Crash Course: Bingata

My husband is in Okinawa (again) this week and normally, I wouldn't give it a second thought. (Except to lament how long the weekends feel when you are single parenting! šŸ™‚ ) I've made no secret of my .... ahem, lack of love for Okinawa, whose steamy climes I called home between 2009-2012. Yet as... Continue Reading →

Spotlight: Fukushuen Garden (Okinawa)

Bear with my continued Okinawa obsession this week. I really don't know where it's coming from. It's enough to even make me trot off to the grocery store for some goya (bitter gourd) to makeĀ champuru (stir fry). If you've ever tasted goya, you know just how serious this obsessionĀ is becoming. šŸ™‚ Anyway, in trying to... Continue Reading →

Crash Course: Shamisen

Last week, I posted about a great find of a restaurant in the Asakusa neighborhood where diners were treated to a shamisen concert during their meal. For those of you who may not be familiar with the shamisen, here is a brief introduction to this Japanese traditional instrument. The shamisen is thought to have come... Continue Reading →

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