The Magic Dancing Dolls or The Scam That Took 15 Years to Solve

The Magic Dancing Dolls or The Scam That Took 15 Years to Solve

In 1999, a few girlfriends and I decided to take our very first international post-college trip to Europe.  We had no idea how to go on our own, so we booked a bus tour that would take us across seven countries in a span of…

NAKED     BATH      JAPANESE     GIRLS

NAKED BATH JAPANESE GIRLS

It’s always interesting for me to see which of our posts get more traction and which barely a trickle of visitors.  I often find it to be completely unpredictable when some of my own favorite posts fly under the radar (example 1, 2, 3) while uninspired…

There Is Always Room for More: Exploring Japanese Cuisine. Part II

There Is Always Room for More: Exploring Japanese Cuisine. Part II

My last post was all noodles – soba, udon, ramen, but there is so much more to Japanese culinary traditions.  To expand our food horizons, we visited Dotombori street in Osaka.  The name “Dotombori” refers both to the Dotombori Canal and to Dotombori Street which…

Eating Our Way Through Japan

Eating Our Way Through Japan

The first and only thing I used to think of anytime anyone said the words “Japanese” and “food” in the same sentence was “sushi”.   I was faintly aware of noodles and tempura but has never been a big fan of either.  Sushi, on the other…