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Old January 16th, 2013, 09:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Nan desu ka? Crazy Japanese snacks...

Leave it to the Japanese to come up with crazy stuff whether it being from vending machines which sell live crab to vending machines which sell used girls' panties to hotels where the rooms are capsules and arranged like honeycombs.


But the craziest stuff can be found in their supermarkets, I mean look at these Japanese Curry flavored chips.

So what's so crazy about them, they are called "Nan desu ka?" which means "what is this?"

Or what do you think of green Tea flavored Popcorn?


And Spaghetti flavored potato snacks?


But the Japanese also have rather strange tastes in Ice cream: Here's beef tongue, Clams and Eel flavored ice cream for you.

But they also offer Octopus, Horse Sashimi, Miso, Cactus, Tofu, Shrimp, Wasabi, Crab, Eggplant, Tomato, and several others.

There's one thing to be said about grocery shopping in Japan—you never know what you might come across.

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Old January 16th, 2013, 09:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'll say! I had the same experience in restaurants there. I remember once asking a waiter to translate a menu item at breakfast. He thought for about a minute, then said "many little fishes". I passed and had tamago instead.

Also tried the horse sashimi once. Looked like beef, but was really chewy.

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Old January 16th, 2013, 11:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Curry flavored chips that look like pieces of Indian bread?

You sure it's not Na'an Desu Ka? :D
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Curry flavored chips that look like pieces of Indian bread?

You sure it's not Na'an Desu Ka? :D
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Old January 16th, 2013, 11:35 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Curry flavored chips that look like pieces of Indian bread?

You sure it's not Na'an Desu Ka? :D
I wondered the same thing when I saw what the chips look like. Maybe the name's meant to be a pun.
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Old January 16th, 2013, 11:41 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Be sure to pick up some shiokara if you go shopping in Japan.



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Old January 17th, 2013, 12:25 AM   #7 (permalink)
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You need a lot of guts to eat that. It's a visceral experience.
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Old January 17th, 2013, 06:07 AM   #8 (permalink)
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You need a lot of guts to eat that. It's a visceral experience.
Yeah and you'd change into Syoppaman.

(For those who have no idea what I'm talking about: Syoppaman and his brother Suppaman are characters that appear in the manga series "Dr. Slump" their way of transforming is to eat Syokara and Umeboshi. Which also explain their names "Salty-man" and "Sour-man")
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Isn't it custom in Japan, Blazer, that their convenience stores are a completely different approach than those in the US? I had a student I worked with from Osaka and he used to tell me about late night raids to the local "7-11".
I went to YT and looked this up. Just found it.

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Isn't it custom in Japan, Blazer, that their convenience stores are a completely different approach than those in the US? I had a student I worked with from Osaka and he used to tell me about late night raids to the local "7-11".
I went to YT and looked this up. Just found it.

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Old January 17th, 2013, 06:39 AM   #11 (permalink)
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This year on new years TV they showed dishes eaten by local folks from different parts of the country here, one I saw was larvae from those huge Japanese wasps, the ones with the 3 " wing spans, they go out, locate a hive and open it up...they often burrow into the ground so watch where you walk...they cook em up and eat them....that had my wife cringing, she had no idea and judging by the guest panel`s reactions, neither did they. I was on the computer at the time and thats the one I saw but there were others.
They do unnatural things to pizza here, and keeping red wine in the fridge? Yes, in Sendai, thats what they do...I don`t drink wine and am no expert but even I know thats a no no...might as well just have grape juice.
I have tried shiokara exactly once, not for me.
Capsule hotels I have seen from the outside, never been in one, and if I can help it, never will...wouldn`t want to get caught in a quake in one of those.
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I should add this though...when it comes to fast food, I`ll take onigiri over a big mac any day. She doesn`t know the appeal of ice coffee in the video? I do...it`s freaking good, took me a few tries to like it but I love it now...hardly odd to drink ice coffee in my opinion. And by the way...it isn`t Pocky....that rhymes with hockey...it`s Pocky...rhymes with hokey.
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Old January 17th, 2013, 07:38 AM   #13 (permalink)
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My MIJ Tele also got me some used girls' panties...crazy Japanese stuff!
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In a 7-11 in Japan you can buy underwear and gloves, but you can't buy aspirin.

Oh, and my wife keeps her red wine in the fridge.
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There was one Bourdain show where he was in Japan with a bunch of chefs from around the world and one guy spent time in Japan learning the ramen trade and as a young man he often ate food from Family Mart so he took Anthony there and they bought some stuff and were eating it outside the shop...and I must say, they have good sandwiches, bentos and I often eat onigiri from the 24 hour shops...cheap, fast and tasty.
Last week around Tokyo`s Big Site I went to a 7-11 to buy some sandwiches...one made a funny noise when the clerk rang it up...he looked on the back and it had expired the day before..no problem I said, I`ll take it anyways but he told me he wasn`t permitted to sell it to me so I asked what...you guys get to eat em?...nope, they go into the trash he said.
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I posted some episodes of "Downtown no Gaki no tsukai" before but they had this "Absolutely tasty" series where the cast would prepare some crazy variation on a well known dish.

Here's how they took Pizza and made it their own. Also I have to expalin this beforehand "Gohan Desuyo" is seaweed paste.






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I often see shiokara on the sidewalks outside of bars during my morning walk to the office.
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Old January 17th, 2013, 01:39 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I wonder/doubt if anyone of you has ever been to Japan at all.

It often seems that what is completely normal in Japan, evokes some people outside Japan to project it as something weird/strange or call it crazy.
Japanese people may not regard that as a positive virtue, although it makes them smile.

By the way, depending upon your tonal expression nan desu ka could also express something like: "what's up" or "what do you want" or "what is going on" in a broader sense.
The fact that it is written in Katakana (the characters for foreign/loanwords) in stead of Kanji or the simplified Hiragana shows that it is not to be taken serious.
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You lost me at "used girls panties". :(
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