Welcome to my website! Here, you'll learn what I've been working on recently, gain instant access to a (not-quite-complete) archive of my past articles, and see what I've been blogging about.
A hit of the sublime: coastal redwoods, Muir Woods National Park.
Ichiju-sansai lunch at Brushstroke, Tribeca, NY, left; stencilled cherry blossom nori rolls, right.
My blog Walking and Talking is about the various subjects I cover: culture, food, art, health and Japanese American life. I'll also be exploring my new neighborhood in New York City, the Upper East Side - uncharted territory after seven years in the West Village. To read my chef profiles and food and travel reviews for the web site Cravings, just click on the links at the bottom of my profile page.
Eating Disorders News is the PsychologyToday.com blog that I write with my co-author, Dr. Marcia Herrin. We've covered subjects as diverse as eating disorders in the United Arab Emirates, mealtime parenting tips from the movie Little Miss Sunshine, to the under-recognized problem of boys and eating disorders.
Many idolize her and some think she's crazy, but judge for yourself. Here's my People magazine profile on Japanese tidying guru Marie Kondo. In another Japan-related story, here's my story on Fukushima sake maker Yasuhiko Niida, whose commitment to brewing organically redoubled after the Tohoku earthquake and nuclear disaster.
One of the best experiences of my last trip to Japan was visiting the Japanese organic farm Konohana Family, where microbial fermentation plays a key role in every aspect of its success. Here's the Acres USA article I wrote on Konohana. Other recent sustainable ag articles include this Civil Eats piece on food leader Mary Cleaver and her husband Ashley Hollister, who put their agricultural ideals to the test when they bought a farm upstate. This CE article is about a pasture-based rancher targeted by animal rights activists, and the issues that arise when sustainable ranchers move closer to their semi-urban customers.
The Upper East Side of Manhattan is still considered by some to be a restaurant dead zone, but things are looking up. Here are my Edible Manhattan best picks in an ever-changing landscape. For the magazine Naturally, Danny Seo, I profiled tech entrepreneur-turned wellness guru Constantin Bisanz and vegan chef Oliva Roszkowski.
Also on the sake front, read my Medium profile on one of the top women master brewers in Japan, Miho Imada. For Punch, I visited the Tokyo lab of an expert in sake yeast and learned how he's looking to flower yeasts to help save the industry. In Edible Manhattan, I trace the increase in popularity of sake in New York City.
My latest story for Discover Nikkei is on a photographic exhibit comparing the WWII prison camps of the U.S. and Canada, with photos by Ansel Adams and Leonard Frank. DN is also home to this post on my mother's return to the Heart Mountain, Wyoming U.S. government prison camp where she and her family were held captive for three years during World War II.
Here are some of my recent Wall Street Journal stories: this on a cool Brooklyn metal sculptor, Vallessa Monk, and this one on restaurateur/real estate adviser Mark Amadei. This story showcases the work of Canadian designer Anne Hepfer. Looking for an interesting mailbox? Check this story out.
If you're into Japanese food, check out my Saveur article on the New Year's Day tradition of eating ozoni, a steaming bowl of dashi-based soup filled with toasted rice cakes and vegetables.
Entries on poet Lawson Fusao Inada and artist Roger Shimomura are my latest contributions to the Densho Encyclopedia, which catalogs the people, events, and organizations that were part of the WWII Japanese American exclusion and incarceration.