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Do-age
Japanese people loves "Do-age". People toss him/her into the air, any time they have something to celebrate. For example someone passed, married, new challenge, etc.

I think this is funny and interesting culture.














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Tomato Mc GRAND
I miss "Tomato Mc Grand" soooooooo much. McDonald's have started selling them in 2004 but it's now off their menu now. I loved their CMs too.








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Automatic vending machines!?
Crazy!!!












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GOPAN







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(From
Stuff.co.nz)
A home breadmaking machine that grinds rice and bakes a loaf of fresh bread at the push of a button has proved such a hit in Japan that its maker, overwhelmed by demand, will temporarily stop taking orders less than three weeks after putting the machine on sale.

Despite a hefty price of around 50,000 yen ($600), Sanyo Electric said orders for its Gopan breadmaker were likely to hit 58,000 by the end of the month, its original sales target for the end of March next year.

Though a Sanyo spokeswoman said she thought novelty was behind the machine's popularity, food analyst Hisao Nagayama attributed it to changing eating habits - a trend toward more Western food and busy lives that make it harder to find the time to cook rice, consumption of which has gone down.

"People can eat the bread easily and it tastes good. But Japanese have been eating rice for thousands of years, so there's something about this bread that's satisfying down to the levels of our DNA," he said.

Users place ordinary washed rice and other ingredients in the Gopan, whose name is a combination of the Japanese for "rice" and "bread," and press the start button. The machine does the rest, from milling the rice to the kneading, rising and baking that other home breadmaking machines also do. Concerns about food safety and allergies are also part of is popularity, Nagayama added.

"There's a lot of people who are getting more nervous about what's in their food, especially things like bread that could contain additives. This allows them to see exactly what goes in."

Sanyo is likely to resume taking orders for the Gopan next April after beefing up production.

Japan has experimented with rice and bread before, most notably the hamburger chain that offers the "rice burger" - in which a hamburger patty is sandwiched between two halves of a "bun" made out of pressed rice.
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Gohan = Rice
Pan = Bread
GOPAN!!!!! >>>> Official Home Page

Here's Amazon page. The fixed price is 78,000yen!!! And also, you have to make reservations far in advance.




I want GOPAN for Christmas present for my own. But it's sooo expensive. T__T It's not uncommon to see the bread made with rice is sold at bakeries. I love rice bread, it's sooo モチモチ(mochi-mochi)! I don't know how to describe モチモチ in English. That's springy, doughy, sticky, chewy and moist. How I wish I could make a rice bread at my home.
However, I found user's complaints. People complained about the mill's excessive noise. Maybe, I should wait until problems (delivery time/noise/price) are solved before I get one.













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Yutori Kyoiku

My friend's junior said, "LONDON IS IN PARIS?"
She made me laugh to DEATH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL! She's victim of a more relaxed education policy.


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Do you eat a raw egg?
Do you know about Tamago Kake Gohan?

(From Wikipedia)
Tamago Kake Gohan (egg sauce over rice) or Tamago gohan in short is a popular Japanese breakfast food consisting of boiled rice topped or mixed with raw egg and―optionally―soy sauce.



Recently, it's even more popular in Japan, then Tamago Kake Gohan came to be called "TKG". Even there're a restaurants which specialized TKG. Even a variety of soy sauce for only TKG have recently come into the market. 

* Yuasa Shoyu
* Otamahan
* Kaneiwa
* Cocco Shop


I know where you're coming from. "RAW EGG put on rice? WTF!!"  I know many foreigners are reluctant to. But Japanese, especially children, are VERY VERY fond of TKG.

And raw egg is an ingredient essential for Sukiyaki.
Thinly-sliced beef, vegetables, tofu, and some noodles made of kon-nyaku are cooked in a shallow iron pan and seasoned with sugar, sake, and soy sauce. Most Japanese like to dip sukiyaki in raw egg.

My friend Ken had lived in U.S. for 7 years. He has ordered the sukiyaki in the Japanese restaurant in U.S. once. But it was Sukiyaki without raw egg. He asked waiter to bring raw egg, but waiter turned down his request because they were afraid of salmonella infection.
Ken said "Sukiyaki WITHOUT raw egg? That's NOT sukiyaki AT ALL!!!!!!!! WTF!"

LOL!
I agree with Ken.

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Spaghetti Naporitan


There's a spaghetti dish called "naporitan" in Japan. It's one of "yoshoku (western food)" dishes which are
Japanized Western foods alongside "hanbaagu" and "omurice". You can find Naporitan anywhere in Japan, such as a restaurant and cafe.

