Pardon me, but my American is showing...I saw this article's photo and thought it was all about melanoma: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fg20120525f1.html.
I love pickles and I love Japanese food, but honestly, I need a different visual. Good news is that it has not stopped me from wanting to sign up for Elizabeth Andoh's Japanese pickling class. Coming soon to a Tokyo suburb near me: http://tasteofculture.com/calendar.php.
(Oh Ms. Andoh, I hope! Crossing fingers and waiting her newsletter/response.)
What you'll find on Storybook Days
The Home page displays all my musings on life in Japan and a few other things (baseball and children's books are distinct possibilities). For highlights only: "A Day in the Life (edited)." "Tabemono (Food)" is exactly that. "Big in Japan" is my completely biased and oversimplified list of what is popular in Japan, and "Kimono Count" is a day-by-day record of the people I see in traditional dress. "Editor's Delight" catalogs the unintentionally amusing and apparently quite complicated world of Japanese-English translation. "Uncle Tucker" tracks our sightings of a certain cat following us around Japan.