- Volume 5: Vegetables
- Volume 6: The Joy of Rice
Writer: Tetsu Kariya
Artist: Akira Hanasaki
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Rice is the heart of Japanese cuisine, period. The olfactory connection between my love of the food and my love of the place is very powerful indeed. As such, Volume 6 of the Oishinbo: A la Carte series was a very easy sell. (I have previously reviewed installments of this long-running food manga both here and here.) The stories in this collection explore the broad impact of rice on Japanese society: economic, cultural, historical, environmental, etc.
The most mouth-watering tale for me is the three-issue long Rice Ball Match, in which onigiri are explored. I think of onigiri as train food. I'd usually grab one or two at the station convenience store before a long train ride. The salmon ones were my favorite. I didn't care so much for the other popular option, umeboshi (pickled plum). My Wife read this book first and was inspired to try onigiri. Fortunately, there's a relatively new restaurant in Burlington, called Bento, that specializes in Japanese comfort foods: onigiri, miso soup, bento boxes and so forth. It's not quite what I remember from Japan but it's not half-bad for northwest Vermont.
Ah, the thrills of reading about rice!ReplyDelete
Goats eat rice.Delete
Yes. Tony has a comic strip running on his blog about a goat.Delete
It constantly amazes me how diverse a range of comics the Japanese have. Manga seems to delve into every facet of life, not just men with capes disproportionate muscles.ReplyDelete
In Japan, comic books are mainstream reading material. Survey an average train car and manga are by far the most common choice. There are books for every genre and every demographic.Delete
This was a cool, unassuming post, Person.ReplyDelete
Thank you, fellow traveler.Delete