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More Japanese slang! You may know that イケメン - ikemen - means a good looking/h...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Sat, 2015-04-04 19:39
More Japanese slang!

You may know that イケメン - ikemen - means a good looking/handsome guy.

イクメン (or 育メン) - ikumen - means either a stay-at-home dad or a dad who participates a lot in taking care of his children.

So...can you guess what ヌクメン - nukumen means? (guguru-ing it would be cheating ^_^)

There are many internet slang words in Japanese. For instance, "ググる (guguru)" me...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Sat, 2015-04-04 13:54
There are many internet slang words in Japanese. For instance, "ググる (guguru)" means to Google something. Here are some others...some make my eyes water a bit...

やおほ (yaoho) - pronounced "ya oh ho" = Yahoo!
ようつべ (yohtsube) - pronounced "yo- tsu beh" = YouTube

ほめぱげ - pronounced "hoh meh pah geh" = Home page

ついのみ (tsuinomi) - pronounced "tsui nomi" = to drink while tweeting (alone or with other tsuinomi)

and...

ぐぐたす (gugutasu) - pronounced "gu gu ta su" = ..... can you guess what this one is? ^_^ - The answer is Google + = it's 'gugu' for Google, and 'tasu' means "to add" - the add + sign.

I'm brainstorming a bit for some possible themes for an upcoming article. So, wh...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Fri, 2015-04-03 23:28
I'm brainstorming a bit for some possible themes for an upcoming article. So, when you think "Japanese food", what comes to mind? Anything goes - specific dishes, flavors, scenery, whatever. ^_^

Stop-motion animated charaben...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Fri, 2015-04-03 15:08
Stop-motion animated charaben...


☆ファンタスティック弁当☆ 〜 Bento Lunch Box Animation 〜

世界初!?のり弁当で作ったアニメーション! 動かないはずのお弁当が動きだすと、 こんなに " おいしく " なるなんて…「うごくってたのしい!」 【 produced by pimory 】 pimory(ピモリー)は、写真が動きだす全く新しいサービスです。 動かないはずの写真が動くと記憶に残る思い出に変わる。 ...

Shoku no Gunshi (The Miltary Strategist of Food) is a new half-hour uh...drama?...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2015-04-02 21:29
Shoku no Gunshi (The Miltary Strategist of Food) is a new half-hour uh...drama? comedy? on Tokyo MX. One of the co-authors is Masahiro Kusumi, who wrote the story of Kodoku no Gurume (The Lonely Gourmet) and also appeared in the series at the end of every episode, where he'd go to the restaurant featured in the episode. Anyway, Shoku no Gunshi is considerably more over the top in tone, not to mention rather weird. Anyway, if you enjoy middle aged men obsessing over food, as in REALLY obsessing over food....this might be for you! (The first episode requires a really deep knowledge of oden. And a working knowledge of The Romance of the Three Kingdoms would help too.)


ドラマ「食の軍師」 番組宣伝動画|TOKYO MX

人気コミック「食の軍師」がドラマ化! 「何をどう食べるのか?オレならこう攻める!」 主人公・本郷播がライバル・力石馨と繰り広げる、ウザすぎるほど熱くコミカルな食の陣立て! 出演:津田寛治、高岡奏輔、篠井英介 TOKYO MXにて2015年4月1日(水)23:30から放送開始! ●番組公式サイト http://s....

Bento & Co has another bento contest this year. The theme is "Sandwich Bento" an...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2015-04-02 09:49
Bento & Co has another bento contest this year. The theme is "Sandwich Bento" and the grand prize is a trip to Kyoto!


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Related to some posts I made a couple of days ago, about gay and trans- entertai...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2015-04-02 09:36
Related to some posts I made a couple of days ago, about gay and trans- entertainers in Japan. ^_^


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There was (or is...it's still going on as I write this) a live event called Cinderella Fes(tival) today in Tokyo. It's an event exclusively for high school girls; you had to prove you were one to get into the event. The even has a main stage which featured many performers that are popular with that audience (presumably...I'm not up on what h.s. girls like), plus booths in a separate area demonistrating merch of interest to said demographic. The reason I'm writing about it here is that the MC for the main stage show is/was Ai Haruna (pictured in the middle in the photo), who is a transgender entertainer. Unlike say, NHK, which might be featuring gay or trans- entertainers on programs aimed at teenagers for educational or "message" purposes, this is a purely commercial event, so presumably Ai Haruna is popular amongst h.s. girls. In any case this generation in Japan is growing up with gay/trans people presented matter of factly as entertainers, which is a big difference from the entertainment industry just a few years ago. It's interesting to see - if I life that long - if this generation's attitutudes will have been influenced by that when they becomes the ones running the country. (I was actually watching the live stream for Funassyi though. ^_^ The Funassyi part is here - http://welovefunassyi.com/post/115282520509/professor-funassyi-wearing-a-scholars-cap-and ) The page listing the Cinderella Fes guests - mainly young girl and boy groups and models (plus a pear fairy) - http://event.team-cinderella.com/guest

