Category Archives: Life & Culture

A hot summer day in Miyazaki

In July, the sun rises before 5:30 in Miyazaki and my day starts early.

By 7 o’clock, Momo (my 5-year-old Papillon) and Yuki (my 2-year-old Japanese Spitz) have had their morning stroll by a nearby pond and begin looking for … Read the rest

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Gentle rains of early May

Shinto priestess ladies about to begin their work dayA sure sign of summer’s arrival in Japan is warm, pleasant rains of early May, called Samidare.

The picture above was taken in Miyazaki Shrine. The priestess ladies are about to begin their work day, which includes tasks such … Read the rest

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What is the best season to visit Japan?

Ever-changing beauty of Japanese seasons

I often get asked about the best season to visit Japan. Such a seemingly simple question. However, there are more choices and more “seasons” than most people realize.

Japan is a land of ever-changing seasonal tapestries in urban and rural … Read the rest

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Reflections and Hopes

2017 winter solstice will be upon us soon. Days will begin to get longer and the promise of new beginnings is in the air

Winter solstice will be upon us soon. Days will begin to get longer and the promise of new beginnings is in the air.

As we put 2017 behind us, just as we do every year, we want to say thanks … Read the rest

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Easy Recipe for Japanese Rice with Mushrooms (Kinoko-Gohan)

For this recipe I use 2 tbsps of Japanese rice wine (sake). If you can't get sake, you can substitute it with a dry white wine.Kinoko-gohan (きのこご飯) is one of my autumn favorites. I have used a frying pan with a lid to cook the rice, since I often get asked for Japanese recipes from friends who don’t have a Japanese rice cooker.

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