Blackcabbit's World

Bit by bit, the Blackcabbit crafts its nest of DIY handmade art and illustrates a kingdom of doodle critters to beautify the world she lives in.

A Marvelous Trip to the “Art Forest”

For our first Natsuyasumi (summer vacation) trip, we brought Fireball and his little sister to Kasama Geijutsu no Mori Park (笠間芸術の森公園) in Ibaraki (茨城県), which has an amazing playground on … Continue reading

July 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

Festival for the Children!

On May 3rd, we went to Forest and Park for the 21st Century (21世紀の森と広場). Matsudo City was holding her annual Kodomo Matsuri / Children festival (第41回松戸市こども祭り) – an event opened to the public … Continue reading

May 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Riding the Swans in Kashiwanoha Park

Last Saturday, we visited Kashiwanoha Park (柏の葉公園). Before Fireball started his Spring term this week, we thought we should do something interesting, like having a “relaxing” Swan Boat ride on the park’s … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · 4 Comments

Conquering a Pirate Fortress in Misato Park

Spring was definitely in the air when we visited Misato Park (みさと公園) in Saitama prefecture last Saturday. Almost under every Sakura tree there was a group having picnic. Since Hanami (花見/cherry blossom … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Riding Experience at Yukari Traffic Park

Last Saturday, we brought Fireball and his baby sister to Yukari Kotsu Koen (ユーカリ交通公園), which is a traffic park for children, in Matsudo City (Chiba). The road safety park has … Continue reading

April 7, 2014 · 4 Comments

Craft Stores in Japan – Tokyo (Asakusabashi)

A little Kapipara (Capybara) told me about Bead Town in Tokyo. Located in Asakusa-bashi (浅草橋) are numerous distributors selling huge assortment of beads, gems, crystals, precious stones, jewelry findings, tools etc. BEL ART … Continue reading

April 1, 2014 · 4 Comments

Have a Spirited New Year in 2014!

Dearest Friends of Blackcabbit, A Japanese New Year e-card (Nengajo/ 年賀状) for you, for the year 2014. May the Lord bless you with grace and refresh you always, so that … Continue reading

January 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Christmas Snowman Wrapper

Yeah, Christmas Day (my favorite holiday) is just round the corner. To welcome the season of giving, I decided to spread good joy by handing out chocolates to Fireball’s classmates … Continue reading

December 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

DIY Gesso / Chalk Paint

Fireball had a Christmas Party in his kindergarten last week. Like most of his school events, we the mothers were very involved. While rest of the Okaasan-tachi were making Christmas … Continue reading

December 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Handmade Skipping Rope

Remember the rope my son received on his Sports Day? We were told to make it into a Nawatobi (縄跳び/ Jump rope) and bring it to school. Not sure how … Continue reading

November 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Undokai: A Mother’s Love in Action

Tokiwadaira Kindergarten’s Undokai (運動会/Sports Day) was a success, and in my opinion, one with high quality! Clearly the kids and their families had a great time. When it ended, mothers … Continue reading

October 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

An Undokai for a Happy School of Sea Creatures

My three-year-old Fireball attends Tokiwadaira Kindergarten (TK), a school that has a strong love for picture books. Every year, they will adopt a favorite and make it the theme for … Continue reading

October 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Magical Day at Disneyland with My Little Ones

Finally, Natsu Yasumi (夏休み/summer holiday) is ending this week for Fireball, my three-year old. He has been staying indoor most days. So, in order to make it up for him, … Continue reading

August 29, 2013 · 2 Comments

A Splashing Time at Teganuma Aquatic Park

Last Saturday, we bought Fireball to Teganuma Shinsui Hiroba (手賀沼親水広場 / Teganuma Aquatic Park), which is located in Abiko City (我孫子市), northern part of Chiba Prefecture. They have a wonderful Mizuno … Continue reading

August 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

An Enjoyable Day at Ichikawa City Zoo

Fireball’s summer holiday is coming to an end. Since his mummy and eight months old baby sister are not big fans of intense summer heat, he pretty much had to … Continue reading

August 19, 2013 · 2 Comments

DIY Projects for my Pre-schooler 3: Lesson Bag

Here is the Lesson Bag (レッスンバッグ) that I made for my Fireball, three months ago. Woah, time flies! In Japan, Lesson Bag is also known as a Ehon-bagu (絵本バッグ) or … Continue reading

July 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

DIY Projects for my Pre-schooler 2: Shoe Bag

After I wrote the step-by-step process for the O-bento Set, I have decided that there will be a total of FOUR instead of five posts for the “DIY projects for my … Continue reading

May 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Nerve-racking Start of a Pre-school Life

Kindergarten life begins… My son the Fireball, who is now 3 years old, had his first Nyuenshiki (入園式 / School Entrance Ceremony) on 10th April. It did not begin well. … Continue reading

April 14, 2013 · 4 Comments

The Big Preschool Prep for ME!

