The Japanese Picture Bride

The first Japanese immigrants to the United States came in the late 1800’s.  Like my maternal great-grandparents from Hiroshima, most were farmers searching for better …

Japanese Cuisine, Washoku, Awarded UNESCO Cultural Heritage Status

In early December, 2013, Japanese Cuisine, known as “washoku” in Japanese, was awarded UNESCO’s intangible cultural assets status.  The only other cuisine to receive this honor is …

Need More Energy – Help Others

Continuing with my New Year’s Resolution of ‘increase energy’, here is my third step:  Help others.  I find that when helping others, I feel good.   We all …

Increase Your Energy By Spending Time with People

My one New Year’s Resolution was:  Increase Energy. I know it’s just one, but there are many facets to this one.  My step one was  …

Japanese New Years Traditions

Now that Christmas has come and gone, in a Japanese household, we have to start thinking of the biggest holiday of the year, New Years …

Traditional Asian Blessings – Omamori

In Asia, blessings are part of our culture, woven into our lives.  In Japan we call them omamori, meaning to protect.  This type of amulet …

Thank You Mr. Hori

Last week I got a sad email from Mr. Hori’s daughter, Susan.  Mr. Hori passed away at the age of 95.  My heart goes out …

Cat Island – Tashirojima in Japan

This guest post by Hiro, who lives in Japan and writes a blog called Japanese Candy and Sweets Gallery, is about his visit to Tashirojima, …

Japanese Chopstick Etiquette

In Japan, there are a few etiquette rules when using chopsticks.  Although I grew up in a Japanese-American home, there were some rules that my …

Pantone Color of the Year 2013 – Emerald Green!

  For those who follow the Lunar Calendar, Happy Chinese New Year!  With the New Year comes a new color trend.  The 2013  Pantone color of the …

Modern Showers vs. the Japanese Soaking Tub?

I must admit that I take water for granted.  Hot water for baths and showers, adjustable temperatures for laundry, and filtered iced water from the …

Chocolate Exhibition in Tokyo

This is a guest post from a reader and fellow blogger from Japan!  Hope you enjoy it! – Jenny Hello! This is Hiro from Japanese Snacks …

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