Cuisine

Awesome Dad Turns His Daughter’s Doodles Into Adorably Accurate Bento

2017-05-25 04:11

We’ve seen some touching efforts from dads in Japan this year, whether it be turning a cardboard Nintendo Switch into an actual one or an anime artist turning his sons’ doodles into professional quality illustrations. Takafumi Ozeki, one half of Japanese comedy duo The Geese, can add his name to that list. The father and comedian prepares artistic character bento lunch boxes for his daughter in Kindergarten based on her requests. Adorable enough as that is, Ozeki recently got a very peculiar request from his daughter for her next bento. Instead of just asking him to make a specific character, she handed him a sketch of how she wanted her…


Chinjuya: Maybe The Strangest Place To Eat In Japan

2017-05-10 05:39

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever eaten? If you’re an adventurous eater and in Japan, Chinjuya in Yokohama is the place where you can challenge yourself to try creatures that you may never have even thought of as being edible! Even the name Chinjuya translates to “rare animal restaurant.” Florie and Miki of the Deep in Japan YouTube channel live up to their channel name by taking us to this unique area tucked away in the Sakuragi-cho area of Yokohama. The area around Chinjuya was known for black markets until World War II, but is now a prime destination for curious foodies. As you enter Chijuya, its appearance doesn’t…


This Japanese Cafe Serves Up Dancing Gold Leaf Souffle Pancakes

2017-05-10 01:49

You may have heard and seen some internet buzz about a Tokyo cafe that offers incredibly fluffy and perfectly shaped pancakes on their menu, but it turns out that one in Kanazawa is sacrificing a little bit of symmetry for the ability to serve its customers these charming pancakes that dance right on your plate! RinaItoさん(@itrn110)がシェアした投稿 – 2017 1月 21 6:10午前 PST Thanks to some viral videos on the net, you may be aware of the Japanese concept of odorigui (dancing eating), which refers to eating either live seafood or seafood freshly killed and still moving (stimulated sometimes by soy sauce). That is in no way a common way of…


Try Gold Leaf-Covered Matcha Gelatos For A Lavish Spin To Your Usual Ice Cream Cone

2017-05-09 01:46

It’s not every day we’re served dishes sprinkled with gold leaf, which is predominantly used in festive and often expensive dishes in Japan. For tea producer Oyaizu Seicha, however, there’s always a cause for celebration, which is why they’re offering luxurious, high-class gelatos at their main shop in Shizuoka City. Customers can get a taste of 7 different flavors at Oyaizu Seicha: Classic Rich Matcha, Creamy Matcha Latte, Fresh Honyama Green Tea, Floral Jasmine Tea, Darjeeling Tea, Roasted Green Tea and Rum Raisin, and Rich Vanilla. Of these flavors, Classic Rich Matcha is by far the most popular, and has been the one to be given the honor of being…


Indulge Your Inner Sailor Scout With These Custom Engraved Sailor Moon Wine Glasses

2017-05-09 11:58

Believe it or not, it’s been 25 years since the Sailor Moon animation was first broadcast in 1992, and young fans whose childhoods were spent imitating the Sailor Scouts’ transformations and waving around Moon Sticks are now all grown up. Long gone are the innocent days when fighting invisible enemies lurking in our livings rooms lifted our spirits — instead for us old and jaded folks, a magical drink in a magical glass just might do the trick. Boozy Sailor Scouts-at-heart can kick back and relax with some delicious wine poured into Sailor Moon wine glasses. Offered by artist Stacy Scollon of Scollon Studio, each glass is made to order…


Onigiri Artist Whips Up Creative Sushi Sneakers

2017-05-08 02:03

Whether you are talking about Kit Kat sushi, mosaic sushi, crazy taco-sushi hybrids, or just the traditional kind, it seems that Japan’s most iconic cuisine has a simplicity and aesthetic that lends itself well to artistic interpretation. Milan-based chef Yujia Hu is continuing that trend by whipping up shoe and sneaker sushi creations, applying his culinary skill and talent as an onigiri artist to reimagine classic shoes as sushi pieces. Here are some of his works, which you can find more of on his Instagram. Vans by THEONIGIRIART @vans @vans_europe @highsnobiety #theonigiriart #sakanasushimilano #vans #vansoldskool #shoes #sneakers #sneakerart #onigiri #skateboard #skate #skater #streetstyle #streetwear #milanodesignweek2017 #designweek #fuorisalone2017 #shoeshi Yujia Huさん(@theonigiriart)がシェアした投稿…


Artist Turns Fast Food Chain Mascots Into Anime Characters

2017-05-01 11:08

Fast food chain mascots seem to have a natural affinity for the anime aesthetic, as proven by the Wendy’s girl being turned into a smug anime girl recently. Digital artist from the Philippines OzumiiWizard may be demonstrating that better than anyone, however, as her illustrations of Fast Food Chain Restaurants come to life as anime characters are absolutely awesome. Check her out on Devinatart and Facebook for more.


