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Tea Ceremony

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Today I had the pleasure of attending a traditional Japanese tea ceremony at the invitation of the Vancouver Japanese Consulate. The ceremony took place in the Tea Gallery at the UBC Asian Centre, and was performed by Ms. Maiko Behr (tea ceremony instructor) in the Omotesenke traditional way of tea. Mr. Okada (Consul General of […]


Lunch at Hi Genki

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I displayed an arrangement today in an ikebana show in Burnaby at the hall that’s next to the National Nikkei Heritage Centre. Karen and Steve drove out to see the show, and we went for lunch at Hi Genki, the cute little restaurant in the Nikkei Centre. We started off with the gomae, one of my […]


Yo Sushi

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On a whim two friends and I dropped in on Yo SUSHI in North Burnaby for dinner. This is a new-ish (open a year or so?) Korean run Japanese restaurant which took over the former Bombay Bhel restaurant space next door to Anton’s Pasta Bar. None of us had tried Yo SUSHI before, and it wasn’t busy […]


Saba Set at Mega Sushi

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Today I was out in Steveston for an Ikebana club meeting, after the meeting some of us decided to go for sushi. Usually we go to Ichiro, but this time we decided to try Mega Sushi. I ordered the saba set – grilled mackerel with accompaniments. Started off with miso soup, which came in a really cute […]


Sushi & Gelato

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Continuing on the trend of taking my mom out for seafood while she’s in town, my aunt and I took her to Kishimoto on Commercial Drive. It was very busy as usual, and we had to wait a while before getting a seat. We were able to sit at the bar after waiting about 20 […]



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It had been a while since I’d been to Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar, so when two friends and I were figuring out a place for dinner I suggested it. Kishimoto is one of my favourite sushi places. The seafood is always fresh, it’s very authentic, and the presentation is always incredible. The only downfall to […]

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Hi Genki

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I was attending a meeting at the National Nikkei Heritage Centre today, so some friends and I went for lunch at the Hi Genki restaurant in Burnaby. Hi Genki is run by Fujiya, one of Vancouver’s favourite Japanese food stores. The atmosphere here is nothing to write about, it’s basically a cafeteria attached to the National Nikkei Heritage […]