Wrapping Rap
Jan10

Wrapping Rap

Wrapping Rap by Gail Rieke ’Tis the season… so perhaps you are thinking about gifting and wrapping… I first learned about the Japanese art of packaging from a wonderful book called How to Wrap Five More Eggs by Hideyuki Oka from which I quote ”…the art of Japanese packaging has been disappearing almost as fast as my interest in it has increased… I have felt it my duty to save whatever I can of this transient, vanishing art.” This art...

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The Vegetable Art of Noriko Nakane: “野菜礼讃 In Praise of Vegetables”
Dec31

The Vegetable Art of Noriko Nakane: “野菜礼讃 In Praise of Vegetables”

by Noriko Nakane  “In Praise of Vegetables” Yasairaisan Series A. “Live the life you Love” B. “Fukiyose 2018″ C. “Zucchini Sticks” —————————————————————————— A. “Live the Life you Love” A. “Live the Life you Love: ...

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A Taste of Culture ODEN
Dec09

A Taste of Culture ODEN

by Elizabeth Andoh ODEN おでん Japan’s iconic ODEN is a slow-simmered, hodgepodge: fish sausages, daikon radishes, octopus, potatoes, boiled eggs, konnyaku (a broth-absorbing, speckled aspic processed from a tuber vegetable), and all sorts of tōfu. On the first chilly nights of autumn, oden is welcomed back to the family dinner table, pub-like izakaya menus and konbini store counters after its summer vacation. Once sleet-slick...

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Archives 2009 Omori-cho
Jan29

Archives 2009 Omori-cho

There are a few places in the world that are truly enchanting. One such place is a town of just 500 people that has touched my life and the lives of many people I have taken there. It is a town near the Sea of Japan in Shimane Prefecture, in a long narrow valley, tucked between forested hills. Omori-cho has a sweetness that continues to call us back for, yet, another visit. According to the person who most helped inspire the town’s...

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