Pretty Maids in a Row

Look how happy Hiroo is to get all the attention from these lovely ladies!

Happy Hiroo got hugs from 2 girls!

Happy Hiroo got hugs from 2 girls!

Misako brought her friend Fujiko over to pick Biwa (loquat?) leaves to make medicinal compounds! We had lunch, real Indian curry (Vegetable Curry) and homemade Nan!

Picking Loquat Leaves

Picking Loquat Leaves

Originally cultivated in southeastern China, loquat trees were brought to Japan early on and have been cultivated for over 1000 years. The flowers bloom in autumn or early winter and the fruit is ripe in late winter or spring.

These girls will make a loquat essence to use in lotion or for medicinal purposes.

Loquat syrup is used in Chinese medicine for soothing the throat and is a popular ingredient for cough drops. Or as a compound that will soothe the digestive and respiratory systems. (from Wikipedia)

Look to this page on Loquat leaves to find out how loquat leaves are an anti-oxidant and anti-aging compound, also effective in control of diabetes and many other maladies! Why don’t you try making loquat leaf tea!?

( http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/benefits-of/loquat-leaf)

Juicy ripe loquats, or biwa

Juicy ripe loquats, or biwa

Oyster Marinade

Oyster Marinade

Fujiko-san brought this delicious Oyster Marinade! It is so good with French bread and white wine! And Misako’s Satsuma-imo Cake was creamy and very good!! I couldn’t resist it and had 2 pieces!

Satsuma-imo Cake

Satsuma-imo Cake

It is snowing again tonight. I appreciate their coming all the way out there in the cold! We had fun and it was great to make a new friend. They are involved in a community vegetable garden project in Saijo and do neat stuff with herbs! Fujiko has studied bread making too.

Misako says her dream is to go into the ocean at Okinawa. I hope she can do it!!

Vegetable Curry

Vegetable Curry

Come and see us again when it’s warmer!

Nan

Nan

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. RK Smith
    Feb 08, 2015 @ 12:28:51

    Oh, Leah! How beautiful are the Hiroshima oysters! I think I must come to Japan again to see you & Hiroo and enjoy those delectable things!

    Reply

  2. leahmama1
    Feb 16, 2015 @ 08:16:35

    Thanks for reading! I just now found your comment. I really want to talk to you soon!

    Reply

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