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Yes, I realize I haven’t been around in forever (I’ll get into the reasons for that when I feel I’m able to talk about it — this year has been absolutely horrid to an extent I can’t even explain), but I’m trying to get back into blogging a little at a time and I thought I’d start by sharing my new favorite video on the subject of unexpected things about living in Japan. It’s by kawaiijutsu, who has a great channel and an adorable personality. In this particular video she talks about things that threw her for a loop after moving to Japan. Things that should be common sense (like the susceptibility to diseases you’ve never encountered) but, for some reason, no one expects. You should check out more of her Real Talk in Japan videos!

Mirrored from Shibuya 109.

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One of my favorite comfort foods is a delicious rice bowl, with a great topping or plain. Rice is my downfall carb, and I can’t seem to shake it! This recipe is for a favorite of mine, and it’s so easy to make!

PLEASE NOTE:  This recipe is *not* vegan, please be aware that not all of my recipes will be.

Recipe: Savory Turkey & Spinach Bowl
Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: Asian-Inspired
Author: Faith
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Serves: 4
Slightly sweet, very savory turkey and spinach top a steaming bowl of sticky rice. Perfect with miso and tea on a chilly day!
Ingredients
  • Turkey and Spinach Bowl
  • 2 C Cooked Sticky Rice (short or medium grain), prepared according to package directions.
  • 1/2 lb Ground Turkey
  • 3 T Olive or Coconut OIl
  • 1 Clove Fresh Garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp Dark Agave Nectar (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 3 C Baby Spinach Leaves, washed and spun dry
  • 1/2 C White Onion, chopped or minced
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger Root, crushed (optional)
  • 1 T Soy Sauce (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cook the rice according to package directions and set aside, covered with a damp cloth or paper towel.
  2. Heat oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-low heat along with garlic, onions and ginger. Cook until the onions are translucent. Add the cinnamon, salt and soy sauce, stirring well.
  3. Add the spinach to the pan and toss to coat with the oil mixture. Turn the heat up to medium and cook until just slightly wilted, turning often with tongs. Add the agave and give it another stir to coat.
  4. Top the rice with spinach mixture and serve!

 

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Have you ever had a craving for brownies sneak up on you? Home baked, warm, fudgey, chocolatey brownies? And you can’t help it, you must have one? But that’s when you realize how totally in the way your life is — you’re too tired, you’re on a diet, you don’t have it in you to bake and so you end up tossing a frozen burrito in the microwave instead, right?

Well, what if you could satisfy your brownie craving with a warm, delicious VEGAN brownie without having to bake an entire pan of treats, in about the time it takes to microwave that burrito? Enter my beloved single-serve VEGAN fudge brownie, made in a mug in your microwave! When I first started looking into vegan cooking, my omnivore (but good food loving friend) Josh sent this my way to help me out.  This is one of my all-time favorite recipes, and it’s easy to see why!

Recipes: Single-Serve Vegan Fudge Brownie In A Mug!
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Author: Faith
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Serves: 1
A delicious single-serve VEGAN fudge brownie you can make in the microwave!
Ingredients
  • Vegan Microwave Mug Brownie 01

    Vegan Microwave Mug Brownie 02

    Vegan Microwave Mug Brownie 03

  • 4 T Flour of your choice
  • 4 T Organic sugar or your favorite powdered or granular sweetener (may have to adjust the recipe if substituting!)
  • 2 T Organic cocao powder
  • 2 T Melted extra virgin coconut oil
  • 2 T Water
  • Vanilla Extract (to taste)
  • Pinch of salt (do not omit)
Instructions
  1. Place the flour, salt and cocao in a coffee mug and stir until well blended.
  2. Mix in the coconut oil thoroughly to form a paste, then add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  3. Pop the mug in your microwave on high for 45 seconds to 55 seconds. The brownie should look a bit damp in the middle.
  4. Let cool for a minute or two then grab a fork and dig in!
Serving size: 1 Calories: 310 Fat: 14g Saturated fat: 13g Trans fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 4g Sugar: 8g Sodium: 325mg Fiber: 2g Protein: 1g Cholesterol: 0g

 

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I admit that, while I like ice cream, I don’t eat it much. It’s an unnecessary expense and I have problems processing dairy, so ice cream may taste great but it comes with the nightmare of borderline lactose intolerance. But, I also love to cook and started experimenting in the kitchen, and I came up with this great-tasting dairy-free ice cream made with almond milk!

