Namahage are demons who terrorize lazy children. In the Oga peninsula, on New Year’s Eve, villagers dress up as namahage and drum. Would be a great performance to see live
Stumbled across a biwa. It’s a pretty rare Japanese instrument, despite the resurgence of its relative, the shamisen. It’s the lute-like instrument that the woman picks with the paddle. It’s nice to see groups keeping near extinct instruments alive.
The large horizontal stringed instruments are the koto. The recorder-like flute is called the shakuhachi.
The trio is called Rin. The song is called Sakura Sakura (Cherry Blossoms Cherry Blossoms).
While curry may not be a native Japanese dish, the Japanese have adopted it and given it their own flair. There’s no “standard” curry. People use it as a gravy base to which they’ll add many things: corn, potatoes, carrots, onions, you name it. They will put it on rice, udon (noodles), or bread. In this spirit, you can use this recipe as a base. Play with it. Experiment. Have fun with it.
Note that meat is optional. I prefer a good curry without meat. If the curry needs meat to taste good, it’s not a good curry… in my opinion.
2008-12-21 Update: I reworked this article slightly, including altering the recipe.
|Camp Friendly:||Yes with preparation|
|Ovens Needed:||One 12″ dutch oven|
|1 large||Walla Walla (sweet) onion|
|2 cloves||garlic (I use four)|
|1½ pounds||pounds pork, chicken, or beef cut into small cubes. One may omit this for vegetarian style|
|1 package||Golden Curry roux (8.4 oz)|
|½ pound||baby carrots, split length-wise|
|1 can||corn, drained|
|2||potatoes, sliced thin|
|2||large green bell peppers|
|1 cup||cottage cheese (optional)|
|2 cups||plain yoghurt (optional)|
Serve over white rice.
We had a partially successful meal tonight. I switched charcoal brands today. (I wrote about “no more cheap charcoal” earlier.)
I prepared a main dish, bread, and dessert.
We don’t see Japanese things around here. Today I was driving south on the Interstate. I saw something surprising. There was a large truck. I saw the name of a Japanese company on the door in kanji and kana.
I quickly took one picture with my iPhone. (Taking a picture while driving is dangerous. Please don’t!) You can see “米国ヤマト運輸” (USA Yamato Transportation) in the picture. There are a cat and a kitten. The cat is carrying the kitten.
We don’t see Japanese things around here. Today was a lucky day.