May 2012

Printable cards for communicating dietary restrictions in Japan

IMG Dining out card

A selection of print and cut cards to communicate your dietary requirements and restrictions in Japanese. I've edited it to add some more information about food product labeling.


Dining Out in Japan

A collection of handy things for eating out in Japan.

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Different kinds of umeboshi

This month's Japan Times article is about umeboshi, the sour-salty pickled fruit (usually called a pickled plum, though it's actually more related to an apricot) that's practically a national symbol.

I've written quite a lot about umeboshi on these pages before of course, including how to make your own if you can get a hold of the fresh ume fruit, following my mother's instructions.


Renovating a house is a huge pain. Kitchen planning is the worst part.

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