Happy 1st Blogiversary

Happy 1st Blogiversary | JustOneCookbook.comHappy New Year to all my dearest readers!

I hope you had a wonderful New Year celebration with your friends and family.  The New Years (Shogatsu) is one of the most important annual festivals in Japan, probably equivalent to Christmas or Thanksgiving in the US.  We follow unique customs including eating special food called Osechi, and decorate the house and entry way to the house with special decorations.  One of the decorations we decorate inside the house (see the picture above) is called Kagami Mochi, which literally means “mirror rice cake”.  It is considered to bring good luck and prosperity in the near year.

Kagami Mochi is made from two rice cakes of different sizes with the smaller one placed over the larger one.  The mochi are placed on a konbu sheet, a symbol of pleasure and joy.  The decorative mochi is taken out on January 11 and hammered into pieces for Ozoni or traditional Mochi soup.  It is extremely unlucky to cut Kagami Mochi with a knife so people break it into smaller pieces with a hammer.

1st Blogiversary II

This year we couldn’t get to celebrate Japanese New Years in the traditional way since my mom is visiting from Japan and we are in San Diego for a short vacation.  My children had a blast spending the past few days in all the local attractions like LEGOLAND, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, San Diego Zoo, and Sea World.

I just wanted to take a moment and say a special thank you at the beginning of the new year.  I’m thankful for your comments and emails, your encouragement, and finally your support.  I started my blog last year without knowing what a “blog” is.  I had no audience besides my husband, a couple of friends, and myself back then.  My blog evolved throughout the past year, and without you, I wouldn’t be able to celebrate the winning of CBS San Francisco’s Most Valuable Blogger 2011 and 1st Blogiversary today!!

I wish to meet each one of you to thank you, but that’s not possible, so I prepared this giveaway in a token of appreciation.  Thank you from bottom of my heart!


1st Blogiversary Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

YOU could win one of three: one (1) $50 Amazon Gift Card or Cash via PayPal or two (2) $25 Amazon Gift Card or Cash via PaPal.

To enter, please leave a comment on this post with any feedback or suggestion for me to improve my blog.

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  1. Happy Blog-o-versary! I can’t imagine how you can improve on this blog – it’s terrific! AMAZING photos, recipes and fun, friendly writing! You’re terrific, Nami and I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

  2. Irina

    Nami, your blog is amazing. The care you take in the amount of detail you give is amazing. The pictures give me confidence when trying your recipes. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with the world!

  3. Jan

    Happy New Year, Happy Anniversary and Congratulations Nami!

    I love reading your blog and looking at your photos. I’m in a soup mood so I have your shrimp and pork wonton soup on the menu to make this weekend. It’s one of our favorite soups :)

    Keep up the great work!

    (I follow you on facebook but just subscribed to your emails.)

  4. Happy 1st Blog Anniversary!!! I am sure there are more years to come along the way. thanks for all your wonderful posts!!!!! I follow you on Facebook too :)

    Have a great 2012 ahead!!!!

  5. Brenda

    Happy Blog Anniversary!! Love reading your blogs with those wonderful recipes. Hopes to see more delicious food here. Happy New Year 2012!

  6. Already suscribed by email.([email protected] is already subscribed to the mailing list of Just One Cookbook)

  7. Martha

    I just came across your blog last week. And I love it! ESpecially like your pantry section. Having pictures of the ingredients have been a real help. And love it when you mention the brand that you like to use. I just show the pictures to the folks at the Japanese market! Can’t wait to see what year 2 will bring!

  8. Kitty

    Congrats. I can’t think of anything to improve your blog. Explanations and photos are always very clear and easy to understand. Love the ‘How To’ page. Maybe focus on using fruits and veggies that are in season, especially during summer months. Thanks

  9. Hi Nami, Happy 1st Blogiversary! I can’t believe that you just set up this blog one year ago! I also started blogging about a year ago. Just One Cookbook is one of my favorite food blogs that I’ve discovered during the past year. I really love the nice photography and your clear step-by-step instructions. As I always would like to learn Japanese home cooking, but not being able to read Japanese very well, your blog is almost like a gift for me! I wish you happy new year and very fruitful 2012 full of happiness. I’ll be following your blog closely this year too!

    ps. I also entered a tweet!

