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We read books to find out who we are. URSULA K LE GUIN

recently on twitter - Thu, 2019-08-22 19:00
We read books to find out who we are. URSULA K LE GUIN

A new post on my site kicks off a sporadic series that I am calling Fairly Useless Japanese. ^_^ The first article is about a slang term that may already be passé, but it's still puzzling enough - "Maji Manji". justmyjapan.com/language/maji-…

recently on twitter - Thu, 2019-08-22 14:00
A new post on my site kicks off a sporadic series that I am calling Fairly Useless Japanese. ^_^ The first article is about a slang term that may already be passé, but it's still puzzling enough - "Maji Manji". justmyjapan.com/language/maji-…

You know it’s bad when even the Japanese mainstream media, who have treated that dude with kid gloves, are now calling 45 extremely rude to Denmark and stuff

recently on twitter - Thu, 2019-08-22 05:00
You know it’s bad when even the Japanese mainstream media, who have treated that dude with kid gloves, are now calling 45 extremely rude to Denmark and stuff

I did a post about coloring rice using vegetable ingredients a while back. (Food coloring is generally safe, but you know.) justbento.com/handbook/bento…

recently on twitter - Wed, 2019-08-21 01:00
I did a post about coloring rice using vegetable ingredients a while back. (Food coloring is generally safe, but you know.) justbento.com/handbook/bento…

I've experimented with beet juice, and this looks a bit too lurid to be beet juice.

recently on twitter - Wed, 2019-08-21 01:00
I've experimented with beet juice, and this looks a bit too lurid to be beet juice.

To clarify, one of my things is not mixing up various Asian/Pacific cuisines and lumping them all together into the “exotic other” Modern poké has some influences from Japanese cuisine, but its roots are firmly Hawai’ian.

recently on twitter - Tue, 2019-08-20 01:00
To clarify, one of my things is not mixing up various Asian/Pacific cuisines and lumping them all together into the “exotic other” Modern poké has some influences from Japanese cuisine, but its roots are firmly Hawai’ian.

(Do not know what to say about the bright pink rice. )

recently on twitter - Tue, 2019-08-20 01:00
(Do not know what to say about the bright pink rice. )

Sure - click the RSS icon on the bottom of the page. (I made it a bit bigger. ^_^)

recently on twitter - Tue, 2019-08-20 01:00
Sure - click the RSS icon on the bottom of the page. (I made it a bit bigger. ^_^)

Just Bento is back!

recently on just hungry - Mon, 2019-08-19 17:44
Just Bento is back!

The long neglected sister site of Just Hungry is finally back!

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Just Bento is back!

recently on just hungry - Mon, 2019-08-19 17:44
Just Bento is back!

The long neglected sister site of Just Hungry is finally back!

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余録:「アメリカはいい国だった。どうなっちまったんだ… mainichi.jp/20190820/ddm/0…

recently on twitter - Mon, 2019-08-19 01:00
余録:「アメリカはいい国だった。どうなっちまったんだ… mainichi.jp/20190820/ddm/0…

A much better description of what’s in The Just Bento Cookbook 2 than previously. Actually there never was a decent description before. So here it is. justbento.com/just-bento-coo…

recently on twitter - Mon, 2019-08-19 01:00
A much better description of what’s in The Just Bento Cookbook 2 than previously. Actually there never was a decent description before. So here it is. justbento.com/just-bento-coo…

アメリカでは、子連れの母親でも医師であっても、有色人種だと警察にいつ殺されるのか恐れながら日々を送っているのです。 twitter.com/gradydoctor/st…

recently on twitter - Mon, 2019-08-19 01:00
アメリカでは、子連れの母親でも医師であっても、有色人種だと警察にいつ殺されるのか恐れながら日々を送っているのです。 twitter.com/gradydoctor/st…

Believe it or not, Just Bento is back!

recently on just bento - Sun, 2019-08-18 22:54
Believe it or not, Just Bento is back!

It's been a very long time - years, in fact. But, the site has finally been revamped from the ground up. It now displays properly on mobile devices without having to pinch and zoom, and it should hopefully be a bit easier and faster to navigate.

There are some changes to the site, and some things may be a bit hard to find. However, all the bento how-tos and other important information is now accessible via the main menu, as are the recipes.

There are two big changes I had to make:

  • The forum is gone. The content that was posted in the forums is still there -- you can find them via search, or via the categories in the sitemap; however, the functionality is no longer there. The forum part of the site was just too unwieldy, both in terms of system resources and the amount of time it took me to administer it, even though I had some wonderful moderators helping me out. I just feel that given the changing landscape of the internet, where people are congregating on the major social media sites to discuss things, it didn't make sense to keep running and maintaining a forum.

