Wow, sorry for neglecting the Cocoro Blog!
How was your Xmas and New Year holiday?
We just went back to Japan before the Xmas, so we had a really quiet but nice Xmas (well full of cold….).
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Isn’t it lovely to find something unique for your little one or for someone special?
We found a lovely small baby boutique ” Passage Vintage” in Palma.
Their clothing are absolutely cute and unique!
Mallorca is not only for the Sun and beach but also shopping for sure.
It’s July! It’s a Wimbledon month so it means its a strawberry time!
One of my friend who lives near the farm told me that Strawberry is now ready to pick at the local farm.
So we took kids to PYO couple of weeks ago.
The first time I tried PYO was 11years ago when my parents-in-law took me to York. I was so impressed by not only the taste but the beautiful English country side scenery.
In Japan, we have lots of fruits picking but there are so many rules and normally expensive admission, but here in the UK, you just need to pay for what you bring home.
My 4years old really enjoyed picking and have a cheeky taste.
My little one just could not take her hands off from strawberry!
She must have tried 3 or 4 and she looked like vampire at the end.
Ah, Spring. What a beautiful season full of life and colour! I’ve seen so many flowers starting to bloom, including Cherry Blossom which is the national flower of Japan. In this season in Japan, you can find Japanese people having picnics in public parks, drinking beer and having barbecues under the cherry trees. It’s such a happy time to be there.
In the UK, we had a week of beautiful Spring weather in March but since then it’s gone really cold again this month. I’ll never get used to the weather here
My little girl is nearly 1year old and I’m slowly getting used to juggling two kids, helping my hubby’s business and launching the new Cocoro Spring Collection!
This year I have bought two gorgeous Rinzu fabrics from my trusted supplier in Japan. One is a light green moegi and the other is a white yuki. Rinzu fabric is a traditional Japanese textile which is not only gorgeous looking but also feels absolutely divine to the touch.
It is now available as a ‘Luxury Baby Kimono Gift Set‘ which is available from today - 16 April.
I hope you like them too!
On arriving at the Bubble London show, Redurchin was the first store that caught my eye. They specialise in kids T-shirts and babygrows which are ethically made with organic cotton.
The baby t-shirts are nickel free and have no bulky seams or itchy labels - just like Cocoro’s baby kimonos!
I might just go shopping on their site for a items for my 4year old son!
All Cocoro Baby Kimonos are made in the UK by a family run firm which has been in operation for 3 generations. They have always specialised in making baby clothes and are dedicated to the small details, as if they were making them for their own children.
They were exhibiting at Bubble London, so I paid a visit to see them and also got some inspiration for my ‘Summer Collection’ from some other children clothing brands.
There were more than a hundred lovely shops for baby clothes and accessories.
It took place at the Business Design Centre in the heart of fashionable Islington. Needless to say, I was thrilled to have a peek at the Spring/Summer Collections of some leading brands for babies and children.
I will post some blogs about the brand I really loved at the show starting from next week - till then have a lovely week!
What do you pack for your little one’s lunch box? We call it ‘Obento’ in Japanese.
When Oscar was at Japanese kindergarten, he was provided with a hot lunch twice a week, bread and milk once a week then had to bring his own Obento lunch box twice a week. Because Oscar loves taking his Obento lunch box, but he can not do that at English nursery, I decided to ask at the Japanese Kindergarten (also know as ‘Yochien’) if Oscar can take Obento everyday. It was OK, but I never knew what kind of pressure I was putting myself under at that time.
Oscar was just happy to open Obento box and no matter what he finds in it, he ate it up everyday! He normally had left overs from the previous night’s dinner also maybe with some fresh fruit. The other kids, on the other hand, had amazing themed Obentos - some had Pokemon or Mickey mouse shape rice balls!
I felt pressure, but I just didn’t have the energy to make such an effort! I’m not an artist…. but I really look up to other mums who made this effort though. I really loved the Harrison Ford Obento shown in this BBC video - it is a masterpiece!
Check it out: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16069217
On the last day of Oscar’s Japanese Kindergarten, there was Hinankunren(disaster drill) especially for earthquakes. This exercise simulates the circumstances of a disaster so that they have an opportunity to practise their responses.
This is a normal training in Japan and we are always taught not to evacuate straight away, but to hide under chairs. Then we have to listen very carefully to the person in charge of your room.
Oscar was taught a very easy way to remember what to do - “O HA SHI” which means “Osanai* no pushing, HAshiranai* no running, SHIyaberanai*no talking”.
They were so good and once they finished the simulation training, they were allowed to have a little fun on the fire engine.
Shichigosan is the day we celebrate for 3 and 5 years old boys and 3 and 7 years old girls. So I took my 3 year old son Oscar to the local Shrine in his fabulous Hakama. He could barley walk in his Zori shoes so I took them off and put his normal shoes on…. Shichigosan day is on 15th November but I choose the nearest Sunday so that my parents also could join us.
According to Wikipedia, Shichi-Go-San is said to have originated in the Heian Period amongst court nobles who would celebrate the passage of their children into middle childhood. The ages three, five and seven are consistent with East Asian numerology, which claims that odd numbers are lucky. The practice was set to the fifteenth of the month during the Kamakura Period
Over time, this tradition passed to the samurai class who added a number of rituals. Children—who up until the age of three were required by custom to have shaven heads—were allowed to grow out their hair. Boys of age five could wear hakama for the first time, while girls of age seven replaced the simple cords they used to tie their kimono with the traditional obi.
Do you have such tradition in your country?
It makes sense that we check the packaging of food to find out who made the food and where it is from. But how do we know where the food is really from? There was a story in Japan a few years ago about a famous variety of eel from one of the southern islands. It turned out that the eels were actually Taiwanese and that they were brought into Japan for a very short period so that they could then be re-packaged as originating from that area - and not from Taiwan.
This kind of thing can make you feel that big companies are not completely honest with consumers about the true origin of the food they sell to us. My mother loves shopping at the supermarket, but she still prefers market places. This is because the market stall holders in Japan can tell you exactly where the food was from. In many cases in Japan they produced the food themselves on small lots hear their home.
It really is a huge responsibility to correctly inform people where food is from and how it was made.
How about in your country, do you have any of these concerns?