Archive for October, 2010

Ok yeah i know this topic is sooooo overdone.   But here’s the zillion and 2nd version, by me!

and the video is too bright…..gotta get better with the editing software!

But anyhow!

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Yesterday VS and Vtec wanted me to try a candy that they remembered from their childhoods.  I was reluctant, because it looked awful and i could see them laughing and wispering things about how awful it is…

anyway VS said that when he was little and the commercial aired, kids were like *WOW that is AWESOME*  because it is a candy that you *make* yourself.

Now, here are some pics from when i was mixing it up!

looks bad, right?

There are 3 packages and a plastic tray and a spoon inside.

The packages are labeled 1 to 3.

Step 1.  pour pkg 1 into the large hole.

white powder. looks like sugar.

Step 2  detach the tiny tray piece and fill with water.  mix in.

it turns blue

pretty.

Step 3.  mix in pkg 2.

another white powder….

it turns purple….and wait….it changes to a marshmallow-ish texture…..wierdness……this looks awful already…..

Step 4…..put pkg 3 in the other hole….

Sugar crystals…colored……my stomach is saying *don:t eat this*

And eat!  dip the marshmallow cream stuff into the sugar crystals…….

my reaction?

What the crap is this?

They roll laughing…….

And my opinion was the same as everyone else that i know of…..

it:s just…..wierd…..

it:s kinda like marshmallow cream but more artificial and fluffy…..the sugar crystals are pretty normal…and it:s super sweet…..

There are other flavors too…..not realy flavors but…..styles….

When VS was little it was 150 yen…..now it:s 100 yen……lol.  figures.

(blogs.myspace.com/vantilden)

The Longest Carrot I’ve Ever Seen

Posted: October 26, 2010 in Foods
no joke.   that:s a normal pen there beside it.  i finally bought one to show yall.  They must grow them in barrels or something.  There:s no way you could dig that sucker up.  My Japanese enclyclopedia of cooking says it is a 大長にんじん.  i:ll say.  They also claim it is crisp and has a faint sweet odor….sounds pretty usual to me.
I did not notice anything different about its taste…..
(originally blogged at blogs.myspace.com/vantilden – check here for a huge archive of blogs)

It’s always time for a drink

Posted: October 26, 2010 in Daily Life, drinks
(One of my first blogs ever on blogs.myspace.com/vantilden!)
As quoted (roughly) from my japanese husband:
There’s always a reason to drink in Japan.
Fall-  the leaves are falling and colorful and food tastes the best in fall, so drink!
Winter-it:s cold and the snow is pretty, so drink!
Spring-everything is fresh and the cherry blossoms are out, so drink!
Summer- it:s hot, and everything is green and alive, so drink!
feel happy?  drink!  sad?  drink!  lonely or socializing?  drink!  sake on sale?  drink!  it:s a holiday? drink!  dinner is good tonight?  drink!
offdays are for drinking.  workdays, after work, are for drinking.  holidays are for drinking.  payday is for drinking.  hard days are for drinking.
yeah you get the idea.
Alcohol is the ultimate cure-all!
And it:s easy to get alcohol too.  any convenience store, some vending machines, the grocery store, the sake stores, the drug stores……what?  the drug stores?  oh yes.  don:t believe me?  here:s a couple pics of the drug store:s sake sections (the room temp and the chilled sections of the same store-Hac drugs).
My husband doesn:t drink much coz his liver is weak, but this is how he describes the general attitude of his friends/coworkers.   He was given alcohol in small quantities as a child however, and he often has to drink with coworkers….despite the liver problems.  But that:s another blog….

Japanese Rice Field Art

Posted: October 23, 2010 in Places, Sights and Scenes

In the small town of Inakadate, Japan, beautiful artworks created from carefully arranged rice plants can be seen. Several other small towns have also started to make these beautiful images. They are created by mixing different types of rice into patterns.

This has been so widely blogged about that I am not really sure who to credit!! But here are the pics anyhow. If you want to see more, just google *japan rice field art* or something like that. There are tons of images that have been created so far.

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Here’s the way the rice grows to form the patterns:

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Isn’t that awesome???

