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What? There are no Easter Egg, PAAS dye-kits in Japan? Denied!

Quick, call mom for a recipe! Here’s what she says:

Put 1/2 cup of boiled water in a coffee cup. Mix in 1 teaspoon white vinegar (sushi vinegar works, too!) now add your desired amount of food coloring (in Japan this is powder, and it’s very strong, so add a little at a time). Wait for the dye to cool to room-temperature before dunking in your eggs.

Who could have known it was so easy? What exactly are those Paas guys selling, anyway?

easter eggs

I always empty-out my eggs by piercing holes in both ends of the egg and blowing the innards out so I can keep them longer, but it really makes them too fragile for children.

Here’s a quick tip on boiling eggs: Put one layer of eggs down in a pan and fill with water until it’s an inch above the eggs. Set on your burner and heat until boiled. Now turn off the heat and cover your eggs. Leave for 15 minutes. Run the pot under cold water, exchanging cold for hot, let sit in cold water until cool, then towel-dry and set to dry.

How about: “How did you get those rings of color on your eggs?” That’s an old textiles trick. Anyone who does batik already has a good idea. Start with yellow- dip the whole egg, but keep it light. Let dry. Now, using a wire shaped like an O with a projecting handle, dip the egg, crest-first, only 1/3 of the way into green. Let dry. Then dip the remaining about 1/4 into blue. On the other side, dip 1/3 into orange, then 1/4 into red. (purple might turn brown) You must keep colors going from light to dark- and mixing colors of the same warm/cool family otherwise you’ll get mud! Don’t forget to let them dry between dyes!

Good-luck! Happy Easter!



Back in American elementary school, I remember choosing Valentines for classmates was a horrifying affair. Should I go with my heart’s instinct to get My Little Ponies, or try to be cool and get Barbie? It was just so difficult. Looking back on those times, I wish I would have had the heart to make my own. Now that I live in Japan, where they celebrate V-day, but don’t give cards, I need something to state my heart’s affairs! So I’ve made my own with supplies at school.