Writing and the Craft of Sushi Making

It really comes down to making an effort and repeating the same thing every day. Last night Mick and I watched a great documentary called Jiro Dreams of Sushi. It’s gotten fantastic reviews, we both love sushi, and since visiting Japan… Continue Reading

Hachiko Stolen!

It’s April Fool’s Day. I’ve never been much of a celebrant of this “holiday,” but I do enjoy a good April Fool’s joke–I just don’t do ’em because I can never think of a good one. Speaking of good ones,… Continue Reading

Cherry Blossom Bridal Shower

This weekend, I hosted a bridal shower for a dear friend. I chose a cherry blossom theme, and it turned out to be the perfect choice, for a lot of reasons. Here are some pictures from the shower and a… Continue Reading

2009 Recap #1: Secrets of the Samarai Sword

Note: This post was originally published on July 25, 2009 My husband and I just watched a program on PBS called Secrets of the Samarai Sword. It’s available to watch on the internet, and I recommend it. There are several… Continue Reading

Japan Addendum

Our friends Brad and George recently returned from a trip to Japan, which you can read about (and see marvelous photos) here: Brad and George’s Japan Blog Meanwhile, in my post about Yazuya Ryokan, I mentioned that we somehow forgot… Continue Reading

Japan Blog – Final Thoughts

Though the primary purpose of blogging our trip to Japan was to share the voyage with family and friends, I also did it with the hope that it might be of help to people (westerners in particular) traveling there. That… Continue Reading

Harajuku – The Final Frontier

 Note:  You can view Mick’s photos of this day here. We saved Harajuku for last because it was a Sunday, and that’s when the cosplay happens at Harajuku Station.  I wasn’t sure what else there was to see in Harajuku,… Continue Reading

Day 8 and Counting

Note:  You can view Mick’s pictures of Day 8 here.  It’s tempting to leave the Japan blog as it is–I’ve been home for almost a week and frankly, I’m tired of blogging it.  But there are still two good days not covered and they are… Continue Reading

A Japanese Breakfast

Note:  You can view Mick’s photos and video of this day here.  You can read some of his thoughts about the trip here. After a very long day on Monday, we are back at home, safe and sound. Our seventh… Continue Reading

A Palace, a Pavilion, and Pachinko

Note:  You can view Mick’s photos and video of this day here. Well, I didn’t think I’d have so much time to blog today, but we are at the airport with about three hours to wait until the plane takes… Continue Reading