The disadvantages of being multilingual, part 2: Just to emphasize I'm not just...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Wed, 2015-04-01 22:10
The disadvantages of being multilingual, part 2:

Just to emphasize I'm not just talking about funny English used in Japanese... (this is already a famous photo but)

(He probably thinks the kanji says 'samurai' - 侍

but it actually says 痔 - which means "hemorrhoids"....)


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The disadvantages of being multilingual, part 1: So there's this line of house...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Wed, 2015-04-01 18:15
The disadvantages of being multilingual, part 1:

So there's this line of household cleaning products in Japan...

called Tinkle...


KINCHO 製品情報 水回り用ティンクル 防臭プラスのご紹介!
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G's Baseball Party is an internet ad for Toyota Japan. It's pretty awesome! (Not...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Tue, 2015-03-31 12:43
G's Baseball Party is an internet ad for Toyota Japan. It's pretty awesome! (Not food related...but who cares ^_^ )


G's Baseball Party

TOYOTA PRESENTS Baseball Party スーパープレイの連続で街全体を野球場に一変させるスペクタクルムービー! 街のいたるところに突如あらわれるG`sスイッチ、それを押した街の人々は次々とアスリートへと変身していく。リアルな街中を舞台にアスリートに変身した人々が繰り広げるスーパープレイの連続...

The Guy cut his thumb cooking, so we put a bandaid on.

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Mon, 2015-03-30 13:59
The Guy cut his thumb cooking, so we put a bandaid on.


What do you think about "onigirazu"? They started getting popular last year or s...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Mon, 2015-03-30 10:34
What do you think about "onigirazu"? They started getting popular last year or so, after they were in the food-centric manga Cooking Papa. It's basically a sheet of nori wrapped around two layers of rice with filling in between them. The whole thing is then wrapped in a sheet of cling film, and sliced in half or quarters. Onigirazu means "to not nigiru" - not form a rice ball, so it's like the anti-onigiri. I think it sounds quick and easy and you can way more filling in one than an onigiri, but on the minus side, an onigirazu basically requires the use of one whole sheet of nori seaweed (the nori holds everything together), which could get expensive if you live outside Japan. Plus, I know a lot of you don't like nori that much (or so I gather from all the questions I've gotten over the years about how to make onigiri without nori. ^_^ )

Here's a "rice sandwich" thing I came up with some time ago, with no nori. It works pretty well, but you have to keep the cling film on as you eat it.


Experimenting with frozen tuna salad, plus a tuna sushi rice sandwich | Just Bento
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tunaoshizushi480.jpg Few things are as easy to make or as tasty for lunch than a simple tuna salad sandwich. It’s one of my favorite things to make when I’m too busy or occupied for more involved cooking. But porting around tuna salad

The new spring 2015 NHK Asadora (morning serial drama) which starts on Monday, i...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Sun, 2015-03-29 15:07
The new spring 2015 NHK Asadora (morning serial drama) which starts on Monday, is called Mare (pronounced ma-reh). It's about a girl called Mare, who after many twists and turns pursues a career as a patissier. It's the first asadora in a contemporary setting since Amachan, which aired in spring 2013. Since everyone love pastries in Japan, Mare has every chance of becoming a big hit.

