Saturday, March 20, 2010

Strawberry Shortcake

I think that most well-known cake for Japanese is Strawberry shortcake. The shape is different from other countries one. I love it and sometimes I want to eat. I have eaten it when I was a child. Strawberry shortcake was one of favorite cakes for especially children at this time.

Strawberry (Ichigo 苺) is very popular fruits. It is sweet and has acidity. Ichigo gari いちご狩り is a event in spring. Ichigo gari means picking fresh strawberries. We normally can eat them that we want to eat per one time ichigo gari within limited time, for example, 30 minutes. I have gone to Ichigo gari several times. Picking and eating fresh strawberry in the air is so nice.

Strawberry shortcake is made of sponge cake, whip cream and strawberry. All ingredients are tempting. Japanese shortcake is delicious. If you visit Japan, please try to eat.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Japan Academy Prize

33rd Japan Academy Prize is announced yesterday. It is the award for Japanese films. I saw two films that were nominated best punctures. I introduced them, "Dear Doctor" and "Villon's Wife" in my blog.

The Picture of the year is "Shizumanu Taiyou" 沈まぬ太陽. It was made that based on same title's novel by Toyoko Yamasaki 山崎豊子. Toyoko Yamasaki is well- known novelist in Japan.

I want to introduce Japanese actors were awarded this time.

The best male actor is Ken Watanabe in "Shizumanu Taiyou". If you saw Hollywood movie, "Last Samurai" , you will remember him. He is very talented actor. The best female actor is Takako Matsu 松 たか子 in Villon's Wife" I like her performance and she is very popular and one of beautiful Japanese female actor.

The best male and female actor in supporting role is Teruyuki Kagawa 香川照之 in "Tsurugidake" 剣岳 and Kimiko Yo 余 貴美子 in "Dear Doctor". She appears in "Departure" おくりびと that were awarded best foreigh film in Academy award last year. I think they are essential actors in Japanese films. They can play any roles.

When you want to see Japanese film and if they appear in the films that you pick up, they must be good Japanese films.