- - - 9/22/2008 - - -

Tottori Sand Dunes PanoramaVR

Filed under: — Andy @ 3:31 am

I finally made the 360 panorama of the Tottori Sand Dunes.
Take a look.

- - - 9/21/2008 - - -


Filed under: — Andy @ 3:22 am

I got me a Japanese grasshopper.

- - - 9/18/2008 - - -

Eisa in Machida

Filed under: — Andy @ 2:13 am

As I was passing through Machida one Sunday afternoon, I came across an Okinawan eisa festival. There were a lot of eisa groups dancing in the street. There were a also a lot of people crowding and watching and waiting in huge lines for probably not so good Okinawan food. Having lived in Okinawa, I got to see plently of eisa and eat lots of great food, but without the Tokyo crowds.

- - - 9/15/2008 - - -

Tsukimi Dango

Filed under: — Andy @ 3:21 am

Tsukimi is a Japanese moon viewing festival that honors the first full moon of Autumn. On this day people eat tsukimi dango. This year I made dango and had a small tsukimi party with some of the people in my building. I made 3 kinds of dango: mitarashi, black sesami, and anko. All were delicious.

- - - 9/4/2008 - - -


Filed under: — Andy @ 4:11 am

One of the other things I did over my summer vacation was study and learn how to make Japanese sweets. Although, I have made Japanese sweets in the past, I wanted to go a level up and try something a little more difficult. I practiced making 2 different kinds of anko from red beans, and also started working with different kinds of mochi. I successfully made Daifuku and Uguisumochi.