All posts by Tracy Nakayama

  • Eyebrow woes solved. This Japanese eyebrow tint is amazing.

    One afternoon,  I picked my son up at school. My 7-year old comes out of the gate, he giggles while gazing at me and says,  “Ew, mom, you look scary today.” “Oh no!” I said to myself. ...

    • Posted May 28, 2017
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  • Making Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream Is Easy

    One advantage of making your own ice cream at home is you can adjust the sweetness.  You don’t need an ice cream maker to cook this recipe,  just a few basic ingredients.   Ingredients  (for 6 people)...

    • Posted May 21, 2017
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  • Picnic Cafe Wangan Zoo Adventure

    Not yet ready for a real zoo experience?  The newly opened PICNIC CAFE WANGAN ZOO ADVENTURE, a play and picnic space just a few  mins.’ walk from the Kachidoki station, offers a fun alternative. Inside are statues...

    • Posted April 12, 2017
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  • Thanks to this food, many old people in Okinawa don’t need eye glasses to read

    Many centenarians in Okinawa are able to read the newspaper without the aid of eyeglasses. The secret is eating Beni imo or purple yam that grows in the region where the amount of ultraviolet rays is 1.5...

    • Posted January 10, 2016
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  • Best shampoos in Japan for thinning hair

    Little amount of grease in hair is good but if you shampoo everyday, you are stripping the hair and scalp of the natural oil it needs to keep your strands lush and shiny. Protect your hair from...

    • Posted January 4, 2016
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  • Kyochon 1991 Fried Chicken

    Col. Sanders faces tough competition this month as Kyochon 1991, a South Korean-based casual fried chicken restaurant opens its first branch in Roppongi ahead of Japan’s ‘fried chicken-snacking’ tradition on Christmas eve. In 1991, Kyochon started its...

    • Posted December 3, 2015
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  • Did you know that there are different types of eggs in Japan?

    You may not know it but quality-conscious Japan grades not only beef but also its ‘tamago‘ or chicken eggs. When you want to get the maximum amount of nutrients from eggs, pick the ones that suit your...

    • Posted November 17, 2015
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  • Confession of a Japanese mom: How to win a meal fight with just one word

    Dinner is the most challenging time of day for parents.  Feeding our kids often raise different kinds of issues from picky eaters to kids who play with their food.  When it comes to parenting style, all parents...

    • Posted November 12, 2015
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  • How to make a delicious Chicken Tan Tan Men Bowl

    When autumn rolls around, my thoughts turn to a bowl of good home-cooked ramen. Most ramen bowls served at noodle shops all over Japan are mostly made with pork. But because pork doesn’t appeal to  to my...

    • Posted October 19, 2015
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  • The Anime You Shouldn’t Expose Your Teens To

    Being in Japan exposes us to many unique aspects of Japanese culture from martial arts and gastronomy, to karaoke and anime, which is a good thing. But when my son came up to me to ask money...

    • Posted September 4, 2015
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  • Japan Decoded: What’s in a Japanese salad dressing?

    If salad dressing had not been invented, don’t you think eating greens would’ve been the most boring part of a meal? Here in Japan, there’s a number of locally produced salad dressing but with most labels in...

    • Posted July 10, 2015
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  • Japan decoded: What’s in a Japanese Yogurt?

    Keep bad bacteria out of your gut with help from Japanese yogurts.   Look out for these brands. Everyday, thousands of bacteria are having a power play inside your gut. The bad is trying to outwit the good....

    • Posted June 8, 2015
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