Monday, October 18, 2021

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Nijo Castle, Osaka

“The Castle where it all happens ” Our first stop was a perfect introduction to Japan’s rich history. It's everything you would imagine of a 400 year old castle; a moat, stonewalls, watchtowers, beautiful gardens, and sprawling palace....

San Francisco to Dali via Beijing/Kunming

We begin our journey in business class on Air China. This is an Star Alliance partner with United, the carrier we most often use, but this time the schedule with Air China and the connections we needed to make was going...

Visit to Coedo Brewery

We were invited by Mr. Kohei Harada, head of foreign distribution for Coedo Brewery in Saitama (30 min. north of Tokyo by train). It was a Sunday morning and the brewery was closed so he picked us up at the train station. We drove...

Making Tofu

Months before the trip to Kyoto, I had been dabbling in making Tofu. This, for me, was not an easy task! Although it uses simple ingredients, the process was proving to be quite a challenge! Hearing that I would be taking a...

An Article from the Journal of Immunology

For who is really interested in the nuts and bolts of how benifuki tea works to reduce inflammation in the body, this article should make it perfectly clear. First published in April of 2004 has resurfaced again due to importance of the subject matter. Title is...

Lijiang, China

Here you can see some of the actual hotel roof tops with the amazing Snow Mountain in the background. The other side of this mountain is where the dramatic Tiger Leaping Gorge and Yangzi rapids cut through the Hengduan Mountains.

Buddha In The Sky

ryozen kannon
Kyoto, Ryozen Kannon -She was unveiled shortly after World War II to commemorate and honor BOTH Japanese and Foreign fallen soldiers, this site has a shrine underneath the statue, a mausoleum and memorial hall.

Japanese Breakfast

japanese breakfast
Growing up, my dad would cook omelets for me and my brothers.. This was our weekend morning tradition-- for the boys only. Later on this tradition shifted to me cooking omelets for Dad and the...

2020 Japan Adventure

group at kodaiji temple
Beginning of our 2020 adventure to various regions to explore what makes Japan uniquely Japanese.

Green Tea effect on Down Syndrome

Green tea in pot
Green tea seen boosting cognitive ability of people with Down syndrome. PARIS – A chemical in green tea has been shown to improve cognitive ability in people with Down syndrome, scientists and doctors said Tuesday. In a year-long clinical trial, the treatment led to improved...