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March Book Review: Ghosts of the Tsunami
Ghosts of the Tsunami is a page-turningly readable piece of narrative non-fiction, written by the Asia Editor of The Times of London. Using fascinating personal accounts – like why Buddhist priests had to brush up on their exorcism skills – he delivers poignant insights into the way that the Japanese deal with life, death, and what you do the day after your world is washed away…read more
Japanese Home Cooking for March: One recipe, two meals!
The first night, you can serve the classic Japanese mom comfort food called niku-jaga (tender beef, potatoes and vegetables simmered in a savory sauce), then add instant curry to the leftovers the next night for Niku-jaga Curry Rice that’s so much better than any curry rice you’ve ever eaten, you won’t believe it…read more
Beyond Tokyo: Let’s go Firewalking with the Mountain Monks
Who can resist the opportunity to do a bit of firewalking? Once a year, they actually let you join in, at the Hiwatari Matsuri, just an hour outside of Shinjuku Station at Mt. Takao…read more
Seasonal Secret for March: Nine spectacular cherry blossom spots in Tokyo
My nine favorite places to see (and snap upworthy pix!) of cherry blossoms in Tokyo, including some secret spots most people don’t know about…read more
Why, Japan, Why? for March: How can Oreos be more Japanese than sumo wrestlers?
You’re not going to like the answer if you believe the ONLY way to eat Oreos is to eat the cookie parts separately from the filling…read more
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