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Mommy Bento #3

One thing you learn while living in Japan is that the Japanese have this mild obsession with aesthetics that can go to the extreme sometimes. One of those extremes is the trend of something called charaben (キャラ弁) which is the shortened form of character bento. Some kindergarten’s ban these sorts of decorative lunches for one… Continue reading Mommy Bento #3

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幼稚園入園式●Kindergarten Opening Ceremony

April 11, 2016 marked a huge turning point for my life here in Japan. Not just for me but my humble little family of three and it’s a wonder I made it through it all given the mountain of anxiety that kept piling up on top of me in the days leading up to kindergarten’s… Continue reading 幼稚園入園式●Kindergarten Opening Ceremony

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Cooking with Katherine : Baumkuchen

Also known as the “King of Cakes,”[1] Baumkuchen is a kind of layered cake. It is a traditional dessert in many countries throughout Europe and is also a popular snack in Japan. The characteristic golden rings that appear when sliced give the cake its German name, Baumkuchen, which literally translates to “tree cake.” Baumkuchen is… Continue reading Cooking with Katherine : Baumkuchen

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Cooking with Katherine: Stuffed Red Pepper

Well, here I am sick again. The only two days that it rained this past week were the two days I had to bike the 6.6 km out to my new Jr. high school. Despite wearing a rain coat and carrying an umbrella while I bike out there, the almost freezing rain water constantly hitting… Continue reading Cooking with Katherine: Stuffed Red Pepper

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Cooking with Katherine: Ginger Salmon

Since coming to Japan, more specifically since not living at home or in a dorm, I have become even more interesting in cooking shows like Top Chef and Hell’s Kitchen. While one can hardly call these two shows good teachers in terms of how to cook, you have to admit that they do provide some… Continue reading Cooking with Katherine: Ginger Salmon