Nov 26

Little Things

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It has been a good long time since I did a Good Things post, and with tomorrow being Thanksgiving here in the US of A I thought it was high time I did another one! Over the past week I’ve been “collecting” a bunch of random little things that I have loved, enjoyed, or been grateful for. As I mentioned last year, there is a great quote by Sōetsu Yanagi, who said, “Most of us today have grown so commonplace that we cannot see the extraordinary save in the exceptional.” To quote myself, “I think it is important to look for the extraordinary in the smaller, more ‘normal’ things of our every day lives.”

1. Grapefruity Goodness: I love grapefruit–both the taste and the smell. The other morning I cut into a grapefruit that my mom brought me and it was perfect–perfectly grapefruity pink, perfectly fragrant, and perfectly tart and sweet at the same time. What a wonderful way to start the day!

2. One Great Loaf: Although I usually prefer homemade bread, and have been trying to make more of it (thank you Molly Irwin!), our supermarket down the road sells a loaf of cinnamon bread that is the stuff that dreams are made of.
SO GOOD that I often have a loaf of it in the house and my mom always has to have a slice when she visits.

3. Cadbury Does Christmas: I look forward to Easter candy every year because of Cadbury Mini Eggs. Imagine my delight when I walked into a store the other day and found these:
They are the same exact thing, just in a ball shape instead of an egg shape, and in Christmas colors instead of Easter pastels. Sigh. I’m in heaven.

4. Ginkgo Leaves: About a year ago I wrote about how the delicate fan shaped leaves of the ginkgo trees had turned to a rich golden yellow in Tokyo, a sight that I loved. I had been thinking about the fact that I was missing seeing these beautiful trees when I happened to look down at the sidewalk on a recent morning walk with Squirrel. There laying on the concrete was a single ginkgo leaf that had partially changed its color. I picked up the leaf and looked around for its source and finally saw a lone ginkgo tree about 20 feet away.
That leaf came home with me–to me it was like finding a four leaf clover and getting a little hug from Mother Nature all in one!

5. Kaki: This time of year in Japan kaki (persimmons) are in season. I fell in love with persimmons while living in Japan and have been jealously reading the posts of fellow bloggers still living in Japan who have been enjoying them. A couple of days ago Squirrel and I were at the supermarket and lo and behold they had two small baskets of persimmons–one of fuyu and one of hachiya (the two most popular varieties of Japanese persimmons).
I grabbed a fuyu since it was ripe and ready to eat (I would have grabbed an armful, but they were EXPENSIVE), went home, peeled and cut up the sweet flesh and feasted. It tasted just as good as I had hoped it would, sweet and fragrant.

6. Tokyo Reading: I recently won a giveaway on Asking For Trouble and one of the things I received in the mail was Marceline’s 10 Days in Tokyo Zine, a book that tells the story of a trip Marceline took with her sister to Tokyo last year.
I have loved reading about her trip. Although it’s from the perspective of a tourist, it brings back so many memories of the first time I set foot in Tokyo almost seven years ago.

7. Sakura: For those of you who know me well, or who were readers when I was still living in Japan, you know that I LOVE sakura (Japanese cherry blossoms). I have written more than a few posts about all things sakura during the past year. The other day I received an email from Miss Lolly of LollyChops telling me that she had been flipping through her pottery barn catalog that morning and saw something she thought I needed to check out. It turns out that Pottery Barn has a bunch of cherry blossom items that are SO cute:

8. Lolly Loot: Speaking of Miss Lolly, she has the most incredible reservoir of crafty material on her blog that it absolutely blows me away–and it’s all FREE. From all kinds of free downloads (gift tags, recipe cards, etc.) to sewing patterns you could be busy crafting using her designs for a very very long time. I look forward to her posts every day wondering what she’s going to come up with next. Thanks Lolly!

9. Best Comment Ever: I love all of your comments, but one really stood out this week because it made me laugh and because it was like the words were taken right out of my mouth! On my post about the recipe for Ladurée style hot chocolate I received this comment from Stephan:

On my first trip to Paris, I had chocolat chaud at Dalloyau. With the first sip, I had two thoughts.
1. I could live here.
2. God wears a beret.
There is nothing like a hot, steaming cup of chocolat chaud. Try sweetening it with a cube a raw sugar. WOW!

10. Fabulous Family: Finally, and not so tiny of a thing, my family. I can’t help but wrap up this post by expressing my thanks for my wonderful husband and daughter. Without them life would be quite flat. They enrich my life and bring me such happiness and I don’t think that I can ever tell them enough how much I love them. Squirrel provides an endless supply of entertainment–who couldn’t love this expressive little face? It kills me to have her be growing up so fast, yet I love watching her transformation into a little girl and I love the conversations that we are starting to be able to have.
Mr. Fuji is the most incredible dad and husband on the planet and I’m certain that Squirrel already thinks he walks on water. He also probably deserves sainthood for having to put up with me for the past nearly seven years of marriage.
So thanks you two for being my sunshine and putting up with me, I love you.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

The Food Librarian November 26, 2008 at 4:00 pm

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your absolutely beautiful family!

Also, if you are near an Asian grocery store, they have a lot of fuyu persimmons. The Korean markets sell them by the case for very good rates. And farmer’s markets around town have a bunch of vendors selling them from $1.25 – $2.00 a pound.

Hope you get to eat lots of yummy food and spend some fun time with your family!


LollyChops November 26, 2008 at 4:33 pm

Oh my gosh.. you are too kind. I heart you Fuj. Meeting you has been one of the best things to happen to me this year!

I hope you guys had a wonderful day cooking today and have a wonderful day tomorrow with your families!


K and S November 26, 2008 at 6:07 pm

What a great post! Happy Thanksgiving!


Semsavblanc November 26, 2008 at 8:26 pm

Thanks for sharing your heart again with us.
This one makes me want to laugh and cry at the same time. It is so so touching. All of it.
God bless you girl!


Kelly November 26, 2008 at 8:42 pm

Hi, Love your blog :)
Is your husband japanese? he doesn’t look like it…so i wondered, your name is Fuji?

Squirrel is very cute! :)

The last post about the almond toffee stole my heart, i really intend to make it! Usually i just read your blog for reading’s sake and it’s so interesting but i don’t contemplate making the recipes. This time however is different. Is there any chance you could give ingredients in other conversions or do you know a good converter online? I think usa and australian measurements are different.



Fuji Mama's mama and papa November 27, 2008 at 9:14 am

Dear Fuji Daughter,
You bring such joy into our lives. Your enthusiasm for life and ALL it has to offer has always made the world so bright. And of course now you have added Squirrel and Fuji-Son to our circle. Life is good. Thank you, thank you.


gleek November 27, 2008 at 8:29 pm

these are all very good things to be thankful for. i’ve never had a ripe, good persimmon! now i really want one :) happy thanksgiving!


Fuji Mama December 3, 2008 at 8:52 am

As you can see, I’m finally catching up with my comments now that our house guests have returned home–you guys are the BEST!

Kelly–Thank you! No, my husband isn’t Japanese, you’re right! I’ve just call us the Fuji family based on my blog name (as our pseudonym).

I don’t know of a good on-line converter. I’ve used a couple with varying success. If you find one (or if anyone else finds one or knows of one) let me know!


K and S December 3, 2008 at 8:58 am

I use or gourmetsleuth.


Fuji Mama December 3, 2008 at 9:00 am

Thanks Kat!


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