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October 2010

Monthly Archives October 2010

Why Halloween…….?

Category: Hiroko's Blog

Today Christmas has completely blended into Japanese culture.  The triumph of commercialism is complete; there absolutely no religious aspect of the holiday except among Japan’s very small minority of Christians.  Now new culture is invading here again from the West – mainly from America.  It is Halloween.

Window case...

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Misho yuzu

Category: Hiroko's Blog

It is not just yuzu; the very best are called Misho yuzu.  There is a popular description in Japan which tells how long it takes typically for some trees to bear fruit after planting their seeds.  “Momo, Kuri San’nen; Kaki Hachinen.  Yuzu no Oobaka Juhachinen.; translated: “It takes three years for peach and chestnut trees to bear fruit from seeds, and persimmon tree, eight years.  When it comes to slow-growing yuzu , it is eighteen years”.  It takes amazing patience for yuzu farmers to ha...

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Harold McGee and all-in-one breakfast bun

Category: Hiroko's Blog

We stopped at a local bread store for a cup of coffee on one morning in Kyoto.  Harold was enchanted with unusual looking extensively displayed varieties of “pan” (the name reminds us that bread was introduced by Portuguese in the 16th century) or, as we call them, breads in the display case.  In the case we saw so many varieties of breads.  These included curry pan (a deep-fried bun stuffed with Japanese curry),

piroshki (a Russian deep-fried bun stuffed with meat), a hot dog baked around s...

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Soba lunch; a satisfying one

Category: Hiroko's Blog

Soba is always my preferred choice for a light and satisfying lunch.  Which soba restaurant I choose in the physically huge city of Tokyo depends on where I will be at lunch time.  Today’s lunch was at Nanaki in Ebisu (3 minutes walk from JR Ebisu station) because I was visiting my mom.  My mom, who lives in the neighborhood, took me there some years ago.  Since then Nanaki has been one of my favorites. 

The inside of the restaurant has an antique look or in a straightforward way, no ch...

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Ancient beef?/ Kodai-gyu

Category: Hiroko's Blog

Today after meetings I stopped and shopped forsome healthy, easy-to-prepare food items at the famous Ginza Mitsukoshi Department Store food court. I wanted to buy some nourishing tretats for my mom who just returned to her home after one month hospitalization.  On my way out of the store to the subway entrance I passed a butcher which had an unusual display case of beef (the photo below). 

Out of curiosity I stopped and stared at each of the large blocks of beef in the case, then noticed ...

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Please check out Hiroko’s About.com sushi video episodes

Category: Hiroko's Blog

I have produced sushi video episodes for About.com.  The producer Heidi Dehncke was a wonderful person to work with.

Please check out the below links to learn how to cut avocado and carrot for sushi; how to make nigirizushi; how to make inside out crab roll; how to make sashimi!  Also visit About.com for additional episodes. 

http://video.about.com/japanesefood/How-to-Cut-Avocado-for-Sushi.htm

 

http://video.about.com/japanesefood/How-to-Make-Nigiri.htm

 

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Photos from Hinai-ya Yakitori restaurant

Category: Hiroko's Blog

Here are some of the photos from our delicious yakitori dinner at Hinai-ya last night.  One skewer of yakitori costs about $4.50 per skewer. So, It is not a cheap meal.  However, the quality is superb and you get what you pay for it.  The Hinai-ya restaurants are among many other restaurants which closely stands next each other in the narrow Ginza Corridor street (people call it “restaurant street”). 

 

If you like an inexpensive yakitori treat, there is a new-comer, casual and lively...

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Arrived in Tokyo

Category: Hiroko's Blog

I have checked into my favorite hotel, the Daiichi Hotel Annex, in Tokyo.  The Daiichi Hotel  Annex is an inexpensive creation of the more ornate main hotel, the Daiichi Hotel, which stands next to this building.  The merit is that for a low price – about $200 per night, you can take advantage of all of the facilites of a four star hotel costing $400+ per night. The average double occupancy room at this hotel is 250 square foot; very clean, neat and modern.  The best thing about this hotel is the location.  It is a three minutes walk from ...

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The Art Institute of Chicago Gala Dinner

Category: Hiroko's Blog

Please check out the clip.  It was fun and hell at the same time.  I will be leaving for Japan on Sunday 3rd for three weeks.  I will post blogs through my jorney.  Hiroko

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