Making Shibukawa-ni (渋皮煮)

Have you ever found yourself wandering through the woods, stepping on stabby hedgehog-ish pods to harvest chestnuts? And then did you find yourself listening to an old man's wisdom regarding said chestnuts, and then embarking on a week long adventure of Japanese sweets-making? This girl has. Shibukawa-ni Shibukawa is, besides being the name of a... Continue Reading →

Fall Flavors: Kit-Kats and Starbucks

Fall in Japan means the flavors of sweet potato, chestnuts, and persimmons. And this year, Kit-Kat and Starbucks have been killing my wallet (and waistline probably) with their tasty treats. Kit-Kats Okay I said fall flavors, but I'll throw in one summer flavor (because I totally forgot I hid the bag in my freezer) and... Continue Reading →

Kabocha Chocolate Chunk Cookies

As you likely know, Japan was just pounded by Typhoon Hagibis. It was really scary to go through, and my prefecture was hit pretty badly by landslides and flooding. Before the typhoon hit, everyone emptied the grocery store to stockpile food in case we needed it. I did that, but I also decided that to... Continue Reading →

Inaka Life: Harvest Time

Earlier this year, my schools sent the students out to the school garden to plant sweet potato sprouts. This week, we're starting to harvest them. The kindergarten had a tiny little plot, and we pulled up 153 potatoes this week. They had so many that they gave me a huge bag to take home with... Continue Reading →

How to Make Udon

Last weekend, I had the fantastic experience of going out to a little farmhouse and learning how to hand-make udon. Here's the whole process, from flour in a bowl to noodles in my tummy. Step 1: Flour, water, salt We began with 100g of "medium strength" flour. I'm not entirely sure what that means, but... Continue Reading →

Halloween English Board

Let me start by saying that I feel like every English board I make is better than the last one. I'm constantly learning new styles and tricks. But this one is definitely the one I'm the most proud of. Looking back on last year's Halloween board is kind of embarrassing. But this? This is killin'... Continue Reading →

Piko Taro Prepositions

This is the story of an idea that popped into my head one day. It wasn't a particularly good idea. I knew it wasn't an idea that would make me popular with my fellow teachers. But I made it anyway. Piko Taro is back, babyyyyyy! Ok so there's a lot of things that Piko Taro... Continue Reading →

Romance in a Cabbage Field

Japan is a country of repressed emotion. It's one of those stereotypes that are actually accurate. Younger generations are working to change this by doing crazy things like hugging their partners and actually telling them that they love them, but there are some events to help older people express their feelings too. One of these... Continue Reading →

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