Sunday, December 09, 2012

Cooking with Taz: Stove Top Salmon

Here in Japan, because of limited space, grilling or baking isn't always an option. Here's a way to enjoy a delicious salmon dish that requires little time or space:

2 cloves garlic, minced
6 tablespoons vegatable oil
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
3 Salmon Fillet (skin on)
1 bay leaf (optional)

In a medium bowl, prepare marinade by mixing garlic, vegetable oil, basil, salt, pepper, lemon juice and parsley. Place salmon fillets in a medium glass baking dish, and cover with the marinade and bay leaf. Marinate in the refrigerator about 2 hours, turning occasionally.

Place fillets in aluminum foil, cover with marinade, and seal. Cook on medium heat approximately 15 minutes (more or less depending on thickness). Remove from foil and serve. :)

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Friday, December 07, 2012

Cooking with Taz: Homemade Hamburger Helper in Japan


Hamburger Helper?
I know this is bad stuff:  MSGs, trans fats, HFCS, white pasta, ETC.  There’s not much in the ingredient list that grows in the soil or eats things that grow in the soil.  It is not real food.  That's why I decided to make my own!  All ingredients can be found at your local 100 yen store and it is quick, simple and delicious.  Plus, your kids will love it!!!


500g ground beef

400g Macoroni (the type I use is ready in 8 minutes)

1 can diced tomato (450g)

2 cloves garlic (minced)

1 tbsp basil

Magic salt to taste

8 anchovy stuff olives sliced (optional)

1 large Eringi Mushroom (diced)

5 slices of your favorite cheese (I use a mixed cheese variety)

2 cans of water (use tomato can)


Approx. 20 minutes and serves 5


Season beef with magic salt and garlic, brown and drain.  Add tomato, basil, mushrooms, olives and water.  Bring to a light boil and add the uncooked macaroni.  Lower heat and, while stirring occasionally, cook for 8 minutes or until macaroni is tender.  Turn off heat and place your cheese slices on top while the Helper is still hot.  Stir in the melted cheese and server with garlic bread.



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Tuesday, December 04, 2012


Hello again readers.

 I'm back with some more good music for you! This time it's a song call "No Rush" by a Japanese artist named 大神:OHGA (Don't worry, the song is in OHGA is a really interesting person with a lot of character. That character shines through in his music and in this video:


His use of Projection Mapping for this project is pretty sick right?

Check out the Behind the scenes footage for a chance to win a cap, a mp3 of the song and an original key chain!


■Free Giveaway Campaign / プレゼントキャンペーン■

OHGA releasing 3 singles (all written in English) for 3 consecutive weeks!

For the first single "NO RUSH", 1 cap, the "NO RUSH" mp3, and an original key chain, will be given away to 2 lucky winners!

大神:OHGA、初の試みとなる全編英語曲を3週間連続リリース決定! 楽曲第1弾となる「NO RUSH」の発売を記念し、[ベースボールキャップ + オリジナルキーホルダー +「NO RUSH」mp3データ] を抽選で2名様にプレゼント! ~NO RUSH

Campaign Site~


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Monday, November 05, 2012

War Within - Beatchild, Ebrahim, Tingsek

Starting my Monday off with some niceness from EBRAHIM and Slakah the Beatchild.
(The song starts at 00:55 in case you wondered)

War Within - Beatchild, Ebrahim, Tingsek

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Onmugen on London Hearts (テレビ番組 "ロンドンハーツ"に)

Just watched the rebroadcast of my appearance on the show "London Hearts" and my stomach physically hurts from laughing so much! I hope you guys know I wasn't intentionally being mean to her but.............buwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Hip Hop for Grown Folks

The title says it all. Some of that good ole "nod your head and feel good" Hip-Hop. There is no snappin', clappin' or trappin' included!

Hip Hop for Grown Folks by Onmugen on Mixcloud

Download here:



Bird's Eye View - Zion I                   

Motown 25 (feat. Royce Da 5'9") - Elzhi

Whatever You Say - Little Brother

Timeless - Illa J

Make Your Move Ft. Goapele - Hieroglyphics

What'll You Do? - CunninLynguists

Sex, Love, And Money - Mos Def

Gimme 5  ft. Tough Junkie (OnMugen remix) - Dres of Blacksheep

The Love - A Tribe Called Quest

Tainted (f. Dwele) - Slum Village

Mind Sex - Dead Prez

You - Q-Tip

Daylight - Aesop Rock

I Used To Love H.E.R. (Look Of Love Remix) - Common feat. J Dilla

All I Want is You (ReBorn) - Born I Music

Food for Thought - Buckshot & 9th Wonder

Never Been In Love - Talib Kweli

Much More - De La Soul

Renaissance (Ft. All Natural) - Lone Catalysts

Mario's Revenge - Boonie Mayfield

My 2 Sense - Timid

Wonde - Tha Gecko Brothas

Return of the B-Girl (Mara Jade) - RapSody

You Can't Hold A Torch (Feat. Q-Tip) - Busta Rhymes

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Thursday, September 06, 2012

OnMugen: I love house music vol 3



OnMugenの心からの新DJmix。ミックスは、いくつかの古い曲といくつかの新しい曲が含まれています。Let's go ソウルフルなハウス!バウンス!ENJOY!




