How To Make Mochi In 7 Easy Steps

Raw Mochigome

Mochi is probably one of the chewiest Japanese foods you can possibly eat. In its hot, ground, raw form, I think someone could replace Spiderman's web cartridges with mochi, and Spidey wouldn't even be able to tell the difference. What is Mochi? Some dictionaries define mochi as a “Japanese rice cake,” but after seeing how it’s made I’d have to say it’s a little different than that. Although there are some rather delicious rice cakes made from mochi, it's more like a sticky dough made Continue Reading …

Do You Know These 14 Famous Japanese New Year Traditions?

New Years at Sojiji Shrine

Woohoo! It’s 2014 baby! If you haven’t celebrated New Year’s in your time zone yet, please let me be the first to travel back in time to wish you the best New Year ever! Being in Japan often means celebrating the differences between cultures. One major difference between Japanese and American culture, among others, is that each country has its own unique holidays & national events. And each has its own, unique way of celebrating. For example, America doesn’t nationally celebrate the Continue Reading …

What is a Japanese Share House?

You can end up with a broad spectrum of personalities in a sharehouse.

Finding a place to live is just one of those realities of life, one of the basic human necessities. I remember seeing Maslow’s hierarchy of needs in school and if I recall it right, shelter is among the most important human, physiological needs (food, water, shelter, etc.), right at the base of the pyramid: What passes for “shelter” truly does vary from person to person. Here in Japan, as in most modernized countries what are the main options? Generally, you can rent or you can own. For most Continue Reading …

How Will American Fast Food Affect Japanese Culture?

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Mmm, mmm, mmm! I will be the first one to tell you that a McDonald’s chicken sandwich with a large order of crispy, lightly salted, golden fries followed by the sweet frothiness of Triple Thick Strawberry Milkshake* can be pure taste bud bliss! The effect is intensified when I’m stoically focused on training and eating right. I’m in training mode as I’m typing this...man I hope this post doesn’t knock me the freak of the "eat right" wagon. *I don’t think they have Triple thick milkshakes in Continue Reading …

Ten Days of Japanese School Lunch 給食

Japanse School Lunch Day One

Though I may not be teaching elementary school anymore, while I was there I found that there were some interesting differences between a Japanese, public elementary school and an American one. One of the major differences was public school lunch (I'm sure that's no surprise). In the US, I knew of kids who brought lunches from home (more often than not, I was one of those kids) and those who at the school-made lunches. When I was teaching public school, I never saw anyone carrying a lunch from Continue Reading …