Ramen

Hello there! How have you been?

Today I want to write about Ramen because I have heard Ramen is getting popular in the world. Have you had Ramen before? Ramen is noodle with soup, and it’s very popular in Japan. We have lots of Ramen shops everywhere.

My hubby and I went to a Ramen shop close to our house last week.

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The shop is new and he wanted to go there to try the ramen there. We ordered different flavored ramen to taste. I preferred mine, and he preferred his. His ramen was too rich for me. I prefer plan flavor to rich one in ramen.

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I ordered this one. The flavor is based on salt with fish soup.

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Usually, Japanese ramen restaurants’ menu has pictures. I don’t like menus in America or Mexico because they don’t have pictures like ours! I can read English, but if I have no idea about the food names, how can I order?! In Mexico, since I can’t read Spanish, I always had some troubles to choose foods. I always had to ask my friends.

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My hubby’s order

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My order

 

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we shared the fried chicken and gyoza.

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I am very curious. What does your country’s ramen look like? Does it look like ours?

I will be off for a couple of weeks in this blog and my other blog. I will study abroad in Italy for two weeks and can’t update my blogs. After I return to Japan, I will update my art blog about my adventures in Italy!

 

See you at the end of this year, every one!

 

-Yumi

Sushi

Hello there! It’s getting colder here. How have you been?

Today I want to write about sushi. Do you know that we have so many different kinds of sushi?

Nigiri is the most popular and famous in the world.

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Besides Nigiri, we have so many different kinds of sushi. I don’t think I can mention everything, but I want to mention some which I am familiar with.

A couple of days ago, I made Chirashi. This is home-made sushi.

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I mixed dried veggies, mushrooms, tiny fish called jyako, eggs, raw sermon, cucumbers, fish paste called kamaboko, renkon (Japanese vegetable) and so on. Since it’s easy for fixing, I make this often.

I was born and grew up close to Kyoto. In Kyoto we have hako-zushi.

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My favorite one is the brown ones. They are grilled eels.

I lived in Wakayama prefecture with my hubby 20 years ago. Kakinoha-shushi is really popular there. It looks like hako-zushi, but the difference is after we make the sushi, we wrap it with a fruit (persimmon) leaf.  I love kakinoha-shushi too!

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Next is my mom’s favorite! I didn’t like the sushi for a long time, but recently I came to like it. Saba-sushi is made from a vinegar flavored  mackerel.

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The last one is called Masu-zushi. This is a bigger version of kakinoha-sushi, but after we make the sushi, we wrap it with bamboo leaves. The sushi is local food of Toyama. Since my father in-law’s hometown is Toyama prefecture, we often get the sushi from him. The red fish is a trout.

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Which one looks yummy for you? Which one do you want to try out?

All have different flavors and all are good!

I hope this blog entry helps to learn about sushi more.

Have a lovely day! See you around next weekend here again!

-Yumi

Japanese High Technology Restaurants

Hi there! How are you doing this weekend? I hope you all are having a good weekend!

Today I want to introduce our robotic sushi restaurants. In Japan basically,  we have two type of sushi restaurants. One is very fancy expensive one, and the other one is cheep and family type of one. The robotic one belongs to the family type of sushi restaurants and very popular. Many people love going there because it’s cheap and tasty.

In the restaurants, there are only few waiters or waitresses. They don’t order from us. When we order, we use a tablet PC or screen. The waiters or waitresses don’t serve sushi to us either. In the shop there is a long conveyor belt. The belt carries sushi to us. You can watch a video clip that an American girl is introducing our sushi restaurant. Sushiro is a chin shop and we have lots of them everywhere. We have one close to our house as well.

I have never seen that kind of restaurant in the States before even in a buffet style of restaurant. I don’t know about other countries, though. So, if your country has that kind of sushi restaurant, please let me know. I would love to know!

I am thinking in the future we will have this kind of restaurants more and waiter or waitress will loose their job gradually.

We also have another type of restaurants. This is not a sushi restaurant, but we order with a vending machine. Of course, there is no waiters.

I hope you enjoyed a part of our high technology culture, lol.

Have a lovely weekend! See you next weekend here again!

 

-Yumi

Japanese Cuisine

Hi there! How are you doing today? I hope you all had an awesome weekend!

Today I want to share Japanese cuisine with you.

Last year, when my daughter turned 20 years old, my family and my parents celebrated her at an expensive Japanese restaurant.

The restaurant is in my hometown, Otsu city Shiga prefecture.  The atmosphere of the restaurant was very nice.  We enjoyed dinner there.

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The restaurant is popular in my hometown because of the old building. We can enjoy both food and inside. Since the day was raining, most of my pictures of outside of the building looks very abstract. We Japanese people love tasting food with mouth and eyes. I hope even tough you can’t taste the food, you can enjoy it with your eyes.

 

Thanks for visiting my blog again! See you next week!!!

 

-Yumi

 

 

Happy Eel’s Day!

Hello friends!

Today is a eel’s day in Japan! It might sound gross for you, but in Japan we have eaten grilled eel in summer to keep health.

This isn’t an official holiday, and it has been changing to be up to a calender every year. Last year, we had two ee’ls days, but this year we have the only one day. Today is it!!!! It has long history to eat eels, and it started since 1772 to 1788. We still keep the tradition.

My family and I went out to eat grilled eel. I love it as I can eat it every day!

Happy Eel Day!

Happy Eel Day!

 

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Happy Eel Day!

 

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Happy Eel Day!

 

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Happy Eel Day!

 

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Happy Eel Day!

