Children’s Day and Symbolism

May 5th is Children’s Day in Japan. Originally, the fifth day of the fifth month was Boy’s Day and March 3rd, or the third day …

Japanese Blood Type Character Analysis.

Asians love to do character analysis using charts and formulas. One of the most popular methods in Japan that is gaining popularity around Asia is …

The Simple Rice Ball – How to make an Onigiri

Rice is the staple food of Asia. Plain rice with a little bit of salt goes a long way to stave off one’s hunger and …

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 …

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Many Feng Shui Teachings Consider a Red Door Auspicious. Is There an Ideal Color for a Front Door?

Master Hsu and I are working hard on finishing our book Feng Shui: Truths, Myths and Misconceptions. This article was taken from the book, to …

The Asian Custom of Removing Shoes at the Door

The old traditional homes in Asia were raised about 2 feet off the ground for ventilation and staying above the cold damp earth. It was …

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 …

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Fish Misozuke Recipe

My girlfriend who lives in Kamakura is a fabulous cook.  Her kitchen was tiny but the food she produced from that space was unbelievable and …

Spring Menu Main Course – Gyoza

This is a continuation of the Spring Menu blog.  The Main Course includes gyoza, miso talapia, Asian salad, rice and pickles.  Today’s recipe is gyoza. …

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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 …

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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 …

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Japanese Spaghetti Neapolitan

In addition to coffee, tea and an assortment of drinks, the Japanese coffee shops usually serve common western style foods adapted to the Japanese palette.  …

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