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Fate has a funny way of dancing us in directions unimagined in childhood. Hiroyuki Igarashi, owner of the popular Manhattan Beach RICE, is an avid baseball fan. From childhood through college he played baseball. A career in sports seemed to be in the cards. However, adult realities and responsibilities appeared during his college years.
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Paradise kindly provided the candied fruit for this post. All opinions are mine.
Once upon a time, during the Showa Period of Japan when the now retired Emperor and Empress ruled the land…There lived a towheaded Ninja Baker who loved visiting the corner sweets shop. During the unruly humid Tokyo summers, she loved the cool treat of ice cream in a mikan (mandarin orange) bowl. After plunking down 3 ten-yen coins, a divine sweet... Read More
Mochi Ice Cream
Japanese Mochi Ice Cream – a treat for all ages – is appearing in Southern California supermarkets. Just in case you have yet to discover the delights of mochi; it is a pounded sticky rice. During Japanese the New Year season, mochi is baked in squares (or rounds) with a bit of soy sauce and wrapped in seaweed. Mochi is also put into a hot red bean soup which is the ultimate winter treat. But in summertime the... Read More
Yes. You can have cake, wine and stay healthy! How?
Well, by using Japanese tofu as a foundation you are off to a good start. Tofu is packed with protein, iron and calcium.
Also, when using coconut oil instead of the usual vegetable oil called for in cake recipes, you are helping reduce heart problems.
And by using Japanese plum wine you are ensuring that a bit of zinc (touted to prevent against “the virus”) is baked into your... Read More
I’m a blue-eyed American gaijin (foreigner in Japanese) who lived in Japan during the Showa Period until I was 18 years old. (As you probably know, periods of Japanese history refer to the reigning Emperor.) Thanks to Emperor Akihito’s wife, Empress Michiko, I have been fascinated by the imperial family since I was a child. Like a true princess, Michiko was kind to everyone. Her elegant sense of fashion was fantastic. I'm still... Read More
Respect for the Aged takes place in Japan on September 21st. (It’s always the 3rd Monday of every month.) 117-year-old Mrs. Kane Tanaka of Fukuoka is gaining a lot of respect these days. News cameras are flashing and Twitter is aflutter about this very special birthday lady.
So you want to know what her secret? Chocolate and cola. Those are her favorite treats.
Perhaps there’s something to saying yes to oneself. Maybe it’s... Read More
Japanese samurai sipped matcha green tea and meditated before battle.
Besides the antioxidants (and anti-cancer) medicinal effects of matcha, high quality green tea is plain delicious!
So, how do you like your matcha?
Kyoto, Japan is one of the meccas of Japanese green tea. Yes, Kyoto is famous for myriads of spectucular temples and shrines. The town also serves up some of the best matcha ice cream in Japan.
The super duper easy no-... Read More
Baikatei: A Sweet for All Seasons
Up for a bit of time travel in Tokyo? Step onto the hallowed grounds of one of the two Baikatei sweetshops in the Kagurazaka district. From the architecture, to the artisans and sellers of the wagashi sweets, the stores are steeped in tradition. There is also a sense of pride generously sprinkled with gracious humility.
Since 1935, the Baikatei stores flourish in a part of Tokyo once called Flower... Read More