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It's always a dangerous proposition to declare things like this in public ^_^; ....

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Sat, 2014-07-05 10:32
It's always a dangerous proposition to declare things like this in public ^_^; ...but JustBento.com *will* be back and active before the start of the new school term (or at least...before September)!

Regarding the new cover photo - a tip if you live in a dry, sunny climate like w...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Sat, 2014-07-05 09:31
Regarding the new cover photo - a tip if you live in a dry, sunny climate like we do...shiso doesn't do well in full sun in this type of climate. Try to shade it as much as you can, and water it a lot. If you're in a humid climate it should be OK, but half-shade is better than full sun.

If you listened to the most recent This American Life episode (#529, Human Spect...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Fri, 2014-07-04 09:21
If you listened to the most recent This American Life episode (#529, Human Spectacle), the guy who was on the 'weird Japanese show' from the late '90s, Nasubi, is on the Happy Fukushima video that was released last month. (I've mentioned the video here previously). He's the 3rd person to appear in the video, the guy with lots of facial hair and a huge smile. He's from Fukushima City and is a well known celebrity in Fukushima prefecture apparently (he also appears on occasion on national TV etc.) "Nasubi" is a stage name - it's a slang term for eggplant.

The middle-aged man who appears first in the video is the stationmaster of the JR Fukushima station, by the way.




Pharrell Williams - HAPPY (Fukushima, Japan) #happyfukushima #happyday

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...

This doesn't have a lot to do with food ^_^; but I've been thinking about langua...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2014-07-03 11:11
This doesn't have a lot to do with food ^_^; but I've been thinking about language a lot recently. As you may know there are lots of imported-from-other-languages words in Japanese (English mostly, but many other languages too). A lot of the time the imported word changes its meaning when it's used in a Japanese context. Example: in English if you say the tension is rising, it means people/things are getting tense, nervous, stressed, etc. But in Japanese, if your 'tenshon' is rising, it means you're getting excited and happy - a positive situation. Some people like to make fun of those phrases, or insist they are plain wrong. But most languages do this kind of thing....even French, which is supposed to be a lot 'purer' or something. I don't think this is a 'wrong' thing; it's just one way language evolves.

Anyway, here are a few imported phrases used in France (franglais I guess) that don't exist or mean something very different in well, English:

• Relooking: a makeover (of a person) or redecorating (your home etc.)
• Scrapcooking: colorful kitschy (dare I say American) sweets like iced cupcakes, cakepops, donuts with colorful icing/sprinkles/etc., decorated cookies, etc.
• Babyfoot: Table soccer
• Baskets: sneakers... "les sneakers" also used.
* Footing: jogging

If you know another language besides English, can you think of any examples like that? (One that comes to mind for German is the word Handy...which means cellphone.)

Here's another question: Do you buy: 1. Less paper cookbooks than you used to...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Mon, 2014-06-30 20:43
Here's another question: Do you buy:

1. Less paper cookbooks than you used to say, 5 years ago
2. The same number as before
3. More than before

And, especially if you answered 1., do you find you're buying e-cookbooks instead? Or just going online? Also, is there a type of cookbook you just have to get in paper format vs. electronic?

Question: Does the paper quality, font choice and layout of a book, especially a...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Mon, 2014-06-30 15:09
Question: Does the paper quality, font choice and layout of a book, especially a cookbook, matter to you?

This is a tea-themed song... a cover of the crusty standard Tea For Two, perform...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Mon, 2014-06-30 13:42
This is a tea-themed song... a cover of the crusty standard Tea For Two, performed by a Japanese-American group called the Zen Zoot Suit Band. I think they only put out one album, but I like it a lot. They used traditional Japanese instruments like koto, shamisen, sho etc. as well as the ukulele and regular western instruments. The instrumental version of this is actually nicer, but I could only find the one with vocals. (The album is also titled Tea for Two, and is available on Amazon.com as a download.)



"Tea For Two" - The Zen Zootsuit Band w/Cynthia Basinet

"Tea For Two" - The Zen Zootsuit Band feat. Cynthia Basinet (2003) iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/cynthia-basinet/id193221514 Latest interview: ht...

