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Things may be different in the Alsace, but here in Provence, they don't do good...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2015-04-30 22:04
Things may be different in the Alsace, but here in Provence, they don't do good sausages. Or should I say, they don't do the kind of sausages I like. I really miss the great selection of awesome sausages we could easily get in Zürich. I can make my own rösti...but I can't make awesome bratwurst and such. :(


A sausage lunch at the Zeughauskeller restaurant in Zürich
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Yep, lots of sausages - and so tasty! With a rösti, natürlich. So very Swiss. The plate opposite has Wienerschnitzel with rösti instead of the usual pommes frites. And of course, beer.

Taco rice is an Okinawan dish, influenced by the rather large presence of the U....

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Wed, 2015-04-29 19:45
Taco rice is an Okinawan dish, influenced by the rather large presence of the U.S. military there. It's taco fillings piled on top of a bed of rice. A while back The Guy did a bento version of taco rice, using couscous instead of rice. Evolve, evolve.


Guy Does Bento no. 2: Taco-couscous bento | Just Bento
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gdb2-tacocouscous-stainless.jpg The guy steps it up with a riff on an Okinawan speciality, taco rice. continue reading...

Another overseas Mexican cuisine chain opening in Tokyo is Guzman y Gomez from A...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Tue, 2015-04-28 15:33
Another overseas Mexican cuisine chain opening in Tokyo is Guzman y Gomez from Australia. I've never been to one so I have no idea if it's any good (or how "Mexican" it is either). They are opening store no. 1 in Harajuku tomorrow.


Guzman y Gomez - Harajuku
www.timeout.jp
After numerous false starts and disappointments, Tokyo's long-suffering burrito lovers may finally be getting some attention – and we don't mean Taco Bell's recent opening in Shibuya. Australia-born ...

While Mr. Taco Bell (or whatever that mascot's name is) tries to conquer Japan,...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Mon, 2015-04-27 23:26
While Mr. Taco Bell (or whatever that mascot's name is) tries to conquer Japan, McDonald's Japan has been doing very poorly, mainly due to food-safety concerns. (They run tons of ads, to try to make up for things I guess.)
also http://uk.businessinsider.com/r-mcdonalds-japan-sees-wider-losses-this-year-after-food-scandals-2015-4?r=US


McDonald’s is closing hundreds of stores this year
fortune.com
The restaurant company closed 350 stores in early 2015, on top of the 350 it had already said it would shutter, as the burger purveyor seeks to stanch sales declines.

Taco Bell, who tried to conquer the Japanese market briefly in the 1980s and fai...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Mon, 2015-04-27 22:25
Taco Bell, who tried to conquer the Japanese market briefly in the 1980s and failed, is trying again. Their first store this time around is in Shibuya.

Not sure this is a good or bad thing.


Timeline Photos
Konnichiwa Japan!

The ramune bottles here feature labels from popular characters. From left to rig...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Wed, 2015-04-22 20:11
The ramune bottles here feature labels from popular characters. From left to right: PriPara (Princess Paradise); Go! Princess PreCure; One Piece; and Funassyi. It may surprise overseas anime fans to know that Funassyi is so popular in Japan that he's included with famous anime characters like these.


We Love Funassyi — Funassyi on soft drink bottles! The top photo...
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Funassyi on soft drink bottles! The top photo shows Funassyi featured on ramune bottle labels, along with some popular anime characters. (Ramune is a type of soft drink that comes in glass bottles...

An article I wrote about the characteristics of Japanese food seen through 3 dis...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Wed, 2015-04-22 05:09
An article I wrote about the characteristics of Japanese food seen through 3 dishes that are popular worldwide - soba, sushi and ramen - is going to be on the cover of a special handout at the Japan Pavillion at the World Expo in Milan, Italy. If you are going I hope you pick up a copy. ^_^ (I'm not sure if it's going to be online - if it is I'll link to it.)

http://www.expo2015.org/en/index.html?packedargs=op%3DchangeLang


Expo Milano 2015 - Nutrire il Pianeta, Energia per la Vita
www.expo2015.org
Sito Ufficiale di Expo Milano 2015. Tutte le ultime news, gli eventi, le novità, e un'anteprima del Sito Espositivo in vista dell'Evento