It was created by Shigetada Irie, the general chef of the New Grand Hotel in Yokohama, when he was inspired by one of the military rations of GHQ, which was spaghetti mixed with tomato ketchup. He named the dish after Napoli, a city in Italy. Phonetically, the Japanese language doesn't contain the English "L" sound. The spelling Naporitan is derived from the usual romanization of Japanese, while the spelling Napolitan takes the origin of the name into account.

Name of Naporitan remains us some type of Italian food. I know there's no dish called Neapolitan in Italy. But it's certainly true there's some Japanese who believes without a doubt that Naporitan is typical Italian pasta. LOL!!!!!!!

It's basically seasoned with ketchup, so it's easy to make. That's one of my favorite foods!
Spaghetti Naporitan Recipe
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Belated Otsukimi



In fall, as the days become shorter, we feel the moon gets more beautiful. The most beautiful moon can be seen on September 15th. We enjoy looking up at the moon, and this custom is called "Otsukimi/Tsukimi."



Tsukimi (night of the full moon on August 15 and September 13 of the lunar calendar);
the days for "moon-gazing." Decorations of Japanese pampas grass are used, and moon-offerings of sake and dango (a kind of dumpling) are made as the people gaze at the moon, enjoying the autumn evening.




Japanese think a rabbit enjoys "mochitsuki", meaning "pounding rice cakes", on the harvest moon. "Mochitsuki" can also mean "full moon".

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SILVER week and GOLDEN week
Except for students, Japanese people don't have a custom of taking long vacations. In Japan, however, there're week-long holidays 3 times a year. These holidays are the so-called "Golden Week" holidays, which runs from the end of April to the beginning of May, the "Bon" holidays, which run for a week before and after 15th-August, and the New Year's holidays, which extends from the end of December into early January.

At one stage, Japanese were criticized for being workaholics, but now it's believed they work less than Americans. The criticism of Japanese overwork is particularly speeding up the movement among newly unified bureaucrats and laborers to lessen the work hours.

"Silver Week", it’s the name of the newest grouping of holidays on the Japanese calendar.
The media have dubbed the holiday “Silver Week” in honor of the seniors who will be honored on the first national holiday of the week named "Keiro no Hi", which by quirk of the calendar falls on a Sunday this year. "Happy Monday System" enacted in 2000 dictates that any holiday that falls on a Sunday will be celebrated on the following Monday and that any day that falls between two national holidays a holiday itself .

In 2009, Silver Week holidays starts at the close of business on Friday, today(18th-September) and runs through Wednesday the 23th.



(SILVER WEEK from Wikipedia)
Silver Week is a new Japanese term applied to a string of consecutive holidays in September. In 2009, the term has gained popularity, referring to the unusual occurrence of a weekend followed by three Japanese public holidays in September. The holidays are:

* Respect for the Aged Day(Keiro no Hi), third Monday of September
* Autumnal Equinox Day(Shubun no Hi), astronomically determined, but usually September 23
* Kokumin no kyujitsu, the day in between the two other holidays




(GOLDEN WEEK from Wikipedia)
Golden Week, also known as "Ogata renkyu", is a Japanese term applied to the period containing the following public holidays:

* April 29
o Emperor's Birthday, until 1988
o Greenery Day, from 1989 until 2006
o Shōwa Day, from 2007
* May 3
o Constitution Memorial Day
* May 4
o Holiday, from 1985 until 2006
o Greenery Day, from 2007
* May 5
o Children's Day, also customarily known as Boys' Day.



In Japan, there's a regulation in the Labor Standards Act that an employee can take paid holidays for more than 10 days. And it's common for those who have worked for several years to take paid holidays of more than 20 days.
However, the working environment is not always suitable for employees to take holidays, as many Japanese think they may bother their co-workers, or they may be ill spoken of by their superiors, and other reasons.

The Japanese term "Karoushi" literally means "working to death". I think many non-Japanese might find it impossible to imagine working themselves to death. The tableau of Japanese people working tooth and nail, as reflected in my imagination, has a "beautiful" aspect. However, I think Japanese who work until they drop dead are, simply, by way of contrast with most unfeeling IDIOTS.
WORK! Until you drop DEAD!?
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Life's biggest event wedding

Did you know Japanese spend a large amount of money on wedding?
In Japan, the average cost for a ceremony, party and banquet is ¥4,200,000 (in 2008). Just imagine paying more than $42,000 to get married! Can you believe this??? Yes, that's so C-R-A-Z-Y!!


