If We Remove Shoes in the House, Why Not Add Covers for Wheelchairs?

The Asian custom to remove shoes in the home seems to be gaining momentum throughout the world.  Many of my non-Asian friends are taking off their shoes too.  And why not!  It just makes for a cleaner, healthier home environment.  Plus, your carpets and floors stay cleaner for longer too.  Less mess, less stress – right? …

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Sogetsu Ikebana and the Fundamental Energy of Plants

Ikebana, the traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement, has a 600 year history.  It began when the practice of offering small flower arrangements to Buddhist shrines were taken out of the religious context.  It originally developed as an art to enjoy nature, bringing flowers into the Japanese home.  Today, in this age of information technology, ikebana …

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Mobile Game for Learning Japanese Kanji – Kanjilicious on Kickstarter

I am all for education and as an enthusiast for Asian culture, I truly believe that learning a language also allows one to get a better understanding of a culture. For all of you who have thought about learning Japanese kanji, but never got around to it or thought it was too difficult, have a …

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Japanese Style Sandwiches

Japanese sandwiches are typically made with thinly sliced white bread.  Japanese style white bread is a little different from American white bread.  With a hint of butter and a slight sweetness, Japanese white bread is fluffy and elastic with a chewy texture. Also because the sandwich was an imported concept, they have no preconceived ideas on what a sandwich filling should …

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How to Cook Japanese Rice in a Frying Pan

Recently, I’ve had many requests on cooking Japanese home-style food.  There are a lot of good cookbooks and recipes available, however, when living outside of Japan, it’s often difficult to find and get all the unique Japanese produce and ingredients.  So, I decided to put together simple recipes with ingredients that are readily available in the …

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