Japan? What’s the Difference?

Rising Sun. Blossoms. Samurais, sumo, sushi. Mountains. Japan’s breeze. Closed eyes, pinched fingers, and crossed legs, your first thoughts of Japan may paint a picture similar to the one above. But they are unlikely to be your first encounter. One of my favorite things about cuisine is the story it tells of the culture it belongs…

The First Day of Christmas… in Japan

    The rush in and out of crowded stores to grab last minute gifts and missing ingredients for tonight’s party at Auntie’s house. More congested than the stores are the kitchen counter; used dishes eagerly await their turn to be washed, open containers are scattered about- hinting at the menu- and that last dish…

Favourite Christmas food — La Vie in Amour

As I reflect on my Christmas this past weekend in Japan, I thought I’d start with a glimpse at someone else’s- a look at the season’s tastes that we’re a bit more familiar with in the Western World.  Talk to you soon- with details of dining out, dining in, and the ride home! Mini blogmas…

KFC: Kentucky Fruh-…?

This year, I’ll be spending Christmas in Japan. It’s my first Christmas outside of the United States and, more significantly, my first Christmas without my family. But I’ll be fine. Christmas isn’t as big a deal here to the general population but it appears KFC is. And seeing how there’s no province, prefecture or state…

Christmas Kisses

Sweet. Creamy. Ooh, with the pleasant surprise of crunchy peppermint crystals- all compressed into a kiss- a Hershey Kiss- and bundled in the shiny silver, red-marked foil with a ribbon labeled, “CANDY CANE” peaking out its top. My friend, Ashley, introduced me to these bright bursts of Christmas flavor last year. As Christmas is only…