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    Mystery Fruit – The Akebi Part 1

    Saturday, September 29th, 2007

    One of the great things about living in or visiting a foreign country is that you get to try all sorts of foods that you’ve never tasted before. Sometimes a new flavor will become one of your favorites (miso soup!). Other times you’d rather avoid tasting the new food again if you can [...]

    How To Find Cheese In Japan

    Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

    I love cheese. I’d eat it everyday if I could. Back home, cheese was something I ate often. Not only did I eat it often, but the local grocery stores had a huge selection of different cheeses for me to devour. When I came to Japan, I found the situation to [...]

    Viking Samurai

    Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

    Well, it’s been about a week without an update!  But there’s good reason.  My wife and I had our firstborn a little more than a week ago (September 8th).  For those who don’t know, in Japan it’s the custom to keep baby and mommy in the hospital for a week or more after the birth, [...]

    Homemade Tofu Soap Dish

    Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

    Ahhh..the soap dish.
    Most people here in Japan live reasonably close to a grocery store, but it isn’t always the same story for a 100-yen shop. Going out of your way to get to the 100-yen shop isn’t such a big deal if you have a big shopping list, but what if you just need [...]

    Save On Cleaning Products By Buying Refills.

    Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

    Here’s a tip that was sitting right in front of my face for months before I figured it out: buy refills.
    Most cleaning products in Japan are sold in two styles: normal and refill. Not surprisingly, the refill is usually cheaper. A normal bottle of Joy dish soap, pictured at far left costs me [...]

    How to Never Waste Rice Again

    Saturday, September 1st, 2007

    It happens to the best of us. We come home from a long day of work and we’re hungry.
    Rice takes time to cook, so we start there. We measure out a cup or two of rice, lift the lid of our rice cooker, and see this:

    Oh no! That’s the rice I made [...]

    Domain name, check. Webhost, check. NihonHacks.com launched!

    Saturday, September 1st, 2007

    So here I am: a foreigner in Japan. What do I do now?
    When I first came to Japan in 2002, I was overwhelmed with curiosity. Every little thing I saw here would raise a W-question. What does that sign say? Why are all the cars so small? Why do they [...]