Welcome to my blog.

After a few random posts I've decided to dedicate this blog to my life long project of Japanese food
and culture (and my life in general, especially my travels).

Since my first taste of sushi back in 1997 I've been interested in, and frequently been making
Japanese food.
My interest in the country and culture started long before and continues to evolve.
I was lucky to finally visit Japan in October 2008 and hope to be back soon.
In July 2012 I visited Japantown in San Fransisco, the next best thing!
I was lucky to be back in 2015, 2016 and 2017 thanks to the fact that we now have family living in California.
Both small and big adventures will from now on, as time permits, be shared with you.

I will post other recipes and pictures too, mainly cooking projects, plants and art projects
(including my new love - making kumihimo braided objects).

I hope you'll find it interesting, and feel free to leave a comment or ask questions!

I write mainly in English, but there will be some Norwegian too, especially posts about things
that mainly have Norwegian interest. Tutorials are bi-lingual.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Parcel arrived!

I´ve ordered more satin cord to make kumihimo with. This time rayon satin cord for the US. What a nice material! So soft and with a great luster.... I had to make a bracelet at once, and went for the Navy color. Sadly it was a sample, so I only braided one. But I´m waiting for more.... I also got thinner cord in satin, so I´m ready to explore more complicated patterns. And I started playing with the idea of having a marudai made here in Norway... I just need to get in touch with a furniture maker.

Navy - dark night

On a different note - I forgot to buy soil, so shiso sowing hasn´t started yet.... I better get on with it!

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Creative week


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Saturday, 12 March 2011


... I don´t know what to say, Japan was just hit by an earthquake and a tsunami. I´m heartbroken and my thoughts go out to everyone there. I hope as many as possible of the missing people are unharmed, and that cities and the whole society will be rebuilt and back to normal as soon as possible....

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Check out this link / competition: Håndlaga 2011


"Handmade 2011" / "Håndlaga 2011" - a competition of the best handmade products and blogs about handicraft in Norway. Please follow the link and nominate your favorites!

I´ve nominated one of my bracelets in the category Jewelry + a pair of earrings from Mirjam H.
You can find her shop here: http://epla.no/shops/mirjamh/
Be aware: Lot´s of "candy" for girls.....

I´ve nominated this bracelet from my own shop:

"Spring": Lilac, green and white bracelet with silver details.
from my shop: http://epla.no/shops/krysantemumdesign/

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Norwegian sake!

Our dear friends at the microbrewery Nøgne Ø (Naked island) have made the first (?) Norwegian sake. Today I went and got two bottles + their beer Red Horizon, based on sake production.
I will taste the sake tomorrow, but for now, I´m posting a picture of the bottle. It looks nice....

Check out the blog of the producers on:

Ps: I´ve added a column on the side bar showing off my custom made kumihimo bracelets. :)

Sunday update: I´ve tasted the sake, (in hinoki wood sake cups). What a taste explosion! The first notion was honey, then a hint of beer, rice, and all in all I´m impressed. This was a very nice first date with "homegrown" Norwegian sake, and I will continue to buy it. I hope they will be able to distribute the other types as well, or summer vacation has to be spent in Grimstad this year!

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

First of March - means one thing:

It is time to go get soil for seeds, check my storage of shiso seeds and maybe order new;
get everything ready for planting season 2011!

Happy, green-fingered Linuz!