The Japanese curry bible.

One of Japans most underrated food must be Japanese curry, everybody knows their sushi. sashimi and eh… cup noodles…but how many folks would associate curry with Japan? However, many who’ve had the fortunate opportunity to travel to this culinary paradise can vouch for the delicious taste of this underdog dish.

British food has always been the laughing stock of the international cuisines, an opinion which I personally don’t share, since I’ve eaten crickets, snake and a snapping turtle, and yes it tastes like it sounds. There is something comforting in a nice warm meat pie served with a “Late Knights Worm Catcher” (it’s a beer not some blue blooded bird). The Brits however never introduced those lovely pies in Japan, no they brought curry instead. The main reason why they brought curry was to prevent  beriberi (it sounds cuter than it is)on the long trips from England , the Japanese navy followed suit soon after.

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Inago or grasshoppers on a stick…nah

Whereas “western” curry consists of curry powder mixed with a stew, Japanese curry is made by frying curry powder, flour, oil and a whole lot of other ingredients (apple!?)to make roux. For those not familiar with the term, it’s a hard inedible piece of concentrated curry…it resembles a big bar of chocolate.

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Curry is any Japanese housewife’s favorite dish, it takes 10 minuted to make, it contains all the food necessities and you can keep it for a week….
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pork. carrots, potatoes, onions. green things…the whole vitamin alphabet on one plate!

Japanese curry comes in many flavors and levels of spiciness, but even though each curry tastes distinctively different than the other  the all around taste experience is the same, meaning that whatever brand you’ll buy, you’ll never end up with a bust.

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Vermont curry a favorite in my house, still don’t get the reference to Vermont though. One pack creates 12 servings.

Ok how to make curry? Well it’s almost as easy as making a sandwich,  you cut your veggies and meat and bake them all in a deep pan, add water and let it boil (for the first time cooks under us, that’s when the water is bubbly hot. )Then you add the roux and boil it some more. Ready!Still don’t get it…ok here’s a video for the cooking challenged.

Curry is tasty during all seasons, and the great thing is that you can make it for small and big groups of people, like a class full of kids on a school trip, at the camping place with your family and your neighbors, the soup kitchen you help out or to show off your cooking skills to your in-laws.. and it’s really low on calories….

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curry and anime go hand in hand

Hey Say JUMP curry commercial for you J-pop lovers!

Curry is basically cheap food, but you can make it as fancy as you want to.

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Curry made with Kobe beef

You know how creative the Japanese can be with food, and curry is no exception here either.

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Mum there’s a polar bear in my curry!
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What kid wouldn’t eat this?
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Glico Premium curry

 

Lee curry 20x spiciness!

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Topvalu Grand curry

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Boncurry

 

Kokumaru curry

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Dinner curry

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Torokeru (melting) curry

Wind and light Amami curry Chukarashi 180g (6 servings)

Kaze to hikari (Wind and light) organic curry

 

 

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Sapporo curry ramen (instant noodles)

Still on the edge? Well in the big cities you can often find some Japanese curries for sale, but if you don’t live near a big city…..? Companies won’t send you just one pack of curry, nope they expect you to buy a whole box..scary.

Well no worries mate, we at JWS can get you any kind of curry against the cheapest prices, we don’t order them online, no we go straight to the supermarket for you…we have a nice team of professional bargain shoppers/ bored housewives, who will find you the curry you want against the best price (and yes we enclose the supermarket receipt).

Japanese food which doesn’t involve raw fish,expensive beef or expects you to make noise when you eat it….try it, trust me you too will be a believer!

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The best rivalries in manga as chosen by Japanese voters – Top 10 list

We got a lot of mail from folks telling me that they like this blog more for its info on manga and anime than topics like underwear and Ultraman….   If we weren’t a small business than all I’d like to do is writing about manga and anime…however..time and a noisy boss often forces me to choose the commercial road. But..I’m hearing you, my fellow otakus. Unfortunately  with little time on my hands I have to resort to the web and less on my own investigative skills…but if if I find a nice story deeming worth your interest than I’ll swallow my pride and share that piece of information….

They might be bad guys, but they’re not baaad guys.