  10. Happy 1st Blogiversary Nami! I am so happy for you on winning San Francisco’s most valuable blogger.. Just a year and you’ve achieved so much! I can’t think of anything to change your blog because it is so perfect already.. I always have a homely feeling while reading your posts :)
    Do you know you are my first friend in the blog world? :) I am still very new here and just like when you started, today even I don’t know much about it.. But it sure looks welcoming and that is because of sweet people like you..

  11. Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary!!! Your blog is SO well done…I can’t think of anything more you could do to improve it! Well….maybe more desserts….LOL!

  12. kath h

    I have so enjoyed your blog and recipes! I would like to see a blog about clay pot cooking with recipes.
    Thanks for everything you do!

  13. Tara Webb

    Happy New Year Nami! I’ve been subscribed to your blog, on Facebook and on Twitter for awhile now. I love your recipes and I regularly use them. Just keep those recipes coming and I will be very happy.

  14. Hi Nami Happy New Year, this is the first time I knew about Shogatsu it is really good to know about other tradition…I do really love your blog and the step by step procedure of your delicious recipe…I also wanted to join on the game…about more improvement for me your blog is perfect. I hope I could read all your post [:))]congratulations and happy Anniversary[:p]

    I added cool smileys to this message… if you don’t see them go to: http://s.exps.me

  15. Breaking my normal lurking to say that I found your blog last month (and subscribed thank you :) ) and I can’t believe you’ve only been going for one year! I love the recipes you are sharing, the descriptions and presentation are fabulous, and as a mad keen lover of home-style Japanese food I am feeling very inspired! Thank you (and your supportive hubby) for putting so much into this blog.

  16. Happy New Year! I am very surprised that you have only been blogging for one year. I love your blog and read it daily (through google reader). Thanks for working so hard to make a good blog.

  17. Sam

    Happy Blogiversary, Nami! Your recipes are awesome!
    I have referred to them over and over as I try to recreate some of the favorite dishes that I ate while living in Japan (92-02). Your attention to detail, especially in presentation, is superb; and yet the recipes are simplistic and easy to follow.
    Thank you for bringing the art of Japanese cooking (and other) to out kitchens!

  18. Congratulations Nami! You are amazing and do not have to change a thing. It has been a pleasure getting to know you and learn so much about your culture. I wish you continued success and look forward to more great recipes and awesome pictures.

  19. Many congratulations on your 1st anniversary! I absolutely love Just One Cookbook…it’s one of the most beautiful(the photos will make the best chefs drool!) and well organized blogs in the whole blogosphere :)

    Wishing you a wonderful 2012!

  20. ykristen

    Congratulation on your win, easy to see why u won as i truly enjoy and benefit from your blog. Your clear pictorial and written recipe makes it easy for me to replicate.

    Wishing you a wonderful 2012!

  21. Happy blogiversary, Nami. SO, so happy to have met you this year. You are a wonderful blogger and I am looking forward to all of your posts in 2012. xo!

  22. You’re the best Nami!!! I still remember when we first “met” through pur blogs. A very happy day because you are an inspiring, talented, and genuine person. I’ve learned so much from you and you have always been so generous with your time and knowledge….even answering silly questions I had as a novice blogger! :)
    I know that exciting things are in store for your readers and fans as we head into 2012 and I always look forward to each and every one of your recipes!
    Happy New Year to you and your family! Cheers, Terris

  23. Congratulations on the blogiversary. You have really achieved a lot the past year. I am trying to think what comments and constructive criticism to give but unfortunately I can’t think of any, your site is great.

  24. Happy Happy Blogiversary..wow is it already a year? Congrats and keep going!!!
    Also I am wishing you and your family happy, healthy and successful New Year! and Finally what a giveaway..you know I follow you everywhere..
    I’ll tweet right now!!!

