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How to make a Funassyi (Funasshii, フナッシー)charaben. The blue body part is made by...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Mon, 2014-06-09 14:16
How to make a Funassyi (Funasshii, フナッシー)charaben. The blue body part is made by mixing a little purple sweet potato powder into egg white; the yellow part is made with the yolk. I've seen better Funassyi bentos but this one seems relatively easy... plus, this video has the pear fairy himself on it, plus a professional chef who looks so uncomfortable it's hilarious.


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Not really food related but sharing it here too because I love it so much. Happy...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Sun, 2014-06-08 11:33
Not really food related but sharing it here too because I love it so much. Happy (Fukushima)



Pharrell Williams - HAPPY (Fukushima, Japan) #happyfukushima

Fukushima is also happy !! Many people might think that Fukushima has been unhappy after 311. But it's not true. With this video I want you to know that we a...

Kodoku no Gurume (孤独のグルメ) or The Lonely Gourmet, is coming back for its 4th seas...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Fri, 2014-06-06 13:54
Kodoku no Gurume (孤独のグルメ) or The Lonely Gourmet, is coming back for its 4th season in July! Based on a manga by Masayuki Qusumi, who also appears in each episode (and is adorable), this half hour drama/comedy stars Yutaka Matsushige as Goro Inogashira, a single middle ages guy who runs a small luxury-goods importing company by himself. Basically the show is about Goro-san visiting various small restaurants (mostly) in Tokyo. It is simple and slightly strange and absolutely awesome. It also makes you seriously hungry - one of the best food-centric series on Japanese TV ever. You can find episodes of past series online ^_^; Here's a clip from Season 3, where Goro-san tackles a "coffee float".


孤独のグルメ3 コーヒーフロート おいしそう!

孤独のグルメ3

Do you have a bento blog or food blog with readers who are interested in bentos?...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Wed, 2014-06-04 17:12
Do you have a bento blog or food blog with readers who are interested in bentos? Do you want to get a review copy of a new bento book coming out? (no it's not by me ^_^;) Are you based in the U.S. or Canada? (Or if you are based elsewhere, do you have a substantial following in those countries?) If that's you, I have a publisher who is looking for potential reviewers, so let me know how they can contact you and I'll pass the info along! (Please include your blog name/URL etc. You can message me here or email me at maki at makikoitoh dot com)

Very good episode on The Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast this week abo...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Tue, 2014-06-03 14:25
Very good episode on The Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast this week about the Great Kanto Earthquake (関東大震災) of 1923. This wiped out most of Yokohama and much of Tokyo, including the central part of the city that was old Edo. (My mother's side of the family lived in Kanda, a district in central Tokyo, at the time, and their homes and business were burned out, but they rebuilt again. About 15 years after that my grandfather decided Tokyo was getting too dangerous with the war coming, and moved his family north to Saitama...)

To get a bit snippy (as I'm wont to these days ^_^ I often hear people saying stuff like "You can't see the 'real Japan' in Tokyo, for that you have to go to Kyoto (etc)." Beyond the issue of regarding anything new as 'not real', which is BS, Kyoto hasn't had any major natural or man-made disasters since the 16th century*, but Tokyo has had two in the 20th century (the other one being the WWII bombings). Despite that though, a LOT of things that are "quintessentially Japanese" emanate from Tokyo/Edo, from food (sushi and more) to culture and beyond. While you can't see much of pre-20th century Tokyo (rebuilding of important structures notwithstanding) Tokyo is actually very rich in history.

*Kyoto was basically burned to the ground in the Sengoku (warring states) period of the 16th century, but was rapidly rebuilt in the latter part of the century.