Rivals: you love to hate them and hate to love them. The relationship between two opposing characters can really raise the emotion and heart in stories. You feel not only for the protagonist, but also for the antagonist because they’re both just trying to accomplish their own goals, albeit in a different fashion. Sometimes your rival is a complete jerk, but that’s because they’re hiding all their pain. Other times your rival helps you because you push each other to be the best that you can be. Here are the Top 10 rivalries as chosen by Japanese pollsters. (Beware! Slight spoilers ahead!)

10. Jimmy Kudo vs. Harley Hartwell (Case Closed)

The first pair on the list are dueling detectives that rely on each other to push their analytical skills to the extreme. Two of the four great young detectives, Jimmy and Harley often find themselves investigating gruesome mysteries with unbelievable outcomes.

9. Kenshin Himura vs. Hajime Saito (Rurouni Kenshin)

While Kenshin was haunted by his past, Hajime reveled in it. Their rivalry began before the series officially started when Kenshin was the “manslayer” and Hajime was a member of the Shinsengumi. During the series, their epic battles almost forces Kenshin to become a killer again, but he never crosses that line.

8. Kenshiro vs. Raoh (Fist of the North Star)

This mighty rivalry began when Kenshiro was chosen as the successor to the Hokuto Shinken and Raoh broke 1,800 years of tradition and refused to give up his power. Killing their master, Ryuken, made sure that Kenshiro would fight with a vengeance when the truth was eventually revealed.

7. Naruto Uzumaki vs. Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto)

Naruto and Sasuke each had what the other unknowingly wanted resulting in an intense rivalry that drove most of the story. Their battles also led to an extremely powerful friendship.

6. Light Yagami vs. L (Death Note)

Light and L played so many mind games that it was hard to figure out who to cheer for, but their match of wits will forever be remembered by Death Note fans.

5. Jimmy Kudo vs. Phantom Thief Kid (Case Closed)

One’s a thief, and the other is a detective, so naturally they are at odds. However, no matter how much the Phantom Thief steals, you can’t help cheer for him as he constantly outwits the police, but rarely Kudo.

4. Amuro Ray vs. Char Aznable (Mobile Suit Gundam)

What begins simply as warrior pride turns into a back and forth that tries to answer the question of the meaning of war and violence. These two mech pilots do their best to give their answer on the battlefield.

3. Hanamichi Sakuragi vs. Kaede Rukawa (Slam Dunk)

Even though these two play for the same team, their rivalry is at the forefront of Slam Dunk. One is motivated to be better than the other, and one barely gives him the time of day. But without their passionate rivalry, their basketball, and the series, wouldn’t grow.

2. Goku vs. Vegeta (Dragon Ball Z)

The Prince of All Saiyans may have once tried to kill Goku and his friends, but since that time, they’ve had a spectacular rivalry that has kept Earth safe and ensured that the two of them were the strongest beings in the universe.

1. Lupin the Third vs. Koichi Zenigata (Lupin the Third)

The infamous thief needs a detective to chase after him. Much like Kudo and the Phantom Thief, Detective Zenigata spends most of his time trying to catch Lupin the Third. But as slippery as Lupin is, we highly doubt Zenigata will ever really be able to establish himself as Lupin’s equal.


Is your number one rivalry on the list? The original Japanese poll counted submissions in order to create a list of the Top 50 best rivalries. So if your favorite isn’t here, chances are it probably appears somewhere lower down. If you are interested, definitely check out the full list to see where your raging rivalry ranks.

Source: Goo Ranking

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Things that often happen in manga that don’t happen in real life

We’ve come to accept most of the oddities we see in manga and anime, but have you ever wondered just how much of it is, well, unrealistic?

Manga fans in Japan stopped and thought about just that. Manga fans and spectators from across the internet have gathered to create a list of “things that happen in manga that don’t happen in real life.” We’re sure at least some of these things will make you go, “Yes, that’s so untrue!” and hopefully make you laugh a little as well.

-High school students that live alone
Is this even legal? Okay, maybe you’ll have a classmate that lives alone very, very occasionally, but it doesn’t happen nearly as often as you see in manga.

-The authority of the student council
“I am the Class President and I run this school!” That doesn’t really happen. Students are usually focused on other things like sports, homework, or…other things.

