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Matcha Fever!

23 Aug

In last blog post, Yuki mentioned “Matcha Kitkat”. We both are in love with Matcha (Green Tea) Flavor. We can buy many Japanese stuff here in London. But unfortunately Matcha is not really one of them…

Matcha is very addictive. If you had once before, you know how addictive it is! So I am always thinking about Matcha flavor. Then I decided to buy Matcha powder last time I went back to Japan. (Yuki even bought more of it when she went back!) Once you have it, you can make everything Matcha flavor. Matcha latte, Matcha icecream, Matcha chocolate, Matcha bread!

Last week, I had some spare time. I was a bit bored… Then ta-da!

I baked Matcha Cockies! It looks quite greeny, isn’t it? I followed the recipe very carefully, but somehow it was too much green tea taste in it… But I loved it.
Anyways, here is a recipe of Matcha Cookie I bakes.

*Matcha (Green Tea)  Soft Cookies*

Margarine (or Butter)     50g (Room Temperature preferably)
Granulated Suger              50g
Honey                                    15g
Flour                                      100g
Matcha Powder*               10g (if you want that greeny as I baked, put less)
Baking Powder                   1/2 tea spoon
Chocolate Chips                 50g (or as much as you want)
*You can buy at oriental super market
1. Whisk the butter in a bawl. If it is not warm as room temperature, just microwave it for about 10 seconds (if 700w)
2. Microwave honey and suger for 10 seconds to make it smoother. Add in the bawl with the butter. Stir well.
3. Add the flour, the matcha powder and the baking powder. Stir well until you can’t see powder anymore and  it gets dough texture.
4. Preheat oven 150 degrees C. Then get baking sheet ready on a tray.
5. Make golf ball sized dough balls and add chocolate chips. Flatten balls in 1cm(2/5 inch) thick.

6. Bake for about 10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for at least 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely hence it is quite soft when it is done.

This surely tastes different from cookies normally eaten outside of Japan. I love eating Matcha flavored sweets with a cup (or more) of green tea. Fancy cuppa with Japanese style??

And benefit from eating/drinking green tea? According to news today, it may cure (skin) cancer. At least three cups of tea a day as Huff post tells… What a piece of cake!

eBay Photo Improvement!

8 Jul

Quite often, we have got questions from customers asking how big stickers or cards are. When you try to buy something online, whatever it is, size does matter. I’ve been thinking we should have measurements on eBay listings.

Now all stocks are in my hands. So using rainy Sunday, I have been working on taking new photos of our products. Here is one of the photos I took earlier today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I mistakenly did wrong setting on my camera… So it looks a bit like instagram…So I’ll have to try to make it more like “product photo”. But I think it is very convenient for customers. Hope I can upload all the photos before Yuki comes back.

By the way, I am currently using Fuji X100. It is really a cool camera. When I left my former company, I bought this for myself as a farewell gift. I didn’t know anything about photography. I just liked the design of this camera. I just fell in love right away when I saw this. It was not cheap. But now I am really loving using this camera.

Fortunately, some of my friends taught me how to take photos and use this camera. So all the photos on eBay were taken by this camera.

If you have any query or request about our products, service, etc… please don’t hesitate to drop us a line. We are happy to help then improve our service!

 

A

Happy Birthday America!

4 Jul

Last time I wrote the article on the blog, it was about Canada Day. And I mentioned Independence Day. Then today is the day! So I have to say “Happy Birthday America!”.

I haven’t been to America (nor Canada) for ages. Since we have started to ship to North America, we have quite many American customers. I am not really sure if people in America can buy stuff like we sell. But we are very happy that we can have customers from all over the world. We really hope we can visit America to sell our cute stickers and stationery! … Someday.

I tried to write something interesting about America by using Independence Day as an excuse… As usual, nothing come up so far…

Anyways, have a great Independence Day evening! Fireworks!?!?(Jealous!)

A

 

 

Happy Canada Day!

1 Jul

Happy Canada Day to Canadian customers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is Canada Day. I am not Canadian. But we’ve got Canadian customers occasionally. So I would like to cerebrate Canadian National Holiday a bit! It is going to be Independence Day in America, too! Canadian and American customers! We ship to North America!

