Tag Archives: Japanese

Conan helps make ramen burger with Chef Keizo Shimamoto

Although I haven’t had the pleasure of trying a ramen burger yet, it’s definitely on my bucket list. I’ve also always had the impression that a ramen burger wouldn’t be hard to make. But after watching ramen Chef Keizo Shimamto, a former computer programer turned chef, make a ramen burger patty out of fresh ramen, I’m pretty impressed. Getting the fresh ramen noodles to hold together to form a bun and then frying them so that they’re crispy on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside requires skill! Check out the hilarious video of Conan learning how to make a ramen burger.

Lotteria introduces burger for ramen lovers

Ramen burger

I love burgers and I love ramen, but never have I imagined combining them. Japanese burger chain, Lotteria, has joined forces with famous Japanese ramen restaurant, Menya Musashi, to create the unique ramen burger. Instead of your typical beef patty, this carb-overload menu item consists of seasoned ramen noodles that are grilled, topped with BBQ pork covered in sweet brown sauce, and placed between two buns spread with mayo. It comes with a side of fish broth to help wash down this fatty goodness, and the entire meal costs around $6.50.  Not enough? Pay an extra buck to get a second portion with more soup.

This special is available only from May 20 to mid-June. So if you’re in Japan, make sure to bring out your inner fatty and try it!


(Thanks, Fred!)


Japanese schoolgirls start “Hadouken” photos trend

Remember a couple years ago when we came across the Japanese “floating girl” pictures?  This might be even more awesome.  In Japan, it’s a photo trend among schoolgirls to re-enact Street Fighter’s “hadouken” superpower move.  One person unleashes the imaginary explosion, which totally blasts the other people away.  It’s a hilarious meme, and I’m even starting to see people here in the US doing these poses in their pictures!

Dragon Ball Z photo trend japan

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iPhone case shaped like a hand? Not creepy at all.

Holy crap, I think I just found the most amazing / creepy gadget ever: the iPhone case shaped like a human hand.  Now you can feel like you’re holding Siri’s hand when you whisper sweet nothings to her.

For $52, you can get this handmade (no pun intended) delight, made out of soft silicone so it feels like a real human.  However, you apparently have to remove the case when taking pictures, since the fingers get in the way.  Also, putting the phone in your pocket makes it look like a zombie is trying to escape out of your butt, as seen in the hilarious picture below.

Get yours here.

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iphone case shaped like hand

hand shaped iphone case

(Thanks, Tony!)


What do you get when you cross a Japanese yodeler with chickens?

An epic music music video, duh! I found this awesome YouTube video of Takeo Ishi, a Japanese guy who was raised in Tokyo. I couldn’t find much info on him except on a German Wikipedia page, so hopefully nothing has been lost in translation!

He studied engineering, but during his spare time he learned to yodel from records by yodeler Franz Lang. His unique talent landed him on Japanese television. He then moved to Europe at some point, and sang in a restaurant in Switzerland. Then his idol, Franz Lang,  mentored him after hearing Ishi sing.

I’m not familiar with the yodeling genre, but he sounds pretty darn good! However, I’m a little bit confused about the chickens.

Cute Japanese bento boxes show off moms’ artistic flair

If you brought a bologna or peanut butter and jelly sandwich to school in Japan, you’d probably be made fun of. Japanese students don’t take lunch time lightly. This is a chance to show off “food art” in the form of bento boxes, and moms can spend hours creating packed lunches made to look like anything ranging from cute animals, to cartoon characters, to Barack Obama!

As you can imagine, there’s a good amount of competition among moms. The meticulousness and creativity of bento probably comes from the Japanese culture of precision and detail. In fact, bento-making classes are even offered to moms to perfect their skills.

Check out the video below to get a closer look into the bento culture.

(Thanks, Arthur!)

Cute Japanese doggy knows how to bark softly

Here’s a cute doggy video for your lazy Thursday viewing pleasure. This Shiba Inu takes self control to another level and gradually tones down his bark after his owner orders him to. Enjoy!

Fearless foodies, I dare you to eat this sushi

I hate picky eaters.  And I’m pretty adamant about just trying a dish before saying it’s gross.  But man, I’m having a real hard time being open-minded about this, uh, unconventional cuisine.  Shoichi Uchiyama is the author of recipe book Tanoshii Konchu Ryori or “Fun Insect Cooking,” and has people with his affection for cooking and eating bugs.

Apparently, bugs are not only healthy — low in fat and high in protein — but also delectable.  Yellow Hornet Larvae, for example, can be blanched in boiling water for 30 seconds, then served with soy sauce and wasabi.  “The larvae need to be fresh and the best ones are those that you have just taken from a nest, still moving. Then they are sweet and creamy,” Uchiyama says.

Another favorite is the Argentine Cockroach.  Just cut open the cockroach’s shell, scoop out the meat and fry with butter.  Then, put it back in the shell and serve on a salad.  Apparently, the cockroach has “the texture of tender fish.”

Mmmm… delish!

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How to make sushi the “fast food” way

Does a chicken nugget and bacon nigiri sound appetizing to you?  How about a Big Mac sushi roll?  Well, that’s what you get when you fuse American fast food with the art of Japanese sushi-making. Watch how the guys from Epic Meal Time create their fast food/sushi concoction.  Is it just me or does it actually look appetizing?

(Thanks, Pat!)

Craving fast food?  Check out fast food “McWeddings”, how giant burgers can cause jaw injuries, and how to dine in style with Burger King’s luxurious sound booths

Paranormal Activity seeks to scare Japanese audiences

For the first time, the Japanese are doing a remake of an American horror film instead of the other way around.  Released in 2009, Paranormal Activity made over $100 million in ticket sales on a $15,000 budget. The movie became super popular among Japanese audiences and, as a result, a Japanese distributor, Presidio Corporation, will be creating Paranormal Activity: Tokyo Night.

The Japanese sequel takes place in Japan with a girl who visits San Diego as an exchange student.  She brings back into her own family’s house the evil that had originally haunted the main character of the American version. After watching the Japanese versions of The Ring and The Grudge (OK, Googling these links will not help me sleep tonight), I have no doubt the Japanese version of this movie will leave me with more sleepless nights.

Check out the trailer for Paranormal Activity 2!