Big ribbons on your head
This is an instance of an idea that looks really good on paper (literally), but not in reality. But, who knows — maybe it’ll eventually become a real fashion trend!

 

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Or balls in your hair..

-Naps on the school roof
Japanese schools are run with at least a little authority. If you’re taking a nap at school, it’s probably on your desk during class.

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Some schools actually introduced

-Good-for-nothing guys that are somehow popular with the ladies
Sorry, boys. The reverse also applies for the girls. I suppose this is one of those instances where manga is an outlet for wishful thinking.

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”lady killers”

-Good-looking punks whose faces still look beautiful no matter how many fights they get into
Come on, artists! You could at least give them a broken nose and we’d still find them attractive.

-Teacher: “Hello, this is our new student. Please get to know them. Oh, your seat? Just take that empty one over there.”
For the most part, Japanese schools have completely full classes. What’s more, class sizes are usually pretty large. If there’s an empty seat in your totally full classroom, you might want to be a little worried.

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Please sit down eh..

-Running with a piece of toast in your mouth, saying, “I’m late! I’m late!”
This is one of those iconic manga and anime moments that most of you probably know doesn’t happen already, but it’s still funny to think about.

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It doesn’t happen…or does it?

 

-Hitting someone so hard they fly into the sky
The most air you can get with a punch in real life is maybe one or two feet off the ground. Maybe. I’m no expert or anything.

These are just a few things that made the list. It just goes to show that while manga is a form of media that can offer some insight into some valuable aspects of Japanese culture, there are some things you should take with a grain of salt.

What totally unrealistic manga moments are your favorite? Let us know below!

Sources: Vipper

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Impress your Japanese history professor with this T-shirt

It could even double as a cheat sheet for your next exam!

If you’ve been paying any attention at all in your Japanese history classes, then the names Sekigahara, Tokugawa, and Mitsunari may already be familiar to you. For those of you who can’t resist the call of sleep during hour-long lectures about near-ancient history delivered in a monotone voice, a concise summary:

The Battle of Sekigahara was a decisive battle fought on the 15th day of the 9th month in the 5th year of the Keichō period, which happens to be October 21, 1600. Two armies fought in the battle: the Eastern Army, led by Tokugawa Ieyasu, and the Western Army, led by Ishida Mitsunari. Tokugawa Ieyasu and the Eastern Army won the battle. Thus began the Tokugawa shogunate, the last shogunate in Japan.

Why should you care? Because you’ll need to be able to explain all of this when someone asks you about the cool shirt you’ve got on.

▼ Meet the team from the East: Hosokawa Tadaoki, Ii Naomasa, Fukushima Masanori, Honda Tadakatsu, Tōdō Takatora, Kuroda Nagamasa, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Kobayakawa Hideaki

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Sengoku Corporation recently unveiled this simple, yet stylish t-shirt at a special event in Nagoya and announced that it would be available for sale at an exclusive web shop on September 30th.  The cost of the shirt is for 5000 yen (US $48.69) and it is emblazoned with armored helms unique to the commander whom it represents, along with the names of each commander and the respective army for which they fought the epic Sekigahara battle.

▼Representing the West side: Tachibana Muneshige, Ootani Yoshitsugu, Ishida Mitsunari, Shima Sakon, Shimazu Yoshihiro, Konishi Yukinaga, Ukita Hideie, Ankokuji Ekei

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If history isn’t your thing, Sengoku Corporation also has a pair of tights and a curiously large umbrella bag that will go on sale the same day.

Images: Sengoku Corporation
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We proudly present you the Miss figure election 2016, vote and you have to change to win the number one pick!

It’s been a long time coming, we have the Miss universe, Miss world, Miss bla bla elections, but what we (collectors, game, anime/manga lovers, otaku’s) have been missing is the Miss figure election. Of course the human Misses are beautiful in their own eh human way, but they wouldn’t stand a chance against the beauty and amazing body proportions of their plastic counterparts in a stand off.  I don’t want to sound sexist, so let me assure you that for me, figures are by no means a substitute for real life women..come on they are so tiny, they wouldn’t be able to fetch me my beer from the fridge!

