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    Homemade Umeshu

    Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

    It’s June now, which means it’s the Japanese rainy season, which means that it’s ume season, which means that it’s umeshu-making time. My favorite Japan blog Blue Lotus has posted an excellent article about making homemade umeshu (Japanese ume liqueur). It looks extremely easy to make, and the step-by-step guide is filled with beautiful pictures. […]

    Custom Hanko Artwork

    Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

    This tip won’t save you time or money, but it is pretty cool. Have you ever wanted your own personal seal (判子 hanko)? Maybe you have one already, but you want a cooler custom-designed hanko? You can get your own custom-designed hanko at (read “hana-mama”). After our son was born, my wife thought it […]