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Never Too Old for Popsicles

The air conditioning is on, and outside the sky is a solid shade of gray. On days like this, it’s hard to believe it’s actually summer out there. Back in June, we had some days where the temperature climbed over 30 degrees, but no one knew if we were allowed to turn the AC on … Continue reading

Enjoying Festival Food (A Warning Against Drinking Beer Before Lunch)

This weekend was Hyakumangoku Matsuri, one of the largest and best known of Ishikawa’s yearly festivals. It celebrates this region’s heritage as the richest of the feudal domains during the Tokugawa period with floating lanterns, dancing in the streets and a parade of marching children, acrobatic firemen and historical figures on horseback.       The parade … Continue reading

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s… a steamed pork bun?

I want to tell you a story, so that you will understand why today’s topic holds such a special place in my heart. There was a big, long period of my life during which I rarely wore skirts of my own free will. What ruined this tomboy streak for me was coming to Japan as … Continue reading

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