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Newsletter Archives 2014


December- Japanese Sweet Treats: Taiyaki and Obanyaki

After years of covering a variety of topics relating to Asian culture, this month, we bid farewell to our monthly newsletter. Parting is such sweet sorrow; but rest assure, we will continue to feature many interesting DIY videos and online updates on .... read more

November- November 2014 Holiday Guide: Joy for all Seasons

As another year comes to an end, there are so many reasons to celebrate. It is once again the time to share our love and joy with those closest and dearest to us. This year for our November.... read more

October- Traditional Chinese Culture: An Introduction

With a long and rich history, traditional Chinese culture can be a difficult topic to discuss with its myriad of information, sub-topics, and its changes through time.  This topic can easily cover.... read more

September- Japanese Noodle Galore!

When thinking about Japanese cuisine, one typically think of all the great Japanese bento dishes, the sushi rolls, or even onigiri (rice balls), but there are many varieties of Japanese noodle dishes in.... read more

August- Spam Musubi—the Uniquely Hawaiian Snack

Spam Musubi—a Hawaii originated form of local rice ball snack made national news when President Obama was noted to have ordered it for lunch during a golf excursion in Hawaii back in 2008.... read more

July- Tanabata Festival:  Reunion of deities and making of wishes

The Tanabata festival is traditionally celebrated each year on the 7th day of the 7th month of the Japanese lunisolar calendar.  Today, the festival may be held on July 7th or in some regions in.... read more

June- Onigiri—Japanese Rice Balls:  Traditional Convenience Food

What is commonly found in Japanese convenience stores, an easy food item to pick up on the go, is made up of plain rice, wrapped in seaweed, and can be found in the shape of a triangle?.... read more

May- Owls in Japan—Symbolism and Myth

Owls have long been associated with magic and wizardry in Western mythology and is a symbol of wisdom that many in the West are familiar with, but owls also hold special meaning in.... read more

April- Takoyaki:  The street food at the Crossroad of history

Street food is an interesting intersection of culinary history mixed with cultural interest.  In Japan, a country that prides itself on culinary distinction and strong socially enforced etiquette,.... read more

March- White Day:  The Reverse Valentine’s Day

Most of us are familiar with Valentine’s Day that occurs yearly on February 14th.  Every year after the hustle and bustle of holiday festivities, shops rapidly launch into displaying red tin.... read more

February- Chinese New Year:  Flowers of Celebration

In 2014, Chinese New Year falls on January 31st on the Gregorian calendar used in the West.  Also known as the Lunar New Year, Chinese New Year celebrates the arrival of spring and is.... read more

January- Chinese Hot Pot: Gathering around Cooking

Known as “Huo Guo” which can literally be translated to fire pot, Chinese hot pot has a long history of over a thousand years and is believed to have first originated in Mongolia where horse.... read more
















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