Home Style Stewed Shoyu Pork with Boiled Eggs

Sometimes we need comfort food. For me, this is so simple yet satisfying to eat over a bowl of rice.  Stewed pork in shoyu can be considered either Japanese or Chinese, but who cares if it just tastes good!  Right?  The ingredients are easy to get anywhere because there is nothing fancy in it.  If …

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The Japanese Garden: More Trimming less Mowing

Fall colors are peaking here in the Pacific Northwest. Over the weekend I visited the Japanese Garden in Seattle and the colors were just so vivid and beautiful that I had to share this photo!  And no, it has not been Photoshopped.  Honest. Unlike Western gardens, what I like about Japanese gardens is the minimal …

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Aki Matsuri in Bellevue, Washington

This past weekend was the Annual Japanese Aki Matsui in Bellevue, Washington. Aki means fall and matsuri means festival.  This fabulous cultural celebration is produced by a group of volunteers, led by Tom and Katsuko Brooke called ENMA.  Their vision is to celebrate and share the rich culture of Japan with those living in the …

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Cold Soba Noodle Salad for Summer

I love noodles!  Hot, cold, with soup, fried, with a sauce, it doesn’t matter, noodles are just so wonderful and versatile!  Noodles are an Asian staple, but if you go to any Asian grocery shop there is such a variety that it can be extremely confusing.  Since the weather is getting warmer….well actually since I …

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