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栗羊羹 (kuri yokan, chestnuts in bean paste)

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栗羊羹 (kuri yokan, chestnuts in bean paste)


So I hate to sound like I'm always having medical problems...but I got to Japan...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2014-10-30 04:28
So I hate to sound like I'm always having medical problems...but I got to Japan about 3 weeks ago, promptly got a cold (probably on the plane...), then about a week ago as my cold was improving I got a bad infection in my left eye, which means I can't really see out of that eye. (Yes I went to the doctor. Eyedrops 12x a day, ointment ON the eyeball at night. Ugh!)

Sooo...my plans for running around Tokyo reporting on stuff haven't panned out yet ;_o <--- that's my left eye, all teary.

But they will as soon as I heal!

I am working on stuff.

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2014-10-23 04:21
I am working on stuff.

Shellfish only sushi set...a sign that fall is here #yokohama #sushi

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Fri, 2014-10-17 06:12
Shellfish only sushi set...a sign that fall is here #yokohama #sushi


Pancake at West Cafe #yokohama

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Fri, 2014-10-17 05:38
Pancake at West Cafe #yokohama


My latest Japan Times column is about hambaagu (or hanbaagu), Japanese hamburger...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2014-10-16 03:00
My latest Japan Times column is about hambaagu (or hanbaagu), Japanese hamburger steaks. Includes a recipe of course!


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Hamburg Steaks or Hanbaagu/Hambaagu in the Japan Times

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A brief history of the hambaagu in Japan.

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Pork shumai and shrimp gyoza. I must be in Yokohama!

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Pork shumai and shrimp gyoza. I must be in Yokohama!


An expanded version of a comment I wrote elsewhere: When I lived in NYC and wo...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2014-10-09 21:01
An expanded version of a comment I wrote elsewhere:

When I lived in NYC and worked briefly at my mom's Japanese (sushi) restaurant, I would get a bit peeved when people asked for things like spicy tuna or pickled garlic - items which do not belong at all in a traditional Japanese sushi restaurant. But since then I've lived in other places...and my perspective has changed.

Here in southern France (northern Provence...our closest big town is Avignon) there are mainly general "Asian" restaurants, where I sometimes go when I'm desperate. They are usually run by Vietnamese folk, and have all kinds of Asian food, including sushi, e.g. jambon rosette (a salami-like ham) and goat's cheese sushi. And when our local supermarkets have an "Asian frozen food" special, it's anything goes from nems to samosas to whatever, presented with a big pic of Mt. Fuji and an Asiatique woman dressed in a Chinese dress. (I should remember to take more photos...)

So when people expect to get sushi in a Chinese restaurant or pad Thai in a Korean restaurant etc... they may be used to that kind of thing.

(And I do realize how ironic it is that I write about Japanese food mostly and live in a place like this ^_^ But never fear, I'm going to get a long Japan fix soon to brush up ^_^ And I do think living in a place like this gives me a good perspective on what kind of Japanese food can be made with limited access to ingredients...)

What Japanese kids like to eat, now and then

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Japanese kids like western style food a lot it.

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What&#039;s your favorite yoshoku &#x6d0b;&#x98df; dish?

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Wed, 2014-10-08 19:38
What's your favorite yoshoku 洋食 dish?

Tudor peapods... #dailypic

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Thank you for your comments/replies to my previous question re: washoku or tradi...

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Thank you for your comments/replies to my previous question re: washoku or traditional Japanese cuisine! The reason I asked is because there seems to be this conception (misconception?) in the Japanese media that the UNESCO designation is hugely influential, and is a prime reason for both the popularity of Japanese cuisine worldwide, and the increase of overseas tourists to Japan (which reached an all time high in 2013). I have been doubtful of both ...I think Japanese cuisine got popular regardless of the UNESCO thing, and that it's not a primary reason for the increase in tourism either. (Besides, the Japanese cuisine that many people think is the "best" is not even washoku - things like ramen, curry rice, etc.)

(I also think that Japan seems to care a whole lot more about getting World Heritage recognition than most European countries do...and the US doesn't seem to care abut that at all for its sites or whatever. That's a reflection perhaps of how much each region or nation cares about their international reputation as a whole perhaps.)

Question! (Actually 3 related questions...) 1. Did you know that UNESCO designa...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2014-10-02 20:18
Question! (Actually 3 related questions...)
1. Did you know that UNESCO designated washoku, traditional Japanese cuisine, as an "Intangible Cultural Heritage"?
2. Does that make you any more or less likely to visit Japan?
and 3. ...do you even care about that World Heritage designation at all?

(Here's what I wrote about the UNESCO thing when it was first announced, in case you aren't familiar with it. http://justhungry.com/washoku-traditional-japanese-cuisine-designated-unesco-intangible-cultural-heritage-humanity )


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