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Latest Blog Posts

Ninja English with Kim Watkinson

初めまして。キム・ワトキンソンと申します。 ロサンゼルスの生活を始めた方、そしてロサンゼルスに引っ越されるご予定の方、新しい生活が不安ではないでしょうか? 私は、英語も日本語も話すことができます。ぜひ、皆様のお役に立ちたいと考えております。英語と日本語の両方で、皆様のロサンゼルスでの生活をサポートさせて頂きます。Also, if you’re studying for the TOEFL exam, I’d love to help you pass the exam with flying colors. キム・ノード・ワトキンソン (Kim Knode Watkinson) 経歴 日本居住歴  18年  NHK英会話講座講師 日本航空支社長秘書 芸能人(松田聖子)通訳「日常生活のお手伝いをします」 英語での各種手続きから、お子様の学校や塾、ショッピングや旅行などの日常生活まで、... Read Full Article

Easy Japanese Lemon Yuzu Bars #SundaySupper

Entering springtime is like getting to color again with bright lemon and blushing rose crayons. Stark tree branches now blossom with flowers.  It’s a season of hope.  Perhaps the plethora of lemons used in spring baking, reflects the optimistic moods of recipe makers.  Ironically, winter is the prime time for American lemon and its Japanese citrus cousin, yuzu. Italian lemons (specifically in the Sorrento region) are at... Read Full Article

Betty Watkinson's Cranberry Bread

Magic, mother’s love and memories are wrapped up in Betty Watkinson’s cranberry bread. Betty was my husband, David’s mom. Holidays for David, always involved Betty’s cranberry bread. Betty was a master baker. Every Friday, after school, she’d bake pies and cakes with her mother. (My husband’s grandmother.) Sadly, soon after I met my mother-in-law, she had a stroke.  Her mind was never the same. But... Read Full Article

Follow the Parade of Cherry Blossom Festivals and Parties in Japan

Japan springs into party and festival mode with the appearance of cherry blossoms. From mid-March to April’s end, national TV news concludes with a cherry blossom forecast. The climb of the pale petaled wonders from Japan’s subtropical Okinawa to the tippy top island of Hokkaido is announced. (Okinawans start their festivals in late January. Hokkaido farmers typically celebrate in late April or early May.)  Hirosaki Castle in... Read Full Article

Celebrating Community, Childhood and Salt 'n Straw Organic Ice Cream

Celebrating Community, Childhood and Organic Ice Cream Salt & Straw 純粋な子供の頃を思い出すアイス・クリーム     Restaurant Data レストランの情報: Venice Beach ベニス・ビーチ: 1357 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA  Tel. (310) 310-8429 Larchmont ラーチモント: 240 N. Larchmont Blvd. Los Angeles, CA (323) 466-0485 Studio City スタジオ・シティ: 12180 1/2 Ventura Blvd. Los Angeles, CA (818) 358-2890 Web Site ウエブ・サイト... Read Full Article

Traveling Vegan in Japan

The vegan lifestyle is new in Japan; vegetarianism is not. Shojin ryori (精進料理) - the vegetarian diet of the Buddhist monks - has been around for centuries in Japan. Japanese cuisine (and markets) are conducive to vegan cooking. (Lots of lovely veggies.) If you are used to fancy vegan fare and need a kitchen, consider renting an apartment. If a microwave will do the trick, you can probably rent one. Budget travelers staying at the... Read Full Article

Japanese Nikuman Meat Buns Made Easy

Trees naked of blossoms shivered under gray skies. The steaming hot Japanese nikuman meat buns were a great comfort. And wonderful hand warmers! Soft snow-white bread gave way to slightly spiced pork. Spring seemed an eternity away but the nikuman vanquished winter chills.  In Japan, you know it’s winter when nikuman meat buns appear. Steaming up glass cases are the plump Japanese buns. (There are also buns stuffed with sweet red... Read Full Article

St. Patrick’s Day Japanese Noodles

St. Patrick’s Day always brings back fond memories of Boston. One of the largest populations of Irish is in Boston, MA. The luck o’ the Irish has it that Boston is also home to one of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day parades. Fun fact: Every year my hometown of Tokyo’s St. Patrick’s parade grows larger and more popular, too. Summers with my mom in Massachusetts were so different from Tokyo where I spent the school... Read Full Article

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