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  • Government Reminder to Aim for an Active Lifestyle...?



    We love to write about the holidays, festivals, and other interesting events that have influenced people in our company who have spent a portion of their lives in Japan! This time we bring you 体育の日(Taiiku no Hi) which is usually translated to be Continue reading

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  • Are You Aware of Vegetarian Awareness Month?

    B_1610_rootveggies             We all know October as the month when the autumn weather finally sets in for the long run and, of course, as the month that contains one of America’s favorite holidays, Halloween! What you may not know is that October is both “Vegetarian Awareness Month” and “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”, and it kicks off with “World Vegetarian Day” on Continue reading

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  • Autumn Officially Begins Soon!



    Although not given the same reverent celebrations now as in the past,

    there are only two times of the year when the day and night are nearly equal in length. These times are Continue reading

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  • Iowa State Fair Soy-based Salad Dressing Contest



    There was tough competition, but Chef Alex Strauss of HY-VEE Market Café

    in West Des Moines brought home the gold in the Iowa State Fair Soy-based Salad Dressing Contest. His sweet and spicy Creamy Mango Habanero Dressing wowed both judges and Continue reading

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  • Do Something Different (Inside) During the Hottest Month of Summer



    For some reason, there always seems to be a sense of urgency to fill your days with worthwhile activities in the summertime. If your weekends don’t have a full schedule, it really feels like you’re Continue reading

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  • Our Favorite Japanese Summer Dishes!

    We are in the heat of summer

    and you can definitely feel it. The air conditioner barely gets a break and we’re pretty sure most people are wishing that their dress code at work allowed sandals and tank tops. Despite the heat (or more likely because of it) our Southern Californian Continue reading

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  • Independence Day!

    We hope everyone had a fantastic yet relaxing Fourth of July

    NL_fireworks_PismoBchCAwith their friends and families! The three day weekend that accompanies our freedom celebrations is one that many look forward to – especially as there is a dearth of holidays in the summer once you’re forced to brave the ‘real world’. There’s nothing like no longer having long, guaranteed vacations from school to make you cherish your infrequent holidays now. Doesn't it almost have you Continue reading

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  • 18th Annual Take Your Dog to Work Day


    As most of those who adore man’s best friend (more than their human family at times) know, Take Your Dog to Work Day was last Friday. It’s an easy date to remember not just because it’s the highlight of the work week, but also because Continue reading

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  • What Father’s Day Gifts Dads Really Want for Their One Day a Year



    Of the many holidays each year, Father’s Day is pretty high up there in importance. Easily on par with Mother’s Day in that it celebrates a person who has contributed to our lives in an immutable way and yet it seems as though it always slips under the radar. Dads are forever getting stuck with last minute gifts, which are absolutely no good, right? Continue reading

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  • Fermented Foods

    If you're a fan of foods with a delightful mix of sweet, savory and sour...

    then you probably already have a fondness for fermented foods. Fermentation is pretty popularkimchi, fermented food, tofu, dubu these days, and it seems to be bubbling up everywhere from grocery stores to mainstream magazines. But what is this movement really all about? What exactly are fermented foods and why is everyone so crazy about them these days?


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