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augh this is making me hungry

augh this is making me hungry

Tue, 01/06/2009 - 00:17 by Aido in response to akemashite omedetou gozaimasu

As you might have guessed from my name, I'm Japanese.  (well, half.)  My language skills are abysmal -- I was born and raised in the US -- but I managed to grow up with a decent amount of culture.  New Year is the only holiday we celebrate, but it's a big deal and my dad is an awesome cook.  Ananth had the pleasure of joining us this year! :D

This is only a small sampling of the stuff my family makes, and the only stuff I really know the cultural significance of.  There's a wikipedia entry over here on some traditional foods; we usually eat kamaboko, kuromame, and kombu (the kind that's rolled up and tied with bamboo).

The mochi thing is true. (If you didn't know, mochi is rice pounded into a dense, sticky cake-- it's one of my favorite foods.)  I couldn't find this year's New Year's statistics, but last year's were easy to grab.



Comment by aXcel (not verified) Tue, 01/06/2009 - 00:40

Oh, it looks delicious on paper...*drool*

I wish to eat Japanese for my birthday now, too bad there is no restaurant that serves Japanese cuisine. The closest my town had to that is a restaurant called The Mandarin House, that serves Chinese. But it's not the same -_-

Those foods look great! I

Comment by Chris (not verified) Tue, 01/06/2009 - 01:26

Those foods look great! I had a chance to try some traditional dishes when I went to Japan over the winter holidays a few years back. I was in the Kansai region, so some of the foods were a little different, but they all had that one thing in common: Mochi.

I love the stuff, but I must admit.....I nearly choked on it once. I was eating one filled with red bean paste, and my friend (who invited me to stay with her and her relatives over the winter holidays) made a joke and I laughed and inhaled a bit of mochi I was eating. It was a little scary at the time, but afterwards was hilarious. Her mom nearly had a heartattack, thinking she'd nearly killed the foreign kid (me).

The entire remainder of the trip, she didn't serve any mochi when variety shows showcasing comedians was on the television while i was present.

I'm also half-Japanese with

Comment by Rae (not verified) Tue, 01/06/2009 - 01:45

I'm also half-Japanese with horrible language skills--I can hardly read your hiragana. My family doesn't really celebrate New Year's, especially since my dad (who is Japanese) was in Japan this year and it was just me and my Ukrainian mom. But mmmm, that inarizushi looks good.

I love azuki beans

Comment by zero1328 (not verified) Tue, 01/06/2009 - 06:09

I've always loved sweet azuki beans, but I've never eaten it warm. How do you prefer your azuki bean sweets? Warm or chilled?

I don't really eat it with mochi, mostly because that's not how we make/eat it, but I usually have mine chilled with coconut milk over it, which is how the South Vietnamese do it.

I also like it in a sort of wierd milkshake-like thing, which has the bean paste, coconut milk, small slices of coloured agar jelly and sweet rice, with shaved ice. Very colourful and yummy, even though it might sound a bit wierd.

So yeah. I love sweet azuki beans.

Oh man, sweet bean paste.

Comment by Elizabeth B (not verified) Fri, 01/09/2009 - 17:34

Those sweets they use for the tea ceremony? BEST THING ON EARTH. Well, almost. God I love that stuff.

A Chinese friend of mine

Comment by Reenie (not verified) Tue, 01/06/2009 - 08:37

A Chinese friend of mine made inarizushi for a New Year's party we had last week. I don't know if it was coincidence or intentional, but at any rate, inarizushi = love. ^^

akemashite omedetou gozaimasu

Comment by Admon (not verified) Tue, 01/06/2009 - 10:20

Being 1/2 Japanese on my wife's side, I was treated to Osechi Ryouri and Ozoni myself.

I'm not entirely certain what was in the Osechi, but a couple of the items were Konbu, Kuromame, Daidai, Kazunoko.

The Ozoni was very good.


Comment by Jamie Noguchi (not verified) Tue, 01/06/2009 - 10:26

Must. Have. Mochi. Stat.

Oh my god, that looks so good!!!!!!!


Comment by Aido Tue, 01/06/2009 - 11:12

Ahaha!  My dad sent me home with leftovers -- I have sweet azuki and mochi in my freezer now!  Also, kuro-mame.  Also, some pickled renkon and daikon.  If you want, I can share!

I'm sure Temari does zenzai.  We should meet up there some time and eat nothing but sweets. 8D

So there!!

Comment by Jamie Noguchi (not verified) Wed, 01/07/2009 - 10:33

If they don't have it on the menu, I'm sure they have some stashed for special people who know what to ask for. Like us!

That all sounds so tasty. It

Comment by Pupsqueak (not verified) Tue, 01/06/2009 - 12:38

That all sounds so tasty. It makes me want to try to make some...

Inarizushi is so dam good, I

Comment by MarkyMark (not verified) Tue, 01/06/2009 - 13:09

Inarizushi is so dam good, I love that stuff. I'm jealous.


Comment by Itchy Ike (not verified) Tue, 01/06/2009 - 16:38

Sometimes, I'm ashamed to be a round-eye. Yeah, when your culture only goes back a couple hundred years (as opposed to a thousand or two), it's difficult to compare, but still:

"What's that you're eating?"

"It's sushi rice wrapped in sweet tofu. It's the preferred food of the messenger foxes for the rice goddess Inari. What are you eating?"

"...meat loaf."

The only American food I can think of with the same sort of cultural significance is soul food, and that has ties to SLAVERY. Sheesh.

