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More from my sketch diary.

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Sakurayu - cherry blossom 'tea'

My latest article in The Japan Times is about edible cherry blossoms and leaves.

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I am two and a half weeks into a six week course of radiation therapy, to zap the remaining cancer cells in my body. Each session lasts about 10 minutes, and is completely painless. It's the side effects that are the problem.

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It's been quite a year.

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It may look just like rice porridge, but this flavor packed, allergen-free flavoring ingredient is much more than that. I think it deserves a worldwide audience.

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When in New York...

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This month's Japan Times article is about the traditions and superstitions surrounding Setsubun, which is coming up on February 3rd.

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Why do we have a problem with eating things with faces?

A video showing one Japanese mom's tiny yet super-efficient kitchen.

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How would you describe your kitchen, and what's stocked there?

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