  25. Happy New Year Nami! I still can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for 1 year, and we’ve only “known” each other for several months! I can not thank you enough for sharing these wonderful recipes, and showing me the ways to properly “blog”, my photography has improved also just by watching you! I am proud to call you a friend and honored to have been a small part of your blog world while you were on vacation. Hope 2012 brings you happiness and health, and I can’t wait to read more!!!

  26. Congratulations on your 1st Year Anniversary blogging and Happy New Year! We began blogging at about the same time–I look to your blog as an example of how comprehensive a blog can be! Keep up the great work!

  27. Congratulations Nami
    You are one of the most talented and dedicated bloggers I know and to top it off you are humble caring and sweet
    Keep up the great work you are doing..wishing you a year full of success and joy

  28. Happy New Year, Nami! It’s hard to think of a suggestion for improvement when your blog is already so great. But despite what you say about not being much of a baker or dessert maker, I would love to know more about Japanese desserts!

  29. Tessa Taylor

    I love your blog so much! I just found it in time to make some delicious recipes before the New Year!!
    I’d love to see some more about your family’s traditions, food or otherwise! I love reading about them when you post them!!
    By the way, your recipes really ARE amazing!!

  30. I love your blog! I’m planning to try many of your recipes in the new year. It would be cool to see a post about how to properly brew Japanese tea, if you have any tips. :)

  31. Happy New Year and Happy 1st Blogiversary! So happy to hear your achievements in just one short year. You deserved it! You have a beautiful blog here. I love your blog the way it is. If you ask if there’s something you can improve, hm….maybe include some pictures as step by step instructions on how to make some dishes, especially those that are a bit more complicated. I’m new to Japanese cooking myself and always love to learn more. Guess I’m a very visual person so pictures really help. :) Thank you for this wonderful giveaway! Have a wonderful time with your Mom and your family. Wish you all the best in 2012!

  32. Happy Blogiversary Nami. I love your blog and have been coming here since the first time I found it. Your recipes and your friendliness make this a fablous place. Your continual suppport of other bloggers certainly does not go unnoticed. You are a treasure. Happy New Year to you and your family.

  33. Happy Blogversary! Wow first anniversary that’s an important milestone!
    I’ve really enjoyed reading and following your blog. Mr Bao is a fan of Japanese food so i’ve been coming back for tips and advice.

    My whole suggestion is – MORE DESSERT RECIPES hahaha just because I have a massive sweet tooth and whenever I go to Japan I love the desserts they guys have :)

    All the best in 2012 and i’m sure you’re going to come up with new exciting recipes to share with us!

  34. Holly

    Happy blogiversary! Just keep those wonderful Japanese recipes coming. They’re what make your blog so unique and special.

  35. Hey pretty lady! Happy new year! Congrats on all of your achievements in 2011 and I hope that 2012 will be an even better year for you! You blog is perfect as it is. You don’t necessarily need any more improvements. But if have time, you could update more often?

  36. Christine

    I am not much of a cook, but recently I’ve had some time off from work and have been trying out recipes from your blog. I’d love to see more “quick and easy” recipes!

  37. Congratulations on the award and one year blogiversary, Nami. Although I’m a new subscriber, I’ve enjoyed all your posts and look forward to more in the new year. I don’t know what suggestions I could make to improve your blog as it’s pretty much superlative now. Having guest bloggers introduced me to people that I would have never found on my own and led me to the discovery of matcha powder and all its possibilities.

    Thank you for the introduction of the New Year’s celebration in Japan. The mochi decoration is charming.

    I hope the 2nd year of your blog is as successful as the first.

  38. Happy New Year Nami and congratulations on your “blogiverasy”! Here it’s only the second day of 2012 and I’ve already learned a new word! :) You certainly are deserving of the award, so congratulations on that as well! It’s been fun reading about the new years traditions of different cultures this year. I love the Japanese tradition with the decorations and the breaking of the rice cakes. In the southern US where I was raised it was always a pot of black-eyed peas on New Years day so even though I left the south years ago, I still follow the tradition. It hasn’t failed me yet. :) I hope you and your family have a wonderful 2012 and I look forward to continuing to know you through our blogs and our food!

