I wrote an article about natto late last month, because I feel that natto is a big enough part of the culture here in Ibaraki, to warrant some attention. Mito, the capital of Ibaraki is actually famous for this stuff. There some pretty interesting natto concotions as well: natto senbei (rice crackers), natto curry, and yes…even natto ice cream (makes me cringe just thinking about it…BLECK!!). Natto is a breakfast food, a snack…a way of life (okay maybe that’s pushing it a bit). Anyway, the other day, after eating my morning natto, I decided to create a video to give you a better idea of what natto really is. Let’s tell it like it is: natto looks like slime, smells like socks, and is certain to lose you any hopes of getting a hot date. However, natto is supposed to be quite healthy and it’s a great cultural experience.
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