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Ninja English with Kim Watkinson

初めまして。キム・ワトキンソンと申します。 ロサンゼルスの生活を始めた方、そしてロサンゼルスに引っ越されるご予定の方、新しい生活が不安ではないでしょうか? 私は、英語も日本語も話すことができます。ぜひ、皆様のお役に立ちたいと考えております。英語と日本語の両方で、皆様のロサンゼルスでの生活をサポートさせて頂きます。Also, if you’re studying for the TOEFL exam, I’d love to help you pass the exam with flying colors. キム・ノード・ワトキンソン (Kim Knode Watkinson) 経歴 日本居住歴  18年  NHK英会話講座講師 日本航空支社長秘書 芸能人(松田聖子)通訳「日常生活のお手伝いをします」 英語での各種手続きから、お子様の学校や塾、ショッピングや旅行などの日常生活まで、... Read Full Article

Bonsai Bicycling #JapanTravel

Bonsai are the Hobbits’ version of trees. The potted forests are shaped in proportion to Mother Nature’s original version. Only smaller. When viewing a bonsai: 1. Look at the overall composition of the plant 2. See if you can recognize the front from the back of the bonsai. 3. Crouch down; pretend your Hobbit size and see if you’re getting a forest vibe. You get bonus points for picking up a message conveying the... Read Full Article

Ueno Zoo Family Fun #Tokyo

Xiang Xiang means popular in Chinese. So it’s the perfect name for Tokyo’s star panda. Lucky were those who won a lottery ticket several months ago to see the “Made in Japan” baby. You, however, are the fortunate one if you travel to Tokyo today.  Ueno Zoo – home to Xiang Xiang – now issues a Disneyesque Fast Pass. Even better news: You can leave the zoo and come back at your appointed panda viewing time... Read Full Article

Classic Japanese Comfort Foods with a Lighter Touch

Classic Japanese Comfort Foods with a Lighter Touch 里帰りFresh in the Box Health conscious California foodies flock to Fresh in the Box for their mostly organic menu. Fans of Japanese cuisine gather to enjoy classic comfort foods with a lighter touch. In fact, Fresh in the Box offers calorie-mate bento boxes. True to its name, from salmon sushi to chicken teriyaki everything is super fresh. Glazed with a soupcon of brown sugar and soy sauce,... Read Full Article

Unleash Your Inner Japanese Bento Master

Our bodies are our temples. Allow a morsel of gluten or a grain of sugar to trespass our lips…and we’ve committed a mortal sin! At least in Southern California. Health is important. But so is fun! Eating can be enjoyable AND good for you. Did your inner Japanese bento master just say Amen? I thought so. The original Japanese bentos were the precursor to astronaut food: dehydrated fish and rice (reconstituted with water.) But I... Read Full Article

From Spirits to Sweets

From Spirits to Sweets ハモサビーチ・ベーカリーのお菓子作りに見られる禅宗哲学 Longtime aficionado and seller of premium wines, David Wallace sees similarity in spirits and sweets: “It’s organic chemistry of the best kind.” In 2013, he opted out of hobnobbing over wines with prominent figures like Russia’s President Putin. On Father’s Day of that year, David opened the Hermosa Pie & Cake Company. With the exception of the Buddha in the... Read Full Article

Gluten-Free Divine Donuts and Donuts in Japan

The opening of Mister Donuts in Tokyo was like winning Willie Wonka’s golden ticket and a 3-day pass to Disney World. No more sugar glazed bread circles stuffed into plastic bags pretending to be donuts. Mister Donuts were like real American donuts. The chocolate donuts tasted like firm chocolate cake. More food fantasies were fulfilled with the appearance of Dunkin’ Donuts. My favorites were the pastel cream filled donuts. Krispy... Read Full Article

Japanese Trains Made Simple #JapanTravel

Japanese Trains Made Simple #JapanTravel Japan’s trains appear to possess superpowers. Rarely are they delayed. Few and far between are the accidents. Most are meticulously clean.  The bullet “Shinkansen” trains are the fastest and the sleekest in the world. Elegance and grace are another hallmark of shinkansen. Conductors and tea trolley ladies bow upon entering a train car. The experience is sublime. When you are... Read Full Article

A First Class Trip to Asia via Beverly Hills

A First Class Trip to Asia via Beverly Hills / ロスの絶景で楽しむアジアの最高料理とおもてなし LA's La Cienega buzzes with traffic. Smart drivers stop at Shan’s Social House. Hopping out of the car, the customers step into a serene Japanese garden. The elegant door opens and diners are greeted with a sincere smile. Any seat in the restaurant shows off the high-end Asian décor. Every dish is made with high-quality ingredients. ... Read Full Article

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