Jayne Hirata

I am a happily retired attorney who spends her time running errands for her three cute but demanding kids, cooking lunch for the WWII Nisei veterans every Thursday, making sock dolls and beaded jewelry, cleaning up after three dogs, a rabbit and a skinny pig,, studying reiki, and massaging small animals if they let me. I spend way too much time on Facebook talking stink about people when I should be updating my blog. Oh, and on occasion, I do remember to breathe, sleep, and feed the kids.

Updated February 2013

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Nikkei Chronicles #1: ITADAKIMASU! A Taste of Nikkei Culture

Health, Happiness, and Bear Hanakuso with the Wine Gang

While other women look forward to getting their nails done or a spa day on the weekends, the high point of my week starts early Thursday morning when I start lunch preparations for a group of 30 or so people. As my kids slowly drift into the kitchen in search of something microwavable for breakfast, they are greeted with the smell of miso or freshly chopped green onion waiting to be plopped into a 14 gallon stainless steel pot. “Oh yeah, it’s Wine Gang day,” they mutter as they stumble into the living room to coma in front of ...

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Are You For Real?

At a recent gathering at my children’s school, one of the parents came up to me and said, “I’m so glad I know you because you are one of the very few real people here.” Assuming that was meant as a compliment (which was somewhat odd because I was dressed in a tacky muumuu and draped in plastic leis as part of a presentation), I responded to that with my standard, “Oh, well, thank you, but no, I’m not, I guess” in that self-deprecating way that I automatically do whenever someone says something even minimally positive about ...

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A House is Not A (Clean) Home

Now that Christmas is over (albeit our family is in the final day of Chanukah), a powerful force has taken over our house and fills every moment with anxiousness and anxiety. This demon sweeps over us every year yet somehow, we are never prepared for it. What is it? Why, preparations for New Years of course.

If you are not a Buddhahead, you will probably think I am nuts and wonder why anyone would be so terrified by the prospect of celebrating the end of 2011 and the start of 2012. Isn’t it a time to cast off all ...

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Da Kine Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel

Even though I will always manage to work into any conversation that two of my three children are in the photo book Mixed Kids by Kip Fulbeck, sometimes it is very difficult to be a Jewpanese family in Hawaii. It is particularly tough going when it is the holidays and you are trying to leave out any sort of Christian essence to keep the peace in a Buddhist and Jewish household of five. Even more so when you are trying to explain to both sides of the family why you are doing things the way you do.

For me—a ...

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