うめ/Japanese Apricot Jam

We recently bought some Japanese apricots () . About half of them are being used to make syrup, which we'll drink with soda, and the other half I cooked up as jam, last night. Read More...
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How do you cook your 竹の子/bamboo shoots?

We received fresh bamboo shoots today, so I'm cooking them up! Read More...
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Self-serve Food Kiosks

Every once in a while, you may stumble across one of these kiosks in Japan, where you may buy various food stuffs. Read More...
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The Problems with Beef Jerky in Japan

Sending beef jerky to Japan is full of difficulties. Let me recount my recent experience in this matter. Read More...
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Tis the Season to Eat Nabe

One of the great winter dishes, Nabe, is on the menu tonight. Read More...
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Tokushima LED Art Festival 2016

Last night my family went to see the illumination festival in Tokushima. It was a beautiful festival that was a novel way to enjoy lights in the lead up to many winter holidays and festivals. Read More...
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I've Got a Bone to Pick With You

Tonight on the menu: BBQ ribs. Read More...
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Prepping for White Day

I did some baking for White Day today.

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Difficulties of High School Entrance in Japan

Entering high school can be a difficult process in Japan. Read More...
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Chanko-Nabe/ ちゃんこ鍋

Tonight's dinner is chanko-nabe, a wonderful Japanese stew. Read More...
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When it rains...or in this case, snows...

The weather forecast turned out to be true! It did snow overnight, and it continues to snow today. Read More...
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大掃除 / Big End of Year Cleaning

Christmas has come and gone, and now we look forward to celebrating the New Year. But before we do, we must clean the house. Read More...
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Puppet Theatre & Sliding Screens /人形浄瑠璃と襖からくり

Today was a holiday in Japan (Culture Day), and appropriately I enjoyed some traditional Japanese culture. Read More...
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Silver Week

It’s Saturday. Welcome to Silver Week. Read More...
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Figs

This is the last of our figs from our tree. Read More...
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20 Years Ago Today

It was 20 years ago today, Read More...
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School Festival

Today I visited a local high school and enjoyed some of the festival that is happening now. Read More...
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Kushikatsu/串カツ

Dinner tonight was kushikatsu, which are bite-sized pieces of food on sticks, deep-fried.

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O-bon/All Soul's Day/おぼん

August 13th to the 16th is the time of O-bon in Japan.

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Dancing Fools / 阿波躍り

Awa Odori. This is a festival like no other. Simple. Difficult. Passive. Active. Old. Young. Awa odori encapsulates them all. It’s happening now.

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Less Energy: Leaving Gas, Moving to All Electric

We’re making some changes to lower our utility bills.

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Ready for White Day

I made some cookies this afternoon for White Day.

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Su-ki-ya-ki !

Tonight, we enjoy a classic Japanese dinner.

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The Blob a.k.a Mochi a.k.a もち

Today, at my daughter’s elementary school there was a bazaar. One part of the bazaar was mochi tsuki / 餅搗き. I helped making the mochi.

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Score! Butter late than never.

I was able to buy some butter today.

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梅ジャム/Japanese Apricot Jam

I made some jam last night. Read More...
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Dumping on Dump Trucks

Today I’m going to rant about dump trucks. Read More...
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Sad About Sochi

The Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia are now underway. I have mixed feelings about the Olympics. Read More...
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Good morning, summer!

Lately, this is how I wake up in the mornings. Read More...
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At the Sunday Market in Kochi

We drove to Kochi prefecture today to visit the Sunday market. Read More...
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An Atypical Lunch in Japan

Today was our annual Tacos party at our school. Read More...
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…and you shall receive.

We are thankful for the many gifts received today. Read More...
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When the world gives you strawberries...

We went strawberry picking today. Read More...
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Golden Week Holidays

Our Golden Week of holidays has finished, and now it’s back to the real world. Read More...
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Have you tasted Konatsu?

We recently received a box of Konatsu, one of my favourite citrus fruits. Read More...
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Happy Spring

Spring has sprung! We welcome you with open arms. Read More...
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Universal Studios Japan

On the weekend we went to Universal Studios Japan (USJ). Read More...
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White Day Treats

Today I made some treats for White Day. Read More...
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Jenga, anyone?

I spent some time stacking wood today. Read More...
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A Happy Food and Drink Day

Today we enjoyed sights, sounds, and savoury delights. Read More...
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Movie Day

I went to see a movie with my wife yesterday. Read More...
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Sports Day at School

Today was Sports Day at my daughters’ elementary school. Read More...
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Summer Flower Arrangement

I came home from teaching some classes last night, and this is what I found in my classroom. Read More...
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A visit to Mugi.

We spent the last couple of days in Mugi.

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Cherry Blossoms

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Today, Easter Sunday, was a beautiful day to see the cherry blossoms. It was the last day before our children start school again, so it was nice to be able to go out and have a picnic and enjoy the scenery.


We went to the Sports Park in Naruto because there are many beautiful cherry trees that are low to the ground and lots of open areas to sit under the trees and enjoy the sights. We got together with a few friends and had a good time relaxing, chatting and eating.


The trees were almost at full bloom today and this might be our last chance to enjoy their beauty. By next weekend, many of the blossoms may be gone. We’re thankful we could get together with others and have a nice picnic party.



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A visit to Mugi.

Our family went to Mugi on the weekend. Read More...
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Getting ready for White Day

Today I made some marshmallows for White Day. Read More...
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