THE DARUMA DOLL

This robust character is a symbol of good luck, good fortune, and strength. The Daruma’s physical presence is strong, and in most cases, the doll is difficult to knock over due to it’s rotund figure. As a result, it is said that the Daruma will never fall to defeat or...

Sunomono – Cold Noodle Salad

4 inch strip of thinly sliced English Cucumber 50 grams of Harussame Noodles 1/2 cup of Tiny Cooked Shrimp (or crab meat) 7 tbsp. of Rice Vinegar 3 tbsp. of Sugar 2 tbsp. of Water 2 tbsp. of Mirin (Japanese sweet cooking wine) – optional Mix the vinegar, sugar,...

KOKESHI NINGYO DOLL

The Kokeshi Ningyo dolls are the most popular of all Japanese folkcraft. They come in all sizes and shapes, and their specific forms, facial features and painted patterns identify the region where they are made. The art is passed from master to apprentice, and while...

Sushi Su (Vinegar Dressing For Rice)

(For 3 rice cooker cups (2/3 regular cups) of raw rice) 4 oz Japanese Rice Vinegar 5 Tablespoons Sugar 1/2 Teaspoon Salt 1 Teaspoon M.S.G (optional) Mix all ingredients thoroughly until all seasonings are dissolved. Heating or microwaving the solution is acceptable to...