The Meaning of Rice

And Other Tales from the Belly of Japan

Author: Michael Booth

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473545811

Category: Travel

Page: 368

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**Shortlisted for the 2017 André Simon Food and Drink Book Awards** **Shortlisted for the 2018 Fortnum & Mason Food Book Award** 'The next Bill Bryson.’ New York Times Food and travel writer Michael Booth and his family embark on an epic journey the length of Japan to explore its dazzling food culture. They find a country much altered since their previous visit ten years earlier (which resulted in the award-winning international bestseller Sushi and Beyond). Over the last decade the country’s restaurants have won a record number of Michelin stars and its cuisine was awarded United Nations heritage status. The world’s top chefs now flock to learn more about the extraordinary dedication of Japan’s food artisans, while the country’s fast foods – ramen, sushi and yakitori – have conquered the world. As well as the plaudits, Japan is also facing enormous challenges. Ironically, as Booth discovers, the future of Japan’s culinary heritage is under threat. Often venturing far off the beaten track, the author and his family discover intriguing future food trends and meet a fascinating cast of food heroes, from a couple lavishing love on rotten fish, to a chef who literally sacrificed a limb in pursuit of the ultimate bowl of ramen, and a farmer who has dedicated his life to growing the finest rice in the world... in the shadow of Fukushima.

Strange But True Stories from Japan

Author: Jack Seward

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462900305

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 256

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Strange but True Stories from Japan is a fascinating collection of vignettes, ranging from historical to the personal. Here you will be exposed to the goings-on of Americans serving time in Japanese prisons and the many who claimed the identity of Tokyo Rose. And learn about the bizarre habits of the eels that roam the Chikugo River. In this eclectic and, well, strange, book you'll relive-from a distance-Kamakura's hara-kiri bloodshed and discover the surprising fate of the armless geisha, Tsuma-kichi. Seward also weaves touching memoir pieces between chapters that recount hilarious instances of fractured English and shocking-to-the-average-American Japanese cuisine. Written with an eye and ear for the theatrical and for the rhythm of Japanese life, this delightful but serious romp through modern Japan brings Seward's wide and varied cultural and military background to center stage.

Living Buddhas

The Self-Mummified Monks of Yamagata, Japan

Author: Ken Jeremiah

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786456027

Category: Religion

Page: 242

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Northern Japan is home to an ancient, esoteric tradition of self-mummifying Buddhist monks, little known to the outside world. Long after death, these ascetics continue to be revered as Living Buddhas. This first English-language work on the subject recounts the process by which these monks starve themselves for a decade, bury themselves alive with only a small breathing tube, and meditate until death. After three years, the mummified body is exhumed and displayed. The biographies of various monks are presented within, as is an examination of the religious beliefs involved, an amalgamation of three distinct religious traditions. Also explored is the role of asceticism in religion, and beliefs about life and death shared by the Buddhist sects involved in self-mummification.

Revival: Stories by Contemporary Japanese Women Writers (1983)

Author: Noriko Mizuta Lippit,Kyoko Iriye Selden

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351716492

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 221

View: 4562


This title was first published in 1982. The authors deal with the experiences of modern women with penetrating sincerity and honesty, but their philosophic profundity in understanding modern life, their intellectual capacity to view their experience in a historical and social context, and their mastery of the art of fiction render the traditional category of 'female school literature' totally inadequate to characterize their works. Indeed, they stand at the core of modern Japanese literature as a whole.


A Tale of Happy Endings

Author: Jeri Quinzio

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1789140250

Category: Cooking

Page: 272

View: 4386


Let’s face it: roast beef and potatoes are all well and good, but for many of us, when it comes to gustatory delight, we’re all about dessert. Whether it’s a homemade strawberry shortcake in summer or a chef’s complex medley of sweets, dessert is the perfect finale to a meal. Most of us have a favorite, even those who seldom indulge. After all, sweet is one of the basic flavors—and one we seem hardwired to love. Yet, as Jeri Quinzio reveals, while everyone has a taste for sweetness, not every culture enjoys a dessert course at the end of the meal. And desserts as we know them—the light sponge cakes of The Great British Baking Show, the ice creams, the steamed plum puddings—are neither as old nor as ubiquitous as many of us believe. Tracing the history of desserts and the way they, and the course itself, have evolved over time, Quinzio begins before dessert was a separate course—when sweets and savories were mixed on the table—and concludes in the present, when homey desserts are enjoying a revival, and as molecular gastronomists are creating desserts an alchemist would envy. An indulgent, mouth-wateringly illustrated read featuring recipes; texts from chefs, writers, and diarists; and extracts (not the vanilla or almond variety) from cookbooks, menus, newspapers, and magazines, Dessert is a delectable happy ending for anyone with a curious mind—and an incorrigible sweet tooth.

The End of Money

Bible Prophecy and the Coming Economic Collapse

Author: Mark Hitchcock

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers

ISBN: 0736951377

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 1936


Are we headed toward a global economic collapse? Financial markets are violently unstable worldwide, and the key benchmarks of financial health are rapidly getting worse. Christians know the Bible predicts a coming day when one person will take control of the entire global economy. But how will that happen? We may now have the answers. In fact, the biblical and technological evidence tells us that a cashless society and one-world economy are not only possible, but inevitable. Bestselling author Mark Hitchcock skillfully brings together current research and Bible prophecy to address these important questions: How is the stage being set for economic collapse and a cashless society? What technology will make this cashless world possible? How will the Antichrist control the world economy? What will happen to the people who face all this tumult and chaos? An eye-opening survey of the ways that future events can impact our lives even today.

Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of Common Phrases, Allusions, and Words that Have a Tale to Tell

Author: Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

Publisher: Philadelphia : H. Altemus Company


Category: Allusions

Page: 1440

View: 2944



Asian Children's Favorite Stories

A Treasury of Folktales from China, Japan, Korea, India, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia

Author: David Conger,Marian Davies Toth

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462907911

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 112

View: 3925


This beautifully illustrated multicultural children's book showcases many of the stories and fairy tales from Asia. For thousands of years, parents around the world have been telling their children stories; at bedtime, over the dinner table, and around the fire. Each country has its own set of fascinating tales, which are especially enjoyable for children to discover. Asian Children's Favorite Stories is a marvelous collection of 13 beautifully told folktales from eight major countries in Asia-China, Japan, Korea, India, the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Open the pages of this fascinating storybook to introduce your child to the wonders of Asia-and the joy of finding new favorites to read over and over again. Asian children's stories include: The Waters of Olive Lake—CHINA Why Cats and Dogs Don't Get Along—KOREA The Clever Rabbit and Numskull—INDIA The Crane's Gratitude—JAPAN Why the Tapir Has No Tail—MALAYSIA Baka the Cow and Kalabaw the Water Buffalo—PHILIPPINES And many more! The Children's Favorite Stories series was created to share the folktales and legends most beloved by children in the East with young readers of all backgrounds in the West. Other multicultural children's books in this series include: Indian Children's Favorite Stories, Indonesian Children's Favorite Stories, Japanese Children's Favorite Stories, Singapore Children's Favorite Stories, Favorite Children's Stories from China & Tibet, Chinese Children's Favorite Stories, Korean Children's Favorite Stories, Balinese Children's Favorite Stories, and Vietnamese Children's Favorite Stories.