Did you know quite a few weddings are held in churches, however?
The wedding banquet is usually held in a hotel. Most hotels in Japan will have a wedding chapel inside the hotel. Although it's said that more than 90% of Japanese are Buddhists, actually most Japanese are not religious. Their main reason to be a Buddhist is that their ancestors had belonged to Buddhism, THAT'S ALL.
The majority of Japanese go to temples only for funerals and therefore they have a gloomy image of them. Plus, most Japanese don't know Buddha's birthday, but still cerebrate Christmas. LOL.
 
To a non-Japanese, the sight of non-Christian Japanese couples marrying in church may seem out of place. But, for Japanese, wedding ceremonies have nothing to do with religion. They will hold them at a shrine, church or any place as long as it's fashionable.
A church is a bright and fashionable place in the minds of the Japanese. This must be greatly influenced by the Hollywood movies in which beautiful brides with a wedding dress often appear, I think!!!






The bride and groom entering in a GONDOLAAAAAAAAAAA!!!
Dry ice smoke, laser lights, etc...


The actual marriage ceremony may be small and intimate with only family and a few close friends attending. The banquet is perhaps the most important part of the entire wedding and sometimes can be compared to a Broadway musical shows/Las Vegas casino's shows. LOL.

The couple and their respective parents host the banquet and invite their families, friends, coworkers, bosses and acquaintances. This is the moment when their parents introduce the newlyweds to their community. The parents want the couple to be accepted, so the banquet they host must be GORGEOUS. There's good food, plenty of drink, singing and gifts for the people to take home as souvenirs of the wedding.

Japanese people care SO MUCH about what others think, that's why they like to have very showy weddings. The average the guests for a ceremony, party and banquet is 74 people(in 2008).
My old friend Machiko got married about 10 years ago, the guests of her wedding banquet were 300 PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Her parents are corporate operators, so they invited many people.


I know what you're thinking now......
YES!!! Japanese weddings are represent a union between 2 families and mainly ARRANGED BY PARENTS rather than the couples themselves. I think wedding is actually for the couple. But in general, Japanese weddings are so family event.



Goshugi Bukuro

In most Western countries, people usually bring gifts for the newlyweds. These're often items that the young couple will need or want, such as bedding, linen or other household items etc... But Japanese people generally GIVE A GIFT OF MONEY named "Goshugi", and there's a special envelope used to hold the money named "Goshugi Bukuro".

Customarily, the amount is between ¥20,000 and ¥30,000 ($200-$300), but some give more than this amount. If 100 people attend the reception, the newlyweds can collect as much as ¥3,000,000($30,000). This money covers the wedding ceremony and reception expenses.
(In Japanese the number "4" is pronounced "shi," which means "death". So nobody gives ¥40,000. It's also customary to give money that has no wrinkles or creases.
)

Besides, with the parents often bearing most wedding expenses, it's rare for a young couple to pay for the wedding banquet.


In Nagoya(Middle area of Japan) have a saying;
"If a man has three daughters, he'll be bankrupt by the time the last one marries".
This gem of wit comes into being because the father of the bride is heavily burdened by the tradition of having to give costly trousseaus consisting of furniture and kimono to the bridegroom. The average cost of these's reported to be around ¥7,000,000($70,000)!!!!!!!!!!!!!

After the wedding, more gift-giving follows. Each guest receives a "Hikidemono". Again, Nagoyans favor the conspicuous, so the "Hikidemono" too, is usually big and bulky. Visit Nagoya, if you want to see a wedding that still captures the flair and flavor of the good old days.


If you live in Japan, you may be invited to a wedding party by your Japanese friends. Then, you would be hate them! LOL.
I have been invited to wedding party as many as 2 TIMES by my old friends in only 1 month, and I became "Goshugi Binbo(gift money poor)". I had to buy the airplane ticket(
¥50,000 RT × 2 times), to get a new dress/bag/shoes/accessory and give Goshugi!
When I think of gift money, I shudder EVERY TIME I receive an invitation card.  T_____T
One more thing, I and my hubby got married 4 years ago, but we didn't have enough money to hold a wedding reception, we had a little party with very close friends, so there were no needed to do that.


We have an ORIGINAL RULE among friends when someone will have a wedding banquet.

"PAY BACK Goshugi if you got a divorce within a year!!!!!!"

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Typical 80's/90's wedding

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