Love Colorado Golf and Contributing to Charity?

Golf Tournament

Join us at the beautiful Indian Tree Golf Course in Arvada, Colorado for a day of golfing and awesome scenery.  And, best of all?  Your participation will help us replace the furnace at Simpson United Methodist Church.

Simpson United Methodist Church
Simpson United Methodist Church

Jason the Awesome Doll Interpreter at the 2016 Hina Matsuri Festival

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Jason worked both Saturday and Sunday as a doll interpreter in the doll room at our annual Hina Matsuri Festival.

He actually didn’t finish his homework Saturday night but his mom realized that we really needed his help and allowed him to come back to teach the public about the main doll display Sunday.

He is now our expert on the traditional girl’s Hina Matsuri seven tier doll display.

Next year his mom is going to help us with finding facts about the history of the samurai armor, weapons and protective clothing.

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Hope you can join us next year for our 49th Annual Hina Matsuri Festival celebration.  Dolls, Japanese food, Ikebana, Bonsai, Tea Ceremony, Martial Arts, Japanese music on traditional instruments, dance, and Taiko drumming just to name a bit of the program.

And Jason and I should have some interesting stuff to share with you!

Jason My Co-worker at Hina Matsuri Festival

imageMeet Jason.  We worked the doll room together today at our Hinamatsuri Festival.

Jason is wearing a boy’s kimono.  A gift from his Aunt and Uncle who live in Japan.

The square fabric tucked into his obi and tied with white rope represents a knife.  He promised he didn’t really have a knife, just a piece of cardboard.
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The back of the Kimono was amazing.  This is a formal Kimono, not for casual wear.  Perfect for a special festival!

Jason will be back tomorrow teaching people about the dolls, if he gets his homework done!

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Yummy musubi and bento box lunches available while they last.

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This weekend at the 2016 Hina Matsuri Festival Homemade Manju

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The ladies have been busy cooking for the festival. Homemade manju, spam musubi and chicken  teriyaki bento boxes each day while they last.

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The Festival is open to the public and free of charge.

Some information on dolls displayed:  Kokeshi DollsOtafuku-SanPictures from Past Hina Matsuri Festivals

Also on display are Bonsai (miniature plants and trees) Bonsai at Hina Matsuri Festival and Ikebana (flower arranging) Ikebana at Hina Matsuri Festival

On the stage: Taiko Drums, Martial Arts and variety of music.  Taiko with Toni 2015 Hina Matsuri Festival

Other interesting displays are the Kimonos Wedding Kimono, Gaman Art from Internment Camp The Art of Gaman in Internment Camps, a Display at Hina Matsuri Festival

Hope you can join us!

 

2016 Hina Matsuri Festival at Simpson

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Doll’s Day or Girls’ Day.  In Japan it is held every March 3rd.  At Simpson our Festival is held the first full weekend of every March, this year March 5th and 6th.

The Festival is open to the public and free of charge.

The families in the Japanese community display their amazing dolls, many of which have been in their families for generations.  Past posts on dolls:  Kokeshi DollsOtafuku-SanPictures from Past Hina Matsuri Festivals

Also on display are Bonsai (miniature plants and trees) Bonsai at Hina Matsuri Festival and Ikebana (flower arranging) Ikebana at Hina Matsuri Festival.  Very welcome as we wait for spring to finally replace winter.

The ladies prepare Bento Boxes for lunch each day which are extremely popular and are sold out quickly.

A constant parade of activity on the stage in the gymnasium including Taiko Drums, Martial Arts and variety of music.  Taiko with Toni 2015 Hina Matsuri Festival

Other interesting displays are the Kimonos Wedding Kimono, Gaman Art from Internment Camp The Art of Gaman in Internment Camps, a Display at Hina Matsuri Festival

Hope you can join us!

 

Today’s Haiku – Theodora Guest Blogger

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Hi, my name is Theodora.

I am a guest blogger here on sanseilife.

My brother Teddy lives in a Jeep but I live in a house.

Teddy living in a Jeep
Teddy living in a Jeep

We both write Haiku.

Here is one on circumstances:

  • we are both alone
  • longing for gentle touch
  • as someone’s treasure

    Theodora, Teddy's sister
    Theodora, Teddy’s sister

Making Mochi at Simpson UMC and Another Extreme Dessert

imageThe congregation and many other interested persons gather together in December each year to make mochi from scratch.

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Mochi is a rice cake made by steaming rice and either pounding the cooked rice with wooden mallets or grinding it until the desired sticky consistency is reached.

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The Simpson method involves running through three separate grindings.

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The paste is then cut into sections and rolled into balls and fashioned into the cake shape with a cornstarch dusting to keep everything from sticking together.image

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The excess cornstarch is dusted off resulting in a cornstarch haze making even children into grey haired workers.

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Last the little cakes are given one last brush and packaged into one pound bags.

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The two most common uses by my family are roasting or toasting the mochi and dipping it in a sweet mixture made from shoyu (soy sauce) and sugar or on New Year’s Day my Dad used to make for good luck a mild fish soup called ozoni with some napa cabbage, kamaboko fish cake and a piece of mochi.

I have made a couple of my own new uses.  I toast my mochi in a pan with some butter, the outside is crispe and the inside is soft.  I then pour honey or spread a small amount of Nutella.  Yum, think my Mom and Dad would approve!

Today’s Haiku – Teddy Guest Blogger

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Hi, my name is Teddy.

I am a guest blogger here on sanseilife.

I am alone in this Jeep in Arvada, Colorado and one of the things I do to amuse myself is write Haiku.

Here is one on last night’s crazy wind:

 

  • the raging wind blows
  • rocking my jeep in fury
  • i am not afraid

 

Today’s Haiku – Teddy Guest Blogger

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Hi, my name is Teddy.

I am a guest blogger here on sanseilife.

I am alone in this Jeep in Arvada, Colorado and one of the things I do to amuse myself is write Haiku.

Here is one on the our first snow fall last night:

 

  • Indian Summer
  • battle with Winter
  • Winter won last night