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Now way she’d be able to open the fridge!

Whack! (that was the sound of my life partner smacking me on the back of my bald head)

Figures come in all sizes and shapes, and the price is often decided on the quality, details and popularity of the figure…but I’m going to forgo these points and judge them purely on their looks and uh character.

Without further ado, let me present you the 10 candidates:

1-Fighter Sasara from the psp game “ToHeart2 Dungeon Travelers”

 

Sasara is a feisty blond, who loves nothing more than to take long walks on sandy beaches, drink Cola Bacardi’s and slice  off some heads with her huge ax. she’s 25 centimeters tall and her favorite pet is a snapping turtle.

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2-Iris Dina Bernhardt from Muv Luv alternative.

 

Lovely  Iris is originally an East German army captain,  with a weak spot for bunnies and panzerfaust  hand grenades.  She’s a true amazon at a length of 36 cm.

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3-Saito Miohi from Love Torre

 

Blessed with a dynamite figure and strong love for anything bubbly, this Champagne sipping, bubble bath taking love is really into good causes, it doesn’t say what causes on her resume, but who gives a hoot, for all we care is that her presence in this world is  cause for living.     LOVEトレ ~エッチな恋愛トレーニング~ 斉藤澪火 アフターバブルパーティ (フィギュア) 商品画像8

4-Sakurai Aoi from RAIL WARS

 

Aoi chan (chan is a term of endearment, often used for younger women and girls) is not your typical miss contestant, being a bit of a tomboy, she doesn’t really like to flaunt her feminine side.  More “human like” proportioned she’s likely to get a lot of votes from the ladies.

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5-Lunchi DRAGONBALLGALS

A voluptuous body and the skills to kick some serious butt, makes this brunette a very strong contender for the crown of “Miss figure” . It is said that she’s an amazing twerker and that she taught pro-twerker Jessica Vanessa all the moves.

6-Anzu Futaba from Idolmaster, Cinderella girls.

With her puppy eyes and young looks, Anzu is certain to attract the votes of “rorikon” lovers, “rorikon” stands for “Lolita complex” and is the preference some men have for under aged looking girls (please don’t call this  sick, as we’re talking figures here..in real life however…)

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7-Purayama of  World Conquest Zvezda plot

Feisty Purayama loves to use the trick of attraction through concealing , she might be the complete opposite of Miley Cyrus! Purayama lost the use of her right eye at young age, but this has never stopped her in fulfilling her dreams  and goals..instead she uses it to look more mysterious by wearing a slightly disturbing eye patch AND a mask!

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8-Queen Sukasaha (Fate Grand Order)

This blue blooded royalty is all about style and class, giving “human” royalty a run for its money. If this was the queen of some country, I’d be emigrating there in jiffy.No flower printed Laura Ashley dresses for Sukasaha..the last person who suggested this, ended up on the sharp end of her spear!

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9-Super Sonico (Beach Queens)

What would a Miss figure election be without presence of one of the Beach Queens? This year’s representative is Super Sonico, a cute fun loving girl who likes to sunbath on the sandy beaches of Cancun while listening to the latest vocaloid tracks. If she wins, she wants to use the money to go to Nice in France, and get rid of those tan lines.

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10-Marie Rose (Dead or Alive)

If there had been earlier Miss Figure elections, than the ladies of action game Dead or Alive, would have been regular participants, with their beauty, skills and other bouncy attributes. It comes as a big surprise than that their entree lacks the two points which made this franchise so famous.

No bikini clad lady, Marie Rose like to wear Goth styled Lolita  maid clothes and is therefore no participant in the famous Dead or Alive volleyball games. This stunning blonde brings character and style to this Miss election.

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Choosing between these ladies might be hardest thing ever,  therefore we let you decide who will be our Miss Figure 2016. One person will receive the winning figure on courtesy of JWS.

Just fill out the form below and send us your vote, only the winner will be contacted and other votes will be erased as part of our strict privacy policy. So we guarantee you that you won’t receive any spam or other mail.

Some “contestants” are only up for pre-order, in which case we will order and once it’s “ready”, ship it to you.

Voting will end on the first of October and the results will be announced on the fifth of October.

Happy voting!

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