For health reasons, I decided to abandon my typical American diet of pizza, sandwiches, and French fries for one that was more eastern- in particular, Japanese. I swapped bread for rice, cheese for tofu, and lattes for straight up black coffee; over the course of the past year. I lost ten pounds (despite eating no less than triple the quantity of food I did before), quit smoking, and banished my ovarian cysts. While the results of adopting these new eating habits are amazing, it would be difficult for most Americans to undergo such a drastic change in lifestyle without some kind of coach. Luckily, I had a free one: my fiancée, who is a native of Japan, the country with the longest average life expectancy in the world. Obviously, they’re doing something right there. Living in America, it’s difficult to avoid any western foods completely; indeed, there are many which, if prepared properly, can be perfectly healthy. Sake to Sakana, which translates literally to “wine and fish”, is a blog that features the foods that helped me get where I am today and celebrates the joy of sharing cuisine from one’s own culture with someone else. Consider this your free lesson in nutrition and enjoyment of one of life’s greatest pleasures!