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4 years

Hi there! If you have a couple of seconds: Go to the Yahoo! Japan home page, and type "3.11" (without the quotes) in the search box at the top of the page ....more

Weight loss bootcamps on TV, the U.S. vs. Japan

Weight loss shows on TV show cultural differences. read more ...more

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! read more ...more

There really is a butter shortage in Japan

Butter shortages in post-modern Japan. read more ...more

Nabe (hot pot) basics in the Japan Times

This month’s Japan Times column is about the basics of nabe, or hot pots that are usually cooked at the table, with everyone taking what they like from the pot as it cooks. read more ...more

Hamburg Steaks or Hanbaagu/Hambaagu in the Japan Times

A brief history of the hambaagu in Japan. read more ...more

What Japanese kids like to eat, now and then

Japanese kids like western style food a lot it. read more ...more

The history of ranking restaurants in Edo, plus eggs in Japan

Eggs, plus the history of ranking restaurants and food in Japan. read more ...more

The history of corn in Japan and a recipe for chilled corn soup

My latest article in the Japan Times is about the history of corn (maize) in Japan, and includes a recipe for chilled corn soup that’s really easy to make. read more ...more