home.

     

    Related Article: Stay Home: 5 Simple and Delicious Drinks to Try Making During the Lockdown

     

    1: Dalgona Strawberry @i.c.h.i.g.o.q.159

    This is a strawberry version of the dalgona coffee which is hugely popular right now. It’s a super simple recipe that you can make in just 3 minutes, so give it a go yourself.

     

    Ingredients
    ・3 packs of Milmake powder (strawberry flavoured) ・4-5 tbsp fresh cream ・Milk

    *If you can’t get your hands on Milmake, use another strawberry flavoured powder as a substitute 

     

    Method
    1: Add the Milkmake and fresh cream to a bottle.
    2: Shake the bottle until the mix becomes thick.
    3: Pour the mix over milk, top with a strawberry, and enjoy!

     

    2: Colourful Cream Soda @miki__718

    Miki’s made a serving of several colour and cute cream soda drinks. This is another easy recipe where she added coloured syrup to soda poured into cute glasses.

     

    Ingredients

    ・Soda ・MONIN syrup ・Ice cream ・1 strawberry

     

    Method

    1: I recommend using MONIN syrup to make your colourful soda.

    2: Mix together the soda and MONIN syrup, then add a dollop of ice cream and finish with a strawberry!

     

    3: Strawberry Cream Cider @onew_tc72

    Chihiro’s beverage is a cream soda with fresh fruit inside. If you’re looking for a fruity drink then this one’s for you.

     

    Ingredients

    ・Strawberries ・Vanilla Ice Cream ・Soda ・Thyme (for decorating)

     

    Method

    1: Slice the strawberries into small pieces.

    2: Add the cut strawberries into the soda and spoon in a large dollop of ice cream.

    3: Adorn with the thyme and a whole strawberry and enjoy!

     

    4: Mango Soda @lemmokit

    chii’s mango soda is made using a homemade jam. The orange drink looks super stylish with the giant ice cube inside. A cool and refreshing pick for those hot days.

     

    Ingredients
    ・100g mango ・15 sugar ・A squirt of lemon juice ・1 tsp rum

     

    Method
    1: Boil all of the ingredients together.
    2: Mix in soda and jam.
    3: Top with rosemary and drink up.

     

    5: Mikan Latte @hit0m._.mi

    HITOMI’s choice is the popular mikan latte! You can use sliced orange for the topping too if you can’t get your hands on mikan.

     

    Ingredients
    ・200ml milk ・Sugar to taste ・Yoghurt ti taste ・1 mikan ・Sliced mikan (for topping)

     

    Method
    1: Blend all of the ingredients together in a blender.
    2. Once smooth, add to a cup a finish with a slice of mikan or orange.

  • Stay Home With Mr. Yabatan: Better and Ready Yourself For the Future During the Lockdown

    24.April.2020 | FEATURES

    Here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, we post news and information about Japan in six languages. Our aim is to deliver a variety of content related to Japan for those who love and enjoy Japanese culture.

     

    Right now, people across the globe are in self-isolation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The same goes for Japan too, so we’ve taken this opportunity to create a new series on the website to show how we’re spending time at home here in Japan. The future is yet uncertain, and we hope for normality to return for all of us soon. We created a new articles series called Stay Home with which we hope to take your mind off the situation, even for just a little bit, to help you feel calmer. It might give you some tips on what you can do while spending time at home.

    Today we are joined by Mr. Yabatan, a popular video content creator and comedian who posts videos about Japanese culture to the world.

     

    1: Making Videos / Making Contents

    Now that I can’t go outside I have to shoot videos at home.

    I usually have a certain pattern for my videos but now that I have to shoot at home I see that there’s so many different topics and things I can make videos about. It’s fun!

     

    2: Daily exercise is fundamental!

    Usually I have a fixed plan from the morning until evening which means I have routines for what I do at a certain time. Now that I have to stay at home all the time it’s difficult to keep those routines going but I still try my best to follow the same routine as I used to when I could go outside.

