What is Yuba?

The smaller dish on the left is fresh yuba, and the piping hot bowl next to it is yuba soba. That soup was INCREDIBLE!  You have to try it if you have the chance.

Have you ever heard of yuba before? Well, if you’re familiar with tofu, you’re not far off. Guess what yuba is made of? Soybeans of course. For some strange reason I think everything in Japan has just a little bit of soybean in it. How can I explain yuba? Well, I’m no expert on the subject or anything, but yuba is kind of like a by-product of the tofu making process. Please check out the post I did on tofu a while back. In that post I put up a video of the tofu-making process that I saw on Continue Reading …

I Want to Go Back To the U.S.

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I was talking with one of the teachers at a staff get together last week, and she was telling me an interesting story about one of the students. There was a young man who was becoming severely frustrated at school. It all came to a head when the young man broke down in tears last week while doing kanji drill practice. With tears in his eyes, “I want to go back to America” the boy sobbed. The teacher did her best to comfort the young man. When I actually found out who the student was, I Continue Reading …

Happy Thanksgiving Everybody

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, EVERYBODY!

I’m not going to write a long post today, because I’m pretty sure everybody’s going to be out and about enjoying the Thanksgiving Holidays with their family and friends. Here’s to the turkey, to the stuffing, the dressing, the dinner rolls, the casseroles, the pound cakes, the carrot cakes, the pies (OMG...peach pie...I NEED PEACH PIE), the laughter, the friends, the family...the holidays. I hope you all have your best Thanksgiving ever. I am so grateful to have cool readers like Continue Reading …

Meiji no Yakata, Vintage Cars, and Lemon Cheesecake in Nikko, Japan

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I know, I know, I said I was done with the Nikko stuff, but there were just so many cool things there, I couldn't resist...forgive me everybody :D . But I do think you'll find this information interesting if you ever have the chance to go. During my day trip, I went to this restaurant called Meiji no Yakata (明治の館 or めいじのやかた) which translates to mean Meiji's Mansion. I though was pretty freakin' cool. The restaurant had a slightly formal, western ambiance. I didn't realize it, but this Continue Reading …

The Nikko Video Post

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Here's just a little bit more just to show what Nikko looks like in living, breathing color. If you can't tell by now, I sincerely enjoyed this place which is why I have so much about it. What is your absolute favorite place to visit in Japan? What do you like about it. Please feel free to leave comments below. Enjoy the video. See you soon! Continue Reading …