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Photo of Kimberly's sketch pad with penciled drawings of Japanese meal items (yunomi, shoyu, chawan filled with gohan, ohashi, kyusu)

Growing up, our meals included Japanese rice on the side of everything. Though our cabinet shelves were filled with chawan bowls and our drawers with ohashi, we always seemed to be running out of clean dishware due to their frequent use.

Chazuke (green tea poured over cooked rice) was most often accompanied by tofu and turkey bologna slices with tsukemono and Kikkoman shoyu at the ready. It was a staple--the PB&J equivalent of our household.

I remember these simple meals and the many conversations that took place in our little kitchen with the tea kettle's urgent whistle and the aroma of steaming ocha nearby.

How I love memory and dear flavors, so delightful in their nostalgia and comfort.


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