    That’s why it’s important to exercise even though you are at home. So I always try to do some exercise in the morning. Both strength and stamina.

     

    3: Studying Japanese

    In this period we should not meet too many people so I can feel that my Japanese level is going down. That’s why I try to maintain it by studying every day. Actually this time is a good chance to learn a new language!

     

    4: Pals with the computer

    My best friend in these times must be my computer! This is where I do all my editing, studying, talking to friends etc. So I am spending most of my time with the computer! That sounds so strange lol.

     

    5: Home Cooking

    Before all this happened I spent most of my time outside and not at home so I didn’t cook at all, but now that I need to stay at home I’m cooking every day! I actually remembered that I know how to cook.

    Every Friday I make tacos! This is actually a tradition in Norway. We make tacos on Fridays with our families and watch TV together. Norwegian tacos are delicious!

     

    What’s your secret to spending time at home?

    Try to follow a routine and do something productive so that it will be worth going to bed at night watching all your favorite TV series.

     

    Please leave a message to those reading this article!

    Even though it’s difficult to imagine right now, remember that everything will come to an end, our lives will gradually go back to normal if we just keep staying at home and doing our best to prevent spreading the disease. This is the time for you to plan and prepare for when you get out! Do all the things you usually wouldn’t have the time doing, like learning an instrument or a new language etc. Plan for your new projects and plans and go right into them as soon as things are back to normal! Then you will be stronger than ever and enjoy things a lot more. 頑張ろう!

     

    Mr. Yabatan
    Comedian/Video Creator. Born in Norway, currently resides in Japan. His love and fascination with Japan’s ‘owarai’ comedy culture is what took him to Japan. He posts comedy videos on Instagram and his social media pages reporting on various places around Japan.

  • Stay Home: 5 Simple and Kawaii Fruit Sandwiches to Try Making During the Lockdown

    24.April.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, we post news and information about Japan in six languages. Our aim is to deliver a variety of content related to Japan for those who love and enjoy Japanese culture.

     

    Right now, people across the globe are in self-isolation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The same goes for Japan too, so we’ve taken this opportunity to create a new series on the website to show how we’re spending time at home here in Japan. The future is yet uncertain, and we hope for normality to return for all of us soon. We created a new articles series called Stay Home with which we hope to take your mind off the situation, even for just a little bit, to help you feel calmer. It might give you some tips on what you can do while spending time at home.

     

    In this edition of Stay Home, we’re taking a look at five simple and kawaii fruit sandwiches that have been featured with the trending Japanese hashtag #おうちカフェ (“Cafe at Home”). Stuck for ideas for breakfast, lunch, or snacks? Then try making one of these super simple yet mouth-watering recipes.

     

    1: Fruit Sandwich @tgm___n

    naho’s fruit sandwich is layered in a specific way to make the fruit look like flowers. You can add an artistic touch to your sandwiches with just a bit of prep.

     

    Ingredients
    ・Bread ・Yogurt ・Strawberries ・Grapes

     

    Method
    1: Add Greek yogurt to the sandwich.
    2: Cut the strawberries and grapes in a cross-section and stuff into the bread.
    3: Wrap and leave in the refrigerator for one hour. Slice down the middle and you’re done!

     

    2: Dot Open Sandwiches @mari.asakanon

    Mari’s has served their fruit sandwich open-style and with plenty of fruit. The fresh cream and cream cheese adds a richness to the sandwich.

     

    Ingredients
    ・Bread ・Fresh cream ・Cream cheese ・Fruits of your choice

     

    Method
    1: Layer cream cheese over the bread slices and then the fresh cream.
    2: Top with your assorted fruit.
    3: Cut into bite-size slices and tuck in!

     

    3: Strawberry Cake Style Fruit Sandwich @_ll_rire_ll_

    riE.’s fruit sandwich is just like a cake! By arranging it correctly, she has transformed her sandwich into a strawberry dessert.

