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History of Bento

http://artsci.wustl.edu/~copeland/obento.html

Its the History of the Obento! A great little lesson about the yummy boxed meals we all love.

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RariTeas

http://www.rariteas.com/

This site is as amazing as it's product. RariTeas produces hand sewn blooming teas that, when hot water is poured on them, they bloom with flowers that add their fragant taste to the tea. The names of each tea correspondes to virtues and heavenly terms that definately compliment the tea. Beautiful to behold and taste these teas are a must try.

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The Teahouse Fire: a review

I just finishged a lovely historical fiction novel called The Teahouse Fire. It is a beautiful read and one I reccomend for anyone who enjoys reading Japanese historical fiction.
The book is a bout a French-American orphan girl who goes to Japan during the end of the Edo period and is separated form her uncle after a fire. She is taken in by a tea house owner's daughter and thought to be Japanese (even if deformed) because of her black hair and eyes and also because she speaks Japanese. The book follows ths girl into womanhood in Japan's Meiji period. Dramatic but with a good ending this book was so hard to put down for classes and homework.
Cool fact: the author spent 5 years learning temae (Japanese Tea Ceremony) in New York and in Japan.
A small warning, the book does contain some sex (though not graphic) and homosexuality.

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Yummies!

http://shewhoeats.blogspot.com/2005/05/different-looks-same-tastes.html

Found this site using StumbleUpon.
Not only does the article talk about yummy matcha (a thick traditional green tea) but also has traditional Japanese sweets and ice cream sushi! Yummy!
Be sure to check it out!

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Konichiwa!

Welcome to Chop Sticks R Cool: Love for all things Japanese!
Please don't mind the corny title and feel free to join and post!
I'll be sure to try to keep you updated on kawaii and cool things that I find, read, watch and hope that you will too.
Much love!

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