Taking the ferry from Kitakyushu to Osaka

When we decided to move back to my husband's hometown in Kyushu Japan after retirement, we were looking forward to traveling around this beautiful country. Having lived outside of Japan for more than thirty years, hubby was out of touch with things and just as much of a "foreigner" as I was. We had no idea that train travel within Japan was as expensive as it was.Jumping on a train every few months to go exploring wasn't really within our retirement budget. ...more

Black & White Sunday: Playtime

Miniatures in a neighborhood store...more

2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival: Japan

We're huge fans of Japanese food, so we're always anticipating what we'll order from the Japan Kiosk during the Food & Wine Festival. This is another kiosk where we tend to stick to the new stuff....more

"Once a PY, Forever a PY!"

What’s a PY?  Ask anyone who has participated in the Ship for World Youth (SWY) Program, sponsored by the Government of Japan, and they will automatically respond, “participant youth”.  At this very moment, over 100 SWY alumni are gathered in Peru participating in the ...more

200 Year Old Traditional Japanese Cake Shop, A Sweet & Short Ninja Baker Video

En route to visit the Great Buddha in Kamakura, Japan, the Ninja Baker stumbled upon Ebisu-Ya, a 200-year-old sweet shop.  (The seller of traditional Japanese cakes is located on Kamachi Road.) Celebrating spring, many Ebisu-Ya treats incorporate sakura cherry blossoms.  As well as sake rice wine!...more

Omiyage California Citrus Cake, #SundaySupper

 Are you obligated to bring your children, colleagues or your BFF gifts or souvenirs upon return from a trip? Are you required to bring a present when paying a formal visit to a friend or company?    ...more

Springtime Lemon Roll Cake, #SundaySupper

From NinjaBaking.com: Spring ushers in showers, flowers and a slew of goddesses who bring renewal to the world...For those of us who are domestic goddesses, closets are cleaned out and windows are flung open to welcome in a new season. ...more

Shrimp Curry, Steamy Kitchen #SundaySupper


10 Secrets to Happiness Stumbled Upon Whilst Pursuing Dessert

10 Secrets to Happiness Stumbled Upon Whilst Pursuing Dessert:“Life is short so eat dessert first.” “Keep calm and eat a cupcake.”Great tips for delightful living. In my “x” number of years on planet earth, I have, however, stumbled upon 10 more smile-makers whilst pursuing dessert. Read on at NinjaBaking.com and get happy!...more

Melting the Waxen Hearts of Women

NinjaBaking.com: Stalking the Sweet Stuff of LifeThis week’s Ninja Baker Blog: Melting the Waxen Hearts of Women...more