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人生は地道にコツコツ…「まれ」 第1週 「魔女姫バースデーケーキ」「まれ」Facebook担当、Iです。いよいよ明日から「まれ」スタート!!これから毎週日曜に、その週のおすすめポイントをご紹介していきます。☆ 夢嫌いなヒロイン、個性豊かなキャスト津村希(まれ)は、夢が大嫌いで“地道にコツコツ”がモットーという、“朝ドラ”らしからぬ女の子。今週は、希の子ども時代を松本来夢(らむ)ちゃんが演じます。キラキラした瞳と一生懸命さが印象的な来夢ちゃんを取り囲むのは、個性的なキャスト陣!夢を追いかけて家族に迷惑かけっぱなしの父・徹は大泉洋さん。ダメ男だけど憎めない徹! コミカルで楽しい大泉さんの魅力が、初回の放送から炸裂です。その徹に振り回されながらも、常に明るく前向きな母・藍子は常盤貴子さん。おっとりさと大胆さを兼ね備えた藍子は、常盤さんにピッタリ!そして、ひょんなことから津村家と同居する夫婦、桶作元治・文を演じるのは田中泯さん・田中裕子さん。今週は、このお二人の存在感がすごい! これまでのイメージをくつがえす茶目っけと、リアリティーを併せ持つお芝居。どうかお見逃しなく!☆ “別腹”もお楽しみ!「まれ」では、毎週必ず新しいスイーツが登場! 製菓指導は世界的パティシエ・辻口博啓さんが担当しています。ストーリーや登場人物の個性を映し出す影の主役(?)、毎週のスイーツ。何が出てくるのかもお楽しみに。さらに、「まれ」は“朝ドラ”ではまれにみる長期ロケを舞台地・石川県能登地方で行いました。オープニングタイトルからドラマ本編まで、今週の放送には、能登の雄大であたたかい風景がたっぷりと! さわやかな朝にふさわしい能登の風、皆さまに届きますように!!■□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□連続テレビ小説 まれ3月30日(月)~9月26日(土)ヒロイン:土屋太鳳作:篠﨑絵里子音楽:澤野弘之製菓指導:辻口博啓語り:戸田恵子オープニングテーマ曲 希空~まれぞら~詞:土屋太鳳曲:澤野弘之放送時間:[総合](月~土)午前8:00~(月~土)午後0:45~(再放送)[BSプレミアム](月~土)午前7:30~(月~土)午後11:00~(再放送)(土)午前9:30~(1週間分)

I love the sleek look of this Mujirushi Ryohin (Muji) toaster oven! It's vertica...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Sun, 2015-03-29 10:12
I love the sleek look of this Mujirushi Ryohin (Muji) toaster oven! It's vertically oriented, can toast 2 slices of bread at a time, and has 3 temperature settings. It's similar to a Sharp model I had years ago, but Muji-fied. Only available in Japan though...rats. -_-

http://www.muji.net/electronics/oven/


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One more thing, and then I promise this page will return to food topics (althoug...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Fri, 2015-03-27 12:43
One more thing, and then I promise this page will return to food topics (although you may hear more of my thoughts on this kind of general Japanese culture/society thing somewhere soon... ^_^ )

I just noticed that I used the pronoun "she" for Matsuko, and "he" for Ivan. Not sure why---(although now I think about it's probably because Matsuko is a female name, and Ivan is a male name.) It is very hard to talk about someone in English without using a gender-defining pronoun. In Japanese, it's acceptable to repeatedly use their name, or their position/title (e.g. sensei (teacher), bucho or kacho (manager), etc) and sidestep the gendered-pronoun thing. In English using someone's position is not really possible, unless you are the Pope or the President or a Senator and so forth (and for the latter two if you address them directly you still add Mr. President, Madama Senator etc...) and using someone's name repeatedly is awkward too. So we have to choose between he, she and it.

For instance, as you probably know I recently started a blog called We Love Funassyi. Funassyi is a pear fairy and pears don't have genders, so Funassyi has no gender. But calling Funassyi "it" just doesn't seem right, so I use "he" since Funassyi seems to skew male more than female. (Although Funassyi does look great in girly outfits. ^_^ )


This is an expanded and edited version of something I wrote as a comment below (...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Fri, 2015-03-27 09:44
This is an expanded and edited version of something I wrote as a comment below (and I apologize for it not being food-related at all, but it's a continuation, so.... ^_^)

I brought up Matsuko Deluxe as a man who is gay and dresses like a woman, because she has such a big presence and influence in Japan, way more in my opinion than even people like RuPaul or Dame Edna Jones. (And also because of that story about the potato chips. ^_^ )

There are several other cross-dressing/transvestite/transgender etc. personalities in the Japanese media. I don't think in general the media differentiate a lot between someone who is transgender (e.g. Kabachan, Ai Haruna) vs. someone who just dresses like a woman and/or is openly gay (e.g. Ivan, Ikko, Mittsu Mangrove, Akihiro Miwa)

And all of the people I mentioned are regular fixtures on prime-time Japanese TV. They get ribbed and teased, usually good-naturedly, by other (mostly male) personalities on the shows they are on - some more than others. (I've never seen a female co-star tease/dig into the gay/trans/etc. personalities on air.) E.g. Ikko and Kabachan get relentlessly ribbed and kind of seem to enjoy it, while Mittsu Mangrove and Matsuko Deluxe just get treated like anyone else. And 79 year old Akihiro Miwa, aka Miwa-chama, is venerated like an aging empress.

