NEH Collaborative Research Fellowship: Eurasia & E Europe

by Bert Maxwell / Nov 01, 2008 /
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Applications are now available for the 2009-2010 National Endowment for
Humanities Collaborative Research Fellowship.

Application deadline: February 15, 2009.

Fall at Meijer Gardens

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Oct 31, 2008 /
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Haunted Michigan

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As our last book review for Haunted October, we feature another Thunder Bay Press Book! This one? Full of real-life ghost stories. The book? Haunted Michigan: recent encounters with active spirits, authored by Reverend Gerald S.

Easy Japanese Recipe: Chicken Katsu

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Oct 31, 2008 /
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One of our family's very favorite Japanese recipes is an adaptation of Tonkatsu (pork cutlets), which we make with Chicken. I first had these while I was living in Japan, and after that, had them several times a week!

Easy Japanese Recipe - Chicken Katsu

It is a very easy recipe, and is so very tasty!

NFT Travel Guides: Phillies World Series Champion Edition

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One of our travel guides partners, Not For Tourists, has several unique
offerings on their website this week. Check out the following

Japan Week Book Review & Giveaway: Tokyo City Guide

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As a Special Bonus, Lonely Planet  will give a copy of Tokyo City Guide, to a randomly drawn commenter on this article. Post your comments - you might win! 


Halloween Blogapalooza: Scariest Trip Ever

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This week, we are participating in a Halloween Blogapalooza - sharing scary or strange travel stories with sites around the internet!





My husband, Ed, has a great story of his scariest trip ever. When he was in high school, he, his mother, and other family friends took a cruise to Bermuda and Nassau, on the SS Rotterdam.

Japanese Recipe: Dango San Kyodai (and song!)

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Oct 29, 2008 /
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I LOVE Japanese food. One of my favorite party foods is a yummy rice-ball confection called Dango.  We found a recipe for kushidango online, and adapted it.  These are fantastic rice balls (mochi) that are steamed and grilled - with a sauce. I remember eating them at festivals I went to, in Japan. They are really easy to make, and quite elicious - here's the recipe:


KushiDango - Japanese Rice Balls

mix up and then form into 18 balls:

1 1/3 c glutinous rice flour
3/4 c warm water

Counting in Japanese: Juppon Anime

by Lillie Forteau / Oct 29, 2008 /
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One of my favorite ways to practice Japanese is by counting!

Now, here is a good way to learn how to count in Japanese from 1-10.