From Fukui, with Love

School lunch in Japan is a good deal!

Posted by in Mary's blog

In Japan, students eat school lunch. Every day they get a hot well balanced meal to eat while they’re at school. Rice is a staple in Japan. So much so that each meal time has rice in its name. あさごはん (“morning rice” or breakfast), ひるごはん (“noon rice” or lunch), and ばんごはん (“night rice” or dinner).  As expected rice is also an important part of school lunch. School lunch at hoikuen Every day at hoikuen our children eat school lunch. We are very thankful that the hoikuen provides a healthy meal…read more

Our Thanksgiving in Japan

Posted by in Mike's blog

We had our annual Thanksgiving feast at Bunkyo Gospel Centre last weekend.  It was wonderful. Japan has a “Labour and Thanksgiving Day” in November, but it isn’t celebrated the same way we are accustomed to.  We discussed cultural differences between Thanksgiving celebrations around the world while we ate turkey at our table. My mom and I worked in the kitchen to prepare one of three 15 pound turkeys in the church’s convection pizza oven.  We imported the turkeys and cranberry sauce from America through Yoyo Market.  Here some simplified steps…read more

Kanazawa gets no respect

Posted by in Mike's blog

Name 3 cities in Japan.  I bet one of them was Tokyo. There was a time when Kanazawa had a chance at being one of the first three cities that might have come to mind.  That time was a few centuries ago.  These days Kanazawa gets no respect.  We went there a few weeks ago to see what all the lack of fuss was about. Short introduction Kanazawa is a city.  It’s not a big city…only around 460 000 people.  It happens to be the biggest city in Hokuriku (Hokuriku…read more

Our first takoyaki party was a huge success!

Posted by in Mike's blog

  Last night we had an opportunity to have some friends over and make a unique Japanese party food.  Together, we were 15 people from 9 countries crowded into our living room and kitchen feasting on delicious foods with strange ingredients. We had a takoyaki party! Takoyaki was first popularized in Osaka, and it can be found at street vendor stalls throughout the country, especially at festivals.  It’s a great party food because it’s easier to make in large quantities and the pieces are small and easily shared. We had…read more

Date day on the Echizen coast

Posted by in Mike's blog

We found ourselves in a fortunate situation:  Mary is on spring vacation and most of my students are on holiday…so we have a few days to ourselves while the Bunny has fun playing at hoikuen.  We’ve been married for 6 years, our kid is 3, and all of our family is overseas.  This time is precious and invaluable, so we are making the most of it! For our first “date day” we decided to take a drive to the Echizen coast (for the first time!).  The stretch of road we…read more

The state of pizza in Fukui

Posted by in Mike's blog

It’s no secret that we like our pizza. When I was in bible college, I ate pizza almost every day.  The health consequences were severe, but it was oh so tasty!  I hope there is never another time in my life when I eat _that_ much pizza.  Still, I would like to eat it more than I do now. I think that every Canadian is a pizza connoisseur.  Everyone has a favourite and a least favourite, and most can tell the difference between pizzerias’ specialties by sight or taste.  Most residents…read more

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Things that are not in Japan

Posted by in Mary's blog

I was asked a while back to make a list of goods that we miss from Canada, so when anyone gets the urge to send us a care package they will know exactly what to send. So here it goes… ***Send us letters and pictures (you don’t need to ship a whole package to make us feel special), but for those of you who want to send lots, this list is for you. 1. Peanut butter (brand = Skippy chunky) 2. Nutella 3. Cheerios (my favorite for the Bunny are…read more

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Our recipe for “Korean fried chicken”

Posted by in Mike's blog

In our house, “KFC” has nothing to do with Christmas or Kentucky. We found this recipe in the Ishikawa JET Kitchen cookbook – the pdf file that taught us how to use the foods we didn’t understand in the supermarket and how to translate some of the common items that we hadn’t been able to find (like flour, baking soda and cornstarch) when we first arrived in Japan. The recipe in the Ishikawa JET Kitchen was adapted from this New York Times recipe, which was adapted from “Quick and Easy…read more

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We like to eat SUSHI!

Posted by in Mike's blog

Do you like Japanese food? We get asked this all the time. People we interact with are genuinely surprised when they learn that we enjoy Japanese cuisine and we know how to use chopsticks. We often get asked what specific dishes we enjoy here, and sushi is always at the top of the list. We liked sushi in Canada, but sushi here is very different. Comparing the two is like apples and oranges. Whereas the westernized sushi that we used to eat was often composed of big, elaborate rolls (maki)…read more

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