A few years ago I was at a sushi restaurant in Tokyo with my boss and another coworker.

We were sitting at the bar with the sushi chef in front of us. Though not quite as dramatic as those Netflix food documentaries, the chef worked like a thoughtful craftsman creating…

What if your life was a book?

What would the chapters titles be?

More importantly, what will the acknowledgements section in the end look like?

Who are the ones that…

(Pronounced oh-say-wah-nee-na-ree-ma-she-ta.)

It an expression most learn in their first semester of Japanese class. Though there is no direct translation to capture all the meanings and sentiments it embodies, it is an expression of gratitude for taking care of us. …

The chocolate was melted. Sitting in a bowl. Waiting to be transformed into something decadent. But its destiny takes a turn.

In the very next moment, the apprentice makes a mistake. He accidentally spills warm fresh cream into the chocolate.

The chef explodes and yells, “Quel ganache!” (What fool!)

Except, the chef and apprentice discover the combo of chocolate and fresh cream results in a smooth, delicious, and decadent cream, which would become the staple cream for chocolate truffles and chocolate desserts. This intense chocolatey cream would come to be known as… ganache.

The cream that we enjoy around the world was a result of a foolish act.

This origin story shows us there are various outcomes for a foolish act. We all have a box of foolish acts. Like chocolates, we never know what we’re going to get.

What’s your own favorite foolish act so far?

The Chinese character, human, is made up of two strokes. Here it is.

Two lines leaning into each other. Reminding us being human means to be supported by others…

In Japanese, there is a beautiful phrase:

Ichigo-ichie ( 一期一会)

It literally means “one life, one-time encounter.”

Originating from tea ceremonies in Japan, it is the idea that when people come together for a shared experience, this experience is the utmost rare opportunity of one’s lifetime. It must be presumed…

Justin Lee

A curious strategist in the Land of the Rising Sun.

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