Strange Water Cake from Japan is Super Simple to Make

You’re not ready for this, we’re not ready for it – honestly – it looks like something from the future when in fact it’s actually dessert known as Water Cake. With people queueing to get their hands on one it’s basically Japan’s own cronut. [Read more…]

Japan’s Latest Trend: Eggs That Smell and Taste Like Yuzu

Japan has already gifted the world heart-shaped watermelons and ping pong-sizes grapes, now the country is at the forefront of another trend: the yuzu tama, an egg that tastes and smells like yuzu, a beloved Japanese citrus fruit. [Read more…]

Are These the Most Expensive Grapes in the World?

How much money would you shell out for an exquisite bunch of grapes? [Read more…]

Mobile Device That Recreates Smells

We’ve already brought you the news of the possibility of a future in which cameras can capture scents and now we’re highlighting this funky invention from Japan posted over on Food Beast. [Read more…]

Heart Shaped Watermelons from Japan

Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a heart shaped watermelon – at least that’s what a Japanese farmer is hoping with the development of his rather unique heart shaped melons. [Read more…]

McDonald’s Japan charges $10 For Truffle Burger

McDonald’s Japan has released a trio of special-edition gourmet burgers filled with thick slices of pineapple, black truffles and chorizo sausage for about $10 a pop. [Read more…]

Melon Sells for Over $15,000

We featured expensive fruits before on FDL and we’ve already discussed the culture of  buying expensive fruits as gifts in places like Japan and China. [Read more…]

(Re)Discovering the Fifth Flavor Umami

The dark horse of our misunderstood taste buds, the elusive fifth flavor umami has recently risen into widespread culinary consciousness. Umami Burger, the first umami-concept restaurant in America, lures Los Angeles patrons with a menu that combines umami-rich ingredients for the ultimate savory experience available between two buns. [Read more…]

Shizuoka Oden Fair 2011!

The Shizuoka (Shizooka in local dialect) Oden fair 2011 has finally come to us.

It has become a yearly event reported by all TV’s (local and more and more national), newspapers and various media. Actually reporting on such an event turns into a major TV crew dodging exercise!

Unfortunately today was cold and rainy, but it separated the true officionados from the casual visitors! Sunday promises for clear skies and it will a real tussle! When it comes to oden, I do have my preferences, some of them very subjective due to the fact I have some friends in the business such as Yamako/山幸 in Mariko, Shizuoka City!

The whole event is worth a whole tour and a second one and a benediction for photographers who want to discover real Japanese life! But there are also a lot of foreign residents in Japan with their own version of oden!

The oden dish of the day:

Vietnamese oden served with noodles in Pho Soup!

Alright I’ll go there again tomorrow and the day after tomorrow for further investigation!

The event is held in two different locales:

-Aoba Park/青葉公園・青葉シンボルロード and Aoba Square:青葉スクエア

Time: 11:00~20:00

-Shichiken-cho Doori/七間町通り and Gofujuku-cho Doori/呉服町通り

Time: 11:00~17:00