New house mix from the mind of OnMugen. A little something old and something new.  Soulful House, Enjoy!



Track List:

  • Black Motion - Set Me Free
  • Deepa Trybz - Carry You
  • Jamie Woon - Night Air (Solomun Edit)
  • Tumelo - All Alone ft Vikter Duplaix
  • Tortured Soul - I might do something Wrong (Yoruba Mix)
  • Deyampert - Held him first ft Clover
  • DJ Kent - Let's fall in love again ft Relo
  • Harrison Crump - I need your love (Crump Daddy Club Mix)
  • Kenny Bobien - The Light
  • Dj Choice - Woza(come to me)
  • DJ Fresca- Amaphoyisa
  • Leon Ware - On the beach (Atjazz Love Soul Remix)
  • Slikk Tim - MAW style bass
  • Ralf Gum - Take me to my love ft Monique Bingham (Louis Benedetti vocal mix)
  • Jessie Ware - Running (Disclosure Remix)
  • Ziggy Funk - Everyday ft Taliwa (Yass classic mix)
  • DJ Kent ft Maleh - Falling 




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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Hip Hop feat. Nas, Scarface & DJ Premier

Normally, I don't pay to much attention to DJ Khaled, but This ish right here, right here this ish,  Scarface & Nas bodied this ish!!!!!  'face came real emotional and Nassir blessed it with the sick lyrical.  Premo scratching at the end is like that real good frosting on the cake:

And if I cry two tears for her
that would be the most that I would give to her
she left me stranded in my nightmare
taken pictures of my memories she right there
twisting on the blade in my heartbeat
Always on my mind so I can’t sleep
She used to tell me she was all mine
Now the only way I see the broad is online
I’m doing drugs trying to feel you
I’m killing me trying to kill you
I built my whole life around you
I thought I found it all when I found her
Shopping sprees on whatever coast
How’d you really feel, I may never know
And as I ride through these streets
With my hand on my heat, eyes red from the sweets, I..
 realized some things never change
once in love and it's gone you don't look at it the same
Fck love cause she don't live here
I'm soaked in blood but I'm still here
hip hop heartbreaks
straight lace
deep bass
plus the mix tapes
gotta a ni**a feeling like a open ledger
get away now you all in the lectures
being studied by the colleges professors
now I regret the day I met ya
I'll be the first one to say it
she ain't the one you wanna play wit
I Fked Hip-Hop

And if I cry two tears for her
that would be the most that I would give to her
I am Joseph, Darell, Jason, Dr, Dre, Oshea
And a host of those who past away
today I'm Drake, I'm Wayne, 2 Chain
you say you wanna rap
to this bitch you must commit
then you're a slave to your grave
you won't get out you cannot quit
she menstrates weekly
her vibes covers keep you warm
but the source to her heart 
is love word up, right on
you know how girls are
she love when you lick-ed on her world star
kissing on her belly trick on her at onyx
confused fans think that she illuminate demonic
but she's the object of my affection
god's essense 
god bless her
she bought me Bentleys Breitlings
made some friends resent me for writing
about my life
they thought I should have stayed quiet
she took me to places
I would've never seen without her
and she took me from my girl powder
I doubt I’ll ever be the same, hallowed be thy name
Give me strength so I don’t do this dame like Orenthal James
Brad warned me while driving this auburn Ferrari
Never follow in her games, I fuck around and I’ll be sorry
but I try used to rider
for dollars not the fame
she slowed me down and had me guzzling on cups of 'line
she's a middle age cougar
showing youngins the dream
noticed she wasn't breathing for a second
then I screamed "she's dead"
and everybody took it out on Nasty
I was just looking out 
for my music family
wasn't trying to claim her to myself
"she's yours"
You can have her she's a mutherF'king whore
I Fked Hip-Hop

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Tokyo Dome Roller Skate Arena

I know most of you remember this song and the memories of rollerskating with your friends and having a good ole time:

Now you can relive those childhood memories in Tokyo at Tokyo Dome Roller Skate Arena.  Below is the basic information.  If you want more info go to Tokyo Dome Roller Skate Arena (or just click here.):

Tokyo Dome Roller Skate Arena

[images]Tokyo Dome Roller Skate Arena
Tokyo Dome Roller Skate Arena is one of the largest indoor roller-skate rinks in Tokyo. People from all ages, both children and adults can enjoy skating together. Short lessons are also provided by specialized instruction, so beginners are welcome too!!

