Oyakodon keeps this restaurant alive for 250 years.

Happy New Year everyone! 新年明けましておめでとうございます!今年も宜しくお願い致します。 I love oyakodon (chicken and egg rice bowl). It was the first Japanese dish I learned to cook, and still one of my favorites. To be honest when I saw the title of this video that I chanced upon, I did not think that oyakodon had the power to keep a restaurant’s business alive for 250 years. What impressed me … Continue reading Oyakodon keeps this restaurant alive for 250 years.

Junichiro Tanizaki’s “Naomi” is a b**tch.

I suppose folks in the anime circuit would think of these two when I mention Junichiro Tanizaki and Naomi: Watch Bungou Stray Dogs, by the way. This series has a nice balance between thriller/mystery and silliness. Sadly but unsurprisingly, real-life novelist Junichiro Tanizaki looks nothing like his cartoon counterpart. But his book, Naomi, was quite something. A quick background: Junichiro Tanizaki (1886 – 1975) is considered to … Continue reading Junichiro Tanizaki’s “Naomi” is a b**tch.

What the Japanese won’t eat 

My office had a little party this afternoon, and there was plenty of food to go around. Under normal circumstances, the Japanese in my office are quite adventurous and would eat anything in our diverse local cuisine. Everything, except this.   I found many hovering around the tray containing these little brightly colored chewies wondering what they were, and refusing to even touch it. I … Continue reading What the Japanese won’t eat