June 13th – West Hartford’s Japan Summer Festival

Monday 18th May 2015 - 5:34:57 PM

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On Saturday June 13th (rain date June 14th) – I’ll be a guest at the Japan Summer Festival at Blue Back Square, 65 Memorial Rd. West Hartford, CT.
The main event features Shishimai Lion Dancing at 4:30 PM and 6:30 PM and two performances by an eight-member Japanese drumming group Arashi Daiko at 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Hakata Dontaku dancing troop from Heart International of Fukuoka, Japan, is also a featured performance.


Kate Weiser Chocolate in Dallas!

Sunday 17th May 2015 - 5:23:49 PM

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While on book tour, I made a stop in Dallas, TX and came across this awesome chocolate shop, Kate Weiser Chocolate. It’s in the very cool Trinity Groves food court / shopping area which I highly recommend visiting if you’re in Dallas. Kate’s chocolates are gorgeous and delicious. I especially enjoyed the Yuzu and Red Wine & Berries truffles. Her site has a fun build a box option too!

Kate Weiser Chocolate at Trinity Groves – 3011 Gulden Ln, Suite 115 Dallas, TX 75212


Sweets at Milo and Olive in Santa Monica, CA

Saturday 16th May 2015 - 5:15:31 PM

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While on book tour I had some pretty amazing sweets! These ones at Milo and Olive seriously stood out. I tried the Flourless Chocolate Cake with meringue topping and the Vanilla Raspberry Kouign Amann Tart. If you’re in the LA area, go there. Thanks to Rie for the recommendation!
Milo and Olive – 2723 Wilshire Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90403

Cool Japan Guide Upcoming Events!

Sunday 10th May 2015 - 9:10:11 PM

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Cool Japan Guide was officially released on March 10th and I have some fun events coming up! Here’s the line-up so far:

March 14th – 2pm  Cool Japan Guide release party at Kinokuniya (1073 Avenue of the Americas, NYC). Facebook invite is here! (I’ll be doing a reading and a giveaway here too!)
March 18th – 6pm signing at JHU Comics (32 East 32nd St. NYC) with Tim Fish!
April 18 – 12-12:50 pm Los Angeles Times Festival of Books  – signing at Kinokuniya booth #084 with MariNaomi
April 18th – 7pm – Reading at GR 2 Gallery (2062 Sawtelle Blvd, LA, CA) with MariNaomi
April 25 & 26 – Sakura Matsuri at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
May 9 & 10TCAF (Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street)
June 13th (rain date June 14th) – Japan Summer Festival at Blue Back Square, 65 Memorial Rd. West Hartford, CT 06107
August dates TBD – Edinburgh Book Festival

TCAF May 9th & 10th!

Saturday 2nd May 2015 - 10:37:20 AM

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Next weekend I’ll be at TCAF May 9th and 10th with very special guest Yuuko Koyama at table #230! Yes, my friend Yuuko, who is a featured character in Cool Japan Guide is coming all the way from Japan for the event! She’ll have her awesome comics with her and we’ll be signing copies of Cool Japan Guide for you.  We also will be participating in some of the programming, so please keep an eye on the TCAF programming schedule. See you soon Toronto!

TCAF – Saturday, May 9th, 9am-5pm & Sunday May 10th, 11am-5pm, at Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street. Admission is free.

Sakura Matsuri April 25th and 26th!

Sunday 19th April 2015 - 8:34:35 AM

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I’ll be signing and selling Cool Japan Guide at Brooklyn’s Sakura Matsuri on April 25th and 26th – I’ll be there from 10-6. Look for me in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Osborne Garden. It’s a rain or shine event. Make sure to buy your tickets!

150 Eastern Parkway
990 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225

LA Events in April!

Saturday 28th March 2015 - 2:09:25 PM

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I’m excited to be making two appearances in LA on Saturday April 18th with MariNaomi!
12-12:50 pm LA Times Festival of Books – signing at Kinokuniya booth #084
7pm - Reading at GR 2 Gallery ( 2062 Sawtelle Blvd, LA, CA). Here’s the FB invite.

Kanami at Nepenthes Pop-Up March 26th!

