Archive for the ‘Oddities’ Category

Okinawan Pork

Friday, December 1st, 2006

Some of you might wonder why I didn’t post about my trip to Okinawa on this blog, and the answer is simple: because it was hell! It was hell because I was working from 5:30 in the morning to 1:30 the next morning (that’s right, I couldn’t really sleep more than 4 hours a night), looking after the students in between teacher meetings, patrolling the hotel halls, standing next to cigarettes vending machines, and writing daily reports for the school. Like that wasn’t enough, we the teachers had to eat most meals in ten minutes, and it was raining cats and dogs for half of the trip. The people were very nice, though, and I sure want to go back someday, for leisure off course.

Talking about Okinawa, the most common meat there is pork, as you can see in this picture from a market I went to.

Christmas à la Okinawa…

Eating Live Fish!

Friday, November 17th, 2006

Japanese are known for their love of raw fish, and delicacies such as sashimi and sushi are getting more and more popular all over the world. Now some Japanese even go further by making live fish (dojo loaches) a delicacy, as shown in this clip from a show called“Zenigata Kintarou”.

Squid Ink Flavored Manju

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

I’ve been in Japan for more than 8 years, and I still come across the weirdest food. This is a squid ink (I repeat, squid ink) flavored manju. Actually, it kind of tasted like molasses.

Keiko wants you!

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

If you’re a good-looking caucasian male under 35, that is. Ok, this is probably a joke, but I couldn’t resist posting it!


Edit: Well, well, it seems she’s not who she claims to be after all. The person who owns that domain is NOT Japanese. Anyone with minimal Japanese skills can see that her Japanese page obviously came out of an online translator. With the help of some of Japundit’s readers, I now know that the girl on the pictures is in fact a Chinese-American called Jenni Cheung. Now the question is: Is it Jenni impersonating a Japanese girl for fun, or is it someone using Jenni’s pictures without her knowing it? There’s only one way to find out, I’m sending her an email!

More Edit: She hasn’t replied yet, but she wrote on her blog that she was informed by someone else about that page. She claims “someone” is using her pictures, but she doesn’t seem too worked up about it. What’s bugging her is that they used her “old pictures”, eventhough she looks good now. Weird…

Yukata Hero

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

Every once in a while, you run into one of those things that make you go “Mmmmmm”…


I guess even Japanese heroes go to festivals wearing a yukata