Archive of Past Blog Entries

Best of Japan in Boulder, CO

Nestled in the mountain town of Boulder, Colorado nature generously gifts you with awe-inspiring beauty. Surprisingly, this born and bred Tokyoite also found an abundance of the nurturing comforts of Japan. Mountains are majestic but sometimes they can be treacherous beauties. Before launching into the details and delights of Japan in Boulder, I’d like to ask you to say a prayer, send healing energy to those who lost loved ones in... Read Full Article

Misty, the Garden Pixie's Gluten-Free Strawberry Cookies Bento Adventure, #WishFarms

Misty, The Garden Pixie wishes sweet health for kids of all ages. Always looking for yummy ways to properly nourish Wish Farms fans and their families; Misty flew from Florida to the home of her friend, the Ninja Baker. After catching up on a bit of chitchat, Misty asked the Ninja Baker if she had any ideas for a great way to deliver healthy and delicious lunches. The Ninja Baker’s reply? “Pack a Japanese bento lunch box with lots... Read Full Article

Peanut Butter Ginger Apple Cookies, #SundaySupper

Did you see the classic film, E.T.?  Quick synopsis – without a spoiler: An alien, E.T., is adopted by siblings, Elliot, Michael and Gertie (played by Drew Barrymore.) Their autumn experiences with E.T. teach them about love and turning on “Heartlight.” (The title song of the film.) I'm in awe of Boulder, Colorado's autumn splendor. Autumn is a time when green leaves transform into magnificent hues. (... Read Full Article

Banana Nut Pocky Cupcakes, #TheCakeSliceBakers

Banana bread is one of the first distinctly American baked goods I remember as a child. I was eager to emulate my glamorous stepmother, Barbara, so I was eager to adopt the same likes and tastes. An especially easy task when something as scrumptious as Barbara's banana bread is served. My stepmother, Barbara, swept into my life on my sixth birthday party.  The birthday balloons, the cake, and probably my dress were pink. (Note the... Read Full Article

Vegan Green Tea Cupcakes and Vegan Chocolate Frosting

Colorado’s Rocky Mountains were where I learned English. I remember sitting in a confused daze in my grandmother's kitchen as my blonde-haired, blue-eyed cousin spouted gibberish.  Even though I spoke English a few years later, I found myself dreading summertime trips to the Centennial State. This city girl from Tokyo was not particularly fond of the Meadow Mountains Girl Scout Camp in the boonies. I also didn... Read Full Article

Acorn Squash Ramen, #SundaySupper

Squirrels scamper around Boulder, Colorado. They dart in and around and up trees. I even saw one squirrel nibbling a nut. Or maybe it was an acorn. Sly ninja moves to capture close-ups of the cuties on film are no match for the masters of escape. Perhaps the squirrels are skittish because they’re hoarding food.  Are you looking for an acorn Mr. Squirrel? Fall temps are fully evident in Boulder. "Tis the season for the... Read Full Article

Asian Pear Bread, #TwelveLoaves

A golden skin covers the pale white Asian nashi pear. Dripping succulence and deliciousness, this Japanese apple-pear signals the start of autumn in Japan. In the olden days, the road from the American School in Japan to Tamabochimae train station was lined with mom-and-pop shops. One sold fruit and vegetables. Another sold candy and Japanese rice crackers. Soba shops also lined the path to the train station.  The golden Asian... Read Full Article

Chocolate Oreo Pocky Cupcakes, Cake, and Morello Cherry Buttercream, #SundaySupper

Summertime is slipping through our hands like fine sand. Just as there is no stopping the waves that roll up on the shore, charging into our lives are the changing seasons. So, why resist? Whether it’s the weather or anything else in our lives, change is inevitable. Why not honor the metamorphosis? The Japanese have done just that for centuries. In Japan, the traditional tatami straw mat family room has a tokonoma – a recessed... Read Full Article