DIY in Japan: How to Replace Window Screens


Hi there. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty.

Rainy season has begun in most of cities in Japan as well as Okayama City. You may think it gets cool and nice but the fact is it is still humid and hot. What make me feel down is I see more bugs and cockroaches lately…

Here is how I deal with them normally.

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And not exceptionally mosquito start being around this season.

Houses in Japan though, got window screens against them. You know, they can’t come in through this.


We also have ones but I realized that these at our place look quite dirty (got some holes also). Gosh, I should replace them before summer comes. Yes, I will be Mr. DIY today!

How to Replace Window Screens

Tools (for two windows)

Well, there is good stuff at home center but I ain’t into it much (dropping from Mr. DIY title now). I got some instant stuff at a 100-yen store instead (only the screens costed 200 yen each).

– 2 x clipper
– 2 x rubber spline
– roller
– 2 x window screen



Let’s Get Started!

1.Pull the old rubber spline off.



2. Take the old screen down.



3. Clean the window frame by towel etc.



4. Hold the new screen by the clippers.



5. Roll rubber spline over the window screen. Cut the extra screen to fit the frame.



6. Done!


….looks better?



Well, as I said I am not a pro or even an amateur DIY guy. Hope it helps someone in the world (hehe).

See you around!

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Japanese Sweets: How To Make Mitarashi Dango

Mitarashi Dango: dango balls coated in sweet soy sauce glaze

Mitarashi Dango: dango balls coated in sweet soy sauce glaze

How’s your week so far? It’s Mrs. Wada back on duty again. Here’s my another challenge in making Japanese sweets. This time I’m going to share a simple and easy to make Japanese sweets called mitarashi dango. There are many variations of dango sweets in Japan. For mitarashi dango, it’s basically a dango on stick grilled and coated with thick sweet and soy sauce glaze.

I think this is one of the Japanese sweets that you can easily find in supermarkets and often I see this in tourist spots also.

Mitarashi Dango Ingredients

For the dango

  • 100 grams of glutinous rice flour
  • 100 ml of water

For the glaze

  • 50 ml of water
  • 2 1/2 tsps of soy sauce
  • 2 tbsps of sugar or honey
  • 1 1/2 tsps of potato starch flour (or you can use cornstarch flour)


Steps for making dango balls.

  1. Add water to the glutinous rice flour little by little.
  2. Knead until it’s smooth and soft (as soft as your ear, as usually describe in Japanese recipes :D).
  3. Divide the dough equally into 6 pieces (or in a bite-size) and shape it into balls.
  4. Boil water in a pot and drop the balls into it one by one.
  5. When it floats, scoop out and transfer into a bowl of iced water.
  6. Drain off the water from the dango balls and skewer it into a stick.
  7. Then roast it in a grill or a toaster, for aroma and a little crispy texture outside. I used fish grill this time. Set it aside.

Steps for the sauce

  1. Mix all the sauce ingredients and heat up in a pot.
  2. Keep on mixing until it thickens.
  3. Pour into dango balls and it’s ready to eat!

Honey and kinako-coated dango balls

For another variation of dango, you can use honey and kinako (roasted whole soy bean powder) or anko paste as topping.


Midarashi Dango of Takayama City, Gifu

During our visit in Takayama, we had midarashi dango. Yes, that’s right. They call it miDArashi dango there. What’s the difference? Well, unlike the usual mitarashi dango, it’s not sweet. It’s dipped into soy sauce and although it’s roasted very well, it remains soft and mochi-mochi.

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If you got some glutinous rice flour at home or just wanted to try some Japanese sweets, how about give this one a try and let me know how it goes.

Thanks for reading and have a nice week!