Musings of a Cooking Boffin

Musings of a Cooking Boffin

The four wisdoms


On the origin and meaning of this chant, common in Japanese Buddhism.

The Winds of Kyoto


A very short story for the Fifth Annual Kyoto Writing Competition.

Drawing the Naginata Hoko


Some years ago I photographed musicians in a festival float in Kyoto on the eve of the Gion Matsuri. I finally turned it into a drawing.

Drawing the dancer of Ranryōō


Some years ago I saw a a traditional dance performance in Kyoto on the eve of the Gion Matsuri. I finally turned it into a drawing.

Move over onion, here's ginger


Quick and Tasty recipes don't use onion. There is no special reason, I just prefer ginger. So let's make the case for ginger.