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Christmas in Japan

January 29, 2017


Christmas in Japan HAPPENS, just like Halloween does. But here it’s different, just like Halloween. Japan is good at appropriating international things and making them its own. I’m writing this to share what Japanese people do that is different from what Americans and others do on the date/days surrounding December 25th. There are a lot of […]

trying to be green

January 18, 2017


One of the things I’ve been trying to do lately is be MORE green than I already am. In my new year’s goals for 2017, I mentioned not wanting to contribute to animal cruelty and go vegan in my cosmetics when possible. This is an extension of that: We also want to stop being so […]

Continuing the trials: the “bag of dicks”

January 14, 2017


As I said in an earlier post, this is the month where I’m experimenting with things that were once my favorite foods, to see if that’s still the same after a year of not eating meat. This week, I ate pigs in a blanket. They come in a cute plastic bag here in Japan (as […]

TMI warning: fighting flatulence

January 14, 2017


I’m lactose-intolerant. I  know this, my readers know this, and my husband DEFINITELY knows this. And lately (last year, all years since we moved here) I’ve really let myself go in terms of foods I should be avoiding but don’t because they taste good. I’ll usually allow myself to have pizza. I prefer to never […]

I’ve been off the (meat) sauce for a year now.

January 4, 2017


I want to write about what happened to me, or what I did, on January 1st. As most of my readers and friends will know, I went vegetarian/’pescetarian once a week’ last year. I wanted to see if I could do it, if I could handle it, and if it was something I would be […]

Things I’ve learned about food while in Japan

December 28, 2016


There are things you don’t think about when you move away. When you leave the country. I tell my students this all the time: we all have an idea in our heads of how the next place will be, of what life will be like in that new place. It is hardly ever what we imagine […]

I brought Maruchan Ramen BACK to Japan from the states.

July 2, 2016


why? You might ask. And you’re right, it seems crazy to bring Maruchan instant ramen from the US back to the country that spawned it. It would be like bringing Hello Kitty products from the US to kids in Japan as gifts. It’s strange and doesn’t make any sense. But as I’ve learned, it makes […]