Operating Hours

Weekdays 11am to 10pm
Saturdays 10am to 10pm
Sundays and Holidays 10am to 9pm

*Operating hours are subject to change.

Admission Fee (2hours)

Weekdays 800 yen 1,000 yen 1,200 yen
Weekends and Holidays 1,000 yen 1,200 yen 1,500 yen
An extension charge 300yen/30min

*A valid school ID is required.

Roller skates rental fee

500yen (16cm ~ 30cm)
*You can bring your own roller skates.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Hatervision: pasta sauce from scratch!

Say What!?

In Japan they tend to shorten names of places and things. One day I was finishing a meeting and one of ladies there asked "who's hungry? ". It was lunchtime so, I raised my hand. She looked at me with a straight face and said "Do you want to go 'fu-king' with me?". Shocked? Yes, I was. After I regained my composure, I said "I'm sorry, but I'm married". She turned beet red, started shaking her head and waving her hand then said "no, no, no 'fu-king' means First Kitchen, a fast food restaurant!" After we both recovered from the embarrassment, we went to lunch and had a long conversation about effectively mixing English and Japanese.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Why Can't I See My Daddy?

I am a firm believer in kids needing both parents in their lives, even if those parents aren't together anymore.
And I also believe it is the right of the child to know both parents. When a parent decides to cut off contact between the child and the other parent, something is very wrong. Now, I am not naive, I fully understand that there are some situations where this may be a necessity (abuse, excessive alcohol/drug usage, etc...) but, outside of those special circumstances, there is no excuse to deny a child the right to know both parents. Eric Kalmus formed an organization,The Japan Children's Rights Network, to help. Here is his story:

"I was married in Dec. 1995 to Tomomi Ito in the Suginami-ku Tokyo ward office. Things started out great. She was a wonderfully happy woman, and I was excited to spend time with her. We had been dating for a short time probably 2 or 3 weeks and she became pregnant. We spoke about our options and in the end decided to have the baby. We were in love and couldn't imagine giving up our baby. After Tomomi was pregnant for about a month it was holiday season and we spent Oshogatsu (New Years) in her hometown of Omuta shi in Fukuoka Japan.
I spent time getting to know her parents, and they spent time telling her I was evil and she shouldn't have gotten married to a foreigner. Her father was very old school Japanese. It seemed he fought for the Japanese during World War II. His daughter had married the enemy. We spent two weeks for the holidays in Omuta and then retuned to Tokyo.
Shortly after returning to Tokyo she told me she wanted to move back home to have our baby. Without knowing that her family was against the fact that she had married a gaijin (non-Japanese) I agreed. I recall thinking that it would be a great experience. I also had no clue that she was planning living in the same house as her parents. Shortly after we moved to small town old Japan - home of the largest WWII POW camp.............."

Monday, April 23, 2012

Civil disobedience is not our problem.

Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders and millions have been killed because of this obedience. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves and the grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem. (Howard Zinn)
A People's History of the United States

Great way to start the thought process on a rainy Monday morning.  Thanks for the post Mr. Curtis Harmon

Monday, March 05, 2012

Make Me Proud - YouTube

A documentary film about an Australian woman, known to the public as "Jane", who was brutally raped in 2002 by a U.S. military serviceman. This is about her journey and the lives of other rape victims and survivors and their heart-rending stories.

Make Me Proud - YouTube: "The world needs to see this video, to hear the tragedies and triumphs of both Jane and the other women. The artwork and photography are beautiful, evoking the reality of the trauma that sexual assault and child sexual abuse can cause."

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Hip Hop for your Soul

Japanese plum wine cake 梅酒のケーキ

Everyone knows I love to cook but, I don’t often share my recipes.  I have decided to change that starting with this delicious cake.  ENJOY!

Japanese Plum Wine Cakejpg


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 2/3 cups brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Japanese plum wine 6tablespoons
  • Japanese plums that were used in making the plum wine chopped 6
  1. Do not preheat the oven. Grease 10 inch tube pan and line bottom with wax paper or parchment paper.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the butter, shortening, and sugar on low speed for 10 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, blending well after each addition. Alternately add the flour mixture and milk, mixing well. Add the vanilla and lemon extracts.
  4. Add plum wine ( I say 6 tablespoons but it is up to your taste)
  5. Add chopped plums to batter
  6. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Set the oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C. Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of cake comes out clean. Allow cake to cool in the pan for 1 hour. Remove to a cake rack and cool for at least 3 hours.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

R.I.P. Etta James

Rest In Peace, Etta James (January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012).  Thank you for sharing the gifts of your voice, your heart and your soul with the rest of us in this world....