Sunday, May 08, 2011

Sakura Picnic

Happy Golden Week, May Day, Star Wars Day, Children's Day and Cinco De Mayo (all are belated though) haha!! Well, MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!! I'm so wishing all kids all over the world their happiness, especially those who've lost their both parents by all the recent disasters.


I finally got to go see sakura for the first time this year. We had this lunch viewing beautiful sakura trees. This one has mayo-shrimp, dashimaki-tamago (a kind of tamagoyaki), butter-sauteed purple potato, curry flavored shimeji and chicken, four kani-mayo norimaki, and rare cheesecakes with strawberry sauce for a treat after lunch.



This type of norimaki is very easy to make even without a sushi mat because it doesn't need to be rolled tightly or sliced. You could gobble it down nom nom. Kanimayo is crab meat tossed with mayonnaise. It's okay to use any foods you like as filling -- cut cucumber, scrambled egg, cut tamagoyaki, sauteed spam or hotdog, meat or chicken soboro, umeboshi, canned tuna, sliced avocado.... mmm any suggestions?

babykins Kanimayo Norimaki Recipe
Crab meat or crab kamaboko
Sushi rice or plain rice
Lemon juice
Plastic wrap

1) Prepare kanimayo. Toss crab meat with mayo, a little lemon juice and salt.
2) Place a nori on plastic wrap, and then spread rice thinly and evenly over the nori, leaving an even border of uncovered nori along the top edge. If you use plain rice, sprinkle a little salt over nori at this point.
3) Place some of the kanimayo on the rice, and then roll it up like a roll cake. Decorate and wrap as you like.

babykins Sushi Vinegar Recipe
5 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt

Put the ingredients in a jam jar or something, and shake it.
Add it to steaming rice and mix well. --- 1 - 2 teaspoons sushi vinegar per cup of cooked rice.

Adjust the sugar and salt to taste.
Fresh-cooked rice is preferable, but you can use microwaved leftover rice as well.
In order not to make your sushi rice gooey, cook rice with somewhat less water than usual.


Actually we went to the public library I can enjoy all kinds of books, and feel so refreshed and comfortable each time. So I love to visit there so much. These pictures are of the park right beside the library. Fortunately, the day we went, the sakura trees were just in full blossom! Although it was still windy and chilly, we were ever so excited and impressed with the beautiful and spectacular sight.




The park is a historic place where there used to be a Bugyosyo (magistrate's office of the samurai period) until 140 or so years ago. A part of the bugyosyo was duplicated in the center of the park two years ago. We were able to look around inside of it as well. It looked like a gorgeous mansion of the highest samurai.



You can hardly see the way this moat is a huge star shape, but you could check it out from the top of this tower. Tooons of sukura trees are planted along the edges of the moat! The moat was made around the magistrate's office in order to prevent enemy invasions.




Don't stare at meee! Bye!




We're having another holiday left. Fabulous weekend everyone!!


  1. @db279d3a00fadb05d4ef14a32ae75a44 
    Ow you've been to Japan before? I'm glad you like Japan! :)

  2. i love your blog and i will back to japan *cry*
    its a wonderful country T.T

  3. bentolily 
     Yes you are. TSP = teaspoon, TBSP = tablespoon, right? Thank you I'll retype to make it lucid. :)

  4. One question about the sushi rice: You mean 1 - 2 teaspoons (not tablespoons) of sushi vinegar per cup of cooked rice - am I correct with that?

  5. Love your picnic bento, especially how to wrap the make rolls :) And the sakura pictures are beautiful, I am happy to hear that you had a good time :).

  6. I want to come with you! That looks like a wonderful day. The sakura are beautiful! I love these bentos too! I've been craving some crab sushi, I might have to use your recipe :) What did you use for the sakura decoration on the nori? It's beautiful!

  7. Such a pretty bento to have while viewing the sakura! The pictures are so beautiful. I'm so glad it was really nice weather when you went. Thank you for sharing the recipes - I can't wait to try them. :)

  8. @9ddada242b78c88059a25a727b6c7e93
    It's ok, I knew that ;) Thank you I was able to get really refreshed and feel so good! Hope to get to go again before the blossoms are gone. :)