The wait is almost over. My little boy is starting his Yochien (幼稚園 / kindergarten) tomorrow. With the new-found extra free time and all my accumulated secret plans, I can finally … Continue reading

April 9, 2013 · 6 Comments

Hina Matsuri – The Doll Festival

Hina Matsuri (雛祭り / the Doll Festival), which is also known as Girls’ Day or Peach Festival, is celebrated on March 3rd. For this event, Japanese families with little girls … Continue reading

March 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Celebrating Love in Japan – Valentine’s Day & White Day

Valentine’s Day Like the rest of the world, Valentine’s Day (バレンタインデー) in Japan is pretty much hyped up with a gift-giving mindset. However, what is interesting about Japan is that … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

National Foundation Day of Japan

February 11th is celebrated as Japan’s National Foundation Day (Kenkoku Kinen no hi / 建国記念の日). This date, which Japan emerged as a nation, is actually based on an old legend … Continue reading

February 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

My Nesting Instinct & My First Garage Sale Event

Have you been wondering why I haven’t been blogging much lately? Well, it is time to share my secret… I’m 34th-week pregnant and is blessed with a baby girl. I’m … Continue reading

October 31, 2012 · 4 Comments

Authentic Home-cooked Char Siew Rice

Japanese food, especially sushi, has been my number one favorite food. However, after staying in sushi paradise for a while now, I’m beginning to crave miserably for the comfort food … Continue reading

May 28, 2012 · 9 Comments

Ring of Fire over our Chiba Sky

Early this morning, we had the opportunity to watch the rare occurrence of “Ring of Fire” in the sky, at the comfort of our home in Chiba. The Japanese called … Continue reading

May 21, 2012 · 2 Comments

Etegami for GW – 04 Children’s Day

In Japan, May 5th is Children’s Day (Kodomo no hi/子供の日): Here is the fourth Golden Week’s etegami I did, featuring Kodomo no hi. To all the children of the world, … Continue reading

May 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

Etegami for GW – 03 Greenery Day

May 4th is Greenery Day (Midori no hi / みどりの日). It is a day to appreciate and preserve Japan’s greenery; a day to express our gratitude for natures’ abundance and … Continue reading

May 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

Etegami for GW – 02 Constitution Memorial Day

May 3rd is Japan’s Constitution Memorial Day (Kenpo Kinenbi / 憲法記念日). Frankly, I doubt I will know the significance of this patriotic holiday if it is not for my etegami … Continue reading

May 3, 2012 · 7 Comments

Four Etegami for Golden Week – 01 Showa Day

I realized that I had been pretty slacked with my Etegami Art Series recently. So, before I’m further delayed by motherhood, or get busy planning a new series, I decided … Continue reading

April 29, 2012 · 4 Comments

Craft Stores in Japan – Tokyo (Shinjuku)

This is actually a continuation from my previous post. Of which, I shared about my way around Nippori Fabric Town. Since I was familiar with the area, I finished my … Continue reading

March 10, 2012 · 22 Comments

Craft Stores in Japan – Tokyo (Nippori)

My hubby is so sweet! Early this week, he gave me some cash, offered to babysit our “Akuma no ni-sai” (terrible twos), so that I could spend the entire day … Continue reading

March 2, 2012 · 10 Comments

2012 Nengajo Draw Result!

Sigh, this year my husband and I did not win any prize for the Otoshidama-Tsuki Nenga Hagaki (お年玉付き年賀はがき). However, my in-laws did. They generously let me have all the fun by designating … Continue reading

January 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

My Winning Nengajo!

Last month, I sent my 2012 Nengajo for a Japanese New Year Card Contest, which is annually organized by our local newsletter “UKIUKI”. Today, the result is out. I’m happy … Continue reading

January 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Coming-of-Age Day

On every second Monday of January, you will probably meet a few young men and women in Japanese traditional clothing, the kimono. Especially the ladies, they have elaborate hairstyles to … Continue reading

January 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

Osechi Ryori – The Dishes of Wishes

Osechi Ryori (おせち料理) is a collective set of auspicious delicacies with symbolic meanings, beautifully arranged in Jubako (重箱/ tiered lacquer boxes), and is meant to be eaten on Japanese New … Continue reading

January 1, 2012 · Leave a comment

Have a Cozy New Year in 2012!

