Monday, August 31, 2015

[GOVERNMENT] Population Census 2015

Population Census is held every five years in Japan. And 2015 is the year.

The target includes foreign residents, but foreign diplomats and military (and their family) were excluded at the last census. Please confirm your superior.

You can answer online from September 10th to 20th. A census taker of your area will visit your house to hand the document around September 10th to 12th (the date may change according to where you live). If you don't answer online, the taker will visit you again to hand you paper document (write-in type) along with an envelop to turn it in from September 26th to 30th. 

Answering the census is a duty under Japan's law of statistics. 
Please be careful of false census takers. 

For more information, please visit the official page (English):

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

[IMCY Activity Report] A Visit to Cookpad Office & Light Lunch Cooking

We had "A Visit to Cookpad Office & Light Lunch Cooking" on 31st July, 2015!

The international division at Cookpad kindly invited IMCY members to their fabulous kitchen to have a visit and light lunch cooking party.

The cooking theme was "Kids-friendly".

A recipe that's fun for kids?
A recipe friendly for kids?

If you are a mother with young children, you must have been at a loss trying to think up a over these questions: what shall we cook? What can please them and be nutritious at the same time?

So we decided this time to try some menus which, not only look good but are fun to make with kids. Mothers and children all had fun cooking together!

Cookpad provided us the location for this event, the kitchen in their head office on the 12th floor of Ebisu Garden Place. The spacious kitchen also had fantastic view!

The menu of the day was:

-Tortilla sandwich
-Stewed pumpkin
-Kakikori(Japanese shaved ice)

Participants all brought their own recipes and we started by sharing recipes as we began to cook together.And kids were happy to help cooking.

Making "shiratama dingo"… sticky rice flour dumplings.
Every single one of these were made by the kids.

Stewed pumpkin.
By sprinkling sugar over the pumpkin and letting it sit for 30 minutes, the pumpkin releases its natural moisture and becomes sweeter.

Tortilla sandwich.
The combination of the multi-colored vegetables adds an appetizing freshness to its presentation.

We cooked 4 dishes in about one hour and then sat down to enjoy them together. There were many bell peppers and tomatoes in the ratatouille and tortilla sandwich, but the kids ate them all up with zest.

At the end of the meal, we had shaved ice with a choice of toppings!
The kids were all screaming with joy.

You can find the recipes of the day and more kids-friendly recipes on Cookpad in English.
It is easy to create an account, so let's try it!

Cookpad English