  39. Congratulations Nami! You are such an inspiration to the rest of us. How to improve, yikes, is that possible? I think the only thing I’d like to see more of would be pics of you and the family. But this is coming from the lady who never posts pics of herself, so there you go. Lol!

  40. Doris

    Congratulations on your first anniversary. I don’t have any suggestions for improvement – the pictures are great!

  41. Happy New Year and Happy Blogiversary! Have always enjoyed your posts – food, photos, writings. Maybe you could share where you get your ingredients (esp. Japanese ingredients) from in your recipes so that we know where to buy good quality Japanese ingredients.

  42. Amy in Va

    Congratulations on one year! I lived in Saitama for two years, any recipes that remind me of ‘home’ would be appreciated. Love your recipes.

  43. CC

    Hi Nami, I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for one year! Your blog looks and IS amazing! I can’t think of anything you could improve on – your photographs are lovely, recipes are great and easy to follow. Hope 2012 is a great year for you personally and for your blog!

  44. Wow Nami!! I can’t believe your blog is only a year old!! I would have thought you were a super senior in the blogworld with the amount of readers you’ve gained and the wonderful pictures and professionalism of your website.

    Happy blogoversary!

  45. Eri

    Happy New Year Nami, Congratulations and Happy Blogiversary!!!
    You know that I love your blog, your recipes are so exciting and the most important thing is that you, yourself, are so friendly and kind person, you are gifted and I’m very happy that I have the chance to visit your blog and learn new things.
    Keep going, you are so worth it!

  46. Mika

    Happy New Year! I enjoy following your blog and find your recipes inspiring. Especially those that are easily accessible to the everyday home cook.

  47. Ira Rodrigues

    Happy 1st Blogiversary and happy new year 2012.
    Your passion put everything up to the TOP level which is only one year! its brilliant Nami!

  48. Christine T

    A very Happy & Blessed New Year to you & your family. And Happy 1st Blogiversary !
    I love your blog and visit like everyday ! I don’t know how you can improve your blog because it’s already great !
    I’m excited & look forward to reading more from you = )

    May 2012 be the best year for you


  49. It has been only a year, I somehow thought that you were in the blogging world much longer… Happy 1st Blogiversary! It feels good to reach one year. Love your recipes, especially reading your Japanese recipes.

    Looking forward to see more recipes.

    – Victor

  50. Hi Nami!

    Happy 1st Blogiversary! Congratulations for winning San Francisco’s most valuable blogger – thats amazing! You are an inspiration to new food bloggers like myself. Your recipes are terrific and your photography is amazing! I’m so proud of you!

    Happy New Year and I wish you continued success!!


  51. Happy New Year Nami and Happy 1st bloggoversary Just One Cook Book! :))
    This is an amazing first year to your site and wish many greater years ahead ^^. What you have done with this site has inspired me and many that determination and passion will result something great not only for ourselves but others. I wish you post more simple Japanese recipes whose ingredients are easy to be found worldwide so that they will be more do-able for us :D. Thanks a lot Nami…

  52. Janice

    Congratulations Nami! It’s difficult to make a suggestion since I already love your site but perhaps continuing to post simple, Japanese seafood recipes to prepare at home.

    Happy New Year!

  53. Congrats Nami! I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for a year. I love your site and hope to see more easy-to-make recipes so that even beginners like myself can try them without worry. Happy new year!

  54. Happy Blogiversary and Happy New Year! I hope this year you will accomplish everything you dream about, as well in your blogging activities as in your family life.
    Japanese New Year’s celebration sounds very magic!
    You are so kind to sponsor this giveaway! You are a New Year’s Santa Claus 😉
    I have no idea what you can improve in your blog. Frankly it’s perfect for me!
    Maybe I could think of a way to enrich it… If you really want to add something I thought maybe developing the “pantry” section would be a good idea? I don’t know if I’m the only one, but I’m still completely lost in the Japanese grocery shop and shop assistants never know for example what are the differences between five different brands or sub-brands of sesame oil, chili oil or even mirin. I don’t even mention miso… When I know brands I finally find one I like and I stick to it, but sometimes they change the brands or run out of them and then I’m lost. It could be a part of a recipe post from time to time… It is just a small suggestion because you asked for it… I am not sure if other readers find it useful and if you find it feasible 😉 You already work so hard with your blogging!
    Otherwise, your recipes, photos, explanations and your writing are all perfect and I don’t see anything that could be changed!
    Have a nice time in San Diego and Happy New Year once more!

