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21 October 2010 @ 02:03 pm
Weird foods...  
Yaaaaay, I'm so glad to get comments! It feels like I never get very many comments anymore, so I wonder if everyone is just busy, or they're not reading, or if they don't have anything to say.. I'm kind of a rabid comment checker, so when I don't have any comments I get bored or worried.. ^^; Truthfully it's my problem and not anyone else's, but I wonder if I should be writing something more interesting.. ^^;;;; Comments pleeeeeeeease??? *begs shamelessly*

Well, yesterday I spent trying to think up ideas for the manga contest that I want to enter. I have so many little ideas, but it's hard fleshing them out into a real story.. or rather, it's not the story that's as hard as is actually deciding what I want to write about. It's a vicious circle, I think-- Writing a story takes a lot of time investment and emotional investment, so I only want to invest that much time if it's going to be the abolute best. But I can't tell what is going to be the absolute best by just looking at it. So I never get started. :/ Does anyone else have this problem? There's also the problem of not wanting to do it if I'm not going to win. I want to win! So if I'm not going to win then I don't want to waste my time. But I don't know if I'll place at all, much less win.

There's nothing but to try, I know, but it's like I'm discouraging myself from the start. ^^; I suppose that I'd better force myself to get to it! Now just to pick the idea and stick with it... I think I know. Maybe. I might maybe have it picked out. Possibly.

Day 15 - Weirdest food item you've seen, and weirdest food item you've actually eaten.

Hehee, if it was weird, I definitely ate it! I wouldn't pass up something weird if I had access to it, of that you can be sure!

By far the weirdest thing (I think) that I've eaten was also the most disgusting. SOOOOOOO disgusting that I threw it up all over the table. x.x; To be fair, there were other factors involved, but it was in no small part due to this disgusting food.

I don't know the name, but it was described to me as "fermented squid entrails in squid ink and sake." It looked like a black mass of sliminess, which as weird as it sounds, is actually probably the best description that one could really come up with, objectively. It really, really is just a mass of slimy stringy stuff that reeked of liquor! (It was not shiokara, but it looked similar, only dark grey/black)

OMG was it nasty.. x.x

This is making me think about a few other things that I've tried that I might have thought were weird at one time, but now don't seem weird at all--

like this!


I actually avidly prefer the long stick-types (especially if they're made of just crab) that are sold in the convenience store. Bonus points if they have cheese!!

Now I really want one... I'm so addicted! And even better, they have almost no calories, since it's just fish all ground up and shoved together with some random additives! Umm, it doesn't sound good, but it IS. It SO SO IS> Okay, even though it's freezing cold outside and raining I feel that I must go get some now. (Hopefully the convenience store isn't sold out AGAIN).

Hmm, other weird things.. How about goya tea? (Bitter melon tea). It was decently good, but not something that I'm clamoring to have over and over again. I like goya in curry the best, to be honest, or roasted as chips. Champloo is alright too, but not as ultimately awesome as goya curry =3

This wasn't in Japan, but I had some blood meat in China a few years ago. I thought it was just regular strips of meat, as Chinese meat is usually pounded and chewy, but my friend told me afterward that it was blood that had been baked in the sun until it curdled. Apparently this is normal in France (he is French), so he hadn't thought to warn me. XD It was alright, but not something that I'd go out of my way to have.

I had whale once. I'd heard that whale was really good, but maybe it was because I had it in a school lunch, but it just tasted like iron/blood. It wasn't yummy at all. I would make a bad vampire, sadly. Too bad. These days I'm of the "I don't want to eat whales" sentiment, so I doubt that I'll ever get the chance to have "good" whale.

I've also had Shirataki. Is that considered weird? I hate the smell, but I love them with pasta sauce... Well, only when I have to watch my calories of course!

Some other possibly weird things that I've eaten in Japan:
- Pudding cups shaped like breasts
- Dried squid (I guess squid in general is weird from an American POV. I forget that sometimes..) Btw, squid is heaven no matter what way you eat it ♥
- Red bean paste (anko). It doesn't seem weird at all, but I think that's just because I live here!
- Basashi (raw horse meat/sashimi). It was spicy and yummy. ^^; Sorry Mr. Ed!
- Natto (not a favorite of mine)
- Lots of weird ice cream like Goya, curry, wasabi, etc. You name it Japan has it! Except for cake batter ice cream. They have 807007070709x Coldstone creameries, but not a one carries their best flavor, the best flavor in the world!!! WTF =(
- Fugu in sake. I guess the weirdest way to eat poisonous pufferfish is drowned in gross sake. (Sorry, I don't like sake). Ew.
- Takoyaki. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

