Nov 23

Post brought to you in partnership with Kokoro Care Packages.

Kokoro Cares November 2020 Kanagawa themed care package

I have a special place in my heart for Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan (the prefecture located just south of Tokyo), so when Kokoro Care Packages reached out to me to see if I would be interested in partnering with them to highlight their November 2020 Nourishing Essentials Care Package, featuring products from Kanagawa Prefecture, I said yes immediately.  (Though let’s be honest, any time Kokoro Care Packages comes knocking, I say yes, because they are an amazing company.) When Mr. Fuji and I first moved to Japan in the fall of 2002, we lived on the outskirts of Yokohama, which is in Kanagawa Prefecture. During our first free weekend in Japan, after moving there the first time, we visited Kamakura, a seaside town filled with many historically significant Buddhist temples and Shinto Shrines, including the Kōtoku-in Buddhist temple, home to the Daibutsu (Great Buddha), a bronze statue which is over 43 feet tall. [Read More…]


Jul 21

Japanese dry curry with rice

As part of my new podcast, The Onigiri Chronicles, with my friend Noriko, she has been sharing pictures of the lunches that she helps to prepare at the elementary school she works at in Funabashi, Japan.  They are so inspiring.  Though I should warn you, they will make you very jealous because they are so amazing.  The recipes/menu are developed by the school’s nutritionist, Akemi Tsuchiya, who is a genius at finding ways to include lots of vegetables in the dishes, without them seeming like they are out of balance.  Noriko says that her son used to be very picky, but because of the school’s lunch program, has changed to eating and loving just about everything.  That tells you something about the quality of the food they are getting at school!  Everything is made from scratch and ingredients are sourced locally, whenever possible.  I wish my kids could attend this school, just to eat this way every day! 

During the time when school wasn’t in session, due to Covid-19, the nutritionist included some of recipes for the kids’ favorite dishes in her monthly newsletter, so parents could make them at home.  One of the recipes in the April newsletter was for dry curry (ドライカレー), which is different from regular Japanese curry because it doesn’t have a gravy. [Read More…]


Umeboshi Gohan (梅干しご飯) — Pickled Plum Rice

In episode 4 of our new podcast, The Onigiri Chronicles, my best friend Noriko and I discussed all things ume–the sour Japanese fruit that they use in Japan to turn into all sorts of wonderful things, like ume syrup and my favorite, umeboshi (pickled plums).  We talked about making umeboshi gohan (梅干しご飯), or pickled plum […]

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Curry Ramen

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Curry ramen is one of the many types of ramen that you can find in Japan.  It is the fusion of two wonderful worlds–Japanese curry and Japanese ramen.  Since I shared my method for making curry roux blocks with you earlier this month, I thought I would share another way to use the blocks, other […]

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The Onigiri Chronicles Podcast

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My best friend Noriko and I just launched a new podcast today—The Onigiri Chronicles!  We are discussing food, cooking, and Japan (with a few parenting adventures thrown in).  We hope you’ll listen.  If there’s anything you’re interested in hearing us talk about, shoot me an email and let me know! email: [email protected] The podcast is […]

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Make Your Own Japanese Curry Roux Blocks

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One of my personal favorite recipes is my Japanese curry (aka, curry rice).  In Japan, when people make curry at home, they usually use an instant curry roux (available in a block or powder form) to make the curry sauce or purchase pre-made curry sauce that is packaged in vacuum-sealed bags.  Many recipes for Japanese […]

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Stay-at-home Japanese Vegan Cream Stew (クリームシチュー)

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Dinner at our house has been a parade of one comfort food dish after another lately.  Are any of you in the same boat?  Our meal last Sunday was no exception.  I made Japanese Cream Stew (クリームシチュー)—a popular Japanese yoshoku dish (yoshoku is a form of Japanese-western fusion cuisine).  Cream stew is a mix of […]

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Grow Your Own Mung Bean Sprouts At Home!

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*Disclosure: This post contains Amazon affiliate links that earn me a small commission, at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products I personally use and love, or think my readers will find useful. Need a project to start this week?  I’ve got a great one for you, or your kids, or both!  Grow […]

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Ozenzai — Sweet Red Bean Soup (おぜんざい)

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Ozenzai (おぜんざい), a sweet red bean soup, is a very popular, traditional Japanese dessert.  It is made with adzuki beans and can be served over toasted mochi, shiratama dango, or a cooked grain, like millet.  It’s one of my (many) favorite desserts and it really made my week this week.

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Eryngii Suimono (Clear Soup with King Oyster Mushrooms)

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This post is a longtime in coming.  I meant to post it last month, but then things got a little crazy with everything happening in the world, thanks to Covid-19.  This week is spring break for my Fujilings and I’m finally getting a moment to breathe, so here I am!  Last month I posted about […]

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