Momiji Manjū, A Lovely Japanese Gift (Guest Post)

By Derrick Theys

This little Japanese cake is called a momiji manjū. It is made of buckwheat and rice, and comes with a variety of fillings, like red bean, custard, or chocolate.

We bought a pack of momiji manjū on the island of Miyajima, in the bay of Hiroshima, where it is a speciality and a popular souvenir. They’re soft, spongy and delicious.

Many of the cake shops have the machine that makes them right there in the window. A batter is poured into a hot maple-leaf shaped mold, a blob of filling is squeezed into the middle, and the mechanical arm folds the mold over to close it up. The momiji manjū cooks until golden brown, and then A conveyor belt rolls it out, and seals it up in a little package. Wonderful!

We bought the pack as a gift, for a host family we were meeting the next day, to say thank you for hosting us. The box was wrapped up in a little furoshiki wrapping cloth, wrapped and tied, as is often customary for gifts.

We arrived in Beppu, a hot spring city in Japan’s southern island. We handed our host family the gift, and it quickly joined glasses of sake, beers, and chocolates on the table for everyone to enjoy!

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K1 Klubhouse Flea Market

So I had heard a lot about this place even before I went there and we had been planning to go here even before we reached Kenya. I was super excited to see the flea market because I had heard a lot about it and seen so many cool pictures. Plus everything is handmade and local which I thought was really cool!

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This is what the place looks like with lots of umbrellas hanging everywhere and everyone sitting in the middle. It had such a great vibe we were super into it!

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And the stalls had so many interesting things too.

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Here are some locally handmade organic vegan and cruelty free soaps, shampoos and more. If you’re interested in buying them you can check them out on Instagram by clicking here.

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These amazing artwork had us mesmerized and the artists were super nice and let us take pictures of them. If you’re interested in the artwork please contact them at +254720428735 or by clicking here.

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They also had some interesting graffiti as well as a bunch of areas for food and drinks.

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Overall, we just had such a fun time here and I would definitely recommend checking it out if you’re ever in Nairobi. The flea market is only there on Sundays though so if that’s what you’re interested in Sunday would be the perfect time to go. If you just want to look around and have some food/drinks you can check it out on any day.

Special thanks to Mistryland for all the pictures I bugged her to take that made this post possible!

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Six Word Story

My makeup cannot mask my pain.

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8 Amazing Graffiti Art

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Easy Last Minute Costume Ideas For Halloween

Just in case you still don’t know what you’re going to do for Halloween…

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My 5 Favourite Halloween Makeup Looks

These are so amazing wanted to share them with you guys! I always admire people who can be so creative with makeup especially when it comes to Halloween makeup. Hope you guys like them as much as me and maybe find something to go as for Halloween!

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A No From The Universe

If you’re wondering why I haven’t posted in a while it’s because the universe hates me. My laptop’s screen broke again and I had to get it replaced. Luckily I’ve got it back now and it’s fine.

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Anyway, just wanted to give you a little update on what’s going on with me. On Thursday, we decided to go to this place called Village Market and it ended up being super fun! It has a really artsy vibe and it’s just such a fun place although it’s really big so it takes forever to get from one end to the other!

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We ended up going to one of my favourite bookstores in Kenya called Between The Lines which is just so pretty!

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My Favourite Quotes From The Simpsons!

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You Took Everything

You took my love

You took my heart

You took my pride

You took everything from me

And left me to die

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The First Time

The first time I saw you

I couldn’t take my eyes off you

Now I can’t bear to look at you

I can’t think of you without crying

I am done with you.

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