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makiwi

Instagram - Wed, 2018-12-19 08:23
More hospital food, from several meals. They include a lot of vegetables, including sea vegetables, as well as konnyaku. All that fiber does keep one regular.

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Instagram - Wed, 2018-12-19 08:23
My bed is in the far corner and I can’t really get up and move around, so I didn’t realize until now that this is the view from the hospital room window.

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Instagram - Wed, 2018-12-19 08:23
More hospital food, mainly for my own records. It is fairly bland but tastes ok...and seems to be made in-house rather than just reheated packaged stuff. The fresh fruit tastes the best though.

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Instagram - Wed, 2018-12-19 08:23
Japanese hospital food. This was dinner last night. Battered fried white fish, kinpira (?), some kind of nimono with konnyaku and chicken liver, wakame and cabbage salad, rice, tea (hojicha). It wasn’t too bad. And yep I am back in a hospital again.

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Instagram - Wed, 2018-12-19 08:23
2019 is the Year of the Boar. These are handmade pottery versions, ready to greet the new year. The bigger one sitting on mochi is from Saga prefecture, and the little one on a gourd is from Tokyo (it’s an Imado pottery figure). Mochi because mochi is lucky and one of the symbols of the new year, and a gourd because a baby boar is often called an “uri-bo” (gourd kid) because it has stripes like a gourd. The straw crane in the background is a traditional New Years decoration.

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Instagram - Wed, 2018-12-19 08:23
I am a very bad Instagrammer or whatever but this was a half hoji-cha, half matcha flavored cheesecake and I could not wait for daylight to take a decent pic before trying it. It was amazing. #cheesecake #japan #japanesefood

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Instagram - Wed, 2018-12-19 08:23
This snack is called Ninja Meshi, Ninja Food , “for the modern ninja”. They are umeboshi and katsuobushi flavored gummies. I guess they are for modern ninjas because they provide a quick energy boost and don’t make any sound when you’re chewing on them during your clandestine assignments.

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Instagram - Wed, 2018-12-19 08:23
The bottle of this kanpo (traditional herbal medicine) bottle is almost the size of one of my big scary pills.

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Instagram - Wed, 2018-12-19 08:23
Another chilly evening, another nabe for dinner. This is a toridango nabe (chicken meatball hotpot). The soup base is kombu + chicken bones. Besides the chicken meatballs there’s mizuna, leeks, shiitake mushrooms and yuba in there.

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Instagram - Wed, 2018-12-19 08:23
A very simple nabe (hot pot) with a kombu dashi base, cod, asari clams, silken tofu, napa cabbage, Kujo negi (a type of leek), and mizuna. Eaten with a little ponzu. So straightforward and so good.

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Instagram - Wed, 2018-12-19 08:23
My innards are in a mess again, so I had okayu (rice porridge) made with shinmai (new harvest rice) cooked in a small donabe for dinner. I haven’t been able to eat anything for about 3 days, so this tasted so good. If you’re going to be sick, might as well do it in style.

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Instagram - Wed, 2018-12-19 08:23
This is a kanpo (herbal medicine) powder called Ryukakusan 龍角散. It is a powder that soothes your throat. I have always had problems with my tonsils and have occasional coughing fits, and this is the only thing that stops them. (Note: I am not a medical professional, ymmv.) But besides that, I think the metal can it comes in is so elegant and classic.

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Instagram - Wed, 2018-12-19 08:23
A Fyuu gaki 富有柿 (kaki, persimmon) that got a bit overripe. Still delicious though, like a persimmon jelly, scooped up with a spoon.

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Instagram - Wed, 2018-12-19 08:23
Persimmons, ready and ripe.

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Instagram - Wed, 2018-12-19 08:23
Calbee has a limited-period series of potato chips with flavors representing all 47 prefectures in Japan. This is the Tokyo version, which they say is “tempura fried in sesame oil” flavored. The package says it was developed under the supervision of Kaminarimon Sansada, a 180 year old tempura restaurant in Asakusa. . My verdict on the flavor: I am not sure if I’d tasted this blind if I would get the tempura connection at all.

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Instagram - Wed, 2018-12-19 08:23
The thing to do with a bowl of shinmai (new harvest rice) and a happy egg from Saitama.

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Instagram - Wed, 2018-12-19 08:23
Yuzucha (yuzu tea), great on a chilly day.

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Instagram - Wed, 2018-12-19 08:23
Hiroshima style okonomiyaki, before the katsuobushi + aonori and after. With lashings of mayonnaise.

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Instagram - Wed, 2018-11-21 06:46
The hand tied dried bamboo leaf wrapper around the kurimushi yokan in the previous photo. So perfect. From Kagizen Yoshifusa in Kyoto, one of my favorite wagashi makers.

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Instagram - Wed, 2018-11-21 06:46
Kurimushi yokan (steamed azuki bean jelly with chestnuts).

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