     

    Ingredients
    ・Bread ・Strawberries ・Fresh Cream ・Honey ・Cinnamon

     

    Method
    1: Slice a thick cut of bread in half and fill with fresh cream and strawberries.
    2: Spread fresh cream on the outside and top with strawberries
    3: Drizzle with honey, sprinkle with a little lemon, and enjoy!

     

    4: Cocoa Bagel Fruit Sandwich @chiezzz8

    chie’s fruit sandwich is made using homemade cocoa bagels and ponkan orange, creating a sweet and sour flavour combination.

     

    Ingredients
    ・Cocoa bagels ・Ponkan orange ・Greek yogurt ・Cream cheese

     

    Method
    1: Mix Greek yogurt and cream cheese to a ratio of 1:1.
    2: Cut the bagels in half and add your yogurt and cream cheese mix.
    3: Add the ponkan orange and enjoy!

     

    5: Hot Banana & Oreo Crispy Tiramisu Sandwich @ks.daidokoro

    Kancho makes lots of different hot sandwich recipes. This is a simple one you can make using a frying pan.

     

    Ingredients
    ・2 slices of bread ・5 Oreo Crispy Tiramisu ・Greek yogurt to taste ・1 banana ・30g shredded cheese ・Cinnamon powder to taste ・Honey to taste

     

    Method

    1: Top one slice of bread with Greek yogurt and add half the shredded cheese.
    2: Add the Oreos (and fill the empty spaces with smashed Oreos).
    3: Top with sliced banana, the cinnamon powder, and honey.
    4: Add Greek yogurt and the rest of the shredded cheese to your other slice of bread.
    5: Toast in a frying pan and press. Fry until both sides are a light brown and enjoy!

     

    Bring the cafe experience into your own home with one of these 5 simple recipes.

  • Stay Home With AMIAYA: Love Fashion and Love Yourself During the Lockdown

    22.April.2020 | FEATURES

    Here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, we post news and information about Japan in six languages. Our aim is to deliver a variety of content related to Japan for those who love and enjoy Japanese culture.

     

    Right now, people across the globe are in self-isolation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The same goes for Japan too, so we’ve taken this opportunity to create a new series on the website to show how we’re spending time at home here in Japan. The future is yet uncertain, and we hope for normality to return for all of us soon. We created a new articles series called Stay Home with which we hope to take your mind off the situation, even for just a little bit, to help you feel calmer. It might give you some tips on what you can do while spending time at home.

    In today’s feature, we are joined AMIAYA, whose model work has taken them around Japan and overseas.

     

    1: amiayacookingram

    Since our time at home has lengthened, we’re cooking everyday and showcasing what we’ve made on Instagram with the hashtag #amiayacookingram. Make the time you have been given worthwhile by immersing yourself in the things you love at home and doing some soul-searching.

    2: LOVE FASHION_LOVE YOURSELF, MY_FOAH

    LOVE FASHION LOVE YOURSELF♡

    Since we’re involved with fashion for our work, we believe in the power of fashion. We wanted to turn it into positive energy and share it with everyone through Instagram. You feel livelier by dressing up in the clothes you like. It brings the real you out. Let’s enjoy fashion and looking good whether we’re at home or anywhere else!

    3: Dance to your favourite music!

     

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    音楽に合わせて身体を動かすだけで とーーっても楽しい。🧡 #LOVEFASHION_LOVEYOURSELF #おうちasobi #stayhomestaypositive #双踊 🤣🙌

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    Wrap yourself in your favourite garments and move your body to your favourite tunes. That alone is fun beyond imagination♡

     

    What’s your secret to spending time at home?

    Keep on expressing yourself. For us, that would be through fashion. We think it’s important to be yourselfーbe who you areーand we do that by changing into our favourite clothes and doing our makeup. You choose what your comfort is to make you happy. You can watch movies, read books, study something you’re interested in, or do things that change the time you’re at home since it’s up to you now. We think it’s important to put effort into making the time you have been given worthwhile.”

