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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Memorial to the late Honjo Soji: A Master Acupuncturist and Moxibustionist
Sep27

Memorial to the late Honjo Soji: A Master Acupuncturist and Moxibustionist

My doctor in Japan for many years, HONJO Soji was a true master of moxibustion. Below, I re-post my article from 2009. I used to think that all doctors’ offices were located in medical buildings with names like New West Professional Plaza and a pharmacy on the first floor, a huge parking lot and long carpet-tiled corridors lined with doors reading Chiropractor, Proctologist or Geriatric Dentistry. Well, Japan has similar medical...

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Cetaceans in the Sea of Okhotsk
Sep07

Cetaceans in the Sea of Okhotsk

Cetaceans in the Sea of Okhotsk By Mark Brazil Blue above then blue below. Viewed from just below the pass at Mt Mokoto on the northern rim of the Kussharo Caldera, a low sea of cloud blankets Kussharo-ko, Japan’s largest caldera lake, from view. Beyond the rugged, forested far rim of the caldera to the southwest rises the peak of Mt O-Akan, while closer at hand to the southeast sulphurous steam billows from the Iwo-zan vents....

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