Missed In History: The Great Kanto Earthquake | Stuff You Missed in History Class
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On Sept. 1, 1923, a devastating earthquake obliterated Yokohama and much of Tokyo, Japan. But the earthquake was only the first wave of devastation. A fire followed, and because the number of evacuees far outpaced the capacity of the roads, many survivors of the quake died in the fire. More than 140…

The way French imports foreign words is often puzzling. For example, shampoo bec...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Tue, 2014-06-03 10:19
The way French imports foreign words is often puzzling. For example, shampoo becomes 'shampooing', used as a noun to mean..shampoo. Why the 'ing' is added is a mystery. Also, 'relooking' means 'makeover' (applied to people as well as rooms and such). (I know, other languages do this too, especially Japanese!)

Getting back to food though, a fun French made-up-English word is 'scrapcooking', which means decorative cooking like making colorful, kitschy, decorative cupcakes and cookies and so on.


ScrapCooking® - la cuisine décorative | Scrapcooking
www.scrapcooking.fr

Robyn Lee is leaving Serious Eats..the site will never be the same for sure. (Am...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Tue, 2014-06-03 07:39
Robyn Lee is leaving Serious Eats..the site will never be the same for sure. (Among other things she was responsible for many/most of their best photos.)


Robyn Lee Is Leaving Serious Eats a Mere 7 1/2 Years After She Got Here | Serious Eats
www.seriouseats.com

Dagashi Bar is a mini-chain of 4 izakaya (Japanese gastropubs) in Tokyo that ser...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2014-05-29 12:58
Dagashi Bar is a mini-chain of 4 izakaya (Japanese gastropubs) in Tokyo that serve drinks and the usual cooked diehes that izakaya do, but they also offer all-you-can-eat old fashioned candies and other snacks that are called dagashi. So basically, you can stuff your face with all the cheap candy and snacks from your childhood that you want, while you enjoy a drink ot two. Their site is in Japanese only but you can find info on the web in English. http://www.dagashi-bar.com/


The Just Bento Cookbook got its first 2-star review on Amazon.com. I should be u...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2014-05-29 07:55
The Just Bento Cookbook got its first 2-star review on Amazon.com. I should be upset or something except that it's totally off the mark that it's kind of funny. Just in case.. no, most Japanese people are not vegan, they do eat meat, and fish is pretty big too. (Maybe this person has never heard of sushi...?) But on a positive note, getting its first 2-star review 2 1/2 years or so after publicaton is not too bed! Plus it's back in the no. 1 slot in the Japanese cookbook category. ^_^ (It has a 1-star on Amazon France... yeah I still read the reviews sometimes. ^_^;)

I got an odd attack of nostalgia for this commercial, which has been running on...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Mon, 2014-05-26 11:55
I got an odd attack of nostalgia for this commercial, which has been running on late night TV since at least the late '80s on local stations in the NYC area. I remember being somewhat mesmerized by the soulful eyes of the waitress who sings "Bigger Burgers"

Roll 'n Roaster is still going strong it seems! I've only been there once...I don't have a lot of connections to Brooklyn; I was more a Queens kinda person.

(I lived on Long Island for a couple years, and in various locations in and around NYC (mainly Manhattan, Queens, a best-forgotten year in Jersey City) for some years after that...to me NY is still my second hometown, even if my father is gone now.)



Roll N' Roasters Commercial

Commercial for www.rollnroasters.com. Check it out!

How to you feel when a restaurant you like lists themselves on Groupon or simila...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Sat, 2014-05-24 07:57
How to you feel when a restaurant you like lists themselves on Groupon or similar sites? It always worries me, that they're not doing well...and are going to be assaulted by the type of fault-finding one-timers that post bitter reviews on Yelp and such...

My latest Japan Times article is about mirin! Yes, that's mirin in that glass, a...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Fri, 2014-05-23 23:59
My latest Japan Times article is about mirin! Yes, that's mirin in that glass, and I drank it!




All about mirin in The Japan Times | Just Hungry
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All about mirin in The Japan Times

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Did you know that mirin used to a a high class, expensive beverage rather than a cooking ingredient?

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Whenever I see someone wearing chopsticks in their hair, I think of this.

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2014-05-22 11:42
Whenever I see someone wearing chopsticks in their hair, I think of this.


Just the view from my window this morning #dailypic

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Just the view from my window this morning #dailypic

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