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We are a married couple who retired and moved to Thailand in 2014. You are welcome to join us and our travel monkeys Sun Wukong and Malcolm Jr. on our adventures! We hope you enjoy the trip as much as we do.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Souvenirs And The Best Kitchen Gadget Ever from Osaka

                 Hello Kitty (My Mother's Day Present) with her friends Rilakkuma and Kiiroitori! 

Noren, a Japanese cloth room divider, wall hanging, doorway curtain or a window curtain. The word noren usually refers to split curtains hung in front of a shop. It was used to keep out the sun and dust but now since it often has the shop's name written on it, it serves as the shop's sign as well. Noren are commonly used in private homes as space dividers or decorations.

The Best Kitchen Gadget EVER!

During our visit to Osaka I thought I would look for a knife. My mind was set to “just look” but when I walked into Tower Knives and they explained the process of factory production versus hand forged and then let me actually try each one on real veggies.........OH WOW!

I picked up the hand forged Sakai knife and sliced through the tomato like it was air. I was so astonished I couldn't help but laugh out loud. It was the most visceral feeling to have the knife feel like it was an extension of my hand...... I was sold on the spot.

When I told them I wanted the hand forged Sakai knife they brought 6 of them for me to hold so I could choose the exact one I wanted! Then they walked me through a sharpening lesson and I added a sharpening stone to my purchase. I feel so fortunate to have this quality piece of steel.

Each time I use it I concentrate on being being slow and careful because the blade is as sharp as a razor. It is like a meditation....breathe, relax, be the blade......create with love!

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