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Friday food treat: Japanese Whisky

Japanese whiskey tasting

Japanese whisky tasting

The Japanese enjoy whiskey. In fact there is a whisky distillery in Hokkaido that has won several international awards. So, it would be remiss of us not to taste their wares!

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Five self-education hacks that won’t cost you a fortune

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Attending training and conferences are expensive activities. If you are a sole trader or someone who pays for their own self-development, these may present an expense that you choose not to take on. There are ways around this.

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Friday food treat: Dashi



Dashi is a stock base which is a staple ingredient to many Japanese dishes. This includes soups, vegetable dishes, casserole and stew-like dishes. It is really very simple to make as long as you have the basic ingredients.

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How to have a career and see the world

James is the manager of Monty’s restaurant and bar in Hirafu village. He is one of the first business owners I met – largely due to his coffee-making prowess! Many coffees and conversations later, he agreed to tell me more about his flexible lifestyle.

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Friday food post: Takoyaki

Takoyaki (00B)

Takoyaki is is a ball-shaped Japanese snack made of a wheat flour-based batter, cooked in a special moulded pan. It is a little like gem-irons – small cylindrical repositories. The contents are delicious.

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Possessions and puddles of pleasure

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Photo credit – Jean Downs via

What are the best things to spend your money on – possessions or experiences? Some might say that possessions last longer and this contributes to value. Others say that the purchase of possessions is akin to “puddles of pleasure” – that don’t last long before they dry up. Interesting research expands on these ideas.

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Friday food treat: Shichi-mi togarashi


Shichi-mi togarashi is also known as Japanese seven spice powder. As the name suggests it contains seven ingredients that blend to make a spicy flavour in salad dressings or other meat dishes. If you think this is a Japanese version of Chinese 5 spice powder – think again, and read on.

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Thoughts about money …

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Photo credit – Tim Gouw via

If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours.
~ Ray Kroc

The value of a lunch break

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Photo credit – Henrique Felix via

Do you take a break at lunch? Or, do you stay at your desk and have a “bun on the run” while doing work? If you do, you may like to rethink that!

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Friday food treat: Yakiniku – Japanese BBQ

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Yakiniku is a Japanese barbeque – a meat feast. We were served trays meat, a plate of vegetables, a bowl of rice and condiments that included soy sauce, garlic, chilli and pepper. Then the fun began!

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