     

    Please give a message to those reading this article

    We hope we can spread happiness and positivity to everyone through our love of fashion. You can change up your time at home however you like. As long as you’re enjoying yourself, you can’t go wrong! We’ll all get through this together!

  • Stay Home With Yutaro: Laugh, Learn, & Do All The Things You Want To Do During the Lockdown

    18.April.2020 | FEATURES

    Here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, we post news and information about Japan in six languages. Our aim is to deliver a variety of content related to Japan for those who love and enjoy Japanese culture.

     

    Right now, people across the globe are in self-isolation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The same goes for Japan too, so we’ve taken this opportunity to create a new series on the website to show how we’re spending time at home here in Japan. The future is yet uncertain, and we hope for normality to return for all of us soon. We created a new articles series called Stay Home with which we hope to take your mind off the situation, even for just a little bit, to help you feel calmer. It might give you some tips on what you can do while spending time at home.

    Today, Japanese actor and model Yutaro shares with us how he has been spending his time at home.

     

    1: Gaming


    I was recently given a Switch Lite as part of a TV show project, so I’ve been enjoying some Animal Crossing at my leisure. Right now, I’m addicted to farming iron ore. I’m Team Tsubukichi, by the way.

     

    2: Music

    While I do enjoy listening to my music loud on speakers when I’m at home, when I’m alone and want to lay around while I listen to my music I like to use my AirPods too. I generally always have music playing at home. I’ve recently been into a South Korean band called SURL. You should give them a listen.

     

    3: Post-Bath Skin Care

    I love baths, so I take a dip most days. I enjoy spending as much time as I like in there, but it’s kind of tricky to take a photo of that, so I’ve taken one of some skin care items I’ve been using recently. CNP is a South Korean brand. It has propolis in it so you feel pretty moisturised afterwards. It’s not too pricey either so I definitely recommend it.

     

    4: Cooking

    Since I’m spending more time at home now, I’ve been coming up with recipes to cook everyday for me and my sister who is staying with me.

     

    I made curry on this day. It’s full of meat and veg which we had with brown rice, something I’m crazy about again. It’s surprisingly easy to share roles, so I’ve come to enjoy cooking for myself recently. A guy cooking for himselfーthat’s a typical image of a model, isn’t it?

     

    The curry I made was a portion for 3 days.

     

    Bonus: Hammock

    I’m generally the kind of person who’s not good with staying indoors, so I ended up splurging on a hammock which I can use when I want to feel the outside air. Rolling around in this for about 10 minutes when the weather’s nice, or after a bath, or eating ice cream while listening to music is enough to make me happy.

     

    What’s your secret to spending time at home?

    If I think about it too much I’ll end up suggesting too many things. I don’t think about it too much and just do plenty of the things I want to do right now, or things that I can only do now because of the situation. I’m using my time luxuriously.

     

    Please give a message to those reading this article

    Just like everyone else, I’m itching as the days go by, but it’s all about taking advantage of the situation to do what you can. I’m enjoying gaming online to my heart’s content, face timing my family and laughing, learning Korean from my friend, relaxing and swaying in my hammock, finding challenging myself to cooking surprisingly fun, and so on. There are lots of things to do to feel happiness in these times, so I want people to make their time worthwhile. Let’s all get through this together!

  • Stay Home With TEMPURA KIDZ: Polish Your Skills And Look to the Future During the Lockdown

    16.April.2020 | FEATURES

    Here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, we post news and information about Japan in six languages. Our aim is to deliver a variety of content related to Japan for those who love and enjoy Japanese culture.

     

    Right now, people across the globe are in self-isolation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The same goes for Japan too, so we’ve taken this opportunity to create a new series on the website to show how we’re spending time at home here in Japan. The future is yet uncertain, and we hope for normality to return for all of us soon. We created a new articles series called Stay Home with which we hope to take your mind off the situation, even for just a little bit, to help you feel calmer. It might give you some tips on what you can do while spending time at home.