 

It was soooooooooooooo good and made my day 🙂

We love going out to eat eels, but sometimes we take out to go eat eels as a bento box. A bento box looks like a lunch box. Grilled eel is good when it gets cold. I love both eating outside and taking out to go.

 

Happy Eel Day!

Happy Eel Day!

 

We have a serious problem about the eels. Now, they might become designated as an endangered species. If it will become designated as an endangered species, we won’t be able to eat eels in the future. We might not keep our tradition in the future. We are good at farming fish, but somehow, it’s hard for us to farm eels. That’s because eels are very mysterious species and sensitive, and we still can’t understand their biogeocenosis.

When I was younger, eels were not so expensive. However, nowadays it’s getting higher and higher. Now, eels are one of Japanese cuisines.

I hope we can succeed to farm eels soon!!!! Knock on wood!!!!!

Japanese Food

Hi there!

In Japan we are in the middle of the rainy season, and I hate the season because it’s really moggy. After the season, we will have a really humid and hot summer season. Aw, they are really gloomy seasons for me.  I hope you have a good time.

I’ve heard Japanese food is getting more popular because of Anime and Manga. People who love Anime and Manga have been seeing a lot of Japanese foods through them,  and they started getting more interested in our foods. Is it true? If so, it’s very interesting for me. I’m very curious when people from overseas hear about Japanese foods, what kind of foods they imagine. While showing my experiences, I want to show real Japanese foods in Japan.

I’ve experienced to eat so-called Japanese food at a restaurant in the States. My friend, Fresia from Bolivia invited me to the restaurant while we were traveling together.

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It’s completely different from our foods in Japan. Even though it’s different, it was really good. I loved the American Japanese food, called Teppan-Yaki.

Japanese Restaurant in New Orleans

Japanese Restaurant in New Orleans

At the restaurant they served us a cup of soup, but it was mix of Chinese and Japanese. The spoon is Chinese. We don’t eat Japanese soup with the Chinese spoon.

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Japanese Restaurant in New Orleans

 

When we go to Teppan-Yaki Japanese restaurant, we can enjoy seeing such the performance that we can’t see in Japan. The chef was from Thailand, and we enjoyed chatting when I told him I’ve been there last year.

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Japanese Restaurant in New Orleans

 

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Japanese Restaurant in New Orleans

 

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Japanese Restaurant in New Orleans

 

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Japanese Restaurant in New Orleans

 

While looking at the chef’s performance, we enjoyed eating. I ordered seafoods, and I ate grilled veggies, fried rice, salad, soup and grilled seafoods. All of them were very tasty.  The only think that they disappointed me was that they were using really cheap dishes for the foods. In Japanese foods, dishes are a very important part for us because we enjoy the foods themselves while looking at the decoration on really pretty dishes.

I also ate Japanese food in Canada last month. The chef was from Korea, and they also used very cheap dishes.

Here are real Japanese foods we are used to.

 

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All foods belong to one person. The potion is small .

When you looked at the photos of real Japanese foods, what did you think? Please compare the American Japanese foods.

I think the real Japanese foods seem to be more delicious for you because we concern about decoration, dishes, colors and which season we eat. My family and I went to the Japanese restaurant in this rainy season. So, they served us some cold foods. You can see some ice cubes in some photos, and they are cold foods. Eating cold foods in this season is so good because we can make our body cooler.

I think Japanese foods are almost art because we can enjoy looking at them before eating. They are very colorful, and we use expensive dishes for the good foods.

Do you know that our Japanese foods have been registered as a World Heritage Site? I’m very proud of it.

I hope you can understand about Japanese foods in Japan via my blog post.

 

Do We Asian People Like Poop Jokes????

Hi there!
I’ve been in the States again to improve my painting skills. I’ve been staying at my friend from Michigan’s house for three weeks.

Yesterday something interesting happened. A friend of mine from Thailand posted some interesting photos on his Facebook, and he is a mutual friend between my American friend, Gay and me. He has been traveling around Taiwan and visited an unique restaurant “Modern Toilet Restaurant”.

The restaurant is quite popular in Taiwan, and if we want to get into the restaurant, we need the reservation. The place is really unique because all seats are toilet seats and tables are made from square glass covered bathtub. Not only that, they have been serving foods on a toilet shaped dishes, and the menu naming sounds really disgusting like bloody poop diarrhea or whatever. However, I don’t want people to misunderstand the restaurant. The foods are quite normal.

When my American friend, Gay looked at some photos that our Thai friend has posted, she was grossed out. She made a fuss and started searching what “Modern Toilet Restaurant” is. She called her friends, son and grandsons. She also shared some links on her Facebook.

I didn’t understand why she was making such a fuss. Then, I realized that it’s a part of Asian culture. The restaurant’s idea came from our popular comic “Dr. Slump”, so, I’m kind of familiar with the kind of joke even though I’ve never been there before. I explained her that it’s Asian culture, but when I opened Facebook, our Thai friend received a lot of negative comments on his post. I think the restaurant is cool, and if we had it in Japan, I would want to go there, but Gay and most Western people just can’t accept the kind of joke.

I think it’s one of the most difficult things for us to understand jokes, and I learned I shouldn’t say jokes relate to poop things to my Western friends. They don’t have the sense of humor that we do. I think even we grow-ups say some jokes relates to poop to our friends, and we laugh out at them. To be honest with you, I like these kind of jokes.

If you are interested in what the Modern Toilet Restaurant is, please google it. You can see a bunch of funny pictures. Before going to the pages, I want to warn you that you might be grossed out.

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