who am i?

well i can’t just go telling you my name, now can i.  that would ruin the air of suspense and thrill.  besides, chances are that if you read my blog, you know exactly who i am.

what i can tell you, however, is the details of my circumstances.

i am a teacher of english living in the mystical land of japan.  i live in shizuoka prefecture, on a glorious peninsula called izu.  i walk out my front door every morning and am instantly greeted by the tenacious mt. fuji.  i spend my weekends in japanese-style hot springs, visiting waterfalls, hiking the local mountains, and cooking in places that are not kitchens.  and boozing.  lots and lots of boozing.

i have been studying japanese for almost nine years now, and everyday i spend here is filled with beautiful landscapes, awesome adventures, and abundant sampling of some of the tastier things that nature has to offer.

in my spare time, i love to read history and translate literature, especially haiku.

but enough about me.  this blog is for you.  peruse the pages, abuse the recipes, and impress everyone you know.  i forgive you for not telling them you got it here.  just knowing that your house guests are drooling over your cooking is enough.

23 thoughts on “about

  1. So glad I discovered your blog! Shizuoka must be a beautiful place to live. I’ve only shinakansen-ed through it, but nothing more… Looking forward to seeing your future recipes and photos from all of your future cooking in places that are not kitchens!

    • thanks for stopping in!

      i do my best to mix it up. like that old proverb says, “all recipes and no play makes jack a dull boy.” or something like that… ;)

  2. I’m so glad you stopped by for a visit Misha… it has led me to you and your gorgeous blog! Now I will constantly be on my guard, knowing that a teacher of English will be reading my writing. Yikes! :-)

    • hahaha, no worries lidia! i teach english to japanese students, so i only have to be better than they are. my english is far from perfect. note that my blog is written in all lower case. ;)

      thanks for the kind words, i’m glad you enjoy my blog. i’m looking forward to your next post on “oh lidia,” so don’t keep me waiting too long.

  3. はじめまして, プア マン, ミシャ せんせい. Thank you for the ‘follow’, and curiosity brought me here, to my delight. We have Japan in common. I am looking forward to explore your blog more. :D Fae.

    • 宜しくお願いします! thanks for stopping by pmk, fae. i was wandering about the blogosphere the other day, i noticed that you had your fair share of japanese cuisine on twist & tango. i kind of fell in love with your blog a little bit. your about page alone is an inspiration.

      whenever you have the time, a comment here and there from a pro blogger like yourself would mean a lot to me.

    • thanks a ton, fae! my first ever blogger award… wow. i never thought this day would come. i’d like to thank the academy…

      nah, just kidding. seriously though, it means a lot to me. ;)

  4. Thanks for visiting my blog! I now understand why you have access to fresh wasabi :-)
    Must be very interesting to live in Japan. I absolutely love Japanese food and prepare it sometimes, but it is difficult to get all the proper ingredients in Amsterdam.

    • you are right, stefan. i admit, i forget sometimes that some of the things i have in my kitchen aren’t exactly common in other parts of the world.

      it is a blast living here, and my area really is one of the more beautiful (and bountiful) places in japan. i love japanese food as well. it is far and away one of the freshest cuisines in the world, and i try my best to do it justice.

      thanks for stopping by pmk, it means a lot to me.

      • You are very welcome, it has been a pleasure to visit.

        Have you ever looked into sous-vide cooking? It is very suitable for cooking where you want the produce to stand out, even though it may not be very “poor man’s” ;-)

      • i’ve thought about sous-vide a lot actually, but i think my main issue is that it requires pretty precise temperature control and a fair amount of space. the most likely place i thought i might be able to pull it off was in my bathtub, but even then i don’t have the time or ability to monitor it closely enough.

        maybe one day. and i think it qualifies as “poor man.” it may look and taste fancy, but it honestly requires nothing more than water to cook. ;)

      • The not-so-poor-man part is to buy an appliance that will do the precise temperature control for you :-)
        However, for fish you could easily do it in a pot on the stove as that requires only brief (10-30 mins) cooking times, so it is feasible to ‘baby sit’ the pot for that long.

      • you know, i guess the idiot part of me never considered doing fish sous-vide. that is an awesome idea.

        i’m on it, stefan. i’ll try to do that this week. if things go swimmingly, i’ll be sure to let you know.

        thanks, dude.

  5. Love your blog. I’ve never been to Japan but I do love the cuisine… I studied the language for three years at school but I’ve forgotten most of it. I’m also just at the very beginning of my journey into Japanese cuisine. Shops over here have (Australia) only just started selling authentic ingredients over the past year or two. Where did you live before Japan, if you don’t mind me asking? Following ya from now on (I mean, following your blog. That would otherwise be weird).

    • hey laura,
      thanks for not following me around in real life. you would be bored anyway. i just sit around a cook and eat and occasionally crack a book to get my study on.

      before i lived in japan, i was a proud resident of st. louis, missouri (in the heartland of america). i’m excited that you are getting into japanese cuisine. i’m trying to get better and better over time, but it can be tough as a boy raised on good hearty cookin.

      thanks for stopping in and tossing me a few kind words. it means a lot to me.

  6. Dear Misha ,

    My name is Joyce and I work for ExpatFinder.com.
    ExpatFinder.com is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in Japan, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,

  7. Hi

    My name is Joyce, I am a marketing executive at expatfinder.com which is a leading expat information and services website.

    I saw on your blog that you are and expat. I wish to interview you to further share some of your tips. The questions are mainly about the housing, the daily life etc.

    It just takes 5 minutes (or more depending if you have lots to say :)

    Of course, if you accept we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.

    If you are interested to participate at this project, please send me an email at interview@expatfinder.com.

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