Thai Basil and Macadamia Nut Pesto Recipe

I’m a home cook.  And just like most of the home cooks I know, I make an effort to use whatever I have in the …

Vegetarian Sushi Secrets by Marisa Baggett

In Japan, the traditional vegetarian sushi fillings are cucumber, kampyo, which is a dried gourd cooked in a sweet soy based sauce, shiitake mushrooms, takuan, …

Window Treatments for Your Bathroom

First, let me say that if you need a window treatment in your bathroom, consider yourself lucky!  That’s because today, many bathrooms don’t have the …


Japanese Forest Bathing For Your Health!

Now is the season to go hiking and enjoy the outdoors.  Living in the Pacific Northwest, we are blessed with many trails throughout the area …

Tuna Spring Roll Recipe

The typical Asian spring roll has a combination of ground pork, beansprouts, shiitake mushrooms, cabbage and some bean thread.  However, this tuna spring roll recipe is …

Japanese Gold Leaf Tea

My girlfriend gave me a few packets of Japanese Gold Leaf Tea.  The Japanese characters on the packet says, Jun Kin Cha, or Genuine Gold Tea. …

Mt. Rainier

A Mid-life Crisis Lifestyle Change – Saying Goodbye to City Life

There’s a saying in Japanese, “Ginsei Wakaranai Monda” meaning, “You just never know in life”. Me, the city girl is moving to the country.  As …

Omiyage, the Japanese Custom of Gifting

Omiyage, is the Japanese custom of gifting that is ingrained in our culture.  When we are invited over to someone’s home for a meal or …

Hsu Dr

Master Hsu and the Philosophy of Life

I consider my teacher, Dr. Shan-tung Hsu, a true natural philosopher of our day. He is an advocate of living a life in accord with …

Lessons from the Japanese Culture of Ikebana

Ikebana is the known as Japanese flower arrangement.  As a student of ikebana of many years, I want people to know that ikebana is not …

Robots and Elderly Care, Japanese Style

In Japan, the population of the elderly continues to increase, so finding solutions to improve the quality of life of the aged is a priority.  …

Everyday Chinese Cookbook – by Katie Chin

In most Asian families, food and cooking are very much central to our lives.  We celebrate many special occasions using food as symbolism. But it’s …

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