A selection of print and cut cards to communicate your dietary requirements and restrictions in Japanese. I've edited it to add some more information about food product labeling.
A collection of handy things for eating out in Japan.
This month's Japan Times article is about umeboshi, the sour-salty pickled fruit (usually called a pickled plum, though it's actually more related to an apricot) that's practically a national symbol.
I've written quite a lot about umeboshi on these pages before of course, including how to make your own if you can get a hold of the fresh ume fruit, following my mother's instructions.
Renovating a house is a huge pain. Kitchen planning is the worst part.