Book cover: The Real Japanese Izakaya Cookbook

I have been translating a lot of Japanese books lately, such as the Asian Salads and Asian Noodles ones I mentioned previously. This is the latest one to come out, called The Real Japanese Izakaya Cookbook, by Wataru Yokota (Tuttle Publishing). I didn't just translate it; I also wrote the introduction (which is why my name is on the cover), as well the detailed explanations of all the Japanese ingredients that readers may not be familiar with.

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Asian Salads and Asian Noodles Cookbook Covers

Two Japanese cookbooks about Asian cuisines that I was involved in.

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Tenshinhan

About Chinese-Japanese cuisine or chuuka, a not-quite Chinese but very popular in Japan egg dish, and more.

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Ginger pork and pickled vegetables

As it turns out, my latest Japan Times article and my very first one are both about the same thing - natsubate, or summer fatigue.

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A bento box

The long neglected sister site of Just Hungry is finally back!

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Pocky display at a Japanese supermarket

A new article about the business side of Pocky, the chocolate covered cookie stick loved by many, is up on my new site Just My Japan. I thought about putting it on this site sinc it's about a food product, but it's more about the marketing and production of the product than the taste or anything, so I put it over there. I hope you take a look!

Pocky and the Japanese Snack Industry

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Sexy Wavy Japanese Sesame Cucumbers

Wavy sesame cucumbers

This is a really quick and simple cucumber recipe. Serve it as a side dish with any Japanese or other East Asian meal, or even as a salad. See the instructions for how to achieve the twisty, wavy look, even with large cucumbers.

Mt. Fuji from the Tokaido Shinkansen

Hi there. I'm still alive! And here's a big update on what's going on.

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Katsura Morimura's Banana Cake

Banana cupcakes

A banana cake that is redolent with memories, and my love for a book since I was twelve years old. It is very buttery-rich and fragrant. On a practical note, it's a great way to use up over-ripe bananas.

A plate of sushi with fresh shirasu

A post about basic sushi restaurant etiquette, plus additional thoughts about 'good sushi'.

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