Okay, so technically it’s more of an ‘ice milk‘, but that’s only if you make it the ‘easy way’. But I’ll get to that in a moment.

The first thing you should know about this post is that it’s the first of my healthy living posts, and it’s not only dairy free but can also be vegan and gluten free, as well. It all depends on you and your preferences and dietary needs.

This particular version of the recipe is raw, gluten & dairy free as well as being vegan (and tasty!) – so, what’s the easy way? Well, I’m about to show you!

Recipe: Raw dairy free strawberry ice cream!
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Author: Faith
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Serves: 4
Quick and easy vegan, dairy-free & gluten-free strawberry ice milk!

Ingredients
  • 1 C Fresh or Frozen Strawberries
  • 1 C Almond Milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • Scant 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Liquid Stevia (to taste)
  • Plastic freezer container or ice cube tray
  • Blender, vitamix, magic bullet, food processor.
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, heat all ingredients until bubbles start to form. Reduce heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes, or until the almond milk is pink and tastes like strawberries. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  2. Pour cooled mixture into a plastic container with a tight-fitting lid and store it in your freezer for 8 hours. Alternatively, you can pour the mixture into ice cube trays and cover with plastic wrap.
  3. Once the mixture is frozen, break it up into smaller pieces and blend it in a vitamix or blender until smooth. For a more ice cream-like texture, you can skip the blender and pour the mixture into your ice cream maker.
Serving size: 1/2 C Calories: 50 Fat: 1.3g Saturated fat: 0 Unsaturated fat: 0 Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 4g Sugar: 0 Sodium: 325mg Fiber: 1/2g Protein: 1/2g Cholesterol: 0mg

You can mix this recipe up – make it with agave, white table sugar, maple syrup, or any other sweetener that’s too your liking. It works with all sorts of fruit, and all sorts of dairy-free milk. And it’s so delicious!

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Some work done over a hot, steamy bowl of ramen.

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Greens, noodles, egg, enokitake & home made mushroom broth! Served with sriracha – yum!

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Nothing new until my laptop is fixed!

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Okay, so this isn’t a ‘review’, exactly, but I wasn’t sure what to call it. I’m watching a documentary called, “Pray For Japan”, in which Stu Levy does a beautiful job at documenting the clean up and relief efforts in Ishinomaki, Miyagi after March 2011’s tsunami tragedy.

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Then there are the heroes – like the principal and teachers at a middle school who worked tirelessly until they were able to track down all of their students in the aftermath of the destruction.

This film is a tear jerker, really it is, and it’s beautifully shot. This isn’t so much a review as a rave – it’s on Netflix right now, go watch it. And make sure to pray for Japan.

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If you’re a Japanophile, like I am, but haven’t had the opportunity to go to and visit Japan in person, you may be wondering what a life in Japan would be like for gaikokujin / gaijin (yes, I know some people find those terms offensive, but I don’t and it refers to me so calm down, lol) like us?

Well, some awesome person has put a full-length documentary on Youtube called, “A Life In Japan” that follows the lives of several non Japanese trying to make it in Japan. Have a look!

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I need help! I’m looking for a bento like the one below for a slightly better price (on JList it’s $28 bucks, which is totally a great price but I’m broke and stressing this as a need even though it’s not a need, lol),  or something similar?

Carved Wooden Lacquered  2 Tier Bento Box & Elastic Band ~ Ume / Japanese Plum

What I really want is something with that gorgeous waffle, almost snakeskin-like pattern that has the distinctive red of lacquered wood. I so need a wishlist, lol!

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during the Asahi Shimbun interview on Feb. 20, 2013, in Tokyo.

Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, has made his way to the U.S.! All business, though, as Business Week tells us:

As Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, prepares to meet with President Obama on Friday, the premier enjoys something rare for a Japanese leader: popularity. The country has endured a revolving door of hapless prime ministers since 2006, with the public quickly souring on each one while the government proved powerless to reverse Japan’s long economic slide. (Read more)

Here’s hoping this is beneficial to both The United States and Japan!

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Every now and then Lenoardo DiCaprio does something unnecessary that makes me giggle my butt off, and this Japanese commercial for Jim Beam whiskey is a great example of that! First of all, let’s just take a moment to admire how sexy this dude still is. Now, let’s pick our jaws up off the floor and have a little chuckle at how much more serious he’s taking this role than he apparently took the last three films he made!

Mirrored from Shibuya 109.

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Okay, I admit it – I’m a Sailor Moon junkie! The manga was fantastic, the anime shows and films are classic, and nothing beats Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon when you want some pink, glittery action!

Like most SM people, I became obsessed with the whole universe when I was in my tweens and the English-dubbed anime (complete with Sailor Moon Says morals at the end of each episode) would play before school every morning.

I loved Serena and her friends, I loved the clothes they wore (Including those funny looking ‘sailor suits’ which, before I knew any better, I thought were the ‘sailor’ part of the name – man, the things you learn about as you grow up! ^_^), I loved the places they went, and the whole thing really kicked off my love of Japan in a mild way before I even knew what was happening. I even loved Serena’s ‘meatball’ hairstyle! Of course, now I know a little something about Japanese school uniforms (and the nuance they play in Sailor Jupiter’s life), about Serena/Usagi’s dumpling buns (odango atama, or ‘dumpling head’, which didn’t translate well, I guess!), the lovely places and all that nice stuff.

I have long since moved through the Sailor Moon verse, and the many shows, films, books, manga, etc. (as well as a love for the Japanese language) that I eventually found outside of the Mooniverse that I wouldn’t have found if Sailor Moon had not introduced me to anime to begin with. That one little show, when I was a kid, opened up worlds of Inuyasha, Cowboy Bebop, Another, Accel World, Spirited Away (ANYthing Studio Ghibli!), Death Note, Red Tear, and, eventually, on came the Eastern horror films, bento and then the rest of the culture that flooded fast behind it. I owe a big debt to the adorable, lazy girl with a big appetite and a bigger heart!

But, even moving on a bit, I still get nostalgic for the good old days – for the English dubbed Sailor Moon – clumsy, cheerful, a bit dim, made fun of by Darien and screamed at by a cat. And that’s when I turn to Youtube to get my fix!

 

Yeah, apparently almost ALL of Sailor Moon is on Youtube!

Hope you enjoy this as much as I do! And, if you don’t like their video? I will punish you! Winking smile

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Originally posted at by CMKA over at my bento photo blog!

Mirrored from Hanamachi Lights: Bento & Food.

bento_box: KFC Christmas (KFC Christmas)

Originally posted at by CMKA over at my bento photo blog!

Mirrored from Hanamachi Lights: Bento & Food.

bento_box: KFC Christmas (KFC Christmas)

If you’ve followed Shibuya 109 for any length of time, you’ll probably notice that something is missing from my posts. Since long before Shibuya became devoted to what I love about Japan and Japanese culture, what I like to call my, “Song about being happy”, I’ve been posting my bento here whenever I get a moment to take bento photos. If you also follow my bento blog, you’ll likely notice that I’ve made a few posts there without publishing them here like I usually do.

So what gives? Why am I no longer cross posting my bento?

I decided that I wanted to focus more on my thoughts on and my passion for Japanese culture, places, etc. and, while bento is one of Japans most famous cultural exports to the United States, it didn’t make any sense to have a blog dedicated to bento then cross post all of the photos to Shibuya.

So, instead of worrying about all that I’ve decided to allow my bento to stay on my bento site, and have added a widget to the sidebar so you can see the latest two bento photos at a glance.

Hope that clears it up! :)

Mirrored from Shibuya 109.

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Originally posted at by CMKA over at my bento photo blog!

Mirrored from Hanamachi Lights: Bento & Food.

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Since I can’t go in real life, and figure the same is probably true of my loyal subjects (that means you), I decided to gallavanting around Google Maps to nab some pretty pictures of Shibuya Station in Tokyo, Japan. These were snapped by my beloved Google Earth vehicle in Tokyo in November of 2009:

Full size for those who want to get a better look!

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The house we’re renovating is a giant Edwardian manor that once belonged to the town’s ‘first family’. It shares an architect with both City Hall and the Carnegie Public Library (all built around the same time). The last owner left it in a shambles (what an absolute shame!) with a roof that pours when it rains, giant monstrosities in the yard that used to be plants (many huge, vine-wound trees that look like forests all by themselves), pitifully broken windows and mirrors, two fireplaces that can’t be used and the grand and lovely wrap around porch and widow’s walk are both rotting to pulp.

Perhaps the worst thing about this house is that it’s kitchen is in a god awful state of repair. The stove barely works (judging by the foot-marks, soot stains and hole in the wall they must have taken out what would have been a beloved wood stove to put that ugly 1980s thing in it’s place), the wiring is atrocious, and all of it’s formerly-lovely vintage 1930s cabinets are rotten and disgusting.

I’ve been poking around the web, looking for counter tops and cabinets and I can’t seem to find anything to suit my tastes or the house. There are absolutely lovely cabinets jacksonville fl, but I don’t live in Florida and I have no idea what it would cost to ship and install from outside of Missouri.

They’re gorgeous – I’m really digging the great, warm and natural tones they’ve used that are so soothing – but I’m not finding anything that’s ‘vintage’ – what we want is to restore the house to it’s Edwardian roots and we’re having a hard time finding anything that works. Suggestions are welcome!

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It’s been a long time, but my sister spent some time in the hospital so everything was (and is) put on the back burner. I’m just getting back into the swing of things with this review of my first trip to Hunan Chinese Restaurant out in Kearney, Missouri!

We were given a lovely combination platter (of which there is some not as lovely video – my phone stinks!), then Orange Chicken for Laota and Three Ways + Sizzling Rice for moi (about $10 per huge plate) – Some pics & video!

The rice was a bit heavy (I’m used to sticky rice, though, so that may be why), and everything was fried or drenched in sauce – which is all fine, actually. It was American-style Chinese food and absolutely lovely! The people were lovely, the food was good, the atmosphere is amazing (piano music and some fantastic singing). Couldn’t have had a better time!

Speaking of Asian food, I have a review of Kato Japanese Restaurant coming up!

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I’m having a grand old time running around the net today, getting ideas for fall table settings! You know, there are folks who do the old stand by decorations – festive table cloths, fall leaves, rose petals. Of course, I’m not thinking of that kind of table setting – I’m thinking of something a bit more unique!

Something you don’t see often are tables set with lovely decorations inspired by antiquity (such as my inspiration, the Greek Goddess Hera), which covers everything from myths to dogma.

I’ve seen feathers used before in table settings, like those used in napkin rings in bridal arrangements. But this being Hera we’re talking about, what I need are white plumes offset with some lovely peacock feathers to set off mostly white and stone bases.

Now, Greek and Roman sculpture was actually painted up so horribly that it’s a mercy that time faded it to the classical white marble we all marvel at, so white is what I’d be going with. Then you need to head over to a place like Eskay where you can grab some of their lovely peacock feathers wholesale or bulk for pretty decent prices, even when you factor in the shipping and handling fees.

Then you’re going to need to find your basics – you’re going to need stone or stone-fleck for your dinner plate. I’d go with a cobalt blue charger on top of that then a small, white marble plate on top of that.

Now you can arrange your peacock feathers and white plumes in a centerpiece or individually set into napkin rings to compliment the place settings – I wish I had the ability to do this and take photos!

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