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National Tanuki Cake Habitat Map aims at conserving the once-beloved but now endangered dessert

Tanuki, also known as Japanese raccoon dogs, hold a special place in Japanese culture. Often the center of folktales for their large testicles, magical abilities, and easygoing attitude, you can see them depicted in works of art all over the country. 510 more words


Hokkaido Part Two: Lavender Fields Forever

Of course I had to wake up at 5 to catch my train to Sapporo en route to Furano, located in the belly of the prefecture, as they say. 1,028 more words

Rain, Bank, Bizarre Palm Plants and Squat Challenge Videos



It’s been raining off and on pretty heavy in the Kitchener/Waterloo area for a couple days now.  There was a break in the weather right on time to try Tanuki on a longer walk.  325 more words

Japanese Folklore Part 4: Bake-Danuki

Note: This blog post is a part of a class project for my Visual Anthropology class; as such it is for educational purposes only. All photos posted here are taken by the blog author unless otherwise noted. 161 more words


Meiji Shrine

Meiji Shrine (明治神宮; Meiji Jingu) is a shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. It is located near Yoyogi Park. I visited it in January, on the same day as the… 100 more words


Quatre mains

What can I say?

Restaurant Quatre mains saved my evening, my day, my year, maybe my life!

Imagine, you take your date, the love of your life, out for a romantic meal to celebrate her birthday, and you are thrown out of the restaurant where you had made a reservation because you showed up a little late! 388 more words

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Local Foraging

It is soooo hot again today!  All I really feel like doing is laying down with a book (and wow am I ever craving mint oreo icecream!).  211 more words