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24 October 2010 @ 09:47 pm
I found zombie meat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  
By total and complete accident, I ran across the zombie meat that I'd been looking for! All that I had to do was wander aimlessly into a store with halloween goods while waiting for a text message from a friend. =D

It was not very exciting! XD;; Or rather, I should say that it was very exciting to find it, but not so exciting to eat it. As someone put it yesterday (was it Adele, or Eda?), it should be chock full of brainy goodness, since you are what you eat, right??

I opened the package (which says "Zombie-meat jerky") and.........!

It's BLUE!

Like, dark blue!

Who would have guessed??

It tasted like cardboard mixed with regular beef jerky (the low-grade kind). Not too scrumptious to tell the truth ^^; But what can you do? I suppose the meat of the walking dead can't be all that great on principle?

But I wonder now.. will I turn into a zombie? (Sometimes I feel that I have became a bit zombie-like, but I haven't had any kind of cravings for brains yet...)

So, I believe I have a meme to continue?

A veritable cornucopia of Japan-ish top-fives:
Day 17 - Your karaoke top 5, your sushi top 5, your conbini top 5.

Karaoke top 5: Anyone who has been to karaoke with me can attest, I will definitely sing some/all of these songs while I am with you ^^; (And not well. I can't sing very well, sadly.... ;-;)
☆ SEAMO - Kiseki

☆ DJ Ozma - Spiderman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_G_QRsB0U8 (Sorry, embedding is disabled for some reason ^^;)
☆ Koda Kumi - Taboo

☆ Sayonara Zetsubou-sensei opening (Hito toshite bureteiru, I think it is called?)

☆ Any of the Macross Frontier songs, like this one, Pink Monsoon (one of my recent favorites, the lyrics are so racy!! ^^)

Sushi top 5:
☆ Hotate (Scallops) Mmmm, they are so sweet!! ♥
☆ Sake (Salmon) The fresher, the better! ^^
☆ Maguro (Tuna, there are many different cuts, I like any of the tender ones ^^)
☆ Unagi (Eel. I don't care what form it comes in, eel is godly! But it's best when it's warm and covered in sweet sticky brown sauce, yum!)
☆ Kappamaki (Cucumber rolls... the reason is more about the name than the taste! =D)
Btw, I like lots of wasabi in my sushi!! How about you?

Conbini top 5: (conbini = "convenience store")
☆ My magazines! (Ray and Ribon, mainly)
☆ The cheese kamaboko that I was talking about-- HOW I LOVE THEE ♥ Sticks of crab also get my love!
☆ Nikuman (see below)
☆ Salads (For when I am too lazy to make them, they carry many ready-made kinds!)
☆ Random drinks. Besides paying bills (most bills you take to the counter of a conbini and pay them there.. yes, really! I find it kind of invasive since the employee knows your personal business when they ring them up, but they don't seem to care.), drinks are the main reason for conbinis I think! I don't generally buy there these days since I can get all the drinks I want cheaper at a local grocery store, but if I want the new and trendy thing, or canned coffee, it's down to the conbini for me!

Current manga top 5:
☆ Hiyokoi (SOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE!!!! It is running in Ribon right now, and has an anime coming out sometime soon. I didn't like it at first, but actually now I can't get enough! ^^;)
☆ Bakuman (Been reading this for years and I wait for it rabidly every week! If you want to know how manga is made and what goes on behind the scenes, you should really read this manga. It's truthful to a fault, right down to the editors, who arereal editors who really work for JUMP (I've met some of them myself))
☆ Shin Tenipuri (For the obvious reasons ^-^)
☆ Kodomo no Jikan (To all the haters: Don't! This is one of the most touching series in a long time! Meh, loli-con schmoli-con, that is NOT what this series is about. It's avery touching, very very real look at what happens to oversexualized kids.)
☆ Tsubame no Suu (I can't find any pages for this, and no surprise. But it's a short gag manga by a brand-new author in Ribon. It's about a girl with a bird's head and the only girl in school who can see her for what she truly is. The art sucks but it's so funny!)

