Is it Considered Bad Manners to Slurp Soup and Ramen Noodles?

Soup noodles are Asian’s comfort food. Just to name a few, in Hawaii, we have saimin, which has a seafood soup base.  It’s such a staple food there that they even serve saimin in local McDonalds!  The Japanese love their ramen, the Chinese have delicious wonton min, then there’s the wonderfully spicy Malaysian laksa, the delicate …

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Spring Menu – Salad and Dessert

In the two previous blogs we’ve covered the appetizers and main courses.  This blog will have the remainder recipes for the salad, rice, pickles and dessert. Asian meals usually have rice, pickles and soup to round them off. The pickled vegetables in Japan and China, tend to be salty and sour while the Koreans enjoy …

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How to Plan a Spring Asian Party – Appetizers

Spring is just around the corner and the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.  Why not plan a Asian inspired spring party?  Start by bringing the season into your home by cutting a few cherry blossom branches and placing them in a tall vase with water.  It will lift your spirits! When putting this menu …

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Finding Time to Communicate With Your Children

Feng Shui stresses that a good environment is one that has creates good relationships;  not only with our physical environment but with our family. With the busy lifestyles of today, many find they lack time to spend with their children. But, we do have slots of time during the day when we can communicate with …

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Why do Japanese keep a little frog figurine in their wallet when they go to Vegas?

Amongst the American Japanese who visit Vegas, a large percentage carries a little frog in their wallet or purse.  This frog can be made out of anything; origami, metal, beads, felt or even fabric. In Japanese, the word frog is “kaeru” and its homonym means “to return”.  Therefore, there is a Japanese superstition that believes …

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Preserving Japanese Culture in Seattle – 100 Year Old Club

Yesterday we celebrated the Japanese Hyakudokai New Year’s  Celebration.  The name Hyakudokai is taken from the motto “‘keep active until 100 years old’.  According to Mrs. Horikawa, the President of the association, the club began in Hiroshima in 1957, encouraging the elderly to live long with good health and to help one another to preserve …

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Japanese Autumn Ikebana

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement.  Ike means ‘live’ as in ‘fresh’ flowers and bana comes from hana which is flower.  When two characters are connected the pronunciation changes, therefore hana becomes bana. When Buddhism arrived in Japan from China during the 6th century, they brought along floral offerings.  This slowly evolved into …

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