Mochi, delicious but deadly.

Comment by Sovy Kurosei (not verified) Tue, 01/06/2009 - 18:27

Mochi, delicious but deadly.

That is totally awesome. :D

Comment by Eto-Jess (not verified) Tue, 01/06/2009 - 19:55

That is totally awesome. :D It sounds like a lot of fun!

I has a question though, maybe you can help me with... Why do statues of kitsunes and gods have bibs on? When Sheena visited Japan she took a ton of pictures of shrines for me and stuff, and many of them had either red or hand-made bibs tied on them.
I should get her to share some of those pictures though, there were the most beautiful fuu dogs and gargoyles and stuff we didn't even know what it was. ;_;

... >_>

Comment by Aido Tue, 01/06/2009 - 20:04

Ahahaha, this is going to make me sound so stupid -- but I actually have no idea.  I always assumed it was to protect the statues from acid rain or something, but now that you bring it up I'm pretty certain there's a legitimate spiritual reason for it.


Comment by Eto-Jess (not verified) Tue, 01/06/2009 - 21:49

Oh it no worries! I figured it was worth a shot. :3 I mean if you asked me a lot of normal American customs (if we had any haha) and I wouldn't know the specific reason behind it. I still find it all fascinating. :D At the very least it's showing a physical realm concern for the gods and spirits to bring them this protection.

Ah, mochi...

Comment by Rachel (not verified) Wed, 01/07/2009 - 01:03

I'm in Japan right now, and I ate some of that stuff on New Year's with my host family. Mochi scares the crap out of me, because I keep feeling like I'll choke on it. I have to make sure to take tiny bites. My host siblings' cousins were there too, and one of them is like... 4, and was just putting the whole thing in her mouth, and I feared for her life.

She ended up being ok though.

All this food makes me

Comment by Assassin (not verified) Wed, 01/07/2009 - 02:16

All this food makes me hunger.



I was lucky enough to spend

Comment by Treestump (not verified) Wed, 01/07/2009 - 13:40

I was lucky enough to spend new years in tokyo with my girlfriend, as as nice as fresh mochi is, nothing beats that special bowl of new years soba. Add some kurikinton, and life is good!

Ohhhh maaaan, I love

Comment by renshai (not verified) Wed, 01/07/2009 - 13:52

Ohhhh maaaan, I love inarizushi. Ever since my exchange-student roommate made it for potluck back in Vancouver. But, despite the five Chinese restaurants, there is no Japanese food in this tiny prairie town. I'm undergoing sushi withdrawal.

You have inadvertently reminded me to take the kielbasa and perogies out of the freezer for Ukrainian Christmas tonight. : P


Comment by Rowan (not verified) Wed, 01/07/2009 - 16:20 should mention that..its my little sisters and my fav snack, we used to go to this place called yo!sushi every weekend (or whenever possible) and get some....alas, the bastards closed the place down, so my little sister being the little chef she "hopes" to be goes into that kitchen and tries making some...2 EPIC FAILS! i tried helpin in the second go...didnt help...and we got pretty much exhausted at the end of it ^^_' you have even the slighest clue on how mochi is made? were....well...desperate! XD love your comic btw...really unique ^_^

DO you also have kuri

Comment by lennan (not verified) Wed, 01/07/2009 - 18:09

DO you also have kuri kinton...Oh man I love that stuff. My mom only made Ozoni had wakame, some vegetables and that was pretty much it. She doesn't make it because she hates it. But we did have the most awesomest to be thrown away Sechihan from Mitsuwa where my mom currently works. XD New Years is the only holiday we really celebrate too...although we did like to go to the Cherry Blossom Festival in SF.... Sigh, I love New Years Japanese food. XD


Comment by Jackie (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 00:42

I'm half Japanese, lived in Japan for 6 years, we do the New Years thing too! :3 i love kurikinton, (mashed sweet potatoes with sugar and kuri in it) it's my absolute favorite. :3 I wish i had some ozouni right now ~_~

Webcomic Artists (and some talk on food)

Comment by Jacob (not verified) Fri, 01/09/2009 - 16:45

First the food

I wish i have had a chance to try japanese food, but everytime i think of going to a sushi bar/any place that sells japanese food, i either have no money or the people i go with have no money...

Now the Artists

It always surprises me how close-knit all the artists are... i mean the filling in of comics on bad times, commenting on others work, refering readers to others... its just AWESOME!
add to that, the fact that some base comics on these encounters and it makes it all the more fun :P
(it also is one of the few things keeping a certain other webcomic going *cough fred g. cough*)

*dies of adoration*

Comment by Elizabeth B (not verified) Fri, 01/09/2009 - 17:32


Now I want zenzai. Also inarizushi.

A handful of people die from

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Mon, 01/12/2009 - 17:05

A handful of people die from choking on mochi, but handfuls more people are saved by keeping vacuum cleaners nearby. <---- true

I've always been fascinated

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Wed, 10/21/2009 - 00:59

I've always been fascinated with Japanese history, culture, language, and ofcourse, food. Mochi definatly is a sweet fruit-ish thing, heh. mochi ramune is an interesting drink, to say the least

Free Palm Pre

Comment by free palm pre (not verified) Sat, 11/14/2009 - 13:29

Excellent post, i have bookmarked it for future referrence

Thanks, now I'm hungry again...

Comment by Renard the Vulpine (not verified) Sat, 11/21/2009 - 00:59


lol, inarizushi ga tabetai desu...