Hisako Manda is a 57 year old actress, model and TV personality (also a well kno...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Tue, 2015-04-21 21:27
Hisako Manda is a 57 year old actress, model and TV personality (also a well known investor) who has had a successful career in Japan for decades. She got her start in show biz when she was Miss Universe Japan in 1978, and is still going strong (she's in Beat Takeshi's new movie, which will be released on the 25th.) She was on The Worlds Matsuko Doesn't Know (マツコの知らない世界), probably my favorite TV-variety show on Japanese TV at the moment, to talk about her life as a dedicated fashionista. She loves fashion, and keeps items she loves for as long as she can, carefully mending them when needed. She has a 40 year old Comme des Garçons dress (she actually wore black Comme des Garçons dresses during her pageant days, in sharp contrast to the pinks and reds worn by the other contestants), a Hermes bag she acquired when she was 28 (although she didn't use it until she was in her late 30s, because she didn't feel she was mature enough) shoes that are 30 years old, etc - all in perfect condition. She showed a Jill Sander top that had been ruined by a hot iron, that she had a seamstress reverse so that she could keep wearing it.

Her philosophy of keeping things she loves extends to other things too. She mentioned that she preserves broken crockery that she loves, even if it's not something expensive, with "kintsugi". Kintsugi (also called kintsukuroi), is a way of reconstructing a broken ceramic or earthenware piece that uses natural lacquer, which is an adhesive, mixed with gold, silver or platinum powder to make the joins stand out on purpose. It adds value to the item and also makes its history apparent.

I guess you can only do her kind of eco-living if you are wealthy, but it's really appealing.


Kind of a random question: Have you ever watched the program Why Did You Come to...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Fri, 2015-04-17 19:42
Kind of a random question: Have you ever watched the program Why Did You Come to Japan? (Youは何しに日本へ?)? If so, what do you think of it?


Why Did You Come to Japan? - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Why Did You Come to Japan? (YOUは何しに日本へ?, Yū wa Nani Shi ni Nippon e??) is a Japanese television programme presented by Osamu Shitara and Yūki Himura, a comedy double act together known as "Bananaman". It is a regular programme on TV Tokyo on Monday evenings.[1] The show was first broadcast in the fo…

There's a relatively new Japanese grocery store in London (UK) called Japan Food...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Fri, 2015-04-17 18:55
There's a relatively new Japanese grocery store in London (UK) called Japan Food Hall. I've tried them and their prices are competitive with Japan Centre, sometimes better. They're running a photo contest at the moment, with the top prize being 20% off all purchases for a year. Maybe worth while if you're in the UK!

(Disclaimer: I have no connection with them except for being a customer.)


Japanese Dish Starter Kit Photo Competition
japanfoodhall.com
To celebrate our new range of kit products, we are launching Japanese Starter Dish Photo Competition and offer great prizes. Let's share your original Japanese

The answer to my previous post: The mysterious white building is a Buddhist temp...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2015-04-16 20:16
The answer to my previous post: The mysterious white building is a Buddhist temple and mausoleum called Rurikoin Byakurengedo. It's in Shinjuku, Tokyo (which is a very busy commercial district), minutes from Shinjuku station. The "mother" temple is 500 plus years old. I just love that the priests and monks who run the temple were willing to go for such a modern design. The interiors and the facilities are state-of-the-art too, and the building itself, which is made of white concrete, is said to be very earthquake-proof.

Incidentally, in Buddhism it's important to go and visit your deceased family members quite frequently, so this style of easy-to-get-to mausoleum is becoming more popular.


建築・構造について【新宿瑠璃光院白蓮華堂】永代供養の最高級納骨堂
www.byakurengedo.net
新宿瑠璃光院白蓮華堂はJR新宿駅南口よりすぐ、永代供養を行う最高級の納骨堂です。日本初、世界最大を誇るホワイトコンクリートの建築物は、世界で活躍する建築家竹山聖氏が設計。建物は徹底した耐震計画により、大地震が起こっても安心・安全な東京の室内墓所です。

Can you guess what this building is? (It's in Tokyo.)

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2015-04-16 14:31
Can you guess what this building is? (It's in Tokyo.)


Many entries on Japanese food/cuisine on English Wikipedia are woefully woeful....

