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December 07, 2011


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Katrina Grigg-Saito

Love this, I've been thinking a lot about how my communities are spread all over the world and also that "Home is where life is." When I first set foot back in Tokyo, back in NYC and back to where I live in Boston, I think, "I'm home." And over good food with good friends no matter where in the world it is, I think the same thing, "I'm home."


Hey Katrina. Thanks. Yes, the issue of home is something I think about a lot as well. I wrote a post about it last year and talk about it in the book. Where is home? Exactly. It can be many places, and it is something that you live and breath inside of yourself. It is that feeling of oomph, I feel so relaxed and am in my perfect slot at this moment. It does not mean that you negate your real home or some other home. I think that is an important distinction and perhaps something that is hard for stay-at-home family members to understand. Nice to hear from you.


Nancy! Been thinking about you and so happy to read your wonderful post about community. (I regularly post on political blogs as a "Communitarian".)

Ron and I watched our first Mochi pounding celebration at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco - love the idea that these events - along with your book - celebrate the art of tradition and community.

Broke my leg in October, but invited 11 family members to cook Thanksgiving in our big farm kitchen (while I sat with my cast up shouting instructions). So sorry to read about Tadaaki’s mother's passing. Family layers that the next generation won't forget.

Best wishes for your winter holiday celebration -
Karen Barr

Malena Watrous

Hi Nancy,

I am so sorry to hear about baachan, but it seems lovely somehow that if she had to pass away, she did it in the o-furo. That's where I'd want to go, at such a ripe age. But I'm terribly sorry for all of you and I know how hard it is to love a beloved family member. Can't wait to see your book! Let me know next time you're in the area.



Karen: Always great to get your lively news. Maybe one day you and Ron will come to Japan and get to actually do the pounding! I promise to clean the house (sort of...). Our Thanksgiving went smoothly this year. I kept the numbers down to a comfortable 22 and made sure the group mix was mellow. We are looking forward to Christopher coming home for a month during winter break. Next week!! I may be in Portland in March, otherwise not until September. Will keep you posted.

Malena: Sorry we couldn't connect last trip. I'll give you more advance warning next time. This year has been a weird one but someone things keep rolling along. I have a lot more to say, but better save it for a private email. Miss your mentoring...how is the darling Maxie-man? Still loving umeboshi? I made my own this year. Will bring.


Great video of the mochi pounding - I would be terrified of getting my hand smacked by the mallet if I were the person doing the folding! Sending warm thoughts and hugs from NJ...


Hey Case, I agree that was a pretty phenomenal video put together by Yoko Kumono of Umamimart. As for the folding job, I've actually never done it (too busy doing other things), but basically it`s just a matter of rhythm. I think your back would get tired before your hand got smacked. See you in March? I'll be in NYC for IACP.

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