Current anime top 5:
☆ Hiyokoi (does this count? The anime hasn't started yet, but Ribon put the first episode on a free DVD with the magazine earlier this month)
☆ Bakuman (Actually, I really hate the anime but I'm watching it because there is nothing else ^^; The voices are SO BAD! SO SO SOOOOOO WRONG! And the animation is crappy..)
☆ Vifam (It's old, yes, but I'm currently watching it, so I'll count it)
☆ There's nothing else on that I'm interested in right now.. ^^;;
☆ ...

Tea top 5:
☆ Ishiyaki Imo (Lupicia) This is heaven for people who like sweet tea =^-^= It smells sweet right off the bat! Best hot with milk and sweetner. ^^
☆ Imo Kuri Kabocha (Lupicia) This tea is best chilled with milk and sweetner. OMG who would have thought that rooibos could be so good...
☆ Daily Spice Chai (Karel Kapek) Also best chilled, either straight or with milk/sweetner ^^ This was a staple of my summer =D
☆ Sakura black tea (There are several brands that I like, but they're all out of season right now)
☆ Sakura green tea (same ^^;)

Any other Japan top fives that I should add to the list?

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?

I'd better get something done today. The deadline is looming!!!! I tried to work all day, but am stuck on one part of my manga. Coincidentally it's at the beginning. Eeeerrrrrrrk.....
Covenantdillman on October 24th, 2010 12:58 pm (UTC)
I think I am in love... with zombie meat..
or at least the idea of it.
What a wonderful world!
Eirian (Katie): sparkling rainbow universeeirian84 on October 24th, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
Zombie meat sounds amusing, but it looks...as disgusting as if it were real zombie meat. Bleah.

Kodomo no Jikan - I stumbled on this while link-hopping several months ago. I can see why a lot of people would be offended by it or not like it (and I don't think I could recommend it to any of my friends without them calling me a pervert), but I really like it! I don't remember if I read all of what was translated at the time, but I couldn't stop reading it, I had to know what happened next. Which resulted in me getting very little sleep for a couple days. It's not your typical cutesy manga about little girls, but it's depicting real life. Well, as real as manga ever gets. C;
超ちゃ人: cute panda: excitedchochajin on October 24th, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
Zombie niku? XD HOMG!!! *rofl* And it looks soo "yummie" ... uhm ... XD

And thanks for your tea top 5 :D
I wanted to order from that shop anyways (I miss flavored green tea! XD) - but am too busy to actually order s.th. - hopefully next week :)
Sherrysherryillk on October 24th, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
Eh? Eh! The editors in Bakuman are real? Like Hattori is actually real and with those big ears? o.O
Linstarrbeam on October 24th, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
eww looks nasty!
秋野 ふじこakinofujiko on October 24th, 2010 02:20 pm (UTC)
Absolutely love Bakuman too!! All thanks to you writing about it here! xD

And macross frontier songs are fantastic to sing at karaoke!! xDDD
pali_mari: pakwan (sweet veggie)pali_mari on October 24th, 2010 03:23 pm (UTC)
Zombie meat looks inedible. The color looks toxic plus I'm afraid it will adhere to my intestines for 8 years!

And I don't understand Conbini Top 5, I thought you'd list the names of the franchise. (~.~)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 25th, 2010 02:38 am (UTC)
I thought about doing that, but decided to list things I bought in them since everyone else was doing that. ^^;There are really only a few franchises and they're all really the same thing in the end lol.
usagi_moon: Alice cute girlsusagi_moon on October 24th, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
Zombie meat, that's pretty rad.
Wee Lisaweelisa on October 24th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
You're right, the zombie meat should be gray or dead white - not blue!

Oh, and don't worry about getting infected, the virus you need to worry about needs to be in a liquid state to be effective. Whew. Close one!

