Japan has wonderful food! It's a popular assumption that the Japanese diet consists of mostly rice and sushi/raw fish. But nuh-uhnnn not true (if it were, I probably wouldn't be here). Instead, Japanese food is actually quite diverse and really really good; and most of it is very healthy, not to mention, it's good.
I enjoy cooking and I often look up new recipes to try out. But this is a relatively new thing. As you may recall, back in the day I intentionally avoided the kitchen as a young woman. As a result, I don't have recipes in my memory... not even one (well, maybe one for a good grilled cheese sandwich). So for ideas and inspiration for cooking I have found the website AllRecipes.com to be an excellent cooking resource. It's a cooking community and kind of social network for cooking and recipe sharing. I really enjoy the reviews feature-- I am an avid reader of reviews, for everything (movies, books, music, tv shows, shoes, clothes.... I do a lot online)! I have been referring to this site over the past two years and have come across a few great recipes. As a result, I have increasingly become more comfortable incorporating more Japanese ingredients into my cooking.
Occasionally though, a sista does become homesick and I begin thinking about the home cooking I can't get here Japan. Last fall, I had a serious craving for turnip/collard greens. Turnips are a popular vegetable here, however leaves or 'greens' part of it, I have never seen a big full bush of turnip greens left in tact.