Lunch at the crematorium: food for life and death

My grandma passed away 3 years ago. Minutes after the news came my friend who works for an airline passed by our house with her dog.  I ran out from the house, and she got us standby tickets next day so that we could fly back to Japan. I don’t believe anything spiritual, but sometimes,…

My soul food: okonomiyaki Osaka-style

Have you seen Anthony Bourdain’s episode of Osaka on “No Reservations”? Seen him doing “kuidaore” – eat yourself to ruin – sampling all the street food there? Welcome to my hometown! Osaka is a merchant city, the nation’s comedy central (imagine Chicago?), and many people would also think it’s a hometown of yakuza (imagine….Chicago?!). But…

Cute bento for who?

Japanese moms really stress out about the appearance. Of the food. Of their kids lunch boxes. Like this. I don’t know when and how this obsession of hello kitty-fy, make everything cute (or kawaii) started in Japan – but growing up, I remember my mom was already a member of this cutify cult. She used to…