semi in the heat of a Japanese summer

Semi (cicadas) in Alberta?

One of my favourite memories from Japan, especially a Japanese summer, is semi or cicadas. Their little insect bodies (or technically the tymbals inside their abdomens, as I learned) vibrate like crazy making an unmistakable, powerful sound that is unforgettable. The sound is oddly comforting but I’ve heard enough comments from people less impressed so…

carp in pond in Japan

Top four REAL reasons to move to Japan

Moving to Japan can be a great way to find and then unfind yourself, worship washlet toilets, and fill up on individually packaged ice cream treats every day. However, there are four far better reasons. (4) exemplary hair elastics Having long hair means hair elastics. Before Japan, hair elastics were a necessary evil that broke regularly and had…

rice topping

Cooking with baby: accidental furikake

Three magical ingredients dance together in perfect time. A little heat, a dash of richness and an incredible crunch; flavors united under a banner of outstanding flavour. Hubby asked EIGHT times for a repeat of my creation during and after dinner. The ridiculous fact is my “dish” was a failure. What was supposed to be a benign…

tired salaryman eating pasta

Rice cooker fails from bubbles to distraction

The posts about rice cooker rules and washing theories were about what you can do with a rice cooker to get edible rice. This post celebrates the opposite. Taking “washing” too literally When Hitoshi’s cousin moved away for university, he made rice alone for the first time. Something was wrong so he called his mom for advice. Cousin:…