Summertime II

What ways can we keep cool without using too much electricity? That is the big question as people in Tohoku or all over Japan face energy shortages this summer!

The Japanese are clever in making the room feel cooler without actually lowering the temperature. Traditionally, they hang a small glass, cast iron  or ceramic bell by the open porch so the slightest breeze will produce a tinkling sound. We have come to associate this sound with a cool breeze so we feel cooler just to hear it!

GlassFuurin Bell

Another object is the summer fan or uchiwa. Lying on the tatami mat floor, and fanning ourselves with this fan makes us cool off too!

In summer, we enjoy something like a snow cone.  Only our ice is shaved much finer. It’s topped with fruit  or tea flavored syrup and condensed milk or maybe sweet bean paste. We can make it at home with a simple hand-turned ice shaver.

Kakigouri Icy Tre

Today I made Easy Fruit Ice Cream with Pineapple and Banana. Add strawberries if you have them.

Strawberry (Easy Fruit) Ice Cream

Peach Pepper Ice Cream

And this last Wednesday Mayumi came from Yuwa. I had to go pick her up. It is an hour’s drive each way. But we enjoyed making pizza, and Peach Pepper Ice Cream. We ate it out in the garden as it was a lovely day.

Stay cool and try not to use too much energy!. Let’s get rid of Nuclear power plants! They are a time bomb waiting to go off.

Mayumi enjoyed herself and took one pizza back to her friend.  I had fun too!! Here’s a cute shot of Mayumi-san!

Mayumi Yoshii


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Becky N
    Jun 16, 2012 @ 13:15:31

    As always, I enjoy your posts so much and this one is such a good reminder of the simple ways to stay cool – I love the tinkling bell; when I’m really hot I remember going to a rodeo in Oklahoma years ago, where even at 8 pm the temp was only down to 90 degrees. Suddenly a breeze came through and you could follow its path by the delighted “oooooh”s through the crowd, like a wave. Just remembering that, I recall the delicious feel of the moving air and am a little refreshed.


  2. todaysillustrationtomorrow
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 14:55:40

    I want to try the peach pepper ice cream! sounds good!
    This past weekend I had a beer infused with fresh cracked black pepper! It was interesting and yummy!

    We try not to use AC even though we do own window unit we could use. When it gets really hot, i usually use what i call a “poor man’s AC” which is basically a wet towel placed around my neck…! It actually cools you down a lot!


  3. leahmama1
    Jun 20, 2012 @ 10:48:44

    Wet towel? Good idea! I’ll try it!


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