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Gaman, I Can Take It

“Have we all become too soft?”  I wonder about that. There is a Japanese word “Gaman” which is often translated as “enduring the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity”. The term is generally translated as “perseverance”, “patience”, or “tolerance”. If you grew up with the language, those translations sound so serious. In reality, I think …

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Hawaiian Style Popcorn – Hurricane Popcorn Recipe

Recently, I’ve been really liking popcorn. To be honest,  I was never a popcorn fan. Why did this change?  Well, my husband, the farmer, has been selling his greens at a local food market called Farm Fresh Picks at the Creamery.  You order online through their Facebook group and it’s a drive through pick-up on …

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Circular Houses are a Slice of Ancient Living

This is the ancient housing for the Hakka community in China. Dr. Hsu, my feng shui master from Taiwan, is Hakka and introduced this to us in class before. The feng shui for this is interesting. These structures are huge and protected the whole community. It reminded me of the European castles with tall walls …

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I Seek to Understand Both Sides of an Argument

culNowadays, it seems like everyone has an opinion. Which is fine. But, there are so many sides to every argument. Who’s side are you on? When I was a kid, we moved from Honolulu to Tokyo because of my dad’s job.  Growing up my siblings and I attended an international school. There were kids from …

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Easy, No-Sewing Masks for the Corona Virus

I hope everyone is staying home and is safe. As the news for the coronavirus changes daily, it’s hard just to keep up. I’m trying to keep my news consumption to a minimum and stay occupied by reading and writing. What are you up to? In the Greater Seattle area, they’re talking about making face …

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Japanese Style Tuna Pasta: Easy & Economical

Hi Everyone! It’s been ages since I last posted on my blog. I’ve been posting on Facebook a lot but not here. I figured that having the same post in two places was just information overload and repetitive. However, the other day I talked to my childhood friend. She said, “why haven’t you been posting?” …

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