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makiwi

Instagram - Sun, 2017-01-15 23:11
January 14-15 2017. Still trying out different things. Not totally sure yet how I feel about this paper... #hobonichitecho #journal #ほぼ日手帳

makiwi

Instagram - Sat, 2017-01-14 03:31
January 12-13. Not a very good time. ^_^; #ほぼ日手帳 #hobonichitecho #journal

makiwi

Instagram - Sat, 2017-01-14 03:31
January 12-13. Not a very good time. ^_^; #ほぼ日手帳 #hobonichitecho #journal

makiwi

Instagram - Wed, 2017-01-11 22:38
January 10-11, 2017. The right side page is supposed to be the Orion constellation ^_^; The haiku next to it means "Orion has renewed his shield as we enter the New Year" (sort of) #ほぼ日手帳 #hobonichitecho #journal

makiwi

Instagram - Wed, 2017-01-11 22:38
January 10-11, 2017. The right side page is supposed to be the Orion constellation ^_^; The haiku next to it means "Orion has renewed his shield as we enter the New Year" (sort of) #ほぼ日手帳 #hobonichitecho #journal

The ever-reliable EMI-san (EMI2743150) has uploaded videos from...

We Love Funassyi - Tue, 2017-01-10 18:38


The ever-reliable EMI-san (EMI2743150) has uploaded videos from Monday’s Charesupo (Challenge Sports) event to promote the Paralympics. Funassyi was there along with several fellow gotouchi chara. From left to right onstage they are Yuriito, a mascot from Tokyo that promotes sports; Kibitan from Fukushima; Musubimaru from Miyagi (a personal favorite); Sobacchi from Iwate; and last and certainly not least, the great Kumamon. In the video above they play a game called Boccha, which seems to be a modified version of bocce or boules (a ball placement game popular in the Mediterranean region), and Blind Soccer, which is played with a ball that makes sounds. 


The second video below is the closing ceremony for the event, where one of the athletes lavishes praise on Funassyi for bringing such a big crowd to the event. 



The first video where Funassyi faces off against goalkeeper Kumamon reminded me of their first face-to-face encounter in 2012. Both have evolved since then - Funassyi has changed quite drastically, and Kumamon was more of a lumbering figure back then I think, while now he’s more comical and light on his paws.

makiwi

Instagram - Tue, 2017-01-10 15:14
Jan. 8-9. However tired I am, I'm finding that doing this is a relief. Now I want to paint and draw properly again ^_^ #hobonichitecho #ほぼ日手帳 #journal

makiwi

Instagram - Tue, 2017-01-10 15:14
Jan. 8-9. However tired I am, I'm finding that doing this is a relief. Now I want to paint and draw properly again ^_^ #hobonichitecho #ほぼ日手帳 #journal

The always reliable EMI-san (EMI2743150) has uploaded a video of...

We Love Funassyi - Mon, 2017-01-09 14:16


The always reliable EMI-san (EMI2743150) has uploaded a video of Saturday’s New Years event at Lalaport Tokyo Bay in Funabashi. Funassyi looks very dapper dressed in formal montsuki haori hakama, as he does two very traditional New Years things. The first is kakizome (書き初め), the first writing of the new year, where you are supposed to write a word or phrase that will be your motto so to speak for the year. Funassyi’s word is 無 - mu, which can be read as nashi (although you usually add the hiragana shi after it, like so: 無し) and means “nothing”, or the “absence of anything”. He chose it because his ongoing philosophy, which is espoused on the 274ch.com site, is 我々は無理をしない - wareware wa muri o shinai. This literally means “we won’t overdo things”;  to put it in more idiomatic terms it means something like “We’ll take it easy” or “We’ll keep our feet on the ground and not try to do too much”. Funassyi did get the kanji wrong (although he said he did it on purpose, because he ran out of room ^_^;) - he only did 3 vertical lines instead of the 4 in 無.

