Tag Archives: what the heck is that?
In my Nov. 29 column in The Japan Times, I wrote about what a reader described as the “the stringy piles of daikon radish” that come with sashimi. As I explained, the daikon is called “tsuma,” written with this character: … Continue reading
If you’re in Tokyo on Wednesday Sept. 10, why not pop by the Tokyo American Club for my talk to the College Women’s Association of Japan? I’ll be talking about my “So, What the Heck is That?” column in The Japan Times, … Continue reading
In my July 16 column in The Japan Times, I wrote about mosquito coils, which were actually invented in Japan, and promised to show you some of the holders used when burning them. I couldn’t resist the photo above, not … Continue reading
In my June 18 column in The Japan Times, I wrote about okigusuri 置き薬, a very old way of selling medicine in which a selection of products are left in a home or office without payment or deposit. You use … Continue reading
In my May 21 column in The Japan Times, I wrote about hikyaku 飛脚, the “flying legs” couriers who moved letters and packages around Japan until the late 19th century when a modern postal system was created. The photo above, … Continue reading
As I explained in an earlier post, I’ve started a new column in Japan Times ST, a weekly paper for English learners. Here’s the column from April 12.
It was wonderful to have some rain here in Tokyo over the weekend, after 25 straight days with no precipitation. The trees near my apartment look a little happier, but the rainfall did little to alleviate the low water levels … Continue reading
In my July 17 column in The Japan Times, I write about chindonya, ちんどう屋 a delightfully wacky form of street advertising that’s making a comeback here in Japan. The picture above provides a slightly better view of the most distinctive of … Continue reading
In my June 19 column in The Japan Times, I wrote about moshio, a salt made from seaweed. And in an earlier post, I mentioned an adventure I didn’t explain. Things came together so I’ll share that adventure now. In … Continue reading