July 28, 2014

Shakunage Ko Matsuri 2014/しゃくなげ湖まつり2014年

On July 27, Shakunage Ko Matsuri was held near Sagurigawa Dam, as is done around this time of year every year. One of the major events at the festival is fish catching. There are two sessions, one at 1:00 p.m. and the other at 3:00 p.m. My children and I participated in the 3:00 session. Unlike in the previous years, the two sessions were held on the main site, not in the pond near the playground.

There were much fewer rainbow trouts in the makeshift(?) pool. About 5 or 6 minutes after the start, the staff declared that the fish catching was over. My son caught only four, and my daughter one. In the previous years, one session lasted more than twenty minutes.

And, the rainbow trouts were much smaller than in previous years. Compare them with the ones we caught previously.
Three of us were all frustrated, and spent more time in a supermarket later...

July 27, 2014

Onsen Tamago Sold at the 7-11 in Hong Kong International Airport/香港国際空港のセブンイレブンで売られている温泉たまご

I have recently learned from here (Japanese only) that someone copied a Japanese sentence from my Onsen Tamago/温泉卵 post and used it on their product.
最近、ここから、誰かが私のOnsen Tamago/温泉卵の記事から和文をコピーして、製品に使ったことを知りました。

The Japanese sentence and its English equivalent are:
The white was still runny, while the yolk was harder than the white.

Photo copied from the webpage above:

I just wonder if they were unable to find a better explanation of onsen tamago.

July 20, 2014

Tokamachi Stone Sculpture Symposium/十日町石彫シンポジウム

On July 19, I had to drive my daughter to the athletics stadium in Tokamachi city and back home, which gave me another opportunity to explore the Tokamachi and surrounding area for three hours or so. At first, I thought I would visit some Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale artworks, but unfortunately, the weather was rather bad, so I decided to explore some of the stone sculptures scattered here and there around JR Tokamachi Station.

JR Tokamachi Station
Tokamachi city is featured in Episode 11 of Season 3 of Kodoku no Gurume. This is the confectionery store where the main character eats some sweets.

I took photos of all the sculptures I found around the station. Shown below are just a few examples.
Title: Perpetual motion

Yuki warabe (snow children)

Kissing Fish
Kissing Fish
All the sculptures were equally impressive, but if I had to choose one, I'd select this one.
Yuruyakana Hitotoki (Slow Moment?)
ゆるやかな ひととき

The second choice would be:

Silent Language
Silent Language
To view other sculptures, visit this site:

Not only stone sculptures but also other common objects in the city were impressive.

And, this large old house, too.

Unattended sales stand:

Two tigers are watching you.
Free-of-charge rest house:
Neige is waiting for you.
I truly enjoyed the two-hour walk around the station. Later, I dropped by the supermarket,
where I found, surprisingly, Yaki Chicken!
My daughter used to love it, but the manufacturer had discontinued this particular product.
Edited to add: I have learned from the official website (Japanese only) of the manufacturer, Nisshin, that three versions of Yaki Chicken were released on July 7, 2014.
I posted abou the first version of Yaki Chicken here in my blog.
追記: メーカー(日清)のオフィシャル サイトで、3種類の焼チキンが2014年7月7日に発売されたのを知りました。

July 19, 2014

Sashimi Konnyaku/さしみこんにゃく

I bought a pack of sashimi konnyaku yesterday.

Sashimi konnyaku often comes with a small packet of su miso (vinegar and miso) sauce, but this particular economy sized pack didn't.

So, I combined one part each of miso, vinegar, and sugar to make su miso, and one part each of soy sauce, vinegar, and sugar to make su joyu (< shoyu).
Refreshing, perfect for a hot summer day.

July 16, 2014

I Hate BBQing!/バーベキューは嫌い!

I'll be brief. I HATE BBQING! OK, I'd like it when someone offered me some BBQ food, but I really, really hate bbqing myself!