Mar. 23rd, 2009

wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (chii-scaryface-me)
Spastic attempts by my lungs and trachea to evacuate my body are not approved as a form of recreation in this household! Cease that tomfoolery forthwith.
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (photos-fugu-me)
A List of 100 Japanese Foods to Try at Least Once, from the ever impressive Maki of Just Hungry and Just Bento. It even has handy pop-out explanations (that unfortunately render the list un-cut-and-paste-able).

By my reckoning, I've eaten 60 out of 100, given that I might have missed something due to not knowing its name and not understanding the explanation, and that I might have included stuff incorrectly as well, like one of the endless forms of mochi sweets when I actually ate something that looked the same to me but which is actually entirely different omg.

I didn't give myself credit for "fresh-as-possible sashimi"--while I'm guessing the kaiseki ryori sashimi we ate on our honeymoon in Japan was fresher than the stuff that's frozen and shipped across the sea by the Unification Church True World Foods, I imagine it wasn't as fresh as some of the things I've seen on the Japanese sushi TV shows where the proprietor catches the fish in the morning and serves it at lunch. But I'm not eating any of that living fish stuff.

Some of the other things on the list are things I would probably not like, but at least I don't think they'd send me to the Ninth Circle of Fish Hell.

Dang, fugu's not on there, and I've even had it. (I didn't order it, but it was served to me, so ... )

Man, I can't believe I missed my chance to try kiritanpo when it was on the specials board at Yuki! I've learned my lesson--since then we don't fear looking stupid or uneducated. If we don't know what a special is (or how to eat something they've randomly given us), we just ask. They haven't laughed at us yet.

Seriously, overall I'm finding that's a nice benefit of being 31, or something. I care less about looking like an idiot and more about getting to the point/not missing out on things. (Though I also have a lot less patience for movies and books and manga where the entire plot would unravel if one character would just SAY something instead of trying to keep from losing face.)

Where the hell was I? Oh yeah. Food. Which of the ones have I not eaten and really want to try? Well, fresh (non-mortal-soul-endangering) sashimi, a whole grilled wild Japanese matsutake, and sobagaki with sobayu, which I hadn't heard of before. Plus any of the sweets I haven't had before.
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