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I prefer to keep my food blogs as politics-free and internationally minded as po...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Sat, 2014-07-05 16:22
I prefer to keep my food blogs as politics-free and internationally minded as possible. Still, I'm wondering if this company's policies bothers any readers, especially those in the U.S.

(I haven't really recommended this company's products in the past, even though they do sell some Japanese-ish food products like miso etc. since 1. IMO their Japanese-ish products (e.g. miso) are expensive/overpriced and 2. I've never actually tried any of them (see no. 1))


Hobby Lobby Fallout: Catholic Soy Milk Mogul Won't Cover Drugs That 'Prevent Procreation'
www.forbes.com
Remember in the hours following Hobby Lobby's Supreme Court victory, when some pundits suggesting there'd be few similar cases? Soy milk mogul Michael Potter sued the government to block contraceptives for his workers since 2013. Now the court is listening.

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.)

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.

makiwi: OMG, the new @Flickr is so frigging slow to load I want to stab it repeatedly

recently on twitter - Fri, 2013-05-24 19:31
makiwi: OMG, the new @Flickr is so frigging slow to load I want to stab it repeatedly

makiwi: this month’s Japan Times Japanese Kitchen column is about soramame, aka fava beans, broad beans, etc. http://t.co/6Egz3ldEJ6

recently on twitter - Fri, 2013-05-24 13:06
makiwi: this month’s Japan Times Japanese Kitchen column is about soramame, aka fava beans, broad beans, etc. http://t.co/6Egz3ldEJ6

makiwi: @deliporo thanks for buying my book ^_^

recently on twitter - Thu, 2013-05-23 11:33
makiwi: @deliporo thanks for buying my book ^_^

makiwi: @Koiyuki the questions don’t make any sense to me so I’ll have to pass

recently on twitter - Thu, 2013-05-23 02:48
makiwi: @Koiyuki the questions don’t make any sense to me so I’ll have to pass

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