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…

vintage Santa and his wife

Favorite classic Christmas tunes – 2015 edition

Christmas is racing up to us and, besides lights on houses and anticipation of traditional favorites at the dinner table, I love, love, love Christmas music. From traditional choirs singing “All we like sheep” from Handel’s Messiah through Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas“, and even a dose of Alvin and the Chipmunks (only once though), I want…

daikon as hina dolls

Recipe: Thai inspired daikon chingensai fusion

The other night, I made up a new dish and thought it tasted pretty good. Hitoshi thought it was unusual to combine daikon and chingensai but I didn’t know otherwise. That’s the advantage of both of us loving to experiment in the kitchen! Before jumping into the recipe, let’s take a look at the main players…

leaf with shadows of grass behind

Reblogged: The Mystery of Y Shaped Land

Originally posted on gozumezu:
“Find Y shaped land and then bury him there.” My grandma told me this when my puppy died over 20 years ago. One Sunday afternoon, my puppy got food poisoning and died in an awful way. I was so sad but that’s the life so I decided to bury him somewhere.…

cute dog

Being sick and (cultural?) disagreements on how to get better

Ugh! Hitoshi is still getting over suspected influenza and I’m in the thick of a super coughy, sinus headachy like-my-brain-is-going-to-be-squished-out-of-my-ears nastiness. Nice. Getting sick far from the familiar Getting sick in an international context can be the pits. You might be far from remedies you’re used to and sometimes have weird things thrust at you to “just…

rice stalk

Reblogged: 88 Souls in Rice

Originally posted on gozumezu:
When I was a kid, my grandma would often sternly say, “Eat every single grain of rice in your bowl. Don’t leave any of them.” I would look into my rice bowl and see two or three grains stuck to the sides. It was difficult to pick up a grain of rice with chopsticks…

ikebana

My pic was picked! Plus the ones that weren’t.

Hurrah! By some miracle, a photo I submitted to a WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge with the theme of Off-Season was chosen… (drum, drum, drum) as one of four “favorites” by Krista from WordPress. And there were over 500 responses! Incredibly, my photo was also chosen as the banner photo for the post. Wow! I’m still…

wedding rings from Japan

Wedding rings in Japan and that mismatched couple

Mismatched wedding rings and the stranger “Why are your wedding rings different?” The young woman had a wide open face with an easy smile that stretched from ear to ear. Her lanky frame arched over a crossed leg that swung back and forth. Everyone in the registry office could hear her business as well as her question.…