Japanese fish-based udon soup

Gluten-free Japanese recipes: udon soup

Hello new and old readers! I started working full-time in early March teaching a new class and that’s where most of my extra energy and time have gone. Thanks for continuing to check in! More gluten-free food Way back at New Year’s, Hitoshi and I hosted a Japanese themed dinner for a variety of guests,…

simmered pork belly

Gluten-free Japanese recipes: simmered fatty pork belly

For New Year’s Eve dinner, Hitoshi and I co-hosted a small party where most of the guests had food restrictions. One that seemed overwhelming at first (but turned out to be an easy fix) was adapting Japanese recipes to make them gluten-free. Gluten-free simmered fatty pork belly on rice The recipe below was translated from Japanese and…

glass building downtown

Longplay kitchen house music dance party

If you’ve got a kitchen, then you can have a kitchen party, even if you’re the only guest. And it’s no party without fabulous tunes to move to! Before we get into a few solid sets, two sites that dance music fans have to check out are Boiler Room and DanceTrippin. Boiler Room is a…

shrine bell

How much does a Shinto wedding cost?

The cost for a wedding can cause heart palpitations for the calm and bring the anxious to their knees. Marrying in a country where wedding options are unfamiliar can be frustrating, baffling or fascinating. Hitoshi and I were married in 2008 in Japan. The official marriage was at our local ward office. Our public ceremony…

rice paddy in Katagami

Rice run – the burden

Moving to Canada from Japan was a huge adjustment for my husband and I. Besides the weather, crazy drivers and the necessary evil of cover letters (a requirement in Canada with many job applications), our beloved Japanese rice caused some of the greatest strain. We managed to run out of rice more than once. To do…