tuftears: Lynx in Chef's Hat (Cooking)
Every now and then I get an urge to try making Japanese cuisine. This time it's the Oyakodon - literally the 'parent and child bowl', so named because it features a chicken and egg together.

Well, this isn't really an oyakodon; practically speaking it's just inspired by the concept. I don't know anything about making Japanese dashi, but I do know how to make a chicken stirfry!

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tuftears: Lynx Wynx (Wynx)
The other week, [identity profile] dracosphynx.livejournal.com dragged me up to the San Francisco Japantown for their 50th Cherry Blossom Festival. Whee! It was fun, though at this point we both know pretty much what to expect.

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tuftears: Happy Lynx (Happy)
The other weekend, [livejournal.com profile] dracosphynx mentioned wanting to go to an interesting Japanese restaurant up in my area. Not having gotten out in a while, I importuned him to let me come along, and he was kind enough to oblige. So...

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tuftears: Lynx Wynx (Wynx)
Finding Dory: a Pixar movie currently out in theaters, centered around Dory, the fish with short term memory issues. It was pretty good, really! I thought the titular Dory's mental handicap was handled fairly and with respect. It got pretty gonzo in storytelling toward the end, straining suspension of disbelief a bit, but it managed to hold together and get to a satisfying end. I'd rate it 7/10.

The Beast And His Boy: a Japanese anime that hearkens to old-school Studio Ghibli/Miyazaki in looks, featuring a young boy who, distraught by the abandonment of his father and the death of his mother, runs away and is adopted by (surprise!) a Beast. He's far from being a stereotypical 'hero' who does no wrong-- honestly he starts out as a brat, but then you wouldn't have much of a story if he was the obedient type, since he wouldn't have run away. Pretty solid IMO, 9/10.
tuftears: Lynx Wynx (Wynx)
Is it that time of the year already? Yes, and past by two weeks-- well, better than two months of photos languishing in my phone before I get around to posting them. :)

[livejournal.com profile] kagetsume was out in the area and by happy chance, there was a Cherry Blossom festival going on in Japantown, SF, on that weekend. He was quite interested so he willingly drove me up there on that Saturday. Good for me, since I hate driving past my 'leash range', especially up in San Francisco.

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tuftears: Lynx in Chef's Hat (Cooking)
You might recall that about a year ago, I took a donut making class. At the end of the class, I picked up a box of apple spice donut mix because I was fairly sure it would be a flavor I'd enjoy, without being ridiculously sweet.

Well. The other day I glanced at the package sitting all alone in my pantry and noticