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How to make Japanese Rice – a guide by Just One Cookbook

So you are facing a problem: you either bought or someone gave you Japanese rice and now you need to cook it. How is it different from other types of rice? Do you need more or less water? How thirsty is it? Do you need to wash it? In short - what are all the … Continue reading How to make Japanese Rice – a guide by Just One Cookbook

Making authentic Japanese food – even if you don’t have all the ingredients

When I travel, I want the local experience: visiting local sites, seeing and doing local things, and eating local food. This is especially true when I move to a new country. I want to not only eat the local food, I also want to learn to make that food. Now that I live in Japan, … Continue reading Making authentic Japanese food – even if you don’t have all the ingredients

Immersive language learning online and offline

Guest Blogger: Nick Eley is the Co-Founder of English Like A Native and has become fluent in Spanish and Thai while travelling.   What is immersive language learning? Immersive language learning is the process of surrounding yourself with a language and culture.  At its best, you take away all of the options to engage with the … Continue reading Immersive language learning online and offline

Eden Project, UK – The Eighth Wonder of the World

There are some things that humans have made in the name of science that are just amazing. One example is Biosphere 2 for climate change and space research in Arizona. Another is the Eden Project in Cornwall, England. The smaller, Mediterranean biome is to the right and the rainforest biome is in the mid-ground. History … Continue reading Eden Project, UK – The Eighth Wonder of the World

Fukuoka Botanical Garden – Roses Galore

While May may be the month best known for Peonies in Japan, we mustn't forget the roses that are also out in bloom at this time. One of the best places to see roses in their full glory is the Fukuoka City Zoo and Botanical Garden, located in the heart of Fukuoka. The Fukuoka Botanical … Continue reading Fukuoka Botanical Garden – Roses Galore

Sumiso (酢味噌) and Sanshosumiso (山椒酢味噌) – A sauce to spice up any meat, vegetable or seafood dish

If you are looking for a new sauce to put with your vegetable, meat or seafood dishes, I am happy to announce that your search is over. I would like to introduce you to something that was introduced to me by my host family: sumiso/sanshosumiso. Sumiso is a simple sauce that is made from three … Continue reading Sumiso (酢味噌) and Sanshosumiso (山椒酢味噌) – A sauce to spice up any meat, vegetable or seafood dish

Peony Garden in Fukuoka’s Ohori Park – Japan

Just like the bees that pollinate them, the residents of Fukuoka flock to the peony garden in Ohori Park in early May. Like the nearby Wisteria Garden, you will find many Japanese people coming here to photograph the peonies. Peonies, or 芍薬 (しゃくやく, shyakuyaku) in Japan (some species are also called ボタン (botan)), represent symbolise … Continue reading Peony Garden in Fukuoka’s Ohori Park – Japan

A Garden After Blooming – Wisteria Garden, Ohori Park, Fukuoka

We see the effects of flowering plants year-round: sniffling and sneezing because of pollen, bees and insects invading picnics, and a sweet smell in the air. What many of us fail to realise is how fast flowers come and go. Nowhere is this more evident than in a single-species garden - also called a monoculture … Continue reading A Garden After Blooming – Wisteria Garden, Ohori Park, Fukuoka

Fushimi Inari and Mt. Inari, Kyoto – The path of 1000 gates

A different view of the torii If you are travelling to Kyoto on a budget, you don't like spending money or you just like hiking, then Fushimi Inari is for you. Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社) is a Shinto Shrine in Kyoto that is dedicated to Inari, the god of rice. It is free to visit … Continue reading Fushimi Inari and Mt. Inari, Kyoto – The path of 1000 gates

Wisteria in Fukuoka – Purple cascades

If you are a fan of purple flowers, wisteria (フジの花) may be just the thing for you. Wisteria typically blooms in Japan in late April and early May. Because it is further south in Japan, the wisteria in Fukuoka usually blooms before the wisteria on the islands of Honshu and Hokkaido. One of the best … Continue reading Wisteria in Fukuoka – Purple cascades

Guide to Getting a Japanese Visa (2022)

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, getting a Japanese visa is very difficult. Before 1 March 2022, it was nearly impossible. The rules and restrictions have been eased somewhat for getting a visa but they are still difficult. The Japanese visa process is a long one. Make sure you read this guide completely before beginning the … Continue reading Guide to Getting a Japanese Visa (2022)

Guide to Airport Arrival COVID test in Japan (2022)

On 20 April 2022, I flew to Haneda Airport near Tokyo, Japan. I came to study Japanese at a language school on a student visa. You have to take an arrival Covid test in Japan at the airport. This guide will tell you what to expect and what is expected of you. I will use … Continue reading Guide to Airport Arrival COVID test in Japan (2022)

Biosphere 2, Arizona – Climate change and space research

North of Tucson, Arizona and the Santa Catalina mountains about an hour from Saguaro National Park sits an interesting looking complex. If you didn't know it was there, it is easy to overlook because it sits far back into the foothills. It looks like a giant greenhouse and moon base. But what is it? That … Continue reading Biosphere 2, Arizona – Climate change and space research

Sonora Desert Museum, Arizona – Natural history and botanical garden

Central and southwestern Arizona is covered by the Sonoran Desert, part of which also lies in California and the Mexican states of Sonora, Baja California and Baja California Sur. West of Tucson, just south of Saguaro National Park, lies the Sonora Desert Museum - a botanical garden, natural history museum, zoo, aquarium and art gallery. … Continue reading Sonora Desert Museum, Arizona – Natural history and botanical garden

Double negatives in English – a big no no

Picture it: you are sitting in an English class and a teacher says "don't use double negatives". Double negative? What is a double negative? How can anything be negative twice? What is a double negative? A double negative in the content of language is when a sentence has multiple negative words. A negative word can … Continue reading Double negatives in English – a big no no