Latest Blog Posts

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

Vegan Apple Mini Donuts for Japanese Health and Sports Day

Japanese Health and Sports Day commemorates the opening of the Olympics in 1964. And celebrates the benefits of healthy living every year every 2nd Monday in October. So, today, Monday, October 8, 2018 schools, companies are setting up Sports Day events. Races and tug-o-wars are but a few of the events. Exercise has always been important in Japan. On the rooftop of the Ricoh factory down the hill from our Tokyo home, 8 a.m. would bring... Read Full Article

How to Travel in Japan Without Speaking Japanese

Godzilla captured the attention of an eight-year-old English lad named Rob Dyer. “A history buff like Dad,” from a young age Rob was an avid reader of books about Asia. A business trip brought Rob as a young man to Tokyo in 2000.  He enjoyed the tourist sights. Still, he desired to learn about the Japan beyond the clichés of Japanese manga, geisha and Godzilla. In 2015 after countless trips, Rob established The Real... Read Full Article

Arima Hot Springs and Angels #JapanTravel

Nestled within the Mount Rokko range, angels abide at the Arima hot springs. The divine assignation is not unique to yours truly. The oldest chronicles of Japan (Nihon Shoki) tell of Shinto gods who witnessed the healing of three crows bathing in the golden Arima springs. Legend also says Arima is protected by the Medicine Buddha. Emperors, Kabuki actors1 and other celebs have visited Arima hot springs. It’s one of Japan’s top three... Read Full Article

Shopping in Yanaka Cat Town #Tokyo

Do you like… 1. cat tchotchke? 2. Japanese crafts? 3. cute candy? 4. Japanese architecture from yesteryear? If you answered yes to any of the above, Yanaka is for you. Easily accessible by train, Yanaka is a curious glimpse into old Tokyo. Traditional tiled roofs and temples abound. Shops boast centuries old wood beams. Once upon a time, cats congregated in Yanaka. Ironically, hordes of cat-loving tourists have replaced them... Read Full Article

Bonsai Bicycling #JapanTravel

Bonsai are the Hobbits’ version of trees. The potted forests are shaped in proportion to Mother Nature’s original version. Only smaller. When viewing a bonsai: 1. Look at the overall composition of the plant 2. See if you can recognize the front from the back of the bonsai. 3. Crouch down; pretend your Hobbit size and see if you’re getting a forest vibe. You get bonus points for picking up a message conveying the... Read Full Article

Ueno Zoo Family Fun #Tokyo

Xiang Xiang means popular in Chinese. So it’s the perfect name for Tokyo’s star panda. Lucky were those who won a lottery ticket several months ago to see the “Made in Japan” baby. You, however, are the fortunate one if you travel to Tokyo today.  Ueno Zoo – home to Xiang Xiang – now issues a Disneyesque Fast Pass. Even better news: You can leave the zoo and come back at your appointed panda viewing time... Read Full Article

Classic Japanese Comfort Foods with a Lighter Touch

Classic Japanese Comfort Foods with a Lighter Touch 里帰りFresh in the Box Health conscious California foodies flock to Fresh in the Box for their mostly organic menu. Fans of Japanese cuisine gather to enjoy classic comfort foods with a lighter touch. In fact, Fresh in the Box offers calorie-mate bento boxes. True to its name, from salmon sushi to chicken teriyaki everything is super fresh. Glazed with a soupcon of brown sugar and soy sauce,... Read Full Article

Unleash Your Inner Japanese Bento Master

Our bodies are our temples. Allow a morsel of gluten or a grain of sugar to trespass our lips…and we’ve committed a mortal sin! At least in Southern California. Health is important. But so is fun! Eating can be enjoyable AND good for you. Did your inner Japanese bento master just say Amen? I thought so. The original Japanese bentos were the precursor to astronaut food: dehydrated fish and rice (reconstituted with water.) But I... Read Full Article

Pages