  55. Hi Nami, I’m a silent follower of your blog, love all your blog posts. Hope to read more from you in future. Have a great year ahead!

  56. Happy New Year Nami and happy BlogAnniversary!
    You’re one of the sweetest bloggers I’ve meet and you’re doing everything so perfect I don’t think there’s something you’re not doing, well except for the baking part 😛 but let’s leave that to me :)
    Your recipes are so wonderful and the photos are stunning! Your passion shines through and everyone I love simply fells in love with your blog!
    Keep up the good work, you’re an expert!

  57. Rachel M

    Congrats & Happy New Year! You’re blog is my favorite cooking blog. I can’t think of anything that would improve it. Looking forward to more great recipes!

  58. A very Happy New Year to you my friend and Happy Blog-i-versary….
    Wishing lots of happiness and prosperity this year to you and your family….
    I love your blog, it is a huge inspiration… Looking forward to many more delicious fun here.

  59. Happy Blog-aversary, Nami! Congratulations! I wish you many more successes through the years. You’re such a warm and friendly foodie-friend. I appreciate the connection & look forward to enjoying many more of your recipes. Happy New Year!

  60. Leola G

    Happy 1 year Blogiversary. I hope you have many more to come. You are such an inspiration to me and my “hobby” of cooking. I have a goal to cook 90-95% of your recipes. I would like to see more vegetarian and seafood recipes in the future. Happy New Year!

  61. Naaka L.


    I just found your blog recently and have enjoyed reading it. I particularly like the way you use images; they are very helpful and add great detail to the recipes.

    As for suggestions … This might not be an issue for veteran followers of the blog, but it could be useful for newcomers like me: I noticed that I after I finish reading a post, I spend a lot of time scrolling to the top of the page to access the previous or next post. I would recommend placing the links to the next and previous posts at the end of the post before the comments begin rather than after the comments because with as many comments as your blog receives there tends to be a lot to scroll through before I reach the links. (Even though it’s easy to press “Home” or “End” to go to the top or bottom of the page, I tend to have my hand on the mouse while reading and start scrolling before I remember I can use the keyboard.)

  62. Hi Nami,

    Big congratulations on your blogiversary! I’m so happy I could discover your blog this year :) If I could make any suggestions for your, I’d recommend a mobile theme for your blog. If I visit on my cellphone then it’s difficult to navigate on a much smaller screen. If you looked around for a good one you could certainly find one which supported all your current functionality, but was able to make it more mobile-friendly! (Then I could easily read it on the go :) )

  63. Happy anniversary and very happy New Year, Nami! You know I love your blog, right? Couldn’t think of a thing change a thing about! I look forward to many more of your posts! :)

  64. Janice Cooper

    Congratulations on 1 yr!!! How exciting! Keep up the good work! I like how you keep your recipe category organized. Good job!

  65. Happy Blogiversary! I love your blog and find everything very well organized and easy to find, which is really helpful. Honestly, I don’t have any specific suggestions but with time you will learn what works and what doesn’t!

  66. Hi Nami,
    Happy New Year and Happy Blogiversary! Congratulations on your CBS San Francisco’s Most Valuable Blogger 2011 award. You are just amazing! I love all your recipes! So glad that I have found your blog.

  67. Amanda Sakovitz

    Happy Blogiversary, i really like your blog. I mostly come to blogs for giveaway and then if i find one i really like i follow and read posts.and a blog like yours is something i def need. I’m clueless in cooking and preparing food in general. Maybe some food giveaways would be awesome!

  68. Nami, happy New Year and blog anniversary!
    I wish you more inspiration, more beautiful recipes and stunning pictures in 2012!
    I’m so glad I’ve met you, your blog is so inspiring and amazingly rare treasure.

