Kabedon, an act of romance or dominance?

When you are reading a shoujo manga (Japanese comics) there are certain things, lets term them phenomenon, that are common and becomes a rage over a period of time. Kabedon is one such phenomenon and went on to become much more than that. What is kabedon? Let me explain you with a scene. Recently I…

Reading Haruki Murakami

I do not understand. I simply do not understand what is so great about Haruki Murakami and his most popular book Norwegian Wood. What the hell was the book supposed to mean? As someone who loves Japan and Japanese culture, it is natural that I want to consume any sort of literature about the country….

Ramen: a foreign bowl of comfort for Japanese

It is only recently that I took a liking to ramen, a popular Japanese noodle dish. It would not be right to say it is just popular, for ramen is part of Japanese food culture and in the last few years have taken over the world. And it is not even a Japanese dish.  You…

When you can eat with your eyes

The story on importance of food arrangement in Japanese culture was published in the Hindu MetroPlus today (March 30).  There is a popular saying in Japan: “Me de taberu Nihonjin (Japanese people eat with their eyes)”. Yuko Shimizu, a Japanese language teacher in Chennai, explains that for the Japanese, the art of arranging food is…

When foreign culinary culture becomes your own

Food culture of a country is complex. With long history of invasion, war and trade, countries have assimilated other culinary cultures into their own. India, for instance, has a lot of Persian and Middle Eastern influence. Naan and samosa that have become a part of India culture were popularised by Persians. I think that is…

Food in Japanese movies

Everyday I go to sleep thinking what I will pack for lunch and wake up planning my breakfast. Not a day goes by when I do not worry about a finding a good snack to munch on or looking for a interesting recipe for dinner. Food or thoughts of food are a part of our…

Haiku

I grew up knowing and reading ‘Haiku’ poems in Tamil right from when I was small. They are short, easy to understand and funny. The topics could be anything from war and policy changes to our mundane life. But how many of you know that the idea of ‘Haiku’ originated from Japan? I’m not sure…

My favourite mangakas

What is the difference between having a favourite manga and a favourite author? Lame question. Of course everyone knows that you like a manga because it is good and you like the author because you love two or more of his/her works. Well I have a lot of manga I love (I would have read…

Setsubun, where you throw beans so hard that it might hurt

I was reading this comedy manga ‘Baby Kokoro no Mama ni’, a Japanese comic that follows the story of a college student Ryuji, his one-sided love interest and baby Kokoro who seems to be attached to him. In the manga, Ryuji says: “Ah I feel bad for all the fathers in Japan today.” I wondered…

A Waifu and A Wife, for the 2D and 3D world

I love Joichirou Saiba, the genius Chef from the manga Shokugeki no Soma and father of the title character Soma. This guy rarely makes an appearance in the story. But whenever he does, boy does he make it count. Joichirou is an amazing Chef, whose dishes are so heavenly that it gives you an orgasm…

Manga with a dash of magical realism and good dose of reality

Reading manga is addictive, just like drinking coffee or smoking. It is habit forming, one very hard to break. You get sucked in not because it gives you a kick but it introduces you to so many ideas that you never thought possible. I have lost count of manga I have read till date, most…