Finding the Good Life in Japan

Eating locally takes on a new meaning when living abroad.



Japanese village, winding road
Hadasu, a Japanese farming and fishing village near their home.
WINIFRED BIRD
Japanese man and Caucasian woman
Keita Hanai and Winifred Bird in a house that Keita built.
MEGUMI HANAI
Vegetable gardens in Japan
Gardens provide much of the produce for residents of the community.
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woman sitting with legs under a quilt by a table
Sitting in a kotatsu, a table with a heating unit below.
KEITA HANAI
Japanese roadside vegetable stand
Mujin-hanbai, a produce station run on the honor system.
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fish drying by hanging
A typical way of preserving fish is to dehydrate them.
WINIFRED BIRD
terraced Japanese fields
Nachi Katsura, a town near the author’s home.
YOJI OTA
drying persimmons
Visit the Japanese countryside in November or December, and you will see strings of deep orange persimmons drying under the eaves of farmhouses.
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