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Nah NoWriMo

Before I started writing this month I came up with a list of ideas for a novel. These are the top 10 ideas I rejected but liked.

My Top 10 Rejected NaNoWriMo Ideas

  1. Epic Fantasy about a group of ragtag adventures on a quest
  2. Muggle in a Muggle Land (Extraterrestrial visits earth. Finds Wizards)
  3. Jesus as Time Traveler / Jesus as Space Alien
  4. Apocalyptic Future – Climate
  5. Mid-life in Japan (semi-autobiographical)
  6. Superhero in Japan (wishful-autobiographical)
  7. Apocalyptic Future – Zombies
  8. Apocalyptic Future – Trump
  9. Space Explorers (a star trek, but not Star Trek)
  10. The Butler Did I.T. (Agatha Christie meets Cory Doctorow)

Tokyo Black

IMG_0938Last night I broke out the second of my Yo-Ho beers, Tokyo Black. I knew I was going to have it with a meal because I enjoy dark beers with food. While I am sure I would enjoy this beer with Japanese food I decided to go with a classic hamburger. Mostly because I’ve been craving a hamburger for a few days because I was going to have one on Friday, but ended up with Soba instead. I’m not sure if you can tell from the picture, but this hamburger is smaller than a typical American burger, because (say it with me), “Everything is smaller in Japan.” Read More…


IMG_0925 One of our big outings over winter break was to the Kinukuniya bookstore in Shinjuku. They have a very decent foreign book section and it is possible that some members of the family were more excited about this than the trip to Disneyland. I’ve been looking for a cookbook for some basic Japanese recipes and after much comparison I ended up with A Cook’s Journey to Japan by Sarah Marx Feldner. This one may not have better recipes than the cookbooks I passed over, but I liked the voice of the author. Read More…

Wednesday’s Cat

IMG_0925This past week I discovered a new Supermarket (or Supa) called the foodium  I’ve passed by it several times, but it is about a twenty-five minute walk from our apartment so I never considered it a convenient place for grocery shopping. Grocery stores in Japan are amazing places where the produce is always 100% fresh, you can get prepared food in the “deli section” both cheaper and higher quality than can be made in your own kitchen, and they will politely point out where the salt (shio) is when you are standing two feet away from it. The foodium takes all of that and combines it with everything you want in a western grocery store. It is well lit, has wide aisles, and more selections of products than most other supa. As an example our usual grocery store has exactly four different kinds of breakfast cereal; the foodium has nearly twenty. If all that isn’t enough the freezer section has motion detectors so that the lights inside the case turn on when you are in front of them. Read More…