Mizue is from Yamaguchi, which is about 570 miles south of Tokyo. Cooking is just one of a number of strings to her bow.
She has a BA degree in English and Culture Studies from Kansai Gaidai University where she studied from 1992 to 1998. She took gap years between 1995-97, when she moved to London and then on to Bradford where she took an international foundation course in English and IT.
But before joining the Hetties’ team last year, music, film, cooking, baking, sewing and handicrafts were always her main loves outside of work. She had previously worked for a company implementing sports development programmes and also teaches Japanese privately. Mizue has also been involved with the BBC producing a travel guide book and DVD for Japan.
But it’s the creative string in her bow that she enjoys best. “I cook and bake for children’s parties and school fundraising events,” she said. “I also make children’s costumes. I love being creative and trying out new things.”
Now, we at Hetties, thanks to Mizue, can enjoy the tastes and traditions of Japan.
There are four Festivals planned:
Hinamatsuri – Doll Festival, Saturday 9th March
Hanami – Cherry Blossom Festival, Saturday 13th April
Kodomo no Hi – Children’s Day, Saturday 11th May
Tanabata – Star Festival , Saturday 8th June
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Festivals are many in Japan and the family is always at the heart of them. In March it is the girls’ turn to feel the love.
March 3rd is Girls’ Day when Japanese families celebrate Hinamatsuri or the Doll Festival. This is the time when Japan wishes and prays for the future happiness of all girls, an occasion characterised with the display of special Hina Dolls or Hina Ningyo ... and special food.
Mizue, a mother of a 14 year old son and an 11-year-old daughter, will be extending her own Hinamatsuri celebrations from her home in Keighley, to Hettie’s restaurant with an array of Japanese culinary delights, including chirashi sushi, clam soup and sukura mocha (see full menu).
The cherry blossom festival or hanami, the welcoming of spring. This is a long-standing tradition, which celebrates the beauty of nature. People gather under blooming cherry blossoms for food, drink, songs, companionship and, of course, the beauty of sakura (cherry blossoms).
May 5th is children’s day or Kodomo no Hi in Japan. It is celebrated with a national holiday when children are honoured for their individual strengths and happiness is wished upon them.
On Kodomo no Hi, Koinobori or cloth carp streamers, are flown on poles outside public buildings and private houses to bring good fortune to the children inside. Koi carp are believed to be strong, spirited fish and are revered for their determination in fighting as they swim upstream and through powerfull waterfalls.
Koinobori symbolize the desire for children to be brave and strong individuals. Families display a Kabuto/Samurai helmet.
The Star Festival, or Tanabata, means “evening of the seventh”. The festival celebrates the meeting of the god and goddess, Orihime and Hikoboshi, who are lovers and represented by the stars Vega and Altair.
According to legend the Milky Way separates the lovers who are then only allowed to meet once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month.
On this day, people celebrate by writing wishes, sometimes in the form of poetry on small pieces of paper or tanzaku, and hanging them on bamboo or a wish tree along with other decorations.
The bamboo and decorations are often set afloat on a river or burned after the festival around midnight or the next day.