Are Japanese Black Eggs The Secret to a Long Life?

Kurotamago (くろたまご/黒卵), The Secret to a Long Life? Hakone, Japan 2011 The Fountain of Youth was once thought to bestow life on any person who partook of its sparkling waters. Many an explorer went in search of this fountain: the legendary Ponce de Leon, the infamous exploratory team of Steven Spielberg & Indiana Jones (some time after they went on that crap-trip looking for the Crystal Skull), the mysterious Chester Copperpot, everyone’s favorite kid adventurers...the Goonies, Atreyu & Continue Reading …

Strange Japanese Foods. A Dancing Squid Bowl?!?

Mr. Dillard, thank you for emailing me this link. In a word "fascinating!" In another word, "creepy."I haven't been to Hakodate or to an ikezukuri restaurant, but this was a pretty good look at one. I love trying new foods here in Japan, because there are so many good one to try. I saw this video, though and it send a chill through me. Have you ever heard of ikezukuri or ikezukuri(いきずくり, いけずくり or 生き作; (I hope the hiragana and kanji are okay on this one))? Well, if you're not familiar. Continue Reading …

Japanese Food: Chawanmushi (茶碗蒸し) and Temarizushi (手まり寿司)

If you haven’t realized it by now, I REALLY, really, really like Japanese food. Unfortunately my cooking sucks :( . But I sometimes get lucky enough to have student or a friend offer to make a pretty cool Japanese dish. Like that time when one of my students made takoyaki which were incredibly good! Or sometimes it’s not even a dish, like when another student made kumquat marmalade for another teacher and I. That marmalade was incredible! This time, I got really lucky again because I got to Continue Reading …

A Fluorescent Green, Japanese Kit-Kat Bar?!?

Okay so on my way back from the Sony audition, I went into one of the convenience stores to grab something to eat. I grabbed an onigiri (torii gomoku, 鳥居五目because it’s my favorite), some mentos, and some water. I walked the counter and made my purchase, turned to walk away and did a full spin because out of my peripheral vision, I saw a Kit Kat bar I’d never seen before. On the package there was a picture of a fluorescent green Kit Kat. It really didn’t look all that appealing, but it was out Continue Reading …

Kamakura Dove Cookies!! Hato Sabure (鳩サブレー)

Have you ever been to Kamakura before? I have been only one time and it’s definitely one of my favorite memories of Japan. I went during Obon (the week-long vacation in the summer) of 2009. Because of my friend Abasa, I was able to make a new friend out of the trip, Rei...who served as my impromptu tour guide. Anyway, Kamakura is a wonderful place with amazing matcha (green tea ice cream) and sweet potato ice cream (yep, I said sweet potato ice cream). I guess neither of those flavors are Continue Reading …