  69. なみさん、あけましておめでとうございます!今年もよろしくお願いします^^ お正月はご家族と楽しく過ごしたようですね。
    I really don`t feel I`m in the place to give you my opinion to improve your blog, because seriously, I`m the one who should learn a lot from you!
    But, since you need some suggestion, I think it would be fun if you can introduce or feature food specialties or food-related cultures from different regions in Japan. Although I live in Japan, it seems impossible for me to visit every city here and enjoy the local gourmet and I think foodies from around the world who have interest in Japan and Japanese cuisine would enjoy learning about that from you.

    Anyway, congratulations on your 1st blogiversary! You deserve a real big celebration on that!

  70. Happy New Year Nami. Have an awesome 2012 filled with everything that is good and Happy 1st Blogoversary – what a magnificent first year you have had! Kudos!
    I too cannot think of anything to improve your blog, other than what you are already doing. You are an inspiration with your brilliant recipes, stories and outstanding photography. I am looking forward to the next year with you.
    :-) Mandy
    PS. I am already subscribed via email.

  71. Ashley Hatten

    Wow I can’t believe your blog is only a year old it looks absolutely amazing! I can’t imagine changing anything about it! Congrats!!

  72. Happy Anniversary, Nami! You have created an amazing blog, full of wonderful pictures, recipes and details into Japanese culture. I have learned so much from you! I’m sure the next year will bring even more success and excitement to you!

  73. I can’t believe you’ve only had this blog for one year, Nami! Your recipes and photos are truly the work of a professional. I’m already following you on fb and am subscribed. Happy New Year and happy blogiversary!!! x

  74. Happy New year and blogiversary! You have a wonderful blog which I don’t think it needs any change. Well I can not say because I am a new blogger and don’t know many of the things.
    I am a follower of yours but not on twitter.

  75. I’m amazed that you’ve only been blogging for one year! You have an amazing site and I can’t think of anything to improve it. It’s pretty darn good as it is!

    Have a great new year! Looking forward to many more posts this year.

  76. Iris

    Congrats!! I just found your blog this year and have already tried making Katsu-Don & the Green Tea/White Chocolate Cookies. They were awesome…keep up the good work.

  77. Happy New Year Nami dear and Welcome Back!! Bon Anniversaire for your blog too!!! Gosh.. can you be my mentor? Seriously.. would you care to adopt me puhhhllllllssssss? I would love to be your apprentice and learn from you. You have been a great inspiration to me and I am really thrilled that we got 2 hours of chatting. Also I never knew that Shogatsu is a a huge thing in Japan. I just love all of our differences in culture. Glad to know something new now.. Well here’s to another year of fantastic food blogging and wishing you and your family a healthy and prosperous New Year. I can’t wait to celebrate Chinese New Year and share it with everyone. Hugggggggsssss..

  78. Here’s wishing you a very happy new year and blogiversary, Nami! I’m truly glad to have found you in the blogosphere! More power to you!
    Can’t wait to see what other yummy Japanese recipes you have in store for us this 2012!

  79. Happy 1st Anniversary and Happy New Year! Thanks for sharing your culture, food and photos, and finally being an inspiration to many of us. I am so honoured to have you make time to visit my blog and knowing you.. May you have blessed 2012!

  80. MFujimatsu

    Happy New Year and congrats on a successful year of blogging! I always look forward to what you post, not only because the food is great, but I learn a little about the culture behind the recipes. Keep up the great work!

  81. I don’t have a criticism, but I do have a praise… I LOVE that you took the time (on several occasions) to email me when I asked a question in the comment section! I just thought that was so sweet of you to take the time to do that! Such a lovely personal touch. Congratulations on your anniversary, and may you be blessed with many more!

  82. I am so excited for you! I found you via the SF blogger contest and LOVE your recipes! They inspire me to cook foods I previously didn’t think I was capable of! Thanks for everything you do!