This song is oddly restful yet kind of weird. It reminds of a time in my life (e...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Sun, 2014-06-29 18:10
This song is oddly restful yet kind of weird. It reminds of a time in my life (early '90s) when I was semi-obsessed with 'brain-wave-altering music' and funny goggles that flashed lights in your eyes to induce a trance-like state, with or without the aid of other substances. ^_^ Hey, we had to entertain ourselves in some way Before Internet!

Anyway... enjoy the rest of your Sunday!



Sylvan Esso - Coffee (Official Audio)

Sylvan Esso - Coffee From the album Sylvan Esso - out May 13 (US) // June 2 (EU) Purchase from iTunes: http://bit.ly/1fnushj Debut album out May 13, 2014 blo...

The breastfeeding scene in Princess Kaguya reminded me of the end credits of Tam...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Fri, 2014-06-27 10:00
The breastfeeding scene in Princess Kaguya reminded me of the end credits of Tampopo, one of the best food-centric movies ever made. It stars the great Nobuko Miyamoto as the heroine Tampopo. She's also the voice of Ouna, the old woman who becomes Princess Kaguya's adoptive mother in the Ghibli movie. She has such a warm voice that she's perfect. I've always thought that Tampopo's end credits are a perfect coda to the movie - a baby just blissfully feeding at his/her mother's breast...which is where most of us start life, and eating. ^_^

WARNING: contains you know, breast.


tampopo credits

hungry baby!

makiwi: @matt_timmons it could have just been a chijimi with udon in it. It’s not a widely known traditional dish or anything.

recently on twitter - Tue, 2013-06-11 20:17
makiwi: @matt_timmons it could have just been a chijimi with udon in it. It’s not a widely known traditional dish or anything.

makiwi: @matt_timmons I’m not sure what you mean by ジチミ -jichimi. Do you mean チヂミ - Korean pancakes?

recently on twitter - Tue, 2013-06-11 20:10
makiwi: @matt_timmons I’m not sure what you mean by ジチミ -jichimi. Do you mean チヂミ - Korean pancakes?

makiwi: @imhoturenot thanks for buying the book ^_^

recently on twitter - Tue, 2013-06-11 17:10
makiwi: @imhoturenot thanks for buying the book ^_^

makiwi: RT @imhoturenot: Ready to lose my Bento virginity. http://t.co/ulP9nASeO6!

recently on twitter - Tue, 2013-06-11 17:09
makiwi: RT @imhoturenot: Ready to lose my Bento virginity. http://t.co/ulP9nASeO6!

makiwi: I wish I had the words to describe the weird vibe I got today…. #fb

recently on twitter - Mon, 2013-06-10 21:12
makiwi: I wish I had the words to describe the weird vibe I got today…. #fb

makiwi: @nyooman make that 2 appetites ^_^;

recently on twitter - Fri, 2013-06-07 14:13
makiwi: @nyooman make that 2 appetites ^_^;

makiwi: @cbryanjones very nice. Are you using Squarespace?

recently on twitter - Fri, 2013-06-07 14:10
makiwi: @cbryanjones very nice. Are you using Squarespace?

makiwi: heh, I just got an email notice of upcoming delivery of a package that was already delivered on Tuesday. #france

recently on twitter - Thu, 2013-06-06 07:46
makiwi: heh, I just got an email notice of upcoming delivery of a package that was already delivered on Tuesday. #france

makiwi: I now have posting privileges on Medium. Anyone want me to write about something in particular?

recently on twitter - Wed, 2013-06-05 00:21
makiwi: I now have posting privileges on Medium. Anyone want me to write about something in particular?

makiwi: @sibylleito I hope you enjoyed it ^_^

recently on twitter - Sat, 2013-05-25 13:49
makiwi: @sibylleito I hope you enjoyed it ^_^

makiwi: I’m loving Last Cinderella ラストシンデレラ sort of despite myself.

recently on twitter - Sat, 2013-05-25 00:27
makiwi: I’m loving Last Cinderella ラストシンデレラ sort of despite myself.

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