I know many people who follow this blog are interested in Japan. I've been translating Japanese news reports on my Twitter account for some hours now, and will try to do so for at least the rest of the day. If you'd like to follow along please follow @makiwi.

Update: I am still updating the news on my Twitter stream. If you want to do something, please consider donating to the Red Cross. In the U.S., you can text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to the international relief fund for Japan. Elsewhere or if you want to donate another way, try the International Red Cross site at IRFC.ORG.

(All of my family/friends are ok. Thank you for asking.)

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A new article and recipe for Hinamatsuri (Girl's Festival) in the Japan Times.

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Pondering a little about religious and cultural traditions, and food.

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Flames to start the new year on a hopeful note.

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Take a look at some homemade osechi ryouri, or traditional New Year's Day feast food.

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Happy New Year! 明けましておめでとうございます。

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img: a hot and steamy bowl of soba noodles to end the year

A new article in The Japan Times about toshikoshi soba. Plus, a little about my favorite food-eating model, Lena-chan, and her brother Lyoh.

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I finally made it to Taimeiken, an old time yoshoku restaurant in Nihonbashi, to indulge in the original Tampopo Omuraisu (rice omelette). Yes, that Tampopo.

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A new article in The Japan Times about winter fish, and how fish fits into a typical Japanese meal.

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A little slice of old Tokyo in an out-of-the-way area of Tokyo, Obana is an unagi-ya (eel restaurant) that even someone who's not an unagi fan can love.

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