Archive | January, 2012

How to make Daigaku Imo (sweet potato)

31 Jan


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Greetings from Pi-chan

26 Jan


Every morning Pi-chan wants this. My husband can’t just say no to it…
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How to make Chirashi Sushi (Chirashizushi)

24 Jan

Have you wondered if you can’t make sushi at home? Yes, you can. There are chirashi type, roll type, and pressed type of sushi. Edomaezushi like this is not usually made at home.

Today, I’ll share with you how to make chirashizushi, thanks to Chika’s collaboration, as always. (Chika is my good friend and she helps me write most of the food posts.) Chirashizushi is chirashi + sushi but we call it chirashizushi (s tuns z) for easier pronunciation. There are many Japanese words that sound like this. For example, Wakarizurai 分かりづらい(=hard to understand) is originally from wakaru 分かる(understand) tsurai つらい(difficult), however, tsurai has become zurai . Just a piece of information for some Japanese learners. :p So here we go!

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Do we need so many kitchen tools?

19 Jan

I found an interesting video about cool kitchen tools that was broadcasted by NHK.

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There are many interesting cooking tools in Japan. I’m not really interested in them however, because my kitchen is small and I know I’ll eventually suffer from finding a small space to store them. I’d try to make use of limited tools as often as possible instead of enjoying a collection of various tools…well I totally feel familiar with the Ugandan woman’s comment at 10:15. ^ ^;;
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Donbei pot noodle stand

15 Jan

I didn’t even notice there was a pot noodle stand in Shibuya station until the other day!

Do you know Donbei? It’s a long-selling pot udon and soba noodle made by Nisshin, the famous cup noodle maker in Japan. It’s common to see a soba stand (or a udon stand) in a train station, but I’ve never seen a pot noodle stand ever before. I thought it was new but I was wrong. It’s been there since Nov. 2010, according to their website. It was supposed to be a limited-time shop but they didn’t close the shop because people just loved it so much.

I’d have felt quite embarrassed to take pictures there if there had been more people around. But it was in the daytime and there were not many people around. 🙂

It seems that they serve Donbei that is usually limited to certain areas such as “only available in Hokkaido” for example.

Each Donbei seems to be priced 200yen or so here, served with hot water, while it’s sold at about 100yen at supermarkets. I see.
It’s a Donbei character fox. As always, setting an image character for a certain service or product is quite important in Japan. That’s how the service or the product is spread smoothly in Japanese market. But the point is that the character must be kawaii or cute, as you may notice! ^_^

I must say it represents how our economy situation is bad. Working men may live with instant noodle lunch as cheap as 200yen and they finish their lunch within 10 minutes. The other day I also saw a young working man who bought 2 pastries and 1 yogurt as his lunch and paid 187yen at a supermarket. It looks like a breakfast but he would work until 8 or 9pm. I think I’m eating more than that guy, and I’m already starving before 8. :p

As for myself, I don’t like pot noodle so much, but I believe many people love it. It’s true it’s cheap, easy and handy. A pot noodle station…but I don’t think it will be well-received in Europe, for example. How about other Asian countries or in your country? What do you think??

Tofu vendor

10 Jan

I found a Tofu vendor, strolling about my neighbor today. I can immediately tell them from the sound they are making. I’ll show you the image video. 😉 When you hear this tone in Japan, that means a Tofu vendor is somewhere around.

On the other hand,
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New Year's Koto and Kimono

5 Jan

Happy New Year!! 😀

I hope you had a wonderful beginning of year 2012. It was shocking that we had an earthquake on the very 1st day of 2012 but that one itself was not devastating. However, much caution does no harm. We have to be prepared all the time as long as we live in Japan. Earthquakes can occur at any place, and any time. >_<

As I promised in my last post, I'd like to share with you my koto video I especially made for you to celebrate 2012! 😀


Hope you enjoy it. (I cut and pasted from time to time because I thought it might be too long and that could be boring to you. ^ ^ So the video does not show the whole music of “Rokudan no shirabe”.)
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