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I just found out that a university in Japan used one of my Japan Times articles...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2014-03-20 05:59
I just found out that a university in Japan used one of my Japan Times articles in their English entrance exam! I feel kind of honored...but also feel the weight of responsibility on my shoulders now to watch me grammar und spellink. ^_^;

This is the article that was used...



Curry — it's more 'Japanese' than you think
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To many people in Japan, summertime is synonymous with hot and spicy food. Spices are believed to cool you down by making you perspire, as well as stimulating an appetite ...

In the previous post I have a photo of a not that well known "yuru chara" (ゆるキャラ...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Wed, 2014-03-19 20:20
In the previous post I have a photo of a not that well known "yuru chara" (ゆるキャラ). Yuru chara are regional, often semi-official, not-so-professional mascot characters. They are invented by regional tourism offices and resorts and famous sites to draw in tourists. They are really popular right now...they rival any commercial mascots like the Sanrio or San-X ones.

Kumamon, pictured here, is the most popular and successful one by far. He's estimated to be worth millions of US dollars (or hundreds of millions of yen). He was thought up by the staff at the tourism office in Kumamoto, in Kyushu in southern Japan.

A couple of keys to the success of yuru-chara: they aren't that professional so some look kind of awkward or weird or just kind of amateurish. A lot of people find that charming. Also, since they are created to promote regional tourism and local pride, they usually don't require licensing fees from companies, as long as they are used in a way that the character creators (e.g. the tourism office) thinks will help promote the region or attraction or whatever. So they are popping up in all kinds of commercials and on products these days.

More about yuru chara here: http://www.japantravelinfo.com/popculture/yuru.php?y=1


くまモンオフィシャルサイト | くまモンオフィシャルサイト
kumamon-official.jp

A Japanese condiment with a cute ninja mascot. Can you guess what it is? ^_^ #da...

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A Japanese condiment with a cute ninja mascot. Can you guess what it is? ^_^ #dailypic

My latest Japan Times article is about...bentos! OMG! So I posted more details a...

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My latest Japan Times article is about...bentos! OMG! So I posted more details about it on JustBento! It's not dead yet! OMG! ^_^;


"Back to School" bento for kids article in the Japan Times | Just Bento
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"Back to School" bento for kids article in the Japan Times

recently on just bento - Wed, 2014-03-19 17:21

About a bento article in The Japan Times, plus a wave to show I’m still here!

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A packet of garlic flavored senbei (rice crackers) from an old Tokyo maker. The...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Tue, 2014-03-18 17:33
A packet of garlic flavored senbei (rice crackers) from an old Tokyo maker. The yellow warning label says that they "Really smell strongly of garlic! Because they are made with raw garlic!" \^o^/ #dailypic

Colcannon is not very photogenic but it sure is tasty #^_^# #dailypic

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Mon, 2014-03-17 22:19
Colcannon is not very photogenic but it sure is tasty #^_^# #dailypic

The easiest ever Irish dish (and no, I'm not Irish... ^_^; ) is colcannon. 1....

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The easiest ever Irish dish (and no, I'm not Irish... ^_^; ) is colcannon.

1. Make your favorite mashed potatoes. Must have lots of butter, and milk or cream.
2. Traditionally you boil cabbage or kale (or similar) to add it to the mash but if you want more texture, just cut up the cabbage or kale etc. and sauté it until it's crisp-tender.
3. Mix the two together.
4. Eat topped with pats of butter. ^_^

Going through my crafty projects). This one was started about 2 years ago.... ^...

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Going through my crafty projects). This one was started about 2 years ago.... ^_^; #dailypic

Free Irish e-cookbook by the awesome Diane Duane

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Free Irish e-cookbook by the awesome Diane Duane


For St. Patrick's Day: please have a free Irish cookbook on us! – Ebooks Direct at DianeDuane.com
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The EuropeanCuisines.com St. Patrick's Day Cookbook has been a freebie at our store for a while now, but as

This is what I actually think about the funny-flavored Japanese Kit Kats by the...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Sat, 2014-03-15 13:59
This is what I actually think about the funny-flavored Japanese Kit Kats by the way... (the one in the photo is a region-limited one that comes in a Mt. Fuji shaped box ^_^; )



Many-flavored Japanese Kit Kats: not really | Just Hungry
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Creamy white lavender honey #dailypic

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Sat, 2014-03-15 13:43
Creamy white lavender honey #dailypic

There's a new Kit Kat version in Japan (where there are about a zillion differen...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Fri, 2014-03-14 15:55
There's a new Kit Kat version in Japan (where there are about a zillion different Kit Kat variations)...this one is a bit different though; you're supposed to cook it for 2 minutes in a toaster oven. Apparently it tastes like creme brulee. Hmm.

The apricot and cherry trees are staring to show buds #dailypic

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The apricot and cherry trees are staring to show buds #dailypic

I have been pondering whether I should dive in and write about something I'm rea...

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I have been pondering whether I should dive in and write about something I'm really into at the moment in some form...which is kind of "fun with Japanese history" or something. But anyway, here's a taste. ^_^

You may already know that "traditional" sushi, of the type shown here (mostly raw fish filets on top of a small ball of vinegar-flavored rice) is known as Edo-mae sushi, or Tokyo style sushi. Edo-mae is written 江戸前 or "Front of Edo". So what is that "front" part about, you ask? Well, Edo-mae was an old colloquial word for Edo Harbor (current day Tokyo Harbor), which was in 'front of' the town of Edo. So since the fish for Edo-mae sushi came mostly from Edo Harbor, you have Edo-mae sushi.

Tell me if you want more of this kind of thing. ^_^

The end of the season for clémentines de Corse....spring is coming #dailypic

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The end of the season for clémentines de Corse....spring is coming #dailypic

Come back to me....#dailypic

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Come back to me....#dailypic

Come back to me....#dailypic

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Come back to me....#dailypic

Continuing my exploration of the new bakery, Their dark and sour rye bread #dail...

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Continuing my exploration of the new bakery, Their dark and sour rye bread #dailypic

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