Dearest Friends of Blackcabbit, A Japanese New Year e-card (Nengajo/ 年賀状) for you, for the year 2012. May the Lord bless you and your loved ones with family bliss and … Continue reading

January 1, 2012 · 6 Comments

Celebrating Christmas in Japan

As a Christian, Kurisumasu (クリスマス / Christmas) is undoubtably my favorite holiday. However, being in a nation deep in Buddhism and Shinto roots, Christmas in Japan is hardly Christ-centered at all. And … Continue reading

December 24, 2011 · 3 Comments

Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars… on a Tanabata Night

Well tonight, most Japanese will likely gaze into the night sky, trying to catch a glimpse of two particular stars: Kengyu Boshi (牽牛星) aka. Cowherd Star / Hikoboshi / Altair … Continue reading

July 7, 2011 · 2 Comments

String of Bad News

From now on, 11 March 2011 will be infamously known as the day of Higashi Nihon Dai Shinsai (東日本大震災/Great Eastern Japan Disaster). The deadly duo (earthquake-tsunami) evoked one disasters after … Continue reading

March 30, 2011 · Leave a comment

Flashbacks: Terror of a Monstrous Wave

Three minute after the calamitous Tohoku-Kanto Earthquake strike on 11 March 2011 (14:46hrs), Tsunami Keiho (津波警報 / Tsunami Warning) was issued to regions facing the Pacific Ocean. Prefectures such as … Continue reading

March 28, 2011 · Leave a comment

When the Calamitous Earthquake Strike…

A Really Grim Friday 11 March 2011 (14:46hrs) is now a day that will haunt Japan forever. It was just a day after we celebrated our son’s Hatsu Tanjo (First … Continue reading

March 23, 2011 · 4 Comments

Baby Celebrations – the Japanese Way 5 (First Birthday)

Not a Cake but a Mochi In Japan, there is a tradition that is celebrated only once in a lifetime, a special custom for all the one year olds on … Continue reading

March 10, 2011 · 19 Comments

Setsubun – Where have all the soybeans gone…♫

Setsubun (節分 / Seasonal division) – marks the end of winter and is a day before the Spring season. According to traditional Japanese calendar, it is usually on February 3rd … Continue reading

February 3, 2011 · Leave a comment

2011 Nengajo Draw Result!

Yay, we won another consolation prize. Just like the year before – a set of beautiful 2-piece New Year stamps. Felt so blessed. ^_^b.  For those of you who haven’t … Continue reading

February 1, 2011 · 2 Comments

Kagami Biraki – Time to break the New Year’s Mochi!

In the olden days, before New Year, most families would pound steamed glutinous rice to make Mochi (餅 / rice cake), an event known as Mochitsuki (餅つき / rice cake … Continue reading

January 12, 2011 · Leave a comment

Nanakusa Gayu – Porridge with the Goodness of Spring

Tonight, we had something different for dinner. For the first time, I ate the Nanakusa Gayu (七草粥 / Porridge with Seven Grasses or Herbs), which was a tradition that Japanese … Continue reading

January 7, 2011 · Leave a comment

Have a Jolly New Year in 2011!

Dearest friends of Blackcabbit, Once again, here is a Japanese New Year e-card (Nengajo / 年賀状) for you. May your 2011 be filled with God’s wonderful love for you and … Continue reading

January 1, 2011 · Leave a comment

Omisoka – New Year’s Eve

The hustle and bustle of Shogatsu (正月 / New Year’s Day) actually started on the last few days of December. Most Japanese would busy themselves with their holiday shopping lists, … Continue reading

December 31, 2010 · Leave a comment

Mochitsuki – Pounding Mochi

Yesterday, we had an unplanned but delightful day at a bakery in our neighborhood. My MIL happened to notice their signage stating that there will be a Mochitsuki Taikai (餅つき大会 … Continue reading

December 28, 2010 · 4 Comments

Labor Thanksgiving Day

What do you get when you combine Labor Day + Harvest Day + Thanksgiving Day? You get Kinro kansha no hi (勤労感謝の日 / Labor Thanksgiving Day), which is celebrated on November … Continue reading

November 23, 2010 · 2 Comments

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