There must be more! =D

Along the lines of weird things that I wanted but couldn't find-- Zombie jerky! Supposedly they sell it at Tokyu Hands, but for the life of me, I checked three of them and I couldn't find any. I may have to resort to ordering this online, because as gross as it sounds, how can I pass up Zombie meat? *^-^*

The Japan 30-day Meme ♡〜(ゝ。∂)

Day 01 - A picture of you "in Japan". (doing or wearing something "Japanese")
Day 02 - Describe your neighborhood in Japan.
Day 03 - Most interesting person you've met.
Day 04 - What's your favorite place that's not in any of the guidebooks/lists of places to visit?
Day 05 - Which, if any, Japanese mannerisms or expressions have you adopted?
Day 06 - Food that you swore you would never eat but now love (or tolerate).
Day 07 - Which Japanese words do you use in English? (hanami, shinkansen, etc.)
Day 08 - Are you a Herbivore or Carnivore? S or M?
Day 09 - Favorite stores/shopping centers.
Day 10 - Something about Japan that sets it apart from anywhere else.
Day 11 - What did you find most overrated and underrated about Japan?
Day 12 - Describe a fail!gaijin moment. (Where you did something wrong or completely misunderstood because you couldn't ~read the air~ or just plain had no idea what you were supposed to do because you weren't born and raised here) Describe a gaijin!smash moment .(Where your foreignness was to your benefit)
Day 13 - Favorite live event that you attended
Day 14 - What is the hardest thing about living in Japan versus your home country?
Day 15 - Weirdest food item you've seen, and weirdest food item you've actually eaten.

Day 16 - How you realised you'd acclimated to Japan. (if you have)
Day 17 - Your karaoke top 5, your sushi top 5, your conbini top 5.
Day 18 - Post some amusing/cute/faily purikura.
Day 19 - Your favorite Japanese character(s) and Gachapon/UFO Catcher toys
Day 20 - Favorite Japanese festival or folklore.
Day 21 - Favorite and least favorite Japanese fashion trends.
Day 22 - Your favorite Japanese saying or kotowaza (proverb).
Day 23 - What is something you have/do in Japan that you wish you had/could do in your home country?
Day 24 - Your favorite Japanese slang or borrow-word (外来語), e.g. セフレ "sex friend"
Day 25 - Most interesting vending machine find.
Day 26 - What's your favorite/least favorite train line.
Day 27 - Place you avoid going to if at all possible.
Day 28 - A picture of you looking like a weaboo/A picture of you trying to blend in and failing.
Day 29 - What's the thing you [will] miss most about Japan when you leave (either on vacation, or move away)?
Day 30 - Did Japan meet your expectations, both good and bad? What has been the most surprising thing about Japan for you, or the thing you least expected?
超ちゃ人: cute: worried (`・ω・´)chochajin on October 21st, 2010 05:12 am (UTC)
I often read entries, then leave them open in my browser to comment later, but if I'm really busy I don't get to ocmment at all and the entries become old and it feels weird to still comment after such a long time.
Sometimes it's because I simply don't have anything to stay, but mainly it's because I'm so busy lately. I don't even get to read and answer to the comments in my own journal :(

Today's a day off for me which is why I'm able to comment so quickly ^-^
genkanai on October 21st, 2010 05:24 am (UTC)
We're reading, we just don't always comment :)
femo on October 21st, 2010 05:30 am (UTC)
I LOVE TAKOYAKI!!! Soooooooooo good. And Kamaboko is nummy! Especially the crab variety!! I've never had it with cheese though, that's interesting.
night_owl_9: IsaacMirianight_owl_9 on October 21st, 2010 06:11 am (UTC)
You had whale? Oh wow :D

Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 21st, 2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, when I worked in an elementary school way back, it was served in the school lunch once!
(no subject) - night_owl_9 on October 21st, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - hinoai on October 22nd, 2010 01:01 am (UTC) (Expand)
☮Ande: Natsume Yuujinchou - Pushfushiforever on October 21st, 2010 06:12 am (UTC)
I've never had Kamaboko before, but I really want to get my hands on some and try it now. Hmmm, I wonder where I can get it here in Southern California? I guess it's time for a trip to LA.

Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 21st, 2010 01:28 pm (UTC)
Maybe ask around at a regular supermarket? I don't know if they'd have it, but they might?
Chisotahn / 記録係chisotahn on October 21st, 2010 06:19 am (UTC)
I love kamaboko! I eat it in thin strips just straight-up. Nom nom nom.