Another example of how matter-of-fact the appearance of these people are on TV in Japan: Ivan (pictured below) is one of the youngest openly gay TV personalities who usually (not always) dresses as a female; he used to be a (male fashion) runway model. He's a regular guest on an NHK Educational Channel show called "The Rule of R", a lighthearted chat-show type program aimed at teenagers (high schoolers mostly). He gives dating advice, fashion advice and so on to the teenaged regulars on the show, and is treated like an older sister, one of the girls, by everyone. Kabachan, who is transgender, appears frequently on the show too and is also treated like an older woman there to give the young ones advice.

So while on the surface (or dare I say, to the shallow-surface-skimmers) Japan may seem very "backwards" in terms of gender equality and acceptance of LGBTQ issues (it does not recognize same-gender marriages or unions legally for example), things are a lot more complicated than that. (Can you imagine an educational show on US TV where a gay cross-dressing personality acts out dating situations with teenaged boys?)

Incidentally, Japan felt compelled to take on many Western ways of thinking and incorporate them into their laws in the late 19th century, for economic and political reasons. Before that in many ways they were far "ahead" (to 21st century sensibilities) of Europe and North America, in terms of sexuality and such. Apparently the early Europeans and Americans in Japan found the openness to sexual things very shocking and "heathen" and "savage" and things, and the Meiji government thought it necessary to pass laws to make Japan seem more "civilized".

(I need more space to write about this kind of thing ^_^; )


Next week the spring TV season starts in Japan. One person, writer, columnist, p...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2015-03-26 23:16
Next week the spring TV season starts in Japan. One person, writer, columnist, pundit and TV show host Matsuko Deluxe, will be either hosting or be a regular on 9 different shows throughout the week on various national networks. That's way more than any other entertainer. Matsuko is hugely popular, highly respected and also very influential. For example, on one of her shows, The Worlds Matsuko Doesn't Know (which started in January) she raved about an artisanal brand of potato chips. The company's server crashed, and when it came back they sold out within a couple of days. She's had similar effects on the sales of both edible and non-edible products. She's also featured in many TV commercials, ranging from Toyota Pruis to the Japan Postal Service to Hokkaido rice.

Matsuko is a 42 year old openly gay cross-dresser. (I'm not sure if it's correct to call her a drag queen; she doesn't perform in shows etc., she just always dresses and presents herself as a woman. ETA: Whatever the term is, she's a man who dresses like a woman. ^_^ ) She's not the only gay personality who's a fixture on Japanese TV, but she's by far the most popular one.

I'm a big Matsuko fan, and find her fascinating, especially in the context of modern Japanese society.


Fermented products and edible fungi tread a fine line between delicious and disg...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2015-03-26 11:28
Fermented products and edible fungi tread a fine line between delicious and disgusting. I think most strong fermented products or fungi need to be gotten used to gradually, to push your boundaries. E.g. natto, aged cheeses, fermented fish products, truffles, etc. It's funny how many Japanese people love natto and strong smelling fermented fish products, but can only deal with very milk and bland cheese. Similarly many Westerners can't deal with natto but love smelly aged cheese. In our Swiss-Japanese household, the Swiss side doesn't do natto or fermented fish, and the Japanese side loves aged cheese up to a point - but 3 year old Gouda for instance is beyond my boundaries.

Relatedly, most truffle oil has never seen an actual truffle, and to me smells like essence of dirty socks that have been forgotten in a gym bag for a month.


"And the mac and cheese is twenty dollars, because someone thought very hard abo...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2015-03-26 00:19
"And the mac and cheese is twenty dollars, because someone thought very hard about truffles when making it." I have a sneaky fondness for snarky restaurant reviews...


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The new French restaurant Happy Ending is located in a former massage parlor. Too bad you can’t eat a double entendre.

Do people in Los Angeles really dunk their edamame in soy sauce?? (This was on a...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Tue, 2015-03-24 20:19
Do people in Los Angeles really dunk their edamame in soy sauce?? (This was on a Japanese TV show...)

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