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American summer ritual more vulgar than Japan?

Just so no one thinks Japan has a global monopoly on vulgar summer festivities, I am happy to show an American summer vulgarity crossed with this year’s start to the 2012 presidential race. At state fairs, like this one in Iowa, when Americans are not eating deep fried butter on a stick, they are often shoving corn dogs into their faces. Fittingly, in Japan corn dogs are referred to as “American dogs.” Combined with religious nuts, this is not only vulgar but also distasteful.

(Thanks to Ericthefez for assembling this pictorial).

Most disgusting canned drink ever?!

Is this new? Has anyone tried it? I was stunned to see this in the vending machine, and then read the katakana to understand that this Morinaga-brand drink is a “hotto caaki miruku seiki” (in other words, a hotcake milk shake). Please let me know if you’ve tried it! Can you taste the butter and faux maple syrup, or is it all pancake?!

 

Best French Bakery in Tokyo

Boulangerie Le Bois, Best French Bakery in Paris

Japanese love bakeries; unfortunately, most of their breads and pastries are fluffy, over-processed and unsatisfying. My in-laws gave me some bread from a nearby bakery in Nakano called Boulangerie Lebois, and now I am hooked. This is the best French bakery in Tokyo!

The exterior, viewed from Nakano Dori near the Kanda river, is not promising.

Boulangerie Le Bois, Best French Bakery in Paris

However, once you get near, the smell of butter and fresh baking are intoxicating. Inside, it is a treasure of whole wheat bread, butter cookies, quiches, ham sandwiches, bacon twists, creams, custards, and pastries. The only seating are the two benches outside.

Boulangerie Le Bois, best bakery in Tokyo

The friendly chef and staff made me think immediately of the boys love anime and manga Antique Bakery. (Antique Bakery episode one, fansubbed into English; Antique Bakery cosplayed by Bangin; Antique Bakery, the Korean movie version trailer).

Boulangerie Le Bois bakers

Here’s Boulangerie Le Bois’ website: http://www.boulangerielebois.com/