Wednesday 25th March 2015 - 9:56:33 PM

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I have a sweet tip from Kanami Chocolate! Kanami will be participating at Nepenthes New York’s  pop-up gallery opening and pop-up from 7-9PM on Thursday March 26th. Details below via the Nepenthes site!
Nepenthes 307 West 38th St. New York, NY 10018

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Wed. 3/18 at JHU Comic Books

Sunday 15th March 2015 - 8:59:57 PM

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Looking forward to this event with Tim Fish at JHU Comic Books (32 E 32nd St. NYC)! I will have some limited edition posters on hand AND Amy Chu and Ben McCool will be joining us for this signing for their work on Strange Sports Stories #1. I’ll also have copies of Dolltopia, Tough Love, and some of my other licensed comics available – so come on out!

Kinokuniya Party 3/14 in NYC!

Thursday 12th March 2015 - 10:21:22 PM

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I’ve been busy getting ready for Saturday’s launch party for Cool Japan Guide – 2pm at Kinokuniya (1073 Ave. of the Americas, NYC)! You can RSVP here! It’s extra exciting because there will be limited edition prints (in the design seen above). Kinokuniya will include a print with each purchase of Cool Japan Guide at this event while supplies last. Also, I have two fantastic sponsors who have provided some great prizes for the party.

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26th Annual U.S. Pastry Competition!

Sunday 8th March 2015 - 7:52:23 PM

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I was lucky to attend the judging of the 26th Annual U.S. Pastry Competition this year at the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York. Pictured above is the winning showpiece by Nicoll Notter of The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. The theme was “Diamonds Are A Girl’s best Friend –  Lady’s Luxuries”.

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I’ll be at Japan Week Feb. 19th!

Sunday 15th February 2015 - 10:43:14 AM

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On Thursday Feb. 19th at 1pm, I’ll be doing a presentation at Japan Week in Grand Central Station’s Vanderbilt Hall. Japan Week is always a lot of fun, and I’ll be giving away two signed copies of Cool Japan Guide! The full event schedule is available here. Hope to see you there!

Radio Interview with ABC RN’s Saturday Extra

Sunday 15th February 2015 - 10:38:59 AM

This week I did an interview about Cool Japan Guide on Australia’s Radio National Saturday Extra show with Geraldine Doogue. We chatted about shrines, temples, and manga. You can listen to it now here and it can be downloaded as a podcast too!

Some More Valentine’s Day Picks!

Thursday 12th February 2015 - 9:34:55 PM

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Here are a few Valentine’s Day picks for 2015:
Robicelli’s holiday menu looks awesome (Raspberry Chambord Brownies)!
William Greenberg Desserts has some very cute heart-shaped Linzer tarts and more!
Financier Patisserie has some lovely heart-shaped cakes and pastries!
Jacques Torres is always a great choice too!


Love Fondue at Spot Dessert Bar!

Tuesday 10th February 2015 - 7:59:59 PM

Last week I was invited to preview the new Valentine’s Day special at local fave, Spot Dessert Bar (13 Saint Marks Place)! New York’s dessert-lovers have been flocking to Spot for their unique Dessert Tapas for years, and they keep coming up with new hits. The perennial fave is the Chocolate Green Tea Lava Cake, and their Chocolate Forest was voted Village Voice’s Best Dessert of 2014. Love Fondue is the new special and it’s a great Valentine’s Day treat. Love Fondue is a chiffon cake encased in white chocolate mousse served with fresh raspberries and strawberry ice cream and topped with dark chocolate sauce. It’s served with the chocolate sauce on the side at first, which is then poured on with a flourish by the server – a fun presentation!

One thing I find fascinating about pastries is the combination of visual artistry and sweets, so I was thrilled that Spot shared with me this original sketch by Chef Ian Kittichai of the Love Fondue. How cool!

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Tough Love and Dolltopia E-books Are Now Available!

Wednesday 4th February 2015 - 5:39:50 PM

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I’m excited to announce that my graphic novels, Dolltopia and Tough Love: High School Confidential, are now available as e-books! They are being distributed by Northwest Press and Tough Love is now also available on Comixology and Pulp Free Publishing. They will both be made available at other vendors in the coming months. Read below for more info on each book. (more…)