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Cassandra Lord
For Cassandra Lord's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
The end-of-year company party has been pretty much on hold for the past few years due to the pandemic. Will people embrace the tradition in bigger numbers as a result?
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Dec 8, 2023
Should we forget the year or forget the party?
After a few years without proper yearend work parties, are Japanese workers ready for a big bash? Or, has the tradition come to an end?
With this simple yet filling soup, you might just forget you're not back home at the family table for Thanksgiving dinner.
LIFE / Food & Drink / The Recipe Box
Nov 19, 2023
Recipe: Velvety kabocha soup
Kabocha is harvested in the summer in some regions, and after sitting for a few months, the plentiful starches inside the tough outer skin turn to sugars.
Whether you see it as ceremonious or a “way” of living in the moment, the tea ceremony offers a chance to relax and think about the moment you are in.
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Oct 13, 2023
The linguistic influence of tea in Japan is more than ceremonial
The way of tea is one of inner peace and enjoying the moment. And it's good for understanding idioms, too.
Take a moment to look up at the sky tonight, see if you can spot some lunar rabbits.
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Sep 29, 2023
An autumnal custom teaches Japan to appreciate the season
While not as popular as its springtime cherry blossom cousin, moon-viewing season still has its own specific customs.
A Japanese doctor helps a non-Japanese patient check in at the front desk of a hospital.
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Aug 25, 2023
Let’s get clinical: Navigating a trip to a Japanese hospital
You don't need to be stressed out about your linguistic ability when you check into a Japanese hospital, so brush up on some terms beforehand.
The "furoshiki" style of wrapping gifts takes advantage of a fabric that can be used more than once.
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Aug 10, 2023
Eco-friendly eating with a healthy helping of Japanese
Sustainability-related vocabulary isn't the only way to get your thoughts across on sustainable food practices in Japanese.
Fast fashion concept. Woman chooses jeans in a store. Lots of clothes in the store. Fast Fashion Destroying Planet
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Jul 21, 2023
Fashion, fast and slow: Discussing shopping ethics in Japanese
Whether it’s a trendy top from a chain store in Shibuya or a vintage piece from the backstreets of Kichijoji, know how to shop with a mind to sustainability in Japanese.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Jun 30, 2023
Frugal phrases: Finding money-saving tips in Japanese
Cost-conscious Japanese shoppers know various tricks to try and save money. By beefing up on your economic terms, maybe you can get in on the deals.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / 20 QUESTIONS
May 30, 2023
Yuki Miyazawa: 'Even if it’s something small, I should do what I can'
After spending much of her life abroad, Yuki Miyazawa returned to Japan determined to bring the best aspects of her international lifestyle with her.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / 20 QUESTIONS
Apr 10, 2023
Kristina Ganea: With sourdough, ‘the more you fail, the more you learn’
Smell something good wafting from a shop in Tokyo’s Hiroo neighborhood? That’s probably because Kristina Ganea has something delicious in the oven.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Apr 8, 2023
A long and winding visit to 'secret' Ubayu Onsen
Secluded and remote hot springs are yet another example of Japan"s deep bathing culture.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Apr 6, 2023
Talk about your favorite shows in Japanese — but no spoilers, please!
It"s always fun to talk about what"s on TV, but recently it has been what"s on streaming services that has taken up most of the conversation.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Mar 22, 2023
Get off the beaten path with some basic Japanese to see the sakura
The key verb to know when traveling is "iku" (to go). Combine it with other verbs for further specificity.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Dec 9, 2022
The language of c-c-c-cold!: You can say more than just ‘samui desu
The temperature may be dropping but that doesn't mean your vocabulary can't be on the rise. Start expanding on the ways you can express how you feel during the winter.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Nov 18, 2022
Warming up to onsen: The quirks and customs of public baths
Japan's hot spring baths are often on the to-do list of many tourists, just make sure you know the rules before heading inside.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Oct 7, 2022
I know Japanese. Why can’t I read signs in Hokkaido?
A lot of the readings for kanji on Japan's northernmost island are connected to the language and culture of the Ainu, who are indigenous to Hokkaido.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Aug 19, 2022
That's using your noodle: The linguistic joy of cooking
Looking to up your vocabulary in Japanese? Recipes are actually a great (and delicious) place to start.

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Tokyo Healthcare University professor Takayuki Mifune explains how he is trying to re-create bonito broth from 1,300 years ago.
The quest to re-create what the Japanese ate 1,300 years ago