It’s always interesting to learn just what kind of google searches bring people to our blog.
Sometimes it’s the bizarre stuff, like “monkeys use onsen in winter what do they do when they get out” or “tengu fetish”.
Sorry, I don’t know what they do when they get out, presumably use a towel to dry themselves and then retire under the blankets with a heating pad. That’s what I would do, and I’m of comparable intelligence to a Japanese monkey.
And "Tengu fetish"?
Please, if that’s you who googled that, stop reading now and try to channel your sexual urges into something more socially acceptable, like good old-fashioned bondage. Though on the other hand, that unnaturally long nose does create some interesting possibilities… hmmm.
Yet for the most part what brings lost web surfers here is the usual and the mundane.
“Japanese schoolgirls”. “Fundoshi”. “Japanese food.”
Sorry, can’t do much about the first two today, but what about Japanese food? As it happens, you're in luck - that can be arranged.
While running some errands in Nikko last Thursday, we stopped by at Hinokuruma (a restaurant run by our friend Shinako) and had okonomiyaki for lunch. Mine was pork kimchee, Dr Trouble’s – just pork.
Dr Trouble tried to talk me into ordering monjayaki, but I’m not that dumb.
Fortunately, a lovely couple from Tochigi city (hi guys!!!) came to my rescue. They were kind enough to let me film them, too. Thanks!
Yes, it looks vile.
Now, I’m known to consume things that look disgusting but even I have my standards. Or as my friend, who served me my very first monja years ago in Tokyo said – “everything can be made palatable with a proper application of bacon or beer.” How true! And since I don’t like beer, I normally stick to bacon. So would I eat a pork-free monja, like this one here? Not a chance in hell.
“What if it was made by a handsome guy wearing nothing but a fundoshi?” I hear you say. Oh, shut up!
Or watch these two videos and tell me - which one would YOU rather have for lunch?
And making okonomiyaki: