Wake Up and Smell the Green Tea: Japanese Breakfast is the New Way to Start Your Day


I’ve been to Japan three times. Over the course of those visits I had so many delicious meals; rich, deep curries; ramen noodles immersed in intense, flavorful broth; sushi that was so fresh my cousin slapped it in the cup of her hand because she said it was still moving …

Want to make authentic Japanese food? Just One Cookbook’s Nami Chen is here for you


If you’ve ever looked to the internet for a ramen recipe, or maybe some tips on how to brew the perfect cup of matcha, chances are your search has taken you to Just One Cookbook, the website of Namiko Hirasawa Chen. Nami, as she’s known to her legions of fans, …

Nikkei Chronicles #11—Itadakimasu 3! Nikkei Food, Family, and Community



“Nokorimono,” my mom said disdainfully. Leftovers. She was emphasizing the rule in our house as she often did, that yesterday’s food was perfectly fine for family, but not good enough to be served to guests. 

Nikkei Chronicles #6—Itadakimasu 2! Another Taste of Nikkei Culture

Natto: A Love Story


Nikkei Chronicles #4—Nikkei Family: Memories, Traditions, and Values

The Weight On My Shoulders


I don’t remember exactly how old I was when this happened—maybe nine or ten—but I distinctly remember what the hotel room looked and smelled like. The bedspreads were ugly and itchy. There was a musty smell to everything, and we figured it was because the housekeepers never really cleaned, just …

Nikkei Chronicles #1—ITADAKIMASU! A Taste of Nikkei Culture

Spam: It’s What’s For Dinner. No, Really.


Today I’m going to talk about Spam. I’m not talking about the kind in your online mailbox, I’m talking about the canned meat.Hey, where’d everybody go?

Warning: Japanese lady say not-so-nice things about racists!


I was in my early twenties, at a dinner party. The host, a friend of mine, used the “N-word” in a conversation and after a couple of nervous giggles, everyone went on eating their pasta puttanesca like nothing had happened. I tried to, but couldn’t and I made a feeble …

Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Japan Quake: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly


I know the title of this post is “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly” but it’s been really hard to find anything good about the disaster unfolding in Japan. Truth is, words seem so trivial and I don’t even particularly feel like writing about the quake, or the tsunami …

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Marsha Takeda-Morrison is a third-generation Japanese-American writer living in Los Angeles with her husband and two teenage daughters. She chronicles her family’s life on her personal blog, Sweatpantsmom, writes about parenting for and dishes on teen celebrities for Celebrity Teen Scoop.

She frequently covers pop culture and has interviewed the likes of Paris Hilton, Jessica Alba, Kim Kardashian and Mila Kunis. While she spends a lot of time in Hollywood she has never had plastic surgery, given birth to an actor’s child or tried out for the cast of ‘Glee.’ Yet.


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