    If you miss (or even remember!) the old forum, I do now run a Facebook Group, which is about general Japanese culture and food, but is of course open to bento fans too. You will notice that you have to answer some questions to join - for the second one which is basically freeform, you may want to mention that you used to be a member of the forum here, and I can approve you right away.

  • Comments have been disabled. I may install something like Facebook Comments or Disqus...or I may not. Again, it is a matter of the time I can spend on all this. ^_^; I would much rather be writing and adding new articles than bothering with comment spam and more. (And just in case you are wondering, why don't I hire someone? I wish I could afford to.) For new articles I will be posting a link to the relevant post on my Facebook Page or Twitter to discuss it. I had to delete more than 70,000 spam comments on old entries on the old version of the site...and you know, I would rather not deal with that.

I will continue tweaking the site to make it easier to use. And new articles will be coming too! For now though, I hope you enjoy the new look, new structure Just Bento.

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Believe it or not, Just Bento is back!

recently on just bento - Sun, 2019-08-18 22:54
Believe it or not, Just Bento is back!

It's been a very long time - years, in fact. But, the site has finally been revamped from the ground up. It now displays properly on mobile devices without having to pinch and zoom, and it should hopefully be a bit easier and faster to navigate.

There are some changes to the site, and some things may be a bit hard to find. However, all the bento how-tos and other important information is now accessible via the main menu, as are the recipes.

There are two big changes I had to make:

  • The forum is gone. The content that was posted in the forums is still there -- you can find them via search, or via the categories in the sitemap; however, the functionality is no longer there. The forum part of the site was just too unwieldy, both in terms of system resources and the amount of time it took me to administer it, even though I had some wonderful moderators helping me out. I just feel that given the changing landscape of the internet, where people are congregating on the major social media sites to discuss things, it didn't make sense to keep running and maintaining a forum.

    If you miss (or even remember!) the old forum, I do now run a Facebook Group, which is about general Japanese culture and food, but is of course open to bento fans too. You will notice that you have to answer some questions to join - for the second one which is basically freeform, you may want to mention that you used to be a member of the forum here, and I can approve you right away.

  • Comments have been disabled. I may install something like Facebook Comments or Disqus...or I may not. Again, it is a matter of the time I can spend on all this. ^_^; I would much rather be writing and adding new articles than bothering with comment spam and more. (And just in case you are wondering, why don't I hire someone? I wish I could afford to.) For new articles I will be posting a link to the relevant post on my Facebook Page or Twitter to discuss it. I had to delete more than 70,000 spam comments on old entries on the old version of the site...and you know, I would rather not deal with that.

I will continue tweaking the site to make it easier to use. And new articles will be coming too! For now though, I hope you enjoy the new look, new structure Just Bento.

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The Just Bento Cookbook 2: Make Ahead, Easy, Healthy Lunches to Go

recently on just bento - Sun, 2019-08-18 12:43

The Just Bento Cookbook 2: Make Ahead, Easy, Healthy Lunches to Go is the sequel to the best-selling The Just Bento Cookbook. It contains almost all new recipes (with the exception of a handful of "classics"), and is designed to expand your bento making repertoire, as well as increase your knowledge of Japanese home cooking in general.

Highlights of The Just Bento Cookbook 2 include:

  • Many recipes for items to make ahead and store in your refrigerator or freezer, ready to just pack and go
  • A chapter on low-carbohydrate bentos. Whether you must watch your carbohydrate intake because you are a diabetic, or you are following a low-carb eating style, there are plenty of ideas as well as lots of low-carb recipes. While it focuses on shirataki noodles as well as its blockier cousin, konnyaku, both of which are high in fiber and have almost no calories, there are many other ideas for making your bentos low-carb too.
    (An editorial/space decision was made not to have a gluten-free chapter, but there are many gluten free recipes too, that are noted accordingly. Check out the rice sandwiches!)
  • A lot more vegetarian and vegan recipes than in the first book, plus loads of vegetable based recipes for everyone!
  • A whole section on quick-to-make bento ideas, even ones that 'cook' themselves in a thermal jar, ready to eat at lunchtime.
Where to buy the book

Here are some handy Amazon links. (Disclaimer: these are affiliate links, which bring a small commission to me, at no additional cost to you. ^_^)

  • Amazon US (Amazon dot com) - please try this link first - it should lead you to your country's Amazon page for ths book. This is where to find the Kindle version of the book too if you are in the U.S.! If that doesn't work, please try:

  • Amazon DE: the German title of the book is Das Bento-Box-Kochbuch: Meal Prep auf Japanisch. This link should also get you to the Kindle edition of the German edition if you are in Germany, or a country eligible to buy Amazon DE Kindle books (e.g. Switzerland).