That squid thing sounds absolutely vile. x_X
Janellechibi_rei on October 21st, 2010 07:00 am (UTC)
Goya! I didn't think I'd like it but it was pretty tasty. I'd love to try it in curry -- I don't even know where to buy it around here! D: Maybe at a Mitsuwa... so I'll have to drive 2 hours to get it.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 21st, 2010 01:29 pm (UTC)
It's called bitter melon in english, so maybe try looking for that? Unfortunately I think it's out of season at the moment though, so it might be harder to find.
Gottisgottis_chan on October 21st, 2010 07:11 am (UTC)
Well, if Kamaboko is a sort of surimi, it sounds delish. 8D

That squid thing though... UGH. T_T
Irth: Canadairth on October 21st, 2010 07:12 am (UTC)
I always read, but I don't think I've ever commented. Keep up the good work!
kakibellkakibell on October 21st, 2010 07:23 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure you're talking about shiokara when you're describing that squid dish. I also really dislike it.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 21st, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
It might be. It's just that it was definitely in sake and definitely black. And not salty. Maybe it was a regional variation, as I didn't have it in Tokyo.
dchan: hana-chanryuu_no_hime on October 21st, 2010 09:16 am (UTC)
I like squid, but dried squid has a fishy flavor that makes me want to gag a little. I prefer cooked squid in soup or on pasta (tarako and ika spaghetti is delicious, but I've never seen it outside of Japan).

Anko is super yummy. It's sweet, but not overly so, like a lot of American sweets are.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 21st, 2010 01:31 pm (UTC)
My absolute favorite is squid roasted on a stick, like they serve at festivals. Mmmmmm yum!
Blacklillykittygoth on October 21st, 2010 10:07 am (UTC)
Don't worry, I almost never get comments on my blog. I thought at one point it was because no one was reading anymore, but it turned out not to be the case. I guess no one feels the need to comment!!
(Anonymous) on October 21st, 2010 10:22 am (UTC)
coming up with story
I know what you mean about coming up with stories, I have the same problem. I have a handful of thoughts or ideas that i want to build into stories, but when i get into the nitty gritty details of the story, i fall short. >:(
I figure I'd just choose a story that I'm passionate about telling and drawing. I'm contemplating whether to enter the Morning international comic competition next year.

If your passionate about your story and really feel that you can do it justice, I'd say go for it with all you got! If your happy with the end result then it doesn't matter if you win or lose. But 50,000 dollars, WoW.... go win it!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 21st, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
Re: coming up with story
Yeah, the money is a big incentive... that would solve a few problems..
patty1943patty1943 on October 21st, 2010 11:13 am (UTC)
Coming up with stories also
I took a workshop on writing for kids, which is what I want to do, having spent the last 20 years writing about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as the wife of a veteran. I am terrible at plots. They suggested thinking up the worst thing that could happen to your character (after figuring out who the character is by doing a little bio) and then making that happen... It does help.
The most important thing you can do, though, is to let yourself do a crappy first draft. You can fix things on the subsequent drafts. Wanting to win may be a help but it could also hinder you. I prefer to write for the love of what I do. (Hope that is not too shamelessly saintly.)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 21st, 2010 01:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Coming up with stories also
Oh no, I totally understand! I want to be able to tell stories too and to touch people with them ^-^ Just that I want to be able to support myself with it so I don't have to end up doing a job that I hate just to live =D

Those are really good ideas! Thanks for letting me know them! I'll try them out and see what I get!
Kira_Shadowkira_shadow on October 21st, 2010 11:18 am (UTC)
I read all your stuff but lately my brain has gone into *static fuzz* mode after work. *SIGH*

I don't even know any weird food I might have eaten here because I come from an Asian background and most things just seem...normal... ^_^; I sometimes even eat things that JAPANESE people think are weird... or I eat things in a 'weird' way as they consider it...

For example...I do not PEEL every single vegetable or fruit I get...since there's lots of good stuff in the skin :X unless it's been sprayed with too much poisonous stuff... -_-"

What's your uptake on that? Eating habits in the US vs the ones in Japan? o:
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 21st, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
I find that really weird too. When Mako and I eat pears he carefully cuts and peels them. But when it's me alone I just bite in. I can't be bothered, and I need the fiber anyways! ^^ Of course I have no idea about the pesticides but I figure that a little isn't going to hurt me ^^;

There are some eating habits that I don't really get, like rice rice rice! It takes forever to make so I hardly ever eat it unless I go out. I even prefer to take sliced bread and dip it in curry instead of rice XD

(no subject) - kira_shadow on October 21st, 2010 01:59 pm (UTC) (Expand)