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781. Posted: Thu 12th Dec 2013 20:59 GMT
BEGIN Japanology was on last night! This week's theme was conveyor belt sushi!
Traditional sushi bars are generally more expensive than conveyor belt sushi restaurants, and thus are out of the price range for most families. Conveyor belt syshi joints arised to make the delicacy available to everyone.
They went to a medium sized restaurant that seats about 70. They have seats along the prep area for single diners & couples, and booths for parties of 3 or more. You don't order your food here, instead the chefs make a wide array of sushi and send it along the conveyor belt system which carries it around all the tables. Simply grab what looks good as it goes by, and at the end of your meal, they'll tally up your bill based upon how many plates you have (some restaurants have color coded plates which are worth different amounts, while others have a constant price across every plate). These types of restaurants are also starting to serve non-sushi items as well, to make sure every member of the family has something they want to eat. You also get as much free green tea as you like (there is a container of green tea powder at every table. Just put it in your cup & mix it with piping hot water).
Fish used to be pickled in rice, and that was said to be the forerunner to today's sushi. The first pressed sushi came about in the 16th century, and modern hand rolled sushi was introduced in the 19th century. At that time it was served in Edo (old Tokyo) at booths at inexpensive prices for all the merchants & the like going through (kind of like the traditional fast food). However, as time went on & sushi restaurants went to indoor establishments, it became a delicacy for the well off. In 1947 a young entrepreneur wanted to bring sushi back to the masses, so he opened up an old style booth. Soon afterwards he went to a beer bottling plant and was mesmerized by the conveyor belt system (he figured that if he had something like that running around his bar, he could serve 3X as many customers. He opened up his first conveyor belt sushi shop in the late 50's & it was a hit. There was a trade show in Osaka in 1970 where he showed it off, and it was such a success that similar shops started popping up all across Japan. This caused other problems though, as there weren't enough sushi chefs to staff all of these restaurants. In 1990, the first sushi making robot was developed, and it could make 1,200 rolls an hour, alleviating the issue.
They then went to a tech show where new sushi making devices were being shown off. Current sushi making robots can make 3,600 rolls an hour (about one every second).
They then went to a location of a larger chain, which can seat 197 people! Due to the longer amount of time the sushi has to travel here, the plates have covers over them that keep everything fresh as it goes along. There are computer chips on every cover, and this allows the restaurant to know exactly when a plate is taken from the belt, and thus who to charge without tallying up plates in the end (since they know how many plates are taken off when it happens). Because of this, there is a slot at every table here, that you put your plates in when you're done (it is a lower conveyor system that takes all plates directly to the dishwashing area). There are also touch panels at every table that let you order directly if you don't see what you want going by (there is an upper conveyor system that the kitchen uses to send orders quickly to their destination).
They then went to a really state of the art establishment. Here you are given a number as you walk in, and you simply find the seat with that number. You order on a touch screen and you get your meal sent to you really fast on the high tech conveyor system.
Tuna used to be the top sushi topping, but nowadays Salmon has topped it. Salmon used to not ever be used as a sushi topping as the wild salmon around Japan had too many parasites. However, they now ship farmed parasite-free salmon in from Norway. In 1980, it was a conveyor belt sushi shop that first served it, and it now is a standard across all types of sushi shops (they were also the first to serve sardines as a topping).
There is also an initiative to get people who don't like seafood in to the shops, so one conveyor sushi shop has invested in making citrus flavored fish. It was a huge success, so now they're trying to develop strawberry flavored fish.
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782. Posted: Fri 13th Dec 2013 07:31 GMT
I was watching this thing earlier about the role cats have played in Japanese art throughout the years.
Anyhow, a photographer who takes pictures of cats has set up a website called NekoFont, which will turn anything you type into letters made out of cats.
It's a pretty funny site to mess around on for a bit.
783. Posted: Thu 19th Dec 2013 02:53 GMT
Tokyo Eye was on last night! This week they talked about all the places you should check out at the end of the year.
First they talked about the Hagoita Market. Hagoita are paddles that were traditionally used by woman in a badminton-like game during new year parties, and people nowadays often buy them for good luck. The Hagoita Market is opened from December 17-19 every year, and their elaborate designs are often based upon famous Kabuki actors (although modern day celebrities may be used as well).
Then they said to check out the Bound Jizo Ceremony. At one temple, people tie rope around a Buddhist Jizo statue as part of a prayer ritual. At 11 P.M. on December 31, a ceremony is held where they untie all the rope that has been placed upon the statue for the year, and then people line up to be the first to tie a prayer rope around the statue in the new year.
