From Nara to New Jersey: How Food Pics Keep My Family Together

I’ve filled the past two months with an assortment of projects and distractions: sprouting scallions, designing vegetable gardens onto focaccia, and binging the latest Terrace House (Tokyo, I miss you so). Many of my friends have left New York to scatt…

I’ve filled the past two months with an assortment of projects and distractions: sprouting scallions, designing vegetable gardens onto focaccia, and binging the latest Terrace House (Tokyo, I miss you so). Many of my friends have left New York to scatter to more spacious family homes, but our locations have never mattered less. At a time where all hangouts are of the virtual variety, Manhattan may as well be Auckland, and Nara may as well be New Jersey.

Many around me are newly navigating how to cook together, while alone; as for my mom and her mom, they've been sending virtual food pics since 1993.

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The Japanese Culture of ‘Tekito’

A train conductor apologizing for a 30-second delay; rows of symmetrical strawberries shimmering in their cushioned boxes; kindergarteners outfitted in matching yellow hats out of the pages of Madeline; the peony leaning just so in its vase.

(Yes, thi…

A train conductor apologizing for a 30-second delay; rows of symmetrical strawberries shimmering in their cushioned boxes; kindergarteners outfitted in matching yellow hats out of the pages of Madeline; the peony leaning just so in its vase.

(Yes, this is another article about Japan—but it won’t mention matcha.)

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