  83. I hope you had a wonderful new year. These pictures (as always!) are stunning. I don’t have any suggestions on how to improve your blog, as I think it is just fantastic! You have become a blogger that I really admire and you provide a lot of inspiration, from your photos to your dishes. Happy blogiversary! 2

  84. Kimmi

    Happy Blogiversary!! =) I just came across your blog, and it’s fantastic! I’m really looking forward to trying out some of the recipes. And the how-to section is so helpful~

    As for suggestions, maybe it’d be interesting for readers to see the recipes that are most popular with other followers? Thanks so much for the work you’ve done so far, and I can’t wait to see more!

  85. Happy New Year, Nami! Welcome back and I’m glad that you and your family had a great time in San Diego. Happy 1st Blog Anniversary to Just One Cookbook and wishing you many more success to come.

    ~ ray ~

  86. Congratulations on your blogiversary and also for being named a top blog — what an exciting start to the New Year! I enjoyed your history of the lucky rice cakes (we eat black-eyed peas for luck on New Year’s Day in the South) — so much fun learning about traditions! Congrats again — well deserved limelight!

  87. Lizzy

    I really love your website. I’ve already started cooking more at home as part of my resolution for a healthier me and always turn to your page!
    As to how you can make it better… even though it’s perfect as is, I would LOVE to see more for bento ideas. With no creativity whatsoever mine always look so sad…. =/

  88. Laura

    I love reading your blog! I just enjoyed some New Years ozouni and nimono when I was with family as well. I know some of the basic Japanese foods but I would love to know more about the history/background of it!

  89. Congratulations on your first blogversary, Nami! More power to your blog. I love old traditions. My Mum-in-laws tells us to always keep the old traditions alive so that the children are aware of of their culture. Happy new year to you and your family.

  90. Hi Nami,
    Congratulations! Wow, you really are amazing. In one year, you have done so much great work. Love the recipes and photographs. Wishing you all the very best for 2012.

  91. I just found your website yesterday and I LOVE IT! I already tried the recipe for negi miso chicken and it was fabulous. I think your website is great. It is easy to navigate and I love the step by step visuals for each recipe. I will be a regular for sure.

  92. Susie

    Happy Blogiversary and Happy New Year! I bet San Diego was nice…. I need to take Julian to Legoland he will love it. I have been to the one in Denmark and it was pretty awesome.

  93. Mariana

    Congratulation on your 1st blog anniversary, so many recipes , great idea, gorgeous blog. Happy new year and wish you and your blog the best.

  94. Happy Blogiversary, Nami!!! I’m back from my extended blog break and am so glad to come back to this post 😀 I wish you and your lovely family a very Happy New Year! :) Your site is absolutely rocking, and I wish you all the best for 2012… Can’t wait to browse through all your recipes that I’ve missed!

  95. Happy 1st blog anniversary Nami! You’ve obviously been doing a great job and hence your tremendous success here! Congratulations also for winning the CBS Most Valuable Blog award! You truly deserve it from all the hard work you’ve put into this beautiful blog!

  96. Congrats on your first blogiversary! I remember finding your blog when I first started mine last April!! You have come so far in such a short time! Happy New Year Nami! I look forward to all the wonderful and delicious things you have in store for us this year!

  97. OMG .. you too completed 1 year on the same date!! But honestly looking at your gorgeous site .. no one can say you have done all these in just one year. You are amazing Nami and so talented :)
    Happy Blog Birthday sweetie and Happy New Year :)

  98. Nami, happy blog anniversary! It is amazing what you have accomplished in one year and with 2 young children too…you must me super mom! I love hearing about your Japanese customs. That is the amazing thing about blogging we can learn from everyone with different backgrounds and learn more about not just their food, but celebrations and customs. I love it! My daughter wants to live in Japan, but since that probably won’t happen very soon, it’s so nice visiting here.

  99. need i say more, everyone commented on how fantastic your blog as it is. i just want to wish you a happy anniversary. you are phenomenal. with only a year you’ve done a marvelous job… keep it up nami!

  100. Happy Blogiversary, Nami…and a Happy New Year!
    It’s been such a pleasure to have met you in person while visiting in San Francisco!
    Your blog gets more beautiful each day, just as the first day you started out…growing in “leaps and bounds” getting more, and more attention, and praise that you so deserve for your hard work and effort!
    Congratulations, my friend…also a great giveaway, from Amazon:DDD

  101. Jay Cee

    Congrats on your 1st Blogiversary! I have tried several of your recipes and they are wonderful. You make everything look delicious. I love your culinary skills and how you make everything look so beautiful and appetizing.

