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What the Go-Betweens Know

Marriage go-betweens traditionally offered advice — not rubber stamping. I regret that I didn’t do more to ask for advice. Our Go-between was largely ceremonial

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Moving Forward with my Mother

Yesterday I found it quite distressing the shedding of the leaves on this small lemon bush –a tragedy I thought. Today I see heaven’s hand in all

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Farewell to the Mother of the Bride

My mother Adrianne Lebensbaum’s  lifelong habit of voracious reading gave weight to her astute comments about everything I’ve ever written. The Wagamama Bride’s progress —

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A Wagamama Menu

I swear, with all my heart, that I did not name my memoir after London’s wildly successful Japanese noodle restaurant chain by the same name.

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Mother of the Bride

Why is it that those last steps to the mountain summit are always the hardest? It’s the point you want to give up and turn

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Self-Portrait of the Author

Today September 28th is an anniversary. Today marks completion of 29 always surreal years in Japan. I’ve now lived here more than half of my life but

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