here

elsewhere

XO!!!

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Tue, 2015-05-12 14:25
XO!!!


This is probably the hottest Sanrio character right now in Japan. Gudetama is a....

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Tue, 2015-05-12 01:29
This is probably the hottest Sanrio character right now in Japan. Gudetama is a...lazy egg. We'll see if it has the staying power of the Big 3, Hello Kitty, My Melody and Little Twinstars.


Characters Gudetama
www.sanrio.com
Eggs are yummy… boiled, baked or raw. There are many ways to make an egg, but eggs are so lazy (gude gude in Japanese). Look closely and you will see the eggs that you eat lack spunk.

I've seen news about "the world's first Hello Kitty restaurant" opening in Hong...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Tue, 2015-05-12 01:02
I've seen news about "the world's first Hello Kitty restaurant" opening in Hong Kong being shared. Unless the "world" somehow excludes Japan, this is not correct. I've actually been to one (although it was some time ago...) it was in the Motomachi district of Yokohama (near Chinatown), but it unfortunately closed down in February 2015.

https://www.facebook.com/hello.kitty.cafe.restaurant

There have been several temporary/limited edition Hello Kitty themed restaurants, and there may have been other permanent ones too (although as far as I can find out none exist anymore). However, it may surprise people to know that Hello Kitty is not necessarily the most popular Sanrio character, especially amongst young girls. (Women in their 30s to 50s tend to hold a soft spot for HK though - she's part of our youth.) So for instance Sanrio Puroland, a Sanrio theme park in suburban Tokyo, has a My Melody restaurant but no HK-only one (their other restaurants are just Sanrio-character ones). http://www.puroland.jp/restaurant/ There was a limited time Sanrio themed restaurant in Shibuya Parco last year, but that one was Little Twin Stars (Kiki and Lala) themed.


Hello Kitty Cafe Restaurant

大人の為のハローキティーカフェレストラン「HKCR」

I've seen news about "the world's first Hello Kitty restaurant" opening in Hong...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Tue, 2015-05-12 00:58
I've seen news about "the world's first Hello Kitty restaurant" opening in Hong Kong being shared. Unless the "world" somehow excludes Japan, this is not correct. There was one in the Motomachi district of Yokohama (near Chinatown), which unfortunately closed down in February 2015 for one - https://www.facebook.com/hello.kitty.cafe.restaurant

There have been several temporary/limited edition Hello Kitty themed restaurants, and there may have been other permanent ones too (although as far as I can find out none exist anymore). However, it may surprise people to know that Hello Kitty is not really the most popular Sanrio character, especially amongst young girls. So for instance Sanrio Puroland, a Sanrio theme park in suburban Tokyo, has a My Melody restaurant but no HK-only one (their other restaurants are just Sanrio-character ones). http://www.puroland.jp/restaurant/ There was a limited time Sanrio themed restaurant in Shibuya Parco last year, but that one was Little Twin Stars (Kiki and Lala) themed.


www.facebook.com
www.facebook.com

I need some pronounciation help from someone who speaks traditional or simplifie...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Sun, 2015-05-10 18:39
I need some pronounciation help from someone who speaks traditional or simplified Chinese. How is the word 南蛮 pronounced? Thank you!! (Google tells me it's "nanman" but I wanted to make sure... in Japanese it is "nanban")

Following up on yesterday's posts: what are the dishes you learned from your mom...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2015-05-07 22:09
Following up on yesterday's posts: what are the dishes you learned from your mom (or dad), that are still favorites/go-to recipes for you? Include your country/region/background etc. too if you like. ^_^

The answer to the previous question - "What dishes did you learn how to make fro...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Wed, 2015-05-06 21:07
The answer to the previous question - "What dishes did you learn how to make from your mother?" is...
no. 1 - curry rice
no. 2 - hambaagu (hamburger steaks served on a plate with sauce, as opposed to hambaagaa which would be burgers on buns)

Here's the rest of the top 9:

no. 3 - miso soup
no. 4 - gyoza dumplings
no. 5 - nimono (chikuzen-ni; simmered vegetables etc)
no. 6 - nikujaga (simmered potatoes and meat)
no. 7 - korokke (croquettes)
no. 8 - tamagoyaki (rolled omelette)
no. 9 - kinpira gobo

I think I do have recipes for all of the above on the sites except for korokke...though some need updating... ^_^;

A question was posed to Japanese women who are the primary cooks in their house...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Wed, 2015-05-06 19:59
A question was posed to Japanese women who are the primary cooks in their households - "What dishes did you learn how to make from your mother?" No. 3 was miso soup. Can you guess what nos. 1 and 2 were? (This was a question on a quiz show.)

(The answer is in the next post - https://www.facebook.com/justbento.justhungry/posts/10153476238592454 )

An article I wrote for Cultures and Cuisines about Kamishibai, "paper theater".

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Wed, 2015-05-06 17:49
An article I wrote for Cultures and Cuisines about Kamishibai, "paper theater".


Nearly Forgotten: The Japanese Kamishibai Man
culturesandcuisines.com
It was a different Japan, instead of TV or iPads, children listened to street-side storytellers who sold penny candy and acted out stories in front of paper sets. Bestselling cookbook author Makiko Itoh remembers the Kamishibai Man.

This is the article I wrote for the Milan Expo. (They misspelled my name though....

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Wed, 2015-05-06 01:12
This is the article I wrote for the Milan Expo. (They misspelled my name though....grrrrrrr)


Japan embraces global cuisines in 'washoku' culture | The Japan Times
www.japantimes.co.jp
Japanese cuisine has never been as popular around the world as it is now. Sushi is available in the most unexpected places, and dishes like tempura, sashim

Mâché salad, one of the pleasures of spring

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Mon, 2015-05-04 12:54
Mâché salad, one of the pleasures of spring


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
www.flickr.com
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
justbento.com
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...
welovefunassyi.com
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
en.wikipedia.org
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…

some of my flickr photos