Notes on Takunomi.

I wrote about Takunomi in my second Winter 2018 preview post.

This is the “women drinking at home” anime. It’s also adapted from a manga, but I haven’t read even a chapter. Nevertheless, what am I expecting from this? A healing, relaxing anime with working women and beer and snacks. It’s only 15-minutes per episode too.

It ended up being less than 15 minutes and not just beer, but alcohol in general. Still my expectations of an 癒し系 [いやしけい, iyashikei, healing] anime were fulfilled.

From the left: Michiru, Nao, Kae, Makoto.

Among what I’ve been watching, Takunomi was a breath of fresh air—young female professionals doing grownup things. In this aspect it was reminiscent of Shirobako. That was a great show. I feel like there hasn’t been a similar one since. Nothing exceptional at least. Although, maybe Hisone and Maso-tan will fill this hole? I plan on watching that.

Returning to Takunomi, it’s definitely nothing special, but it sure was relaxing. Continue reading

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御田 | Oden

If you’ve read my bento post, you know I have a bit of an interest in Japanese cuisine. Today I want to write a tiny bit about oden, an eintopf Japanese dish, which appears in anime quite often.

So, what is it? This is a difficult question to answer, because there are countless regional and household varieties. I’d settle for a dashi broth with kamaboko, boiled egg, konjac and white radish.

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Oden in Shirobako episode 24

(I would have loved for Sushi and Beyond to dedicate an episode to oden.) Continue reading

弁当 | Bento

In the summer of 2011 we, my girlfriend and I, bought two bright green bento boxes. Since then I have lovingly prepared what the Japanese would perhaps call an aisai bento (“Loving Wife Bento”, basically a boxed lunch that a newlywed Japanese wife would make her beloved husband to take to work) a total of seventeen times for her. I am not the perfect Japanese wife to make it for her every single day after all… *しく しく* Continue reading