The Sharing of Shabu Shabu
Jan15

The Sharing of Shabu Shabu

by Mora Chartrand A shared homemade meal is a fine way to offer gratitude for friends and family and participating in the actual act of cooking the meal together makes it even more special. Shabu shabu (swish-swish) is the Japanese onomatopoeic equivalent for the name of a popular nabemono, a simple and delectable Japanese hot pot dish. It is a meal of near-paper-thin sliced meats (typically beef and pork), vegetables, and usually...

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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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Sake: This Year’s Rice Report
Jan07

Sake: This Year’s Rice Report

Sake: This Year’s Rice Report by Sake Expert John Gauntner Sake Rice Survived a Couple of Typhoons, But How Did it Fare Otherwise? In late October, the National Research Institute of Brewing in Japan released their annual rice report, loosely translated as the Suitability of This Year’s Rice to Sake Brewing Report. In short, the report analyzes the weather patterns of the previous summer, comparing it to analytical data, and predicts...

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Contemporary glass artist Etsuko Nishi
Jan03

Contemporary glass artist Etsuko Nishi

Contemporary glass artist Etsuko Nishi Specialist in the Pâte de Verre Technique By Dasha Klyachko Etsuko Nishi is a leading expert in the pâte de verre, one of the oldest and more difficult forms of glass making. This is a form of kiln casting, which involves first the preparation of a mould. Finely crushed glass is mixed with a binding material to create a soft malleable paste that is applied to the mould. The mould is heated and...

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Japanese Women Artists You Should Know: Meet Eugénie O’Kin
Dec31

Japanese Women Artists You Should Know: Meet Eugénie O’Kin

Japanese Women Artists You Should Know: Meet Eugénie O’Kin By Alice Gordenker There was a Japanese female artist active in Paris in the early decades of the 20th century but chances are you’ve never heard of her. It doesn’t help that most of her work remains in private hands, or that she called herself by several different names. But the carved bowls, vases and jewelry of Eugénie O’Kin are very much a part of the wave of...

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A Man of Intelligence by Ian Pfennigwerth
Dec22

A Man of Intelligence by Ian Pfennigwerth

A Man of Intelligence by Ian Pfennigwerth A review by David Morton A Man Of Intelligence is an excellent book about the life of Captain Eric Nave, an Australian Codebreaker and the basic founder of Australian cypher breaking against the Japanese during World War II. Eric Nave is no James Bond type, but in his own quiet and inimitable way, he saved probably hundreds of thousands of lives on the Allied side, much more than any fictional...

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