Then they talked about the Sumida Aquarium, which gets into the Christmas spirit. The aquarium mostly focuses on sea life from around the Tokyo area, although they have other species as well. The place is decorated with images of Santa penguins, and they have penguin feeding shows at night during December. Up through Christmas, kids can make their very own sea life inspired Christmas ornaments. Admission is ¥800 for adults, ¥500 for high schoolers, & free for anyone younger.
They then highlighted Yomiuri Land. At daytime this is just another inconspicuous amusement park with roller coasters, ferris wheels, & the like, but during winter nights, the place lights up with over 8 million lights! Also, during December, they play Christmas music & the staff all wear Santa outfits. Admission is ¥2,000 for adults, ¥1,500 for middle & high schoolers, and ¥1,000 for children.
They then talked about the "End of the Year" feasts co-workers generally get together for (the more senior the worker, the more prime seating they get, with the boss getting the best seat at the table & arriving last). They first showcased a Sengoku era themed restaurant, that serves everything on Samurai themed plating, and then they showcased Zauo, a restaurant with a fresh pool of fish that guests can try to catch for their meal (it costs nothing extra, and you actually get a discount if you catch your own fish).
Finally, they talked about a night club called Sound Museum Vision, if you want to party late into the night. They have three different dance floors, so you can find a style of music you want to dance to. During December, they serve red & green colored "Christmas Liquors". On December 21st, women get in free, and on December 25th (Christmas) any woman wearing a Santa outfit gets in for just ¥1,000.
784. Posted: Fri 20th Dec 2013 07:03 GMT
My dad usually gets to go to Japan. Which reminds me, do you guys know anywhere in Japan where food is pure vegetarian?
I do want to go to Japan myself. I did visit China once but it wasn't much and I only had to go to the bridge just to see Kailash. I really want to see Nintendo and all there even my dad recorded footage of how gaming is over there and according to him, Sega is well known there.
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785. Posted: Fri 20th Dec 2013 13:46 GMT
My wife and I live in Japan and have for almost three years. We make videos about it sometimes, some of you might think they are interesting. I'm not really into anime or anything though. Search our channel for "Japan" and it should give you a list of stuff, sort by most watched and you'll get stuff other people liked.
Or just check out our website: kydeanderic.com
Oh, here's a video about video games in Japan I made a couple of years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1I1Vl_rRK4
786. Posted: Fri 20th Dec 2013 21:23 GMT
@Artwark, while I can't remember any of their names off hand, numerous vegetarian restaurants have been mentioned on the programs I've watched, and with the influence of Buddhism, it shouldn't be hard to eat vegetarian at all (in fact, if you stay the night at a Buddhist temple, they'll serve their guests vegetarian meals).
@Kepsux, thanks! I'll be sure to check some of those out later
787. Posted: Sat 21st Dec 2013 08:16 GMT
I watched Hachi: A Dog's Tale tonight!
The film was understandably Americanized, but still, this was one of the most emotionally engaging movies I've ever seen, and it'll tug at your heart strings.
Of course, it's based on the true story of Hachi, an actual Japanese dog (Akita breed) who was taken in by a Japanese professor who was teaching at the University of Tokyo. Hachi would always wait for him at the train station (when he went to work), and he continued to do so for 10 years after the professor had died. There is actually a statue of Hachi at that train station now, in remembrance of his loyalty.
788. Posted: Thu 26th Dec 2013 23:02 GMT
I just found the channel that shows J-Melo and all that stuff you post about, RR529, lol. NHK World
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789. Posted: Fri 27th Dec 2013 00:44 GMT
I just found the channel that shows J-Melo and all that stuff you post about, RR529, lol. NHK World
Oh really, how are you liking it?
I haven't posted anything this week since they're showing all reruns (some sort of viewer's choice thing of programs of the year).
790. Posted: Fri 3rd Jan 2014 08:17 GMT
Well, the local channel that I watched that had the NHK World programming, has seemed to cut back on the amount of it they're going to air (ever since the start of the year), so it doesn't look like I'll be able to watch it anymore
They used to show 3 hours of it a day (2-3am, 8-9am, 3-4pm central), but now they only airing it during the 8-9am slot (the only one I'm not able to catch...).
Of course, this DOESN'T spell the end for this thread, but I'll probably update it much less unfortunately.