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Author returns to local roots, promotes new book on Japanese culture

Author returns to local roots, promotes new book on Japanese culture

When Candice Kumai spoke recently at The Grauer School in Encinitas, the event marked a homecoming for the author, TV personality, entrepreneur and chef.

Kumai spoke about her sixth and latest book, "Kintsugi Wellness," which was published by Harper Wave in April. Among the audience was Kumai's mother and mentor, Miho Gwiazdowski, who has taught Japanese language and culture at The Grauer School for the past 19 years.

"She is my life's greatest inspiration, in a landslide," said Kumai, introducing her mother.

Kumai grew up in Carlsbad with her Japanese-American mother, Polish-American father and her sister, Jenni, who owns and runs a bicycle shop in...

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