New Japanese Drifting Hotel Lets You Explore The Setouchi Inland Sea

2017-04-28 03:52

While Japan has its share of gimmick hotels such as the now famous Robot Hotel with velociraptors, many seek to take advantage of their unique surrounding scenery to accommodate guests, as seen with Hokkaido’s ice hotel and an entire Tokyo town that doubles as a hotel. Rich with lush scenery, distinct local cuisine, and vibrant culture, hotels around the Setouchi inland sea have a lot of inspiration to draw from. A new hotel by the name of Guntu is deciding not to limit you to any one attraction, however, as it will operate as a floating hotel that drifts around Setouchi inland sea. Source: Guntu While one might not think…


People Are Finding It Really Hard To Eat These Adorable Rilakkuma Wagashi Sweets

2017-04-28 02:28

Known for his relaxed and lazy personality, it’s no surprise Rilakkuma is considered one of the most relatable characters in existence. And now, he and his pal Korilakkuma will be adorably apathetic all the way to your stomach — in the form of Japanese wagashi! These charming Japanese sweets are currently sold at Lawson convenience stores across Japan. With faces this cute, it’ll be a challenge not to put them into our shopping baskets. The Rilakkuma wagashi is part of the “Tabe Masu” (short for “edible mascot”) lineup, which previously featured popular characters from Yo-Kai Watch, Doraemon, and Disney. Although they’re only made of rice cake, sugar, and sticky-rice flour,…


Evangelion Tie-Wearing Minister Resigns After 2011 Japan Quake Comments, Twitter Roasts Him By Celebrating Tohoku

2017-04-26 06:34

Japan’s disaster reconstruction minister Masahiro Imamura handed in his letter of resignation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Wednesday morning, a day removed from remarking that it was a “good thing” that the 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck the Tohoku region instead of Tokyo. Imamura made the comments at a function for the Liberal Democratic Party in Tokyo, when in regards to damage to the infrastructure caused by the March 2011 disaster that killed over more than 18,000 people, he remarked “It’s a good thing that it hit in the Tohoku (northeast) region. If it had been close to the Tokyo region, there would have been massive, enormous damage.” The minister…


It’s Not Szechuan Sauce, But Chicken McNuggets Are Getting Wasabi And Teriyaki Sauces In Japan

2017-04-22 02:34

All it took was one alcoholic mad scientist rant on Rick and Morty to awaken a worldwide craving for McDonald’s previously released Chicken McNuggets Szechuan Sauce, and while that itch has yet to be scratched, McDonald’s Japan will for at least a limited time be offering some new interesting nugget dipping sauces. In a new “parent and child” Chicken McNugget campaign, those who can make it to McDonald’s in Japan during the release will have a chance to sample two new flavors: Adult Wasabi Mayonnaise and Naughty Teriyaki Mayonnaise. Source: McDonald’s Japan With releases like the Sakura McFlurry and pumpkin and chocolate French fries in the past, McDonald’s Japan has…


How To Make A Creme Brulee In 41 Seconds

2017-04-19 05:23

Usually made from whole egg yolks, Japanese pudding is often compared to Flan or creme caramel and a favorite treat of many convenience store goers. While you’ll find a treasure trove of pudding brands to choose from, snack giant Glico’s Pucchin Pudding may be the most iconic pudding cup to sink your spoon into. The cup is designed so that a simple flip-over will let the caramel-topped pudding blob slide out into your bowl for a restaurant-style serving. Japanese Twitter user and apparent pudding fan @PRpy8veMpF3rf67 decided to up their presentation points by turning the popular pudding cup into an instant creme brulee with a little kitchen creativity. @PRpy8veMpF3rf67 got…


Steak Is Becoming A Source of Hope For Victims of Exam Hell

2017-04-18 12:54

In Japan, many look forward to the months of March and April when cherry blossoms begin to bloom, temperatures begin to rise, and the much-anticipated season of hanami (or “flower viewing”) commences; yet, to some, March and April are also the most dreaded months of the year, as it marks the peak of “exam hell” or juken jigoku in Japan. As spring rolls around, thousands of soon-to-be middle school and high school students take their entrance exams, hoping to be accepted to elite schools. This is a critical time for many young Japanese students, since each entrance exam is viewed as a series of steps that eventually determines a student’s…


Cute Octopus Aliens Are Infiltrating The Bento Boxes Of Japanese Instagrammers

2017-04-17 11:59

Putting together a nutritious bento box for loved ones every morning is quite an arduous task, especially when considering variety can be just as important as how delicious it tastes. To make the labor of making such lunches a source of creative outlet, many home cooks create chara-ben masterpieces and colorfully decorated bentos, but this elaborate and time-consuming process obviously isn’t for everyone. Still, it’s nice to sneak in a cute surprise for the hungry people in our lives once in a while, which is probably why “helmet octopus aliens” made of sausages have become a big trend on Japanese Instagram. A post shared by Sayuri Miyasaka (@miyas228) on May…


Yoshimuraya: The King Of One Of Japan’s Most Popular Ramen Styles

2017-04-14 04:07

Source: YouTube Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan and is famous for its seaport, chinatown area, romantic harbor and Yokohama style ramen. Combining soy sauce style ramen with tonkatsu or pork bone style ramen, in 1974 a unique hybrid ramen called Iekei was born. Along with the unique broth mix, Iekei ramen uses thick flat noodles, nori or seaweed, spinach and tender pork slices. The creamy pork broth and savoury taste combination started a nation-wide love for Iekei style ramen and reputation for Yokohama style ramen. The first and probably most famous shop to serve Iekei style ramen is located near Yokohama station and is called Yoshimuraya. Source:…


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