Monthly Archives: June 2015

Still Modern After 1200 Years

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Traditional Japanese motifs and patterns are loved and admired the world over. Some are over 1,200 years old, yet they still look modern and fresh.

Most people recognize them as “Japanese” immediately, though many cannot explain why. The ones who … Read the rest

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Happy 95th Birthday, Grandma!

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It felt not that long ago when we had the honor of celebrating the 94th birthday of Fumi-san, the grandmother of our Ms. Yuri.

A year has gone by so fast. Fumi-san just turned 95. She still lives by … Read the rest

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A Small Boat and the Bounty of the Sea

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Pouring rain did not stop the citizens of Odotsu from turning out to welcome the return of their new boat, Ryomei Maru, from it’s first voyage.

Odotsu is a small fishing port about 40 kilometers south of Miyazaki. Tuna fishing¬†… Read the rest

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Japanese Sweet and Spicy Pickled Ginger

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Japanese pickled ginger (called “Gari”) is a very easy to prepare and deliciously healthy condiment, commonly served in sushi restaurants.

young-ginger-rootsGinger roots are in season in early summer. The young roots have a tender flesh and natural sweetness, with¬†strong … Read the rest

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