Happy NY Japan

It’s that time of year again where we join the crowds in Ome (a country village on the far end of Tokyo with a disproportionate amount of vintage American Western movie billboards) to let go of our Daruma dolls of yesteryear and buy new ones. For an explanation on this fun and superstitious Japanese tradition,…

A double dose of luck for 2012

This year for New Year’s Day, I was thankful for a few friends at Yokota to eat peas with me.  For those uninitiated with southern cuisine/traditions, each part of the New Year’s Day meal stands for something: black eyed peas: stands for good luck.  why peas? Soak them and they swell.  Like good luck swells?  Something like…