     

    Today, we are joined by all four members of Japanese dance and vocal group TEMPURA KIDZ who have shared with us what they have been doing at home recently.

     

    Stay Home With AO

    1: Watching movies

    I’ve been sipping on nice hot drinks while cosied up watching movies. One that I want to recommend that makes me cry is The Green Mile. For comedy is would be A Story of Yonosuke!

     

    2: Reading

    Reading at home! I don’t make a lot of progress with reading, but I can concentrate better setting time aside to read at home alone rather than when I usually would on trains or in my spare time. So I’ve developed the ability to read a lot quicker now! I want to use this time to read lots and lots!

     

    What’s your secret to spending time at home?

    It’s all about putting the time in right now! I usually don’t get this kind of time to enjoy chilling at home, so I’m consuming lots of media like movies, dramas, anime, and books. I think it’s great time spent to power up my power as a human, by laughing and crying while increasing my knowledge and sensibility!

     

    Please give a message to those reading this article

    With more time spent at home because of the lockdown period, you might feel a sense of loneliness or anxiety, but it’s important to increase your immunity, even a little, and make your mind and body strong! I hear that tears and laughter are a way of de-stressing and upping your immunity. Let’s immerse ourselves in some kind of media and laugh and cry so we can eliminate stress, increase our immunity, and level ourselves up.

     

    Stay Home With KARIN

    1: Feeling better with candied fruit!

    I’m lifting my mood at home by making candied fruit! It’s super simple, you just need fruit, sugar, and water.

    Though I’m at home indoors, it makes me feel like I’m at a stall at a Japanese festival, so it makes me happy!

     

    It’s really easy to do, so why not give it a go yourself?

     

    What’s your secret to spending time at home?

    If you use your time at home wisely to try out things you normally don’t have time for you’re bound to discover something new. I think that’s important.

     

    Please give a message to those reading this article

    Wash your hands, be aware that each and every person is a potential danger, and make the right decision until the fun days return. Let’s all get through this together!

     

    Stay Home With YU-KA

    1: Dancing on TikTok at home!

    I started using TikTok just recently. Since the lockdown means being at home everyday, I’m posting dance videos everyday as part of my daily routine!

     

    They’re super easy to make and post, I think it’s the best kind of content to enjoy with everyone. Plus, you feel refreshed after moving your body about, and it lifts your mood!

     

    2: I can’t meet with the other members, but…

    I’m also doing duet dances in my videos too! When the lockdown finally ends and I get to meet with everyone again, my happiness won’t feel incomplete anymore.

     

    Doing this means you can stay connected with people even if you’re at home. It made me realise again what a convenient time we live in. I’m posting everyday, so I hope it kills a bit of time for everyone at home!

     

    Check out my videos here: https://www.tiktok.com/@yuka_tempurakidz

     

    What’s your secret to spending time at home?

    This period we’re in now might actually be a great opportunity to do those things you’ve been neglecting everyday, or to challenge yourself to something new! You might also realise something you didn’t before because of this very situation. It’s made me reconsider the peaceful life I took for granted, so let’s think of it as a plus because of the good time we’ve been granted!

     

    Please give a message to those reading this article

    Our want for the lives we loved together to continue will ensure that they return quicker. Let’s pray for things to turn back to normal and work hard to get through this together!み

     

    Stay Home With P→☆

    1: Making music and editing YouTube videos

    I’m set on making music and editing YouTube videos, and other things too. I’m using my time at home to do the things I normally wouldn’t be able to because it takes time. I’m also absorbing myself in a lot of research and making things. Keeping myself busy by looking up the things I love relieves my stress and makes me feel great.

     

    What’s your secret to spending time at home?

    Feeling positive trying out things you normally can’t!

     

    Please give a message to those reading this article

    Make sure to properly self-isolate at home, and let’s all look forward to and work towards when we can enjoy outdoors again! I’ll work hard to deliver entertainment to everyone from home too!

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