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For the month of December, 2010




As I’ve mentioned in years past, sushi is a big tradition for my family (and many other Japanese families) on New Year’s day. (Gosh, I look so young in that post! No laughing.) I can’t remember a single year that we haven’t had some sort of sushi on New Year’s. And ever since I started Sushi Day four years ago, I’ve been the one to provide the sushi for my family.

So every year, this means buying a bunch of fish for my family. Nowadays, I try to be sustainable as I can. But I know as well as anybody how hard that can be when Japanese supermarkets stock so many types of unsustainable seafood on their shelves.

Because of that, I’m sure you can guess where I plan on buying my New Year’s sashimi this year. You know I’m a huge fan of I Love Blue Sea – I really can’t say enough good things about them. Their fish is fresh and delicious, and the entire experience of buying from them is fantastic.



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Scallops and lemon, scallops and lemon.

There’s a good reason why it’s such a classic combination… they go so well with each other, don’t you think?

I thought I’d mix it up a little by frying the lemon slices in butter… certainly an interesting (and delicious) addition.

As for the marinated cucumbers, you really can’t go wrong with them. They make a great addition to just about any Asian dish.

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Congratulations to Stacie! She was the winner of the musubi ornament! Stacie, send me your shipping address so I can get the ornament sent to you before Christmas! ^_^



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Japanese people make the cutest things.

I mean, seriously, have you ever been in a Japanese store? Or seen Japanese things online? (Of course you have, just look at what I’m giving away this week.)

We’re really big on cute.

Especially food cute. Do a search on cute bento boxes, and you’ll see what I mean.

Today’s giveaway is no exception. This candy cane musubi ornament is cute as can be, don’t you think? (They have other styles too – my mom has a whole Thanksgiving series that she puts out in November, and we also got a Lakers-themed musubi ornament for my Lakers-loving grandmother. Sshh, don’t tell her!)

All you have to do to win this musubi ornament is leave a comment on this post, telling me what you would love to get for Christmas. (Me? I’d love a KitchenAid stand mixer. But since that’s not likely, I’m hoping to get a pair of oven mitts… because somehow I still don’t own a pair. And legwarmers. A dancer can never have too many legwarmers.)

The contest ends this Saturday, December 18th, at 11:59pm. The winner will be picked randomly. I’ll ship anywhere, so anyone can enter. One entry per person, please!



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Congratulations to Lara! She was the winner of the sushi earrings.

In other news, we’re having a sale! From now until the end of the year, buy at least $40 worth of products from our Sushi Day store, and get $20 off. Our Sushi Day shirts are super-soft, way comfortable, and the perfect gift for every sushi lover in your life. Our Sushi Kits are great for anyone who wants to learn how to roll sushi at home, especially with New Year’s Day (a day where we eat tons of sushi!) coming up.

All you have to do is add $40 or more worth of Sushi Day stuff to your cart, then use the coupon code sushiholidays at checkout to get $20 off!



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Auntie Reiko

This is my awesome Great Aunt Rieko (and my gorgeous mother).

Let me just say I have the coolest great aunt in the world.

It’s true.

You can’t convince me otherwise.

She loves to feed us. (Every time we go out with her, she always wants to order extra so we can take home food.)

She’s such a giver. (She always wants to buy things to give to us, her sisters, her friends…)

She brightens everyone’s day. (The word you hear most around her is “happy”… “I’m so happy to see you; I’m so happy you came to hang out with me!” She’s one happy camper.)

She loves the food I make. (She always asks when I’ll make more of these for her.)

And the last time we went to hang out with her, last weekend, she said to us with a completely serious expression, “Son and Allison, we’re going to have to stop by the adoption agency after this, so I can adopt you both.” And then a huge grin broke out on her face.

I love that woman.


Me at the craft faire

The reason we were hanging out was to go to a Japanese craft faire with her and my mother. (It was the second craft faire my mom took her to in as many days.) Son and I decided to go along, because we wanted to get some fun little things to give away to Sushi Day readers.

(You can’t see it in the picture, but that little green bin I’m holding is filled to the brim with cool stuff to give away!)

Yes, that means you!

Why? Just because. I like giveaways. Don’t you? ^_^


Sushi Earrings

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