Archive of Past Blog Entries

Wake Up and Smell the Hawaiian Coffee

When air miles add up, Japan is a recommended destination. It’s a land of centuries-old tradition and on-trend technology. If you’d like to know more, a customized tour or translator, aimed at your interests, DM me on LinkedIn. Most passengers enter the country in Tokyo. LAX – Narita flights are hard to get with air miles. Seats to Haneda are even harder to come by. Airlines are not in the habit of relinquishing high-revenue... Read Full Article9

Dance Destiny and French Pastry

Mireille Gineste was dancing before her entrance into this world. 5 months into pregnancy, her tap-dancing mom was on stage. Southern France – the inspirational spot for Cezanne and Chagall  – served as the backdrop for Mireille’s upbringing.  Drawn to beauty from early on, she requested ballet classes. The after school curriculum soon included Jazz, Modern and Tap. Blessed with a knack for dancing and... Read Full Article10

Matcha Merry Layer Cake

Matcha Merry Layer Cake The generous and kind people at KitchenAid gifted me with a KitchenAid K400 Blender. All opinions are my own. Where are you on the serenity / stress barometer during the holidays? With a few Ninja Baker moves, you’ll discover greater Zen with my Matcha Merry Layer Cake. Simple steps lead to a vanilla cake filled with matcha (Japanese green tea) mousse. Wisps of matcha whipped cream top off this elegant and... Read Full Article11

Afternoon Tea at The New Otani Tokyo Rivals the Savoy in London 優雅なホテルニューオータニでのアフタヌーンティ

Tokyo’s Garden Lounge in the New Otani Hotel rivals London’s Savoy afternoon tea. Japanese is famous for improving on an idea. Floor to floor windows reveal traditional Japanese gardens taken to the zenith. Dramatic waterfalls, well-fed koi and paths wind through manicured perfection. (It’s a great place to explore after consuming the gourmet afternoon tea.) Real estate comes with a premium price in Tokyo. Yet no expense was... Read Full Article12

Healthy California Style Ramen Bento #UmaiCrate

A free Umai (yummy in Japanese) box of an assortment of Japanese ramen noodles was gifted to the Ninja Baker from the lovely people at JapanCrate.com. All opinions are my own. Ramen is standard go-to fare for students. Exhausted moms and workers love the miracle noodles, too.  Fast in prep work, tasty to the palate, what’s not to love? Testament to the yummy factor is the Japanese ramen shops burgeoning all over LA and San... Read Full Article13

Secrets to Southern California Travel, Part 1

LAX is a hub for many tourists. By all means, head to the original Disneyland in Anaheim. Make it a point though to include the Citadel Outlets or the Outlets at Orange on the itinerary. Especially if you love shopping and the victory of scoring multiple bargains on dreamy dresses, handbags and shoes. If you need an extra burst of energy, both spots offer scrumptious sushi, sweets shops, Jamba Juice and of course, coffee! Traveling north to San... Read Full Article14

忍者ベーカーこと、キム・ワトキンソンの南カリフォルニアの秘密、パート1

忍者ベーカーこと、キム・ワトキンソンの 南カリフォルニアの秘密、パート1 東京育ちでロサンゼルスに住んでいる忍者ベーカー(NinjaBaker.com)こと、 キム・ワトキンソンがガイドブックにはきっと載っていない南カルフォルニアの秘密をお伝えします。 ロサンゼルスには日本からたくさんの観光客がいらっしゃいます。 もちろんディズニーランドをおすすめしますが、その前後にショッピングはいかがでしょうか?特にOutlets At OrangeまたはCitadel Outletsを数時間でも旅行日程に入れることをおすすめします。 デザイナー・ブランドの洋服、靴、ハンドバッグ等は割引価格で販売しています。 サンフランシスコからサンタバーバラ海岸行く手前にCamarillo Premium Outletsに立ち寄ると、とてもリーズナブルな値段で贅沢なブランド品を購入できます。 今、紹介したアウトレットモールは、... Read Full Article15

Dance Journey with Kabuki Actor Ichinosuke Umekawa

Japan travel articles are populating the internet like busy bunnies. However, American newspapers’ coverage of Japan seems to stick to: 1. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics 2. Robots 3. The rapid rise of elders and the decline of Japanese babies. But those concerned about Japan have yet to meet Kabuki actor and dance master, Ichinosuke Umekawa. After seeing him perform at the Japan Foundation in Los Angeles; Japan’s future looks bright... Read Full Article16

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