Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Hello Japan! - November: Are you hungry?


I'd hoped to get this posted a little earlier but here is the Hello Japan! mini-challenge for November. But first a quick recap for anyone who is new. Hello Japan! is a monthly mini-challenge focusing on Japanese literature and culture. Each month there will be a new task which relates to some aspect of life in Japan. Anyone is welcome to participate. You can post about the task on your blog. Or if you don't have a blog, you can leave a comment on the Hello Japan! post for the month. Everyone who completes the task will then be included in the drawing for that month's prize. For more information, just click on the Hello Japan! button above, or if you have any questions please feel free to email me at inspringthedawn AT gmail DOT com.

November's Topic

In a comment over on Paperback Reader's post for the October mini-challenge, one of Claire's readers jokingly asked if eating sushi counted towards the Hello Japan! mini-challenge. Then in a comment on October's link roundup, Kristen M. said about the next challenge [for November], "I hope it involves tempura". Well, you are going to get your wish! November is all about Japanese food. I hope you're hungry!


November's Task

This month the task is simply to eat Japanese food, take a picture if possible, and tell us about what you ate. You can go to a Japanese restaurant, or make something at home. It can be a favourite dish, or you can challenge yourself to try something new. The choice is up to you.

If Japanese food is something you haven't really tried before, or you would like some ideas of other types of Japanese food, check out these links, because of course it's not just sushi!

JapaneseFood.About.com: For lots of recipes, an introduction to Japanese cuisine, Japanese table manners, and much more.
Eat-Japan: Search for recipes by entering an ingredient (ie. tofu, shiitake, miso) in the Keyword Search. This site also has a listing of Japanese restaurants in the UK.
japan-guide.com: A list of popular Japanese food.
Book of Yum Blog: For a few gluten-free recipes including gluten-free vegetarian yakisoba recipe, some gluten-free vegetable side dishes and a couple others. :)

Or you could borrow a Japanese cookbook, like Harumi's Japanese Cooking, from your local library.

The main purpose of this month's task is simply an excuse to enjoy some good food, and maybe even learn a little something in the process. If, however, you don't have access to any Japanese food, no restaurants nearby, no supermarkets that carry Asian food, but you'd still like to participate, you can tell us what you would like to eat if you could, or you could look up something relating to Japanese food,  Japanese chopsticks etiquette, for example, and tell us why you should never leave chopsticks sticking up vertically in a bowl of rice. And even those of you who are busy writing novels for NaNoWriMo this month, you still have to eat! ;)

November's Prize

One person who participates in this month's mini-challenge will be selected at random to receive this pair of chopsticks and chopstick rests.

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Once you have completed the task, don't forget to come back here by the end of November and add the link to the Mr Linky below. Please submit the link to the actual post, not just to your top page, and please only submit links to posts relating to the Hello Japan! task for this month. All other links will be deleted. Thank you for your understanding!


  1. Fabulous! I am sure Verity (who commented) will be thrilled and I certainly am as I love eating Japanese food.

  2. Sushi it is then. I just need to find someone willing to dine with me at a sushi bar and then eat Chinese rice. I just love how they make their rice.

  3. Ohhhh.. I'm a few days late. We had a Japanese-themed dinner at my friend's house on Halloween night. We had sukiyaki, katsudon, sushi, chicken teriyaki, and tempura!

  4. Yay! I can't wait to do this challenge. Yum!

  5. I think it's wonderful you're making this a theme, but I'm the pickiest, least adventurous eater ever... *ponders* :P

  6. Funny, I seem to always do the challenge before you announce it! I just ate sashimi a few days ago after a long time. I even took pictures.

  7. Awesome! =) I eat Japanese food once in a while. I'll remember to snap pictures of the Jap food I eat. =]

  8. I wasn't doing the challenge but I may have to do this!

  9. Although I secretely hoped the mission would be about music (because of my plans for next weekend), I'm not at all disappointed :)

    The hard part will be choosing from several options: I'm already having fun brainstorming!

    And I looooooove those chopstick rests (& chopsticks)... so I need to take this challenge seriously! ;)

  10. Yummy! I just had sushi over the weekend. This is a great excuse to eat more next weekend. ;-D

  11. hahaha Omoshiroi. If I have time, in this very busy month, I'll find a sushi restaurant...I time is againts me, then I'll just write about this restaurant I often visited

  12. Ooh, I love this challenge! I'm always looking for an excuse to chow down on some Japanese cuisine. :)

  13. Oh yes, this one will be easy for me. We go for sushi every Friday. Now I just need to remember to take my camera and get some pics of my food :o)

  14. Claire (Paperback Reader) - I look forward to seeing what Japanese food you eat this month. :)

    Harry - So, what is your favourite kind of sushi?

    claire - Did you take any pictures? You could count that if you want - considering time zones it was probably already November in Japan. ;)

    Kristen - Yay! Looking forward to your post.

    Nymeth - LOL. Well, you could always just tell us why you hesitate to try Japanese food. I know you don't really like fish or seafood, right? But how about rice, meat, vegetables?? Feel free to email me if you'd like a 'safe' suggestion. :)

    mee - I'm pretty flexible. You can use that meal for the challenge if you want. Plus I'd love to see your pics. :)

    Kate - Great! Glad to have you join us.

    verity - We'd love to have you, and there's no obligation to join in other months unless you want to. :)

    Gnoe - Sorry, we'll do a music theme another month. But I can't wait to see what you come up with for this month's theme! :)

    Velvet - Glad to give you an excuse to eat more sushi! :P

    Novroz - Sounds good! Whatever you have time for, I know it's often in short supply. At least it seems to be around here lately.

    Memory - I look forward to seeing what kind of Japanese food you decide on. :)

    Terri - Every Friday? You eat sushi more than I do! LOL.

  15. I've just linked to your blog from my post! I can't wait to see how many people post up on this!

  16. mybentobox - Thanks for joining in! I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone eats this month too.

  17. Just left my link in the Mr Linky! ;D Happy salivating.

  18. Yay, I finally did it! The procrastination bug got me, but I managed to pull through on the last day :)

    Again, I learned a whole lot! I thought I knew a good deal about Japanese food, but there was an incredible amount of stuff to learn.

    It was fun, thank you so much! Really looking forward to next month's challenge...

  19. Kate - Thanks for playing along. :)

    Natakiya - I'm a bad host, I didn't get around to posting what I wanted to for this task but somehow November completely got away from me. I'm so glad you had fun with it and learned something new while you were at it. :)


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