My name is Jessica, and I’m an American in my late twenties living in the Shitamachi area of Tokyo. I was originally drawn to Japan by my love of Japanese rock music, but along the way I also became fascinated with Japanese cuisine – not the fancy, elaborate dishes served in upscale restaurants or the processed convenience food that many Japanese people eat today, but the simple way of cooking practiced by generations of Japanese that is focused on whole foods and a sensitivity towards the seasons.
Along the way, I also acquired a Japanese husband named Tsuyoshi who likes Japanese food (almost) as much as I do. I won’t claim that my tonjiru (miso soup with pork) inspired him to marry me, but I think it may have partially factored into his decision.
I started this blog in November 2010 as a way to further explore my interest in Japanese food. I am not an expert by any means and have never formally studied Japanese cuisine, but I hope to provide a unique perspective as an American who has incorporated cooking and eating Japanese food into my daily life. I plan to use this blog as a place to share recipes, provide information, and wax rhapsodic on the wide array of seasonal ingredients that shows up in my local supermarket and vegetable stands.
In case you’re wondering, my favorite non-Japanese foods are strawberries, banana bread, and peanut butter. I spend my free time reading, translating (which is also how I make my living) writing (I’m very slowly working on a young adult novel that may be finished one of these years), exercising, pining for the mountains of my home state, and exploring Tokyo by foot.
Blog comments and e-mail are good ways to contact me if you are so inclined!