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    Nothing says Japanese Christmas like Tsurushigaki (aka Looking Out My Window In Japan)

    Sunday, December 14th, 2008

    If you were to look out my apartment window, this is what you’d see:

    Yes, that’s right.  The apartment across the street!   Not very exciting.  But if you look a little to the left, you’ll see this:

    Some more apartments, some cars, a pair of rice fields and… tsurushi-gaki!
    So wait, what’s tsurushi-gaki?  I’ll tell you.
    Japan has [...]

    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 [...]

    Japanese Hassaku Fruit

    Sunday, February 10th, 2008

    One of my favorite things to do in Japan is go to the grocery store and try all the random fruits that aren’t available back home. One such fruit, that I really enjoy, is called the hassaku (はっさく).
    The hassaku fruit looks like a big orange, or maybe a grapefruit. It is harvested in [...]

    Mystery Fruit – The Akebi Part 2

    Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the akebi fruit. The akebi is an oval-shaped, purple fruit that grows on a wild vine here in Japan. I had never seen or eaten one before, so I was excited to try it. After patiently waiting for my akebis to ripen, I finally had [...]

    Newly Harvested Rice – Shinmai

    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

    It’s now October and the temperature has started to drop on the islands. Fall is finally here! One of the great things about Fall, other than the cool weather and falling leaves, is that it is rice harvest season. If you live in a rural area you might have seen this harvesting [...]

    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 [...]