I think it would just be so cool to have a packet laying around the kitchen. Or give them out for trick o treaters - see their lil' faces. I'm gonna guess you don't get any of those in Japan.
akibareakibare on October 24th, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
Ha. I saw that picture, and thought, "wait, normally she takes really nice pictures with good color, so that must mean.... THE MEAT IS ACTUALLY BLUE....!" Yuck.

maddy_madnessmaddy_madness on October 24th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
I have been reading for a lot of time without commenting but I promise I'll comment from now on!

Zombie meat really seems one of those things "you should try" and least to say you tried xDD I want to try too xD

That cheese is good? Sometimes I saw it but though it'd be weird :S
neofeliss on October 24th, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
Kodomo no Jikan sounds interesting - I'll have to look into it!
ShadowNiteWolfshadownitewolf on October 24th, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
For real? Zombie meat? That's so random yet not surprising. Should check out thinkgeek.com They have some pretty awesome zombie stuff there =D
shinegrlleastlikely on October 24th, 2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
it looks like charcoal. can't imagine it'd taste much better.
dr4b on October 24th, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC)
I just realized a major category the Japan 30-day meme is missing: "What's hanging from your cellphone or purse, and why?"

I'm always really proud to talk about obscure cellphone straps I've acquired :)

Wish I'd thought of it before. I guess I could add it if I do the meme myself sometime.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 25th, 2010 02:33 am (UTC)
Ahaha, since I have nothing hanging from mine, it would be a pretty short answer! XD;
Deanna: dragons DOALA!dr4b on October 25th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
Not from your purse or from your cellphone or from a pen or anything? I imagined you with lots of Tenipuri charms!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 25th, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
I have an iphone so there is no place to put a strap =D I would if there was one, though!

Not really? Sometimes I hang things here and there, but then I take them off after a week or two when I get tired of them. Right now I just have a charm of a heart-shaped doughnut hanging from oneo f my purses :3
Ariana: *flails*norcalsanjifan on October 25th, 2010 12:59 am (UTC)
Ewwww zombie meat >.
Janelle: SNSD - ramenchibi_rei on October 25th, 2010 04:31 am (UTC)
Mmm unagi &hearts I had unagi sushi the other week. Pricey (in the U.S.) but yummy!
I really wanted to try regular unagi when I was in Japan during August because I heard when it's hot you're supposed to have it ^^;; but it was too expensive.
(Anonymous) on October 25th, 2010 08:56 am (UTC)
zombie meat.... looks more like burnt rubber ^o^ . Ill have to try some when i visit Japan.
☆: brain candytheidolhands on October 25th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
I bet they used Spirulina or some kind of blue/green algae to color that "zombie meat". At least your curiosity is now satisfied.

As usual, always interesting to read, particularly about food. Did not know you could pay bills at a conbini!
kate_fireflykate_firefly on October 25th, 2010 10:28 pm (UTC)
hi jamie!
i've really gotta try to remember 2 comment + click here more. gomen....
i love yr japan meme and i do come here a lot!! yr posts are always fun to read, and i love learning more about japan (even the bad stuff. lol!). arigatou ne!! *hugs*

Kodomo no Jikan.....EHHHH!! what's with japan and lolicons. it seriously creeps me out. o__o
Alita: JunjunMitsuiangelachibayuy on October 26th, 2010 02:20 pm (UTC)
Love hotate and love Kodomo no Jikan too. It is very cute, and honestly I don't mind real lolicon, it's a story... there's nothing real about it. Need to finish the second season OVA and someday actually read the whole of the manga. I have read Vol 1 and 2 in manga cafes and random chapters after that but not all.
Sarahanimeartist62 on October 27th, 2010 04:10 am (UTC)
The zombie meat I would think be more of a gray them blue.

I can't believe I have fallen behind on my anime, the few I am fallowing manga wise are Black bird, and naurto