What’s On in September

Ahhhh ... that hiatus felt all too long and all too short! For those of you reading this, welcome back! Thanks for letting me take some time off. We've safely arrived in California, have even moved into a new (rental) home, and even started getting accustomed to driving on the right side of the road... Continue Reading →

Washoku Wednesday: Japanese rice

Food blogger Courtney has a great tutorial for us this week on a key ingredient in Japanese cuisine! EDIT: And an apology to both Courtney and all the UJ readers ... somehow, I thought TODAY was Wednesday. But hey - you get your food post a day early this month!¬†ūüôā Again, I am amazed that... Continue Reading →

Friday Photo: June 2015

Unless something drastic happens, this will be the last Photo Friday post I make from my home here in Kyushu. The movers come in just over a week and we begin the drive to our new digs in Tokyo in mid-July. How did three years go by so fast??? So in honor of my last... 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 →

Spotlight: Tsujunkyo (Kumamoto)

My in laws are currently in town for a few weeks and this past Sunday, we took them out to what has become one of my favorite spots in Kumamoto Prefecture - the Tsujunkyo¬†(Tsujun Bridge). Tsujunkyo is on a lot of tourism posters and billboards around Kumamoto and yet no one outside of the prefecture... Continue Reading →

Crash Course: Rice Cultivation

They don't really grow rice in downtown Tokyo. And rice isn't one of the staple crops of Okinawa (that would be pineapple and sugarcane, if you're curious). So for the first four years of my life in Japan, I ate a LOT of rice but never quite saw where it came from. That all changed... Continue Reading →

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