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    UFO Catcher: A Guide To Winning

    Friday, November 30th, 2007

    Japanese Culture blog Tofugu recently posted up a cool guide to winning stuffed animals from UFO Catcher. Apparently the trick is to use the claw to push down and roll the toys near the exit rather than trying to pick them up. They made a little video showing how to do it (the meat it […]

    A Short Guide To Faster Miso Soup

    Monday, November 26th, 2007

    Miso soup is a staple food in my house. Sadly, no matter how many times I make it, I never get the right amount of miso on the first try. I have to add more miso (or extra water) several times before I can get it just the way I like it. This takes time. […]

    Daily J Interview

    Friday, November 23rd, 2007

    Last night DailyJ posted up the first part of an interview with yours truly. They will be putting subsequent parts up in the days to follow. If you would like to know more about me, or the site, or if you just have a nagging curiosity to know how to say “placenta” or “caesarian section” […]

    Learn Japanese With Google

    Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

    DailyJ is a new blog making great efforts to bring together the Japan blog community. Recently they’ve had some posts showing connections between different blogs and NihonHacks came up in connection with one of Harvey’s posts over at JapanNewbie. I’ll take the bait. :) Google Images JapanNewbie posted about using Google Images to get a […]

    How To Find Cheese In Japan Part 2

    Saturday, November 17th, 2007

    Back in September, I wrote an article about finding cheese in Japan. It highlighted the site, which I use religiously to stock up on cheese. I really love cheese, so I was quite happy when some helpful readers wrote in with some more options for finding cheese in Japan. The Meat Guy Has Cheese […]

    Learn Kanji With Your Nintendo DS

    Monday, November 12th, 2007

    Last Tuesday (November 6th) was my birthday. I turned 27. My lovely wife, being the sweetheart that she is, got me a Nintendo DS Lite for my birthday along with the game 250万人の漢検 (250まんにんのかんけん). This game is a Kanken test preparation game and it’s insanely addictive. It covers all 12 levels of the Kanken test, so […]

    Ghengis Khan Plate: The Secret To Cooking Lamb

    Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

    Reader shiisa writes in again with a great tip for preparing strong meats like lamb: soak it in milk. Hi Thomas, I’m glad to see some e-mail information to nihon hacks added! And big thanks for making my comment into an entry! I also wanted to add this semi-follow-up to “How to Find 300 Yen […]