Monthly Archives: March 2012

Roasted Vegetables and My Obsession with 安納芋

Orange sweet potatoes, ubiquitous in the US, are often nowhere to be found in Ishikawa. Depending on where you are in the prefecture, you can usually locate some in one brief part of late winter in the local-vegetable section of the grocery store with the Noto- and Kaga Yasai (heirloom vegetables from Noto  [northern Ishikawa] and Kaga [central-southern Ishikawa]). This March,  I found some “Kabocha Imo” (“kabocha squash potato,” かぼちゃ芋), a Noto Yasai, at Marue, and I also found a large bag of annôimo (安納芋) in the basement grocery stores in the department store M’ZA. Orange sweet potatoes are not as cheap as I remember them being back home during my student days, but they’re every bit as delicious.

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サーチナで記事の翻訳が発行された (Foodpia Post Translated and Published on Searchina)

English below

日本語圏の読者の皆様、2012年3月6日にサーチナで載せられた「【米国ブログ】日本の多彩なストリートフード『奥の深さに感動』」という翻訳要点を読んでいただき、私自身のブログをご覧になって、本当にありがとうございます!又、サーチナの編集担当の田島波留様と山口幸治様が私の記事とブログを読んでいただき、要点をご翻訳して載せていただき、何よりも感謝しております。大変驚きました!笑 しかし、「奥の深さに感動」という表現、どちら書きましたか?3年間日本で住み、8年間日本語、日本の文化を勉強したので、露店とかストリートフードが新しい経験ではなかったです。。。又「外国人」の皆は観光客ではない。



A summary of my post “Japanese Street Food and Foodpia Land 2012 (フードピアランド2012)” was translated and featured on the Japanese media site Searchina on 6 March 2012, bringing me over 2000 hits on the post. I usually don’t write in Japanese on this blog since I don’t usually have the time to translate my posts, but thank you for reading, and I hope you will stop back soon! (Caveat: I don’t know where exactly I said I was “profoundly moved,” and I feel like the article painted me as a newb in Japan, which I am not….)

See below for a link and for the text in Japanese.


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Japanese Street Food and Foodpia Land 2012 (フードピアランド2012)

I’ve noticed an increased interest by foreign bloggers and media regarding Japan’s (read: Tokyo, Kyoto) street food culture in the last month, and as I was at a large food fair in Kanazawa, I figured it was time to add my comments and photos to the table.

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