ABC Cooking Studio Japan trip Day 1 P1 – Watermelon tasting & making futomaki sushi roll

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Before I start on my posts on these 4-5parts Japan trip with ABC Cooking Studio, I want to thank ABC Cooking Studio and MyFatPocket for bringing me over to Japan. Never thought that I would be able to visit Japan this year but yes I did, and it was such a fulfilling and enriching trip.

I made some good friends during the trip. Sydney, Joanna and Victoria! Sydney, Joanna and I sticked to each other every single day and minute, we even sleep together (3 person 1 bed) on the last night! They are so crazy and fun and I really enjoyed my trip with them! Only hang out with Vic on the last day and she’s such a sweet girl too!

Are you ready for this journey with me? Lets go! 🙂

On board Singapore Airlines to Tokyo Narita! This is my first time taking Singapore Airlines and I was so excited! So very excited! Always hear that SQ is the best airline so I have this expectation that the service and all must be damn good. But I feel that the service from budget airlines are actually comparable to theirs. The only thing I like is the entertainment and space. Chiong 2 movies at one go and end up sleeping at 430am and waking up at 530am for breakfast! *omg*

I had concealer and sunblock on my face. (Y) Thanks to eyebrow embroidery I don’t need to worry too much about my brows!

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Each of us were given warm towel to wipe our hands and face? and some other people, their feet.

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Snack in the plane is mushroom wrap and I also asked for coffee because I am sleepy but I want to watch movies too wahaha!

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I love plane food!!

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Breakfast for the flight: scrambled eggs, sausage and mushrooms! Had this at 530am and I think it’s way too early. But well it’s 630am Japan time.

I watched the Jungle Book movie and followed by How to be Single and both of them were quite good. Was so excited about the whole thing until I couldn’t sleep.

The whole journey took around 7hours and we finally arrived in Japan!

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We were being welcomed by Daly Lu (Lu Juan), our translator and guide for the trip!

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We have 15minutes to wash up before we went to our bus to put our luggage and stuffs.

Minimart pics for your reference~

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I missed these food so much! can’t wait for japan next year!

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look at all the bento and sandwiches!!

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then this is our tour bus! Liked that the bus is very clean and spacious!

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Had my first selfie with my darling joannaspy! her face is so small please.

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Our itinerary for Day 1 will be going to Tomisato-shi Farmer’s Market for watermelon tasting followed by Kimitsu Farmer’s Market to make Futomaki Sushi with the local residents and then making toothpicks with the locals!

So here’s our first stop! It is a very beautiful place, perfect for scenic shots and ootds. We didn’t take alot of pictures but still, got some quality ones that we are happy with. :p

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Tomisato-Shi Farmer’s Market. Tomisato is located in northeastern Chiba Prefecture, Japan.  photo IMG_2221_zpshbawmm1u.jpg

It’s time to eat sweet and juicy watermelon! Look at how red they are! The watermelons are already cut and arranged nicely for us.

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Got myself one watermelon despite that time of the month!

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also took a picture with joanna, she’s now known as my daugher too. (wahaha)

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while we were busy taking photos, a cute watermelon mascot walked out!! So cheery looking hahaha!

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All of us immediately rushed over and take photos with him. LOL! We looked expanded here. -.-

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after that we went to the mart and the vegetables were so fresh and the corn was so yummy!! It’s the sweetest corn I’ve ever tasted in my life!

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beautiful tomatoes!

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I don’t know what vic was so shocked about but I know she bought a few corn back to singapore. hahaha.

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watermelon biscuit? I didn’t buy this though. (because I didn’t know this was a biscuit in the first place, still in heaven with the corn!)

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after this we went back to the bus and it’s time for lunch!!

For lunch, we are going to eat our own handmade futomaki sushi roll! hehehe.

Futomaki is a type of Japanese sushi that is rolled into a thick long cylinder. A literal translation offutomaki is “fat rolled sushi“. It is rice and fillings wrapped in dried roasted seaweed (nori), and then sliced into smaller bite sized pieces. 

Our lunch venue looked like a school and we went to a room that looked like a lab/classroom. All of us gathered around the japanese lady, who is also our teacher for the day and observed how the roll is being made as we have to made our own afterwards.

 photo IMG_2231_zps7ykl0yut.jpgOur cute teacher doing a step by step tutorial for us. We need to have 3 slimmer rolls first, this is to be placed inside the big roll.

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Bamboo sushi mat is needed to make the roll.

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followed by a huge piece of tamago! The tamago is so fresh and sweet, dayum I love it!

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Then we have to placed white vinegar rice on top of the tamago.

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Then the nori in a specific way.

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the picked vegetables next.

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then placed the 3 sushi rolls that she made earlier.

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roll them up and make sure that the rice are all firm and placed properly. Pink vinegar rice are put inside the roll too.

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this is how the futomaki roll should look like.

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stuff the sushi rice in if it’s ‘overflowing’.

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we didn’t know what to expect UNTIL…

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she cut them and the inside is so beautiful!

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sakura flowers!

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it’s all different!

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it’s such a pain to look at all this! Because we were all starving haha.

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Look at all the different images. so cute right!

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After this we were all so inspired to make our own futomaki roll and was hoping that the insides will look the same too.

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Omg look at the tamago. yumyum!

Our hands were all busy with the ingredients and sushi rice so we weren’t able to take pictures during the process. But we managed to produce beautiful and complete sushi. :p

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See!

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After making our own, we can finally have our lunch! We moved to the next room and have our futomaki sushi together with a croquette, tofu and miso soup!

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never tried this before but it’s so soft and yummy when eaten with the sauce they provided.

After the satisfying lunch, we went back to our bus and head for our next destination! Which is to learn how to make toothpicks!

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Look at all these delicate tooth picks! They are all hand made ok.

I shall share this with you in the next post together with the hotel I stayed in for the first night and also the buffet we had! Anyway I also want to thank you guys for reading my blog all these years. Thanks for the support!! 😀

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Claire
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