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

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

First tomato blossoms and fruit! A post shared by kristisan (@kristisan) on May 11, 2013 at 9:10pm PDT It’s been a busy time for my balcony garden! In March, I added thyme, peppermint, eggplant… 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

Make Terracotta Animals, Not War: The Tomb of Emperor Jingdi

Today’s post is a flashback to my trip to China in the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake. We spent most of our time in Beijing, but we did manage to make one trip… Continue reading

Spring Break: Hollywood!

During my time in the US a few weeks ago, I took a road trip from Berkeley down to sunny Los Angeles to attend the annual meeting of the  Western Political Science Association… Continue reading

Instagramming Tokyo’s Cafe Scene

The walls of this cafe are covered with artificial grass and foliage A post shared by kristisan (@kristisan) on Feb 19, 2013 at 9:19pm PST One of the best things about being a… Continue reading

Touring the Tokyo Stock Exchange

Hello, faithful readers! Can you believe it’s already almost the end of April? Where does the time go? Things have been busy for me. I’ve been trying to focus on work, which means… Continue reading