By the way, This is first time for me, Akane, writing this blog. Now Yuki is in Japan. So I am in charge of her rolls while she is having a blast summer holiday in Japan! (Jealous??)  I would like to write something funny, but nothing came up to my mind so far… So I used Canadian Holiday for an excuse… 😛

I am usually working on Merchandising side of mocomoco tokyo using my former experience as a Stationery Buyer in Japan.  Also taking pictures of products, making logos and so on…

Now I am very happy that I can have opportunities to do some customer service which Yuki is always doing. New things, new experience!

It is Sunday evening in London. I am now going down to a local pub to watch Euro 2012 match. I am not a big fun of football. But I like lively genki (“cheerful” in Japanese) atmosphere! How do you spend a nice Sunday evening??

Akane

Want to go to Japan? For Free??

17 Apr

Yes, I do want to go to Japan for free!! Absolutely.

Hi everyone.

My friend found this and shared on Facebook and I stole it! Hope she doesn’t mind?

I had to share this fantastic offer from TATE.

You can win a 7-nights-stay holiday in Japan! How wonderful is that!!

You can go to Tokyo and Kyoto. I guess I don’t even need to explain those cities. The two most famous cities in Japan.

I used to live in Kyoto when I was in university. Kyoto is definitely one of my favourite place in Japan.

You just have to join the competition. The opportunity is just too good to miss!!

More details here

Good luck!!

So Japanese

21 Mar

Hello everyone,

Hope you are all well.

Today I’d love to show one of our products.


(You can see more details at Products page.)

These stickers are really beautiful and pretty. The stickers are made of Japanese style paper called “Washi”.

*Washi (和紙?) is a style of paper that was first made in Japan. Washi is commonly made using fibers from the bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrub (Edgeworthia papyrifera), or the paper mulberry, but also can be made using bamboohemp, rice, and wheat. Washi comes from wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper, and the term is used to describe paper made by hand in the traditional manner.Washi is generally tougher than ordinary paper made from wood pulp, and is used in many traditional arts. OrigamiShodo, and Ukiyo-e were all produced using washi. Washi was also used to make various everyday goods like clothes, household goods, and toys. (from Wikipedia)

Washi is traditional paper but these stickers’ design is very modern and pop.

Look at the stickers on the left. You can see the print of bows. That is an old way to tie ropes or laces around wooden boxes in Japan. I don’t expect you to use wooden boxes to carry aroud things nowadays, but you can use them on the envelope instead like sealing wax.

 [Image from miniaturerhino.blogspot.com]

One more feature I’d like you to see is the pattern of the stickers. They look like lovely Kimono. In any perspective, these stickers are just so Japanese!!!! It’s a great way to dress up a normal, boring and plain envelope!! 

Have a lovely day!!

x


 

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Extra Heart

17 Mar

Good afternoon everyone!

Yay!! Weekend!!! How are you all doing? Just being lazy in the bed? It’s okay, I won’t blame you.

Unfortunately the weather is not exactly fantastic in London today. Hopefully it gets better soon. And I am sure it will. That is London.

Today is St Patrick’s day and my friend’s birthday too! I am going to her birthday do tonight. I guess I HAVE TO give her one of our lovely lovely birthday cards!! I’m pretty sure she likes it:) The question is which one! A difficult choice.

As I said in the last post, our eBay shop is open now and some items have been already sold and shipped. It is very exciting!
When we pack items, we put some extra cuteness in the envelope.

They are heart shaped Origami. We just want our customers to feel some Japanese flavour and little warmth. We are thinking of some other ideas too. If you have a good idea, let us know!
We can not guarantee that we can keep up with the volume of orders, but we will do our best to put an extra heart in every envelopes as long as we can.

Also we got this cute “thank you” stamp from Japan.

Yes it is in Japanese and many customers might not be able to read it. It means “thank you”. We use it for our invoice.

Because it is an online shop and we can never meet our customers, we want to try and make experiences with us something a bit different and a littel bit cuter than ordinary! We look forward to giving you an extra heart too♥♥

Hope you have a lovely weekend and happy St Patrick’s day!!

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