KFC Japan is celebrating Colonel Sander’s birthday — or “Colonel’s Day" — by giving away chicken-themed prizes, like this chicken wing mouse and USB drive.
The promotion page has some other strange chicken-themed items, including computer and fashion accessories. Click on some of the food specials at your own risk!
Kawaii DIY smiley face cement planters (in Dutch)
Pika pancakes from jenni-illustrations
Hello JapanLovers! Like you requested, we’ll be doing some food origin stories for our Tabemono Months!
Today, we start with the crowd favorite, Takoyaki! (*＾ワ＾*)
The Takoyaki Story
The use of wheat and water (two of the basic ingredients of takoyaki), was brought by the French in the 17th century. Dishes made from these ingredients became popular in Osaka and Tokyo, where they used them in making crepe-like snacks.
In the 20th century, when a terrible disaster swept across Japan, main food sources like rice became very short, so they sought for new and cheaper sources of food to alleviate hunger.
This led to the discovery of more wheat-flour-based food, and as Japan recovered from the tragedy, more ingredients (egg, seafood, vegetables, meat) became available and were added to the batter base, and also toppings and sauces.
Okonomiyaki (a kind of an egg pancake) and choboyaki (takoyaki’s predecessor) were later invented.
Later on, a choboyaki street vendor named Endo Tomekichi made the first takoyaki ever by putting pieces of octopus in the batter. (Octopus was abundant in his hometown.)
He was also inspired by another snack called “akashiyaki”, which is basically a ball of batter with a boiled octopus piece in the center (much like takoyaki), but is much softer and egg-rich, and is also dipped in a broth-like soup. (So, basically, takoyaki is the child of choboyaki x akashiyaki~)
His newfound recipe became a huge hit! It initially contained only the basic ingredients: wheat flour, eggs, water, and a piece of octopus. Later on, people started to experiment with sauces and toppings, and this led to the super-yummy and flavorful modern takoyaki!
So that’s how takoyaki was born~ (︶ω︶)
(And now we’re craving for some takoyaki hahaha)
Until our next tabemono origin story, folks!
Sources: http://goo.gl/9WAbu4 http://goo.gl/UYbOe
Art by littlemisspaintbrush
"Let’s have a watermelon party!" (from the Molang Facebook page)
It’s all about Cats, Strawberries and Cake!!!
The warm season is upon us!
Soft Ice Cream anyone?
Seen in Shinjuku-ku…close to the Park Hyatt Tokyo!
Flavors from Left top to right:
Vanilla, Bitter Chocolate, Macha, Kuro-goma (Black Sesame), Ichigo (Strawberry), Ume (Plum), Tonyu (Soybean Milk), Edamame, Azuki (Red Bean), Miso, Genmai (Brown Rice), Yuzu,Annin-tofu, Mikan (Tangerine), Kuri (Chestnut), Wasabi, Pineapple, Mango, Ripe Melon, Hokkaido Melon, Murasaki Imo (Purple Potato), Yaki imo(Sweet Potato), Bara (Rose), Budou (Grape), Lavender, Banana, Caramel, Roasted Peanuts, Cappuchino, Blueberry Yoghurt, Strawberry- Milk,Chocolate-Milk, Macha-Milk
Japan’s rabbit island and cat island(s) are islands where hundreds of bunnies and cats (respectively) live freely~ with only very few people (residents/caretakers) who stay in the island to take care of them/feed them. (=ↀωↀ=)
Rabbit island is locally known as Okunoshima, while there are about a dozen cat islands in Japan, but the most popular islands are Aoshima Island and Tashirojima. They have become must-visit tourist spots in Japan for cat-lovers and bunny-lovers!
So, which would you prefer, Bunny Island or Cat Island?
[Bunny Island] http://ti.me/SMZcPC
[Cat Island] http://dailym.ai/1iCOk0U
Art by littlemisspaintbrush