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Wed, 2015-04-15 20:46
Many entries on Japanese food/cuisine on English Wikipedia are woefully woeful. Don't rely on them for serious research, please. That is all. (And no, I don't have the time or energy to fix them all.)

We put in another order for natto from our supplier today, who makes them right...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Mon, 2015-04-13 14:48
We put in another order for natto from our supplier today, who makes them right here in France (in Provence too). He said business is great - it seems French people are warming up to natto. ^_^


French natto! | Just Hungry
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Just Hungry is a food site dedicated to Japanese home cooking recipes for people living outside of Japan and healthy and delicious eating.

I'm pretty sure people in New England would be pissed if they knew this article...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Sun, 2015-04-12 22:35
I'm pretty sure people in New England would be pissed if they knew this article implies that lobster rolls come from NYC... ^_^; It seems Luke's Lobster is opening a branch on Omotesando in Harajuku. Quite a lot of American mid-range-ish chains have been opening up in Tokyo in the last few years.


全米NO.1グルメ?絶品ロブスターロールがついに日本上陸! | RETRIP
retrip.jp
ニューヨーかも大好きなロブスター。全米でしか味わえなかったロブスターを使ったサンドイッチ、ロブスターロールがついに日本に上陸します。アメリカと同じ素材を使った絶品ロブスターロールが味わえます。

Have you ever wondered why there are big food-stall markets in many major East/S...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Sun, 2015-04-12 17:37
Have you ever wondered why there are big food-stall markets in many major East/South-East Asian cities, but not in most Japanese cities? I didn't know either, but it seems that in 1949, the GHQ (the post-WWII occupying forces lead by the US) ordered that stalls of that nature be eliminated nationwide, because they were "unhygienic" and "criminal". (Food stalls were a major part of black markets at the time, which may account partly for such a sweeping edict...) The citizens of one city managed to band together to fight hard for the continuation of their beloved food stalls (called yatai) however, and managed to negotiate with GHQ and city officials for the survival of yatai. Now yatai are a major feature of nighttime Fukuoka. Here's a Japan Guide feature on the yatai of Fukuoka.


Fukuoka Travel: Food Stalls (Yatai)
www.japan-guide.com
About the food stalls (yatai) of Fukuoka.

Chicken teriyaki.... in miniature! Looks so delicious!

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Sun, 2015-04-12 14:31
Chicken teriyaki.... in miniature! Looks so delicious!


動画★鶏肉の作り方
chobiko-miniaturefood.com
 今まで作った作り方動画の記事を紹介します。Youtubeに動画をアップしてきましたが、数が増えると自分でもあの動画どこだっけ?と探すのが面倒に・・・せっかくなので整理ついでに、動画の解説もつけて記事を書いて整理します。

Back to mess with your minds again ^_^ Even if some young women in Japan are eat...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Fri, 2015-04-10 17:35
Back to mess with your minds again ^_^ Even if some young women in Japan are eating starvation-level diets. the same age group drives a lot of food fads. A really trendy thing in the last couple of years is American style pancakes, stacked up and loaded with toppings. The photo here is an offering from Denny's Japan (which operates independently from Denny's in the US). Apparently this style of pancake dish became popular when Japanese tourists encountered them at pancake houses in Hawaii. Now they are pretty much everywhere...and pancake enthusiasts, mostly young women, line up for sometimes an hour and more to get into the most popular pancake restaurants.

(Page on Denny's Japan site listing this dish, called Honey Berry Pancakes: http://www.dennys.jp/menu/dessert/honeyberrypancakes/ - it's 621 calories they say.)


Some pictures of Naomi Watanabe.

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2015-04-09 19:23
Some pictures of Naomi Watanabe.


One more: My main reason for posting the article about the calorie consumption...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2015-04-09 18:34
One more: My main reason for posting the article about the calorie consumption of young Japanese women was to make the point that you should not believe there is some kind of magic dust involved with Japanese food that accounts for the overall slimness of the population. The same article notes that that middle aged Japanese men are gaining weight - and there are many health issues related to that of course. There are many aspects of Japanese food and dietary habits, as well as lifestyle, that help people stay slim AND healthy, but you need to know what those are. Ramen, tempura, tonkatsu, Japanese style curry, sushi, etc. are all well known Japanese foods, but none are low-calorie or particularly "healthy". In moderation they're all great though!

some of my flickr photos