“How to” Guide

How much can you realistically make self-publishing a book?

One of the most common questions I get as a self-published author is “how much money can I make by self-publishing?” This question is difficult to answer for a number of reasons, partly because it’s awkward to talk about money. But mostly [...]

2 December, 2015 // 34 Comments

How to go “Blueberry Hunting” in Japan

One of Ryouske and my many hobbies is “hunting” (狩り-ing) fruits in Japan. What I mean by that is we love going to all you can pick, all you can eat fruit farms. In Japan, “all you can eat” cherries, blueberries, grapes, [...]

6 August, 2014 // 19 Comments

8 Tips for Making the Most of your Shopping Trip

1. Go through your closet and make a list of things you “need” This will keep your shopping on track. Yes, about 90% of the time when I go shopping with friend, it is NOT to pick up one, specific staple my closet is missing. Shopping is my [...]

3 November, 2013 // 3 Comments

How to make & eat Bibimbap (ビビンバ)

Bibimbap, a Korean dish found throughout Japan, represents everything I love about food. Taken from the Korean word for “mixed rice,” bibimbap is rice, a collection of vegetables, meat, raw egg, and chili pepper paste served in a [...]

10 September, 2013 // 8 Comments

How to make Fake Japanese Prop Food (Melon Parfait)

One of the coolest things in Japan is the fake food. Restaurants across Japan have these vivid display windows filled with lifelike food. It is incredible. Where does this fake food come from? I found out a couple months ago, when a friend took me [...]

28 August, 2013 // 4 Comments

Surviving a Japanese Summer: Tips for enduring the Heat

Surviving a Japanese Summer: How to deal with the heat and humidity 1. Use an ice pillow at night. The concept is simple, Japan sells a specific type of freeze pack (like you know, the kind you put on injuries) that are specifically designed to be a [...]

29 July, 2013 // 10 Comments

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