Cooking with the Japanese!

One of the activities I’ve enjoyed the most in Japan has been the monthly cooking club – which, if you know how much I love cooking, ought to be an enormous surprise. Each month, the American and Japanese spouses get together to cook a traditional meal from one culture or the other. My first cooking…

Chinese New Year in Chinatown

After several failed attempts, I finally made it out to some of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown! Beginning in early February, Chinatown in Yokohama held multiple parades and performances, and we’d managed to miss every one for one reason or another… such as walking to the wrong park. (Seriously. There’s a Yamashita Park,…

Learning the Ancient Art of Tea

One of the many things that has delighted me about Japan is how excited the people are to teach us aboutย their culture. I had been hoping to attend a tea ceremony since I arrived in Japan, and when a friend mentioned a group of women was hosting one, I jumped at the chance. We were…

Yakiniku in Shinjuku

Before we hit up Robot Restaurant, our Valentine’s Day quadruple-date gang headed through Shinjuku in search of dinner. We’d heard the food at Robot Restaurant was nothing to write home about, so instead, we settled down the street at one of the many Yakiniku restaurants lining the road. Yakiniku essentially means grilled meat, and mainly…

Tokyo’s Famed Robot Restaurant

“There’s life before Robot Restaurant, and life after Robot Restaurant.” Thus read one of the reviews that had us convinced Robot Restaurant was the perfect way to spend a Valentine’s Day quadruple-date. We packed up the Mobilio with friends to head to the train station, and we were off to Tokyo for a wild night…