Japan

Fuji Mama Chindouchuu: Narita to Tokyo

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I am currently in Tokyo with the entire Fuji family.  We’ve been here since June 14th, and only have a couple of days left until we return to the US.  If you’ve been reading my posts for a while, you might know that I’ve been returning to Japan each year for short visits after moving […]

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Kibo, a Cookbook by Elizabeth Andoh: Full of Hope for the Future of Japan’s Tohoku Region

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March 11, 2012 marked the one year anniversary of the triple disaster in Japan.  Unimaginable devastation and hardship has occurred in the affected regions during the past year.  Despite the horrors that the past year has wrought, hope remains.  As Elizabeth Andoh writes in her newest book, KIBŌ (“Brimming with Hope”): Recipes & Stories from […]

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A Hinamatsuri Story

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I know that Hinamatsuri (Girl’s Day) has come and gone, but I have to share this wonderful story about someone else’s celebration of the holiday.  Tiffany Silverberg is a talented and inspiring writer who I started following on Twitter about a year ago.  She is a freelance writer and consultant who helps clients better tell […]

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Shogayaki Sando (Ginger Pork Sandwich) with Edamame Spread

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Shogayaki Sando (Ginger Pork Sandwiches) Makes 4 sandwiches For the Edamame Spread: 8 ounces shelled edamame, fresh or frozen 2 cloves garlic 3 tablespoons olive oil 3 tablespoons rice vinegar 1 teaspoon sriracha Salt and pepper to taste For the Ginger Pork: 1 pound pork loin, very thinly sliced 1/4 cup soy sauce 3 tablespoons […]

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Miso Hungry Podcast!

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A podcast! A podcast! We have a podcast!!  Yeah, I’m not excited in the least. Ahem.  Recording a podcast is something I have been wanting to do for a while now, but the how was what has held me back.  Doing it by myself was out of the question—there was no way I was going […]

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Pulled Pork & Roasted Tomato Donburi (Rice Bowl) à la Ivan Ramen

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Pulled Pork & Roasted Tomato Donburi Makes about 4 servings Recipe Notes: This recipe makes more pulled pork than you will likely want for four servings, but I’ve found that if I use a smaller piece of meat it sometimes ends up a bit drier than I like.  The size of roast indicated will give […]

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Hamachi Carpaccio, inspired by a trip to Kaikaya By The Sea

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Add this recipe to ZipList! Hamachi Carpaccio Makes about 4 servings 4 ounces thinly sliced fresh hamachi juice of 1 large lemon 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 3 garlic cloves, finely minced 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste fresh cilantro, to garnish […]

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Bakeries, Kombini, & Rice Balls, Oh My!

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Tokyo is full of lots of things, like people (12.989 million as of 2009) and buildings.  But it’s filled with a lot of other things too.  Check out the newest video in my Japan video series where I share what some of those “other” things are.  In this video I also answer a question which […]

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A Trip to Manrikiya Noodle Shop

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When it comes to noodles, I’m a devotee of the Japanese varieties.  From thin nutty soba to fat chewy udon, the assortment of noodles used in Japanese cuisine is diverse, made even more so by the different ways in which they are served, whether it be cold with a dipping sauce or in a soup.  […]

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A Trip to Kamikawa, Japan

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Two months ago, at the beginning of July, I made a trip back to my beloved Japan.  Now that I’ve taken care of some of the deadlines on my plate, I’m finally getting the chance to go through all of the photos and video I took on my trip and share them with you! The […]

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