The second activity is done with some small funatomo is fukuwarai (福笑い), which is kind of like Pin The Tail On The Donkey, except that you pin or stick the facial features onto a big smiling face that is a traditional symbol of good fortune (an otafuku). Instead of an otafuku, they use a blank version of Funassyi, and hilarity ensues. 

Current and Upcoming Funassyi Events, Week of January 9, 2017

We Love Funassyi - Mon, 2017-01-09 13:56
Here’s the latest roundup of Funassyi related events and so on. Check back every Monday for a new...

makiwi

Instagram - Sun, 2017-01-08 00:15
January 6-7 2017. The pastries on the left page are 2 types of galettes des rois - a regular one which is puff pastry filled with frangipane, and a Provençal one which s a brioche with sugar decorations. #ほぼ日手帳 #hobonichitecho #journal

makiwi

Instagram - Sun, 2017-01-08 00:15
January 6-7 2017. The pastries on the left page are 2 types of galettes des rois - a regular one which is puff pastry filled with frangipane, and a Provençal one which s a brioche with sugar decorations. #ほぼ日手帳 #hobonichitecho #journal

makiwi

Instagram - Sat, 2017-01-07 20:12
2017 is the Year of the Rooster or Chicken, so I decorated the back cover of my journal with a wee tatted chicken family. #hobonichitecho #ほぼ日手帳 #journal #tatting #タティングレース

makiwi

Instagram - Sat, 2017-01-07 20:12
2017 is the Year of the Rooster or Chicken, so I decorated the back cover of my journal with a wee tatted chicken family. #hobonichitecho #ほぼ日手帳 #journal #tatting #タティングレース

For fans of Iron Chef ^_^

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Tue, 2015-06-23 15:59
For fans of Iron Chef ^_^


Timeline Photos
6.11 thu "Iron Chef"   制限時間はアルバム1枚聴き終えるまで。 #料理の鉄人 #イヤホン

Assiette de charcuterie, or the typical summer lunch for carnivores in France

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Tue, 2015-06-23 14:51
Assiette de charcuterie, or the typical summer lunch for carnivores in France


Cup-a-Pasta (or to give their formal name, Cup Noodle Pasta Style), out on the 2...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Tue, 2015-06-23 13:03
Cup-a-Pasta (or to give their formal name, Cup Noodle Pasta Style), out on the 25th in Japan from Nissin. They come in Vongole and Bolognese flavors.

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日経トレンディ

 15年6月29日、カップヌードルブランド初のパスタ「カップヌードル パスタスタイル」が発売されます。 麺は従来のカップヌードルと同じフライ麺ですが、パスタのように太くて丸いストレート麺。容器は、ブランド初の湯切りタイプです。 いったいどんな味なのか???実食してきました。また、発売の狙い、「スパ王」とのすみ分けなどについても聞いています。>>【実食】カップヌードル初の「パスタ」、“イタリア人が認めなかった”のも納得!?http://trendy.nikkeibp.co.jp/article/pickup/20150622/1065328/?n_cid=nbptrn_fb

Camembert cover and plate (this was acquired)

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Mon, 2015-06-22 11:30
Camembert cover and plate (this was acquired)


My latest article in the Japan Times is about somen, the very thin wheat noodles...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Mon, 2015-06-22 06:41
My latest article in the Japan Times is about somen, the very thin wheat noodles that are very popular in the summer. Did you know they used to be made so long that some people draped them from an upstairs window to eat them? ^_^


A short history of Japan's long noodles | The Japan Times
www.japantimes.co.jp
Soba, udon and ramen noodles are all well-known outside of Japan, but sōmen — the thin, white wheat noodles that are similar to Italian angel hair pasta —

Macarons, Pierre Hermé, Vaugirard (From a visit a couple of weeks ago)

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Sun, 2015-06-21 18:17
Macarons, Pierre Hermé, Vaugirard

(From a visit a couple of weeks ago)


some of my flickr photos