Review: A Geek in Japan

My apologies for not posting in a couple of days. My family and I took a quick trip to Okinawa over the weekend, an interesting and emotional return for us as it was the place my daughter was born and she wanted to actually see the areas we used to live in and frequent. Despite... Continue Reading →

Review: A Flower Lover’s Guide to Tokyo

Two years ago, I gave a quick profile on Sumiko Enbutsu's tiny but fantastic guidebook A Flower Lover's Guide to Tokyo. As we really swing into the spring flower season, I wanted to do the book a bit more justice and hopefully give garden lovers out there (like myself) an additional resource to track down some... Continue Reading →

Review: My Awesome Japanese Adventure

If you have teens or tweens who are curious about Japan, I suggest attempting to snag a copy of My Awesome Japan Adventure by Rebecca Otowa. There are admittedly tons of books ABOUT Japan out there and more than a few fictional young adult stories set in Japan, but this title is more of an autobiographical... Continue Reading →

Review: The Story of Sushi

Well, I have to hand it to my husband. This year, he batted 2 for 2 in the Christmas present department, at least when it comes to which books he gave me. I already blogged about the great bento book he presented me with on Christmas morning, but it took me a few weeks to... Continue Reading →

Review: Everyday Bento

My husband, dear man that he is, knows that as much as I rail against the impossibly small-size (and ridiculously high cabinets) of the kitchen in our Kumamoto home, I do love to spend a significant portion of my time in there. And with a four-year-old that now attends school four or even five days a... Continue Reading →

Review: Big Hero 6 (Baymax)

Normally I review books in this space, but I'm going to change course just a bit here this month and share my thoughts on the film Big Hero 6. If you're not sure how that relates to Japan, read on! Given the considerable marketing push, at least here in Japan, I'm sure most - if... Continue Reading →

Review: The Haiku Murder

A few months ago, I skipped onto the site of fellow Japan blogger Fran Pickering and saw that she had self-published a Japan-based mystery novel. Always eager for more stories set in my adopted country, I ordered my copy and enjoyed the first installment of the "Josie Clark in Japan" series, which featured a British-born office... Continue Reading →

Review: Clueless in Tokyo

I was first introduced to Betty Reynolds by my local library. When I lived on Okinawa, there wasn't a whole lot for a young, stay-at-home mother to do with a baby who absolutely positively refused to sleep. While my parenting compatriots were all at home in the humid afternoons basking in the break of their... Continue Reading →

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