Yakon (Peruvian Ground apple)

Posted: October 23, 2010 in Foods
Vtec gave me this unique vegetable years ago.  I didn:t know what it was at the time.  He didn:t know either!!!  (He got it from his farming family)  I almost never figured out what it was!
It looked  like a sweet potato.  The outside was brown and the inside almost clear.
It had a mild ginger smell (i thought it was ginger at first) but…
It tasted very different from ginger. It had the texture of a very soft carrot (sort of), or like takuan….it was very crunchy.  It had a very mild, sweet taste.  It was good raw.   I didn:t know how to cook it!
Turns out it was Yakon!!   I have not been able to find it again.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yac%C3%B3n

 

Have you tried yakon?

Wasabi Nightmare

Posted: October 22, 2010 in Foods, Humor
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While Japanese culture is spreading more and more in the states, there are always those old fashioned or clueless westerners that just can:t keep up with this fast change.

My stepfather Wanza has no knowlege of the east other than knowing that the people there are asian and use chopsticks.  when he thinks of japan, he imagines chinese stuff and sumo wrestlers.  right?

well, he loves chinese food.  or rather, americanized chinese food.  And lately, those chinese buffet places have been offering some japanese items like sushi etc.

well i had gone home for a visit and my family went to one of these buffet places. Wanza loaded his plate up as usual and was packing it away.

till he got to the green pudding.  he had nearly half a plate full of this runny green pudding.  he got a tablespoon and shoved a pile in his mouth, swallowed, and started screaming!!!….

it was not pudding….. it was …..wasabi.  yes.

if you have ever tasted wasabi, then you know the hell he was in.  it is horseradish ground up and normally used in teensy dollaps on sushi or soba etc.  the stuff goes straight to your nose if you eat too much at once and burns like fire.

The trick is to breathe through your mouth when eating it. this keeps it out of your nose.  the burning sensation, that is.

wasabi is very good, by the teensy dallop, not by the tablespoon.  needless to say, the restaurant was probably pissed that he wasted so much of that expensive commodity.  but i guess you could say he was well punished.

The Sex Egg

Posted: October 22, 2010 in Products
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I moved this blog from an old post on blogs.myspace.com/vantilden .

We saw this….product….the other day at a book store (?).
Vtec just HAD to buy one (what a perv!). He let me take pics BEFORE he tried it out!
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Meet the sex egg, or rather the *easy ona-cap egg twister*. I:m guessing the ona comes from the Japanese word for girl *onna*.
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Anyhow it is ribbed on the inside as shown here..Photobucket..and I do not know anything further about its use, as i did not want to know anything about it after vtec had broken it in…!
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Vtec did assure us that it was not worth the few bucks he paid…and that he was glad he had only bought the one and not the 6 pack…..

 

My Japanese inheritence

Posted: October 22, 2010 in Customs

Being married to a Japanese, there are many unique things that i will one day inherit. Things such as: a japanese home, old family kimonos, a real samurai sword, japanese dishes, my husband’s dried umbilical cord. ……….

YEP you heard that right! *gag* One day i will be the proud owner of a dried umbilical cord in a box.

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You see, in Japanese culture (and many other cultures too) the umbilical cord is dried and saved as a symbol of the bond between mother and child. They are saved in a little wooden box and kept by the mother.

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I can definitely understand this thinking, but because I am not used to seeing umbilical cords or bits of flesh, dried or not…..the whole idea is both shocking and a bit….nauseating.

Korea has some history of this behavior as well…here are some old Korean containers for umbilical cords.

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Actually, even though the idea may make you sick now, most of our families, at one time or another, also saved the cord.

In Europe, in the Tudor era, the cords were kept…a much bigger piece than the Japanese keep too. They were kept in bags like this replica:

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They believed that the cords could later be used to make medicines for certain illnesses….*GAAAAG* That means….European folks later ate them………..

Some cultures believed that they held the key to a person’s well being and that getting your hands on their umbilical cord meant you could control that person.

pass!……..

As for my own kids’ cords….well….let’s not think about that for now!!!!

Here are some of the boxes you can buy online:

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1. Does your culture do this? Do you know of any cultures that do?

2. What would you do or how would you feel in my shoes??

3. If you have seen your own, did it scare you when you were little to have a box somewhere with a piece of yourself in it? Did you even know about it?


I did it stevo-kun!  i told you i would and it only took me about a year :)ハハハ

anyhow i will still continue to do blogs on myspace as well since i have many loyal readers there.  The blogs will likely be duplicates or old posts from my (extremely large) myspace blog archives.

Can i put html in this text box when writing blogs or not?  I:ll have to figure it out….

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