  • Amazon UK
  • Amazon Japan

If you're having trouble finding it at your preferred bookseller, please contact the publisher, Kodansha USA, or the distributor, Penguin Random House. Please direct any media inquiries to Kodansha.

Should you get this book first, or the first Just Bento Cookbook?

Good question! I think that if you are an absolute beginner to bentos, the first one is the one to go for, since it has lots of information about planning your bento making workflow and so forth. But the second one is useful too, for the make-ahead ideas and/or if you have some special dietary needs. I say your ideal decision just may be to get both. ^_^

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The Just Bento Cookbook 2: Make Ahead, Easy, Healthy Lunches to Go

recently on just bento - Sun, 2019-08-18 12:43

The Just Bento Cookbook 2: Make Ahead, Easy, Healthy Lunches to Go is the sequel to the best-selling The Just Bento Cookbook. It contains almost all new recipes (with the exception of a handful of "classics"), and is designed to expand your bento making repertoire, as well as increase your knowledge of Japanese home cooking in general.

Highlights of The Just Bento Cookbook 2 include:

  • Many recipes for items to make ahead and store in your refrigerator or freezer, ready to just pack and go
  • A chapter on low-carbohydrate bentos. Whether you must watch your carbohydrate intake because you are a diabetic, or you are following a low-carb eating style, there are plenty of ideas as well as lots of low-carb recipes. While it focuses on shirataki noodles as well as its blockier cousin, konnyaku, both of which are high in fiber and have almost no calories, there are many other ideas for making your bentos low-carb too.
    (An editorial/space decision was made not to have a gluten-free chapter, but there are many gluten free recipes too, that are noted accordingly. Check out the rice sandwiches!)
  • A lot more vegetarian and vegan recipes than in the first book, plus loads of vegetable based recipes for everyone!
  • A whole section on quick-to-make bento ideas, even ones that 'cook' themselves in a thermal jar, ready to eat at lunchtime.
Where to buy the book

Here are some handy Amazon links. (Disclaimer: these are affiliate links, which bring a small commission to me, at no additional cost to you. ^_^)

  • Amazon US (Amazon dot com) - please try this link first - it should lead you to your country's Amazon page for ths book. This is where to find the Kindle version of the book too if you are in the U.S.! If that doesn't work, please try:

  • Amazon DE: the German title of the book is Das Bento-Box-Kochbuch: Meal Prep auf Japanisch. This link should also get you to the Kindle edition of the German edition if you are in Germany, or a country eligible to buy Amazon DE Kindle books (e.g. Switzerland).

  • Amazon UK
  • Amazon Japan

If you're having trouble finding it at your preferred bookseller, please contact the publisher, Kodansha USA, or the distributor, Penguin Random House. Please direct any media inquiries to Kodansha.

Should you get this book first, or the first Just Bento Cookbook?

Good question! I think that if you are an absolute beginner to bentos, the first one is the one to go for, since it has lots of information about planning your bento making workflow and so forth. But the second one is useful too, for the make-ahead ideas and/or if you have some special dietary needs. I say your ideal decision just may be to get both. ^_^

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A new business-oriented article about Pocky on Just My Japan

recently on just hungry - Sun, 2019-08-18 10:30
A new business-oriented article about Pocky on Just My Japan

A new article about the business side of Pocky, the chocolate covered cookie stick loved by many, is up on my new site Just My Japan. I thought about putting it on this site sinc it's about a food product, but it's more about the marketing and production of the product than the taste or anything, so I put it over there. I hope you take a look!

Pocky and the Japanese Snack Industry

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A new business-oriented article about Pocky on Just My Japan

recently on just hungry - Sun, 2019-08-18 10:30
A new business-oriented article about Pocky on Just My Japan

A new article about the business side of Pocky, the chocolate covered cookie stick loved by many, is up on my new site Just My Japan. I thought about putting it on this site sinc it's about a food product, but it's more about the marketing and production of the product than the taste or anything, so I put it over there. I hope you take a look!

Pocky and the Japanese Snack Industry

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