Category: Food

Locally Grown City Produce Promoted

"Locally grown for local consumption" is a common practice in many cities in Japan. Small plots of urban land dedicated to farming can be found in cities of all sizes. Kunio Tsubota of the Kyushu University Asia Centre writes in Urban Agriculture in Asia: Lessons from Japanese Experience "The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF)

Salad Marinade Muffin is McD BLT

  McDonald’s new Salad Marinade Muffin consists of a slice of bacon, American cheese, lettuce, marinated red peppers, onions and Caesar salad dressing sandwiched between an English muffin. (It’s a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich. A BLT. ) The Salad Marinade Muffin (^_~) is an effort to expand the selection of "healthy menu" (^_^ ) choices

Frozen Fish Found on Beach Become Dinner

  A cold water phenomenon froze fish in the sea on the coast of Miyakojima island of Okinawa. Fish frozen solid washed ashore on Yonaha beach on Jan. 10. Water temperatures in the upper levels of the sea around the island dropped by 10 degrees, to 14.6 degrees Celsius. Combined with strong northerly winds the

Pre-Party Powder Packet Provides Alcohol Consumption Comfort

  Drink-In New Year With Cabbage-In Anticipating a long night of drinking and eating but afraid an upset stomach will cut your night short? A little packet of powder from Japan might maximize your enjoyment. Shin Kyabe 2 is one of three gastrointestinal products in the "Kyabe" lineup from  KOWA Pharmaceuticals. Shin Kyabe 2 (Shin Cabba 2)

Drying Rice Rides Ski Lift

A company that operates a ski resort in Japan regularly uses its chairlift to dry sheaves of rice. The Ishiuchi-Maruyama Resort trademarked the name "Sky Rice" (tenku-mai) for the Koshihikari rice harvested in Minami-Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture. An employee of Japan Lift Service, which runs the resort, suggested the idea. The employee grew up farming rice

Railway Kitty Keeps Cash Coming

Report: Tama-chan Boosts Business For only the price of cat food, a kitty in a train station in rural Japan has benefited the local economy. In April 2008, Lets Japan wrote about Tama-chan (Cat in Hat Can’t Quit), the official hat-wearing stationmaster feline at Kishi train station on the Kishigawa Line in Wakayama Prefecture. Tama-the-cat

Mcd KDDI SoftBank Dictionary Needs

Three major companies publish advertisements and material containing misspelled words. The McDonald’s Japan McRIB sandwich wrapper "will makes you hungry". KDDI telecommunications is unsure about "your" and "you’re" in a newspaper ad, which has been published twice. And, when you use your Softbank mobile communications Mysoftbank web page, you are "logined".  related: McRIB Japan review

Nothing To Eat

Falsified Tainted or Aged? Food safety and mislabeling scandals in Japan, in alphabetical order. Beef Meat Hope president gets 4 years for scam (2008-03-20) SAPPORO (The Asahi Shimbun) – The district court here Wednesday handed a four-year prison term to the president of Meat Hope Co. for defrauding clients and consumers by mislabelling its products…The

Squeeze Tube Food

If it’s soft and edible, it’s available in a plastic squeezable tube in Japan. A squeeze-tube is the perfect delivery method for Snoopy Choco Whip. But would you normally expect these other items to be sold in soft plastic squeeze-it-out containers?   Snow Brand lard; margarine; condensed milk.  Youki products. Kewpie toast spreads; milk whip;

Famous Castle in Rice Paddy

Rice planted in June has grown into a likeness of Himeji Castle. Eight varieties of rice that would sprout in differing colors were used in the 90-by-180-meter rice field in Yumesaki village in Hyogo Prefecture. Designed as a tourist attraction, the castle image can be see from a ropeway on a nearby mountain. The seedlings

Flour Fireflies Fruit and Dog Gone

Strange Stolen Stuff FUSSA – Fireflies flying around Fussa are being stolen, prompting careful counting by neighborhod-watch patrols. Fussa’s Hotaru Koen (firefly park), in the western suburbs of Tokyo, is famous for its fireflies. The annual Fussa Firefly Festival in mid-June attracts tens of thousands of people. Usually 200-to-300 lightning bugs could be seen at