There are a few tonkatsu chefs in Japan that I’ve seen test the temperature of frying oil with the edge of their thumbs, but I’ve never seen anything like this….
Twice a week, I teach a Japanese language class and a Japanese culture class to these students at Strisuksa School in Roi Et, the next town over. Last term I decided we should have a “kimono day” on the last day, so Nam came out to teach them how it’s done (she has a kimono cert from our time in Sumoto).
A Kujira Crown (slight model change from mine) is featured in a new Kansai Television show: Suteki na sentakushi
Coolest thing ever?
If anybody has this on Beta, I will pay…
Sunshowers are sometimes referred to as “the fox’s/foxes’ wedding” (plurality indeterminate) in Japan, or “kitsune no yomeiri.”
Today is the sunniest rainy day I’ve ever seen; it’s completely still and over a hundred degrees outside. It’s so hot, the rain leaves no mark on the pavement.
Wikipedia entry for kitsune no yomeiri.
This is the dope shit for real:
Posted for posterity:
From the Nakamura website.
“Yurusarezarumono” was the Japanese title for the Clint Eastwood movie, “Unforgiven.” Although I’ve used it improperly in the title of this post, the term, “gyaku yunyu,” means reverse-importing (importing products made by JP companies overseas into JP). What I’m actually trying to fucking say is that a noted Korean director, Lee Sang-il, is directing a Japanese remake of “Unforgiven,” starring Ken-fucking Watanabe (fucking in a good sense).
Go. See. Trailer. Now. (Learn. Japanese. Now.)
I somehow imagine this flavor would have come out in Japan rather than Thailand, either way, it wasn’t as bad as the salmon cream pizza I had in Tenri in the late 90’s.
He’s right, though… Street racing is a young man’s game.
These will mostly, if not all, be consumed over the New Years break. Thank you, Dai!
I hereby deem this the Ultimate Japanese New Years Variety Pack! From top left, clockwise: oshiruko (sweet red bean soup), shoga-yu (hot ginger drink), amazake (sweet sake w/curds), matsutake soup packets (awesome with instant noodles), and Aquarius drink powder (for the following day’s hangover). Thanks, Taro!
I am looking into getting my hands on equipment to pound our own mochi with from next year.
You have no idea how close I am to showing this with a straight face to my ultra-serious Japanese class for university teachers tomorrow.
Any modern car ad using a 1960’s S40 Crown is worth watching in my opinion, but the CM being referred to (and uploaded to Youtube just 3 hours ago) is just indecipherable. The making of video isn’t much help, either.
Killer whales attack and eat sharks: In itself, not news but apparently orcas screw with sharks the way that dolphins screw with bait balls, using their cunning mammalian brains
This Chinese Village Is So Rich It Built A Fake Great Wall And Arc De Triomphe: I’m not sure those are signs of wealth by themselves — the small Japanese island I used to live on had miniature versions of those and several other famous structures at their aging amusement park, and the last I heard pretty much every last notable business went to shit (probably entirely coincidental with my leaving, but sorry to all my friends there just in case).
(At least one of the links above are from somebody, probably Mark, on Google+, but I can’t find it now)
The best addition to a highball on a hot summer’s day is half a lime squeezed in the glass.
This video just keeps getting better and better. Pink wakizashi!
(via my pal Azumi on FB)
Funny how a story’s coverage by US media shrinks in direct relation to lack of bipolar celebrities.