Tokyo Cupcake Showdown: Mai’s vs. Bellas

Tokyo isn’t really a cupcake town–the fad never really materialized here the way it did in the US–but there are a few places where one can obtain these delicious little treats. Just for… Continue reading

Chuson-ji: Temple of the Fujiwara Clan

Last year, I made a brief stop in Iwate prefecture to visit the city of Hiraizumi, which was declared a World Heritage site in 2011 (the first World Heritage site in Tohoku). I… Continue reading

My 2013 Reading Challenge: The Results!

2013 has come and gone, and so has my 3rd annual Reading Challenge! This year was particularly busy, so I didn’t end up reading as many books as I did in years past–but… Continue reading

Wordless Wednesday #35: Instagramming Japanese Ads

Above: “My dates are only along the Tokyu [train] line.” Above: Creepy ad targeting people who want to transfer jobs a to foreign-affiliated company Above: Hey girl, is your Hitler mustache getting you… Continue reading

4 Hours and 7 Cups of Coffee in Tokyo

A friend of my brother’s passed through Tokyo a couple of months ago, which gave me an excellent excuse to drink copious amounts of coffee in some of Tokyo’s most lauded locations. She’s… Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: Best / Worst Book to Movie Adaptations

Although I am really not anywhere close to being a “book blogger,” I do like books, and I do have a blog–and I follow a number of really awesome book bloggers who constantly… Continue reading

Updates from the Garden

It’s been a busy time for my balcony garden! In March, I added thyme, peppermint, eggplant and tomato to my oregano and rosemary plants from the fall, and things have been growing like crazy!… Continue reading

Rice Cooker Baking Experiment #3: Rosemary Bread

Rice cooker baking is back! Actually, it never really left–I just haven’t been posting about it. My new favorite recipe is definitely rosemary bread, which I got from Adventures in (Post) Gradland, who… Continue reading

2012 End of Year Book Survey

I started this a while ago as a follow-up to my previous post on the results of my 2012 Reading Challenge. I wanted to jump on the bandwagon and participate in the 2012 End of… Continue reading