• Nagano’s unknown local delicacy : Yashouma
    August 6th, 2013By Category: Food & Dining, Travel
    If you have been to Nagano, you might be familiar with Soba, as well as Oyaki, which is a Japanese dumpling stuffed with red bean paste (anko) or Japanese vegetables such as Nozawana, a leaf vegetable. Oyaki is made from fermented soba or wheat. Historically, far ... » Continue Reading
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    Street Entertainment in Yoyogi Park.
    August 5th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    In Tokyo, one of my favourite areas is Omotesando/Harajuku, a cool, eclectic and contemporary part of the city. High end boutiques and designer stores line the streets of Omotesando, and for those who are not wildly rich like myself, it is nice to simply stroll through ... » Continue Reading
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    Green is Good: Eco-Shopping in Japan
    August 1st, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    I’m just going to say it: I feel bad about using disposable wooden chopsticks (waribashi). In a not-so recent article from Japan Times, the Forestry Agency estimates that 25 billion pair are used every year. Used once and tossed. Am I the only one who feels like a jerk ... » Continue Reading
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    Japanese Fashion Stereotypes
    July 30th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    Before you go to Japan, you may have all sorts of thoughts about what the popular fashion trends are. Kimono? Yukata? Fundoshi? Okay, hopefully you don’t think fundoshi (sumo undies) are the latest trend in Tokyo, but just like almost every place, Japan has its o ... » Continue Reading
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    Ancient Traditions and Modern Customs
    July 29th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    Just as you will find anywhere in the world, Japan is a country full of original traditions. Many of these activities started because people were bored and the iPhone hadn’t been invented yet. And some of them were so much fun that the tradition lives on even today. ... » Continue Reading
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    GP Women: Meet Triny the Builder
    July 26th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    The first time I moved to Japan was for academic purposes, a study related with earthquakes, so Japan was the perfect place. At that time I was surprised how welcoming educational organization was. When I arrived, I was picked up from airport, given pocket money, and ev ... » Continue Reading
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    A Taste of Scotland in Japan: Nikka Whisky
    July 24th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    One of the few times I have ever felt truly homesick in Japan was when visiting the Yoichi Distillery, the first home of Nikka Whisky. Situated about an hour's train ride from Sapporo in Hokkaido, Yoichi encompasses both the hoppy scents and the mountainous landscap ... » Continue Reading
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    Living in Japan: A Clash of Cultures?
    July 24th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    Japan has many interesting things to offer for the avid traveler. Nature, history, cuisine, you could not name everything. On top of that, many fellow Japan-enthusiasts will surely agree, the stories you hear from other foreigners can range from interesting, over st ... » Continue Reading
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    Tales from the World’s Most Famous French Cooking School in Japan (Part 2)
    July 23rd, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    This is part 2 of my series about studying at the Le Cordon Bleu school in Kobe, Japan. You can read how I got started in part 1 here. There are ten women in the Basic Pastry class. We are in our early twenties, thirties or forties and come from all sorts of educ ... » Continue Reading
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    That Day: Documentary
    July 23rd, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    With accessible and affordable equipment, easy to organize fundraising and eager young artists, it has never been easier to have your voice heard. Unfortunately, these voices can oftentimes be shallow, self-serving or plain boring. But one project that has captured th ... » Continue Reading
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    How To Handle A Japanese Nomikai
    July 22nd, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    Going for drinking parties (known as nomikai) with your colleagues in Japan is a common practice in many Japanese companies. Inviting staff to events like these is a great way for managers to encourage bonding between colleagues. In a global business environment, it ... » Continue Reading
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    The Taste of Summer
    July 21st, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    It was a little later than usual this year, but rainy season has finally arrived. It marks the return of constant downpours, suffocating humidity, cockroaches and the deafening noise of cicadas. But thankfully it also marks the return of seasonal summer snacks! All ... » Continue Reading