Hakone Ekiden (January Blog)

One of the things I look forward to over the New Year’s holiday is watching the Hakone Ekiden. When I was younger, and my father-in-law would watch it every year, I never understood what was interesting about it, just a bunch of boys/men running. Then one year I sat down and watched it with him. I found myself caught up in the drama and excitement and now I […]

Barbecuing in Canada -August Blog-

People in Japan are often surprised at how often I BBQ. Barbecuing in Canada is much more common than in Japan, and is more like a form of cooking than a special event. Most houses have gas lines connected outside, on the deck or patio, so that we can hook up our BBQ to it. It is much more convenient to cook using a gas BBQ than a charcoal one, and cleanup i […]

Chinook Winds

Recently I watched the movie The Revenant with Leonardo DiCaprio, who mistook the sudden warming, brought on by Chinook winds, as global warming. This got me to thinking that many people don’t know about this weather phenomenon unique to the North Western U.S. and South Western Canada. Growing up near Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Chinook winds were common. The […]