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.
Farmer Akiko Ishiguro of Konohana Family, an organic farm and intentional community in Shizuoka, Japan that I visited in November.
Eye-popping fall chrysanthemum, Yushima Tenjin Shrine, Tokyo, left. Sake casks, Kinpou Niida Honke, Fukushima, 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.
Local sustainable food leader Mary Cleaver and her husband Ashley Hollister put their agricultural ideals to the test when they bought a farm upstate. My Civil Eats article on them describes the joys and challenges that followed. 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.
On the sake front, read my Medium profile on one of the top women master brewers in Japan, Miho Imada.
I'm happy to be able to shine the spotlight on the daring yet under-recognized entrepreneur Bon Yagi in this two-part Discover Nikkei story. Over the last 30 years Yagi has helped shape the East Village's Japanese food identity. 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.
More on sake: 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. If you're more into Japanese food, not drink, 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.