  102. HAPPY New Year Nami! And Happy blogoversary! Can’t believe 1 year has passed already!!!! How can you improve your blog????? It is already top notch my friend!!! <3

  103. Oh Nami, I have already told you you deserve all the success you have! Congratulations and happy blogiversary!

    I don’t think there is need for any improvement, really, but maybe a traditional Japanese dessert from time to time would be intriguing. Maybe mochi? 😉



  104. fang fang

    Happy 1st Blogiversary! I love your wonderful, informative and yummylicious blog. Hope to see more authentic Japanese cake/desserts in the future.

  105. Hanna

    Congratulation to you, Nami!!!!
    Really love you blog, especially your detail instruction on the recipes. I have made the banana bread/cake and green tea cookies over the holidays, and my family & friends are now expect me to bring them over again on our next gathering. Hope you will have more sweet recipes in the future. Thanks :)

  106. Happy 2012 and Happy 1st Blogiversary, Nami! Glad to know that you and your family had a very wonderful new year with your mom’s visit! 😀
    I’m really very very sorry to miss this giveaway post of yours! I’m such a muddle-head to have thought I’d already took part in your giveaway! Lucky that I’m still in time! 😛

    Time really flies especially the Year 2011! It seems like it was just few weeks ago when we get to know each other in this blogging space. I’m so glad that I’ve found your yummy blog and not only me and my family love all your recipes that I’ve tried, but also my cousin, her family and friends too! Thank you so much for sharing all your great recipes and also being a supportive friend! Wishing you all the best in this new start of the year and thru-out and more of your mouth-watering recipes! :)

  107. Sharon Emley

    I’ve been in Honolulu for a couple of months visiting my Japanese sister-in-law, and I decided to cook more Japanese food. Your cookbook email is wonderful, simple and fun to read, good recipes, and it comes just often enough, not too often. It’s just perfect! I’d say for busy people, it’s helpful to keep it short, as you are doing. Thanks!

  108. Ellen M.

    I just found your blog and I can’t see anything that needs improving! I’m looking forward to trying the recipes. Congratulations on the anniversary and award!

    • Eri

      Hi Heather,

      Just FYI, if you are talking about a big Chinese clever, that would be a good question for a Chinese person (Japanese people don’t use them.) If you are talking about a smaller called ‘Nakiri” then that is something we use. Just thought I would clarify that.
      P.S. I once had a Chinese clever thinking it would be nice to learn how to use it but got very scared of it and gave it away :)

  109. Tweeted for today.. So excited that only one day is left for the competition to end and then we can know the winners.. Congratulations on getting such a good response.. I see the comments list getting longer each day :)

  110. jacki

    Hi Nami,
    Welcome home! Happy New Year! Congratulations on your 1st Blogiversary. We tried your Sukiyaki recipe on New Years Day and loved it. I couldn’t find the chrysanthemum leaves, my market had chinese spinach, the leaves looked similar so I used it. Thanks for all you do, it is appreciated by your family and blog followers.

  111. Sharon

    Congratulations, Nami! I just found your blog this morning, and I’m still at the computer, hours later, fixated on your site. The photos are adding pseudo calories but actually making me lose the calories as I stay away from the kitchen. Didn’t realize that I skipped the lunch today because I can’t take my eyes off your recipes and photos. Only my growling stomach alerted me to my time on the computer. I had lost interest in cooking after my kids grew up and moved away, but after visiting your blog, I’m getting very interested in cooking Japanese food, especially, once again. Thank you so much for doing that to me. My hubby will thank you, too!

  112. Babette


    I love your blog! I lived in Japan for several years and you have given me a way to recreate all my favorite foods~! Thanks so much! My only recommendation is that you teach us how to make a bento with your portrait sculpted from rice~! hahaha! Just Kidding!
    Wishing you the best this NEW YEAR!