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September 14, 2019

On September 21st and 22nd, 2019, the Zen 2.0 Foundation will convene Zen 2.0 – the Third Annual Global Mindfulness Forum in Kamakura, in the Heart of Japanese Zen – Kencho-ji Temple, the first temple in Japan dedicated to Zen training.

The 2019 theme of Zen 2.0 is “Co...

September 6, 2019

This story begins long, long ago, circa 1990 or so when I was in the fifth grade. 

My mom had signed me up for an introduction to Japanese language and culture class. It was love at first sight as I was introduced to Japanese letters, snacks, popular culture, and especi...

September 5, 2019

My newer readers may not be aware that I have spent over a decade as a cookbook reviewer and food writer; I have a collection of over 500 cookbooks and my collection has been featured on Eat Your Books and I was also asked to contribute a list of my favorites to 1...

September 3, 2019

Having lived in Japan for four years, Japanese food (specifically homestyle cuisine) is a topic near and dear to my heart, so I was thrilled when my friend Atsuko Ikeda released “Atsuko’s Japanese Kitchen,” which contains the wisdom accumulated over more than 10 years...

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