Monthly Archives: January 2013

How Miso is Made

Ever wonder what miso is?  If you’ve been to Japan or eaten at a Japanese restaurant, you’ve likely had or at least seen miso.  I remember my first time having miso soup.  I was in college trying out a little Japanese restaurant that had popped up just outside the UofA.  I was pretty green as far as Japanese food went so I ordered teriyaki chicken (I’m sure the chef was thinking all kinds of bad things about me).  Before the

Things to Come on MTJ

Hi all! As you might have noticed, I was out all last week with my students in Kyushu for their school trip.  I will have a lot more to post on that amazing experience, as well as plenty of pictures.  I ended up with over 4,000 plus video.  Most of the photos I won’t be able to share due to privacy concerns, but since I haven’t had a chance to finish up all the draft posts I have, I opted

2013 Japanese School Trip (Live Tweeting)

Monday is a day off in Japan in celebration of Coming-of-Age-Day which we just celebrated on our island yesterday.  I’ll be posting about that soon, but this week I have the opportunity to travel from Okinawa to Kyushu for the Junior High School Trip.  School trips are a huge part of school life and are memories that will stay with students forever.  This year I’ll be live tweeting throughout the four-day trip.  Check back here for new tweets or follow

A First Birthday in Kumejima

Happy Birthday!  A baby’s first year is an important milestone, and it is perhaps no wonder that in a culture full of tradition, ceremony, and concerns about omens and luck that is marked with a special occasion.  I have never had any children, so I’m no expert when it comes to children’s festivals and culture, however, a friend’s child recently turned one and he shared this bit of culture with me. Tankaue Ceremony On Kumejima, the anniversary of a baby’s

2012 Year in Review

First off thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read More Things Japanese this year.  Though the blog has been going since 2010, it really jumped forward this year after moving to its new domain ( in January, and with my vast increase of posts (from once in a while to every day for a while).  I’ve scaled back to around once a week since that hectic workload gave me no time to work on my fiction.