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Old 11-07-2010, 02:24 AM   #1
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Hello From Japan

Looking for recipes that are easy to prepare in a small kitchen. I've lived in Japan now for 8 years and have been eating out for almost the whole time. The food is great and very reasonably priced. 1,000 yen pays for a decent teishoku (set meal). Excuses that I have always used are that I want to eat authentic Japanese food and my kitchen is tiny. But I'm not going to live here forever...

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Old 11-07-2010, 02:50 AM   #2
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Old 11-07-2010, 05:05 AM   #3
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Old 11-07-2010, 05:33 AM   #4
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Welcome. I lived in Japan for 3 years when I was age 10-13 in a seaside village called Hayama. The people and their lifestyle are special. To this day I still shop at a local Japanese market for certain items I can't live without.

According to research by Buettner, the healthiest and longest lived people are found in Okinawa, Japan. They live on average 7 years longer than Americans. Correct me if I'm wrong (since I'm sure you know better) but Buettner says their biggest secret to longevity is that they start with finding a purpose, called Ikigai, which means that which makes ones life worth living. They garden, and they also have a social support system. They eat tofu, vegetables and fish in their diet. They also practice not eating too much. They say something before they eat to remind themselves to stop eating when they are 80 percent full.
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Old 11-07-2010, 02:25 PM   #7
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Welcome. I used to pay about 200 yen for teishokus....but that was back during the early 70's. What part of Japan are you located?

Mollyanne.....we used to take late night drives down the coast into Hayama and further down quite often back in the day..... I spent the first 18 years of my life in Yokohama.
Did you attend middle school in Yokosuka?
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Old 11-07-2010, 03:00 PM   #10
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Welcome JRC!

I'm from Okinawa, so I understand your issues. A thousand yen is about $12 today; grocery stores that you walk by in the mornings to the subway station sell generous bento boxes for half that -- dirt cheap in Japan. In contrast, fresh grocery produce and protein are surprisingly very expensive -- large supermarket chains are scarce. In comparison to an American kitchen, a home kitchen in Japan is not much more than "camping gear" -- one burner attached to a tank of gas and a toaster oven.

Someday, I'll get around to posting recipes...

In the meantime, I have a question: can I assume you have a rice cooker? If you don't, your request for recipes is irrelevant. If you do, use it, and you will be forced to whip up stuff in your tiny kitchen without depending on our recipes.
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