Do you remember what you were doing 5 years ago today? You have no idea, right? But I can immediately answer the question. On May 14th 2014, I was visiting my son in the hospital as he was hospitalized due to a high fever. I know this not because I am genius. Simply I look… Continue Reading A diary of wimpy adults ?
Since I moved to LA, I am surprised that many of my friends and colleagues are interested in Japan and wish to visit there. One of the frequently asked question from them is; When is the best season to visit Japan? My answer is spring. It is not too hot, not too cold, and if… Continue Reading Sakura (Cherry Blossom) – Three Facts You May Not Know
After I turned 30, I feel it is getting easier to lose short-term memory, and gain weight. What was lucky to me was, at the time low carb diet started to be popular in Japan. You can find low carb snacks/foods at any supermarket and low carb menu at any restaurants. I am not on… Continue Reading Best Low-carb snack
When I came to LA, I was surprised to see a lot of Sushi restaurants, on top of Ramen restaurants. Unique feature of sushi restaurant in California (and maybe across U.S.) would be they serve rolls with seaweed rolled inside, not outside. Yes, I am talking about California Rolls, Spicy Tuna Rolls etc. To… Continue Reading Do you like nori (seaweed)?
“Don” literally means “bowl”, but when used for menu it represents something over a bowl of rice. Take “Gyudon” as an example, as “Gyu” means beaf it represents grilled beef on rice served in a bowl. “Tendon” is another example but a little bit tricky. Ten is an abbreviation of “Tempura”, and in this case,… Continue Reading How about “Don” for your lunch?
85C Bakery is very popular bakery among Japanese living in LA (and in USA, I guess). They are originally from Taiwan, but they pretty much look/taste like bakeries in Japan. That’s exactly why we Japanese love them. Just as Japanese bakeries, various kinds of breads are displayed neatly and cleanly. You pick up a… Continue Reading 85C Bakery
Have you ever been to DAISO in LA? DAISO is one of the biggest 100 yen store chain (basically everything sold is priced as JPY) in Japan. They run a lot of stores in USA and there are some in LA as well. Basic business model is similar to that of 99 Cents Store, but… Continue Reading DAISO – Japanese $1.5 Only Store
When we moved to LA, I was surprised to see a lot of ramen restaurants. Many of them are run (and sometimes cooked ) by Japanese and ramen there tastes awesome! I think Ramen is very popular not only among Japanese or American Japanese in LA, but also Americans at large. But when it comes… Continue Reading Marugame Udon at Sawtelle
Hi. I am Yuji. I am a Japanese who grew up in Japan, working for a Japanese company. I happened to be relocated to Los Angels with my family for my new assignment 2 years ago. Our life her will be 3 to 5 years in total, though I don’t know yet. Even though we… Continue Reading Hello!