Summer Smoothies for Breakfast

These days, it’s ridiculously hot. In fact, today has got to be some sort of record, what with 35 degrees Celsius already at 10am. We hit about 39C in the afternoon. So the heat wakes me up every morning, way too early for my taste. But I get up and proceed to make my morning […]

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#wearadamnmask 2

Another few weeks have passed. COVID-19 is still going strong. Temperatures and humidity are going up, the rainy season here seems endless this year and wearing masks in this climate is not easy. But I do. Every time I go outside, even when it’s for a few minutes. I now have a drawer devoted to […]

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#Wearadamnmask

Since the pandemic here started back in late January, masks have become a valuable commodity. Wearing a face mask in Japan is quite common, always has been. Not just during cold and flu seasons, but people use them year round for various reasons like allergies, dust, pollution, as well as to simply “hide” behind or […]

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Snow in March?

Yesterday it was a balmy 25 degrees Celsius here. Today I wake up to rain that changed to wet snow and within a few hours it looked like this outside and the temperature was 1 (one!) degree Celsius. So I ventured outside and walked around the block. It’s really the first snowfall this season that […]

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While staying home…

It sure is a weird time. Covid-19 is sweeping over this planet. I’ve been staying home a lot-as much as possible-since the end of February. Not that there were any real restrictions here, but with almost all work-related events and obligations canceled in March, traveling abroad not being an option at the moment, it’s been […]

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Update March 2020

It’s the beginning of March 2020, and it’s been a while since I updated this blog. Other than the usual food pictures, I haven’t had much chance to write about other things. Usually, the first half of March is still rather busy, filled with end-of-school-year events. However, a combination of circumstances is giving me a […]

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Tamagoyaki-Japanese Style Omelette

Tamagoyaki, a pan-fried, rolled omelette-type way of cooking eggs in Japan, can come in different shapes, sizes, ingredients and flavors, and can be eaten hot or cold. Some Tamagoyaki, also dependent on the region, can be sweet, salty or almost tasteless. They can be served hot out of the pan, cooked with dashi broth or […]

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It’s been a while…

A few months have passed since my last post in November. Since then, a new decade has begun. And now it’s already February of 2020…! Time flies As preparations for my recital in the beginning of January took up a lot of time and focus, I skipped the usual end-of-year things and ignored the holidays […]

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Looking ahead to 2020

It’s still mid-2019, summer is about to retire, even though it’s still warm. After performances that occupied me during the first half of the year, the summer months were devoted to my students, teaching, preparing them for their performances, judging competitions, a master class and related business travel. In short, it was a very busy […]

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