Teru teru bozu are little tissue paper monks that Japanese people hang outside their windows when they don’t want it to rain the next day.
My friend Joe Sabia just finished this video for Bamboo Sushi, a Portland Oregon-based sustainable sushi restaurant run by entrepreneur Kristofer Lofgren. Did you ever think about how fish get from the ocean to your dinner table? Well, now you’ll never forget.
All handmade miniatures crafted and filmed in NYC. So great!
Last night, a few friends and I went to the pre-opening of a new ramen joint in San Mateo. It’s the latest iteration of Ajisen, located at 211 E 3rd Avenue. Opens today.
I had the Handmade Premium Pork Ramen, and here’s my two cents:
– broth = awesome
– noodles = a little on the soft side, but very tasty
– meat = sooooo good
– lots of veggies = healthy
The only down side was that there were so much meat and veggies on top of the noodles that I had a hard time slurping them.
After the meal was over, owner Akira Onozato brought us a special plate of three kinds of chashu. Sooo good. I recommend you try this place just for the chashu.
White rice is a big deal in Japan, as evidenced by this taste test conducted in this month’s issue of Nikkei Trendy. Four experts review five different kinds of koshihikari, and each concluded that a different one was better than the other.
My little brother used to be the pickiest white rice eater ever. He could tell instantly if my mom bought a different brand or let the rice soak overnight vs. a short soak in the morning before breakfast. My white rice taste buds, on the other hand, are not as picky. Besides, I live in California, where we eat stuff like brown rice sushi and quinoa.
If you like the idea of a sushi party but prefer sugar to vinegary rice, this Steamy Kitchen post has all the info you need to make it happen.
In this funny commercial for the Dentsu ad agency character Mameshiba, a fava bean pops out of its shell to tell these ganguro Shibuya girls that the reason eels are brown is because they tan too much. My sister-in-law was part of the team that created this popular character, which appears not only in cute bean-themed ads but as pillows, bedside lamps, and toy keychains for people with OCD.
I don’t know why McDonalds Japan thought it would be a good idea to put three super hyper screaming kids in a commercial promoting their new Spongebob toys. Seems like any parent’s biggest nightmare. It’s interesting though, that the mom in the background is just smiling contently as her kids freak out.
(Thanks, Kazu Y!)
These are cute, but there’s an inherent contradiction for me in eating rice (presumably, with the chopsticks) while thinking about chocolate-covered cookie sticks.
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Check out this new gadget just for peeling fruit. You stick the core of the fruit into the metal tongs at center, and then by pushing and rotating the red plastic button and crank, you move the surface of the fruit along the adjustable blade. Useless or awesome? I’m gonna vote for useless — I actually enjoy peeling fruit with a knife, and besides, there really is on reason why you ever have to peel an apple. The skin is good for you!
Megahouse has a new food-decorating kit customized for the popular chocolate-on-a-stick snack. Slather on an extra layer of chocolate and add hearts, stars, and lots of other bling on your Pocky before eating it!
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From today through Sunday, The Komazawa Olympic Stadium is hosting what might be the world’s greatest ramen event ever: The Tokyo Ramen Show. The best ramen chefs from around the country will congregate here and offer delicious bowls of noodle soup to attendees. If you go, please report back and let me know how it was! I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.
We have a lot of space-wasting single-use products in Japan, but none is more random in my opinion than this doughnut carrying case. As you can see, it has multiple features to help keep your doughnut safe from hazardous environments and theft — a ventilation system, a lock, and a place to put your name. You can even stick a lollipop in the middle!
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More people should be eating crab. That seems to be the ideology behind this hairy crab vending machine in China. The machine is basically a cryogenics chamber that keeps the animals alive but hibernating at near-freezing temperatures; if it turns out that they’re dead, you get three more for free. Yay!
Wow, this is amazing. One of my favorite artists, Yayoi Kusama, has partnered with Coca Cola to design this wonderful polka-dotted vending machine.
Amazing handsets designed by Yayoi Kusama
I Love Me, a film about famous OCD artist Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama, famous avant garde genius
Yayoi Deki is the new Yayoi Kusama
My radio piece about Japanese women artists
Over on Gizmodo, I wrote a fun little piece on how to dress up your instant ramen. I love, love, love the art.
Yum. This machine, called gopan (a play on words: gohan = rice, pan = bread) makes bread out of rice. A lot of South Indian food, including dosas, are made out of rice but bread-like. Maybe that was the inspiration?
Over on Boing Boing, Mark Frauenfelder has written a fun feature about his quest to recreate omusoba, a popular festival food that is basically an omelet + yakisoba. He also took this funny photo of a sign explaining Japanese junk food (actually not really junk food at all) to English-speaking tourists. If you have question please ask to the stuff!