Monthly Archives: April 2011

Mont Blanc – most popular cake in Japan

When I lived in Japan, I fell in love with Mont Blanc.  Not of the French Alps variety, but a dish that was adapted from (still French) Mont-Blanc aux marrons, a dessert of puréed, sweetened chestnuts topped with whipped cream. A … Continue reading

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Kyushu Trip Part I – Things You Didn’t Know About Fukuoka

First, great news! From World Tourism Organisation: Travel to Japan poses no risk. However, today I’d like to share a little bit more about my travel experiences in the southern island of Kyushu. I had previously written that for those … Continue reading

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The twin disaster is changing the cultural landscape

Large scale disasters have a tendency to sear themselves into the collective psyche. Even smaller, localised disasters – natural or man-made – have a potential to  leave long-lasting tracks in the national cultural landscape. People in the impacted areas continue to live in … Continue reading

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Foreign teachers stay in Tohoku + Coolest Charity to donate to

“Flyjin” is new term that has been coined to describe foreign residents in Japan – gaijin – fleeing the country after the disaster. I cannot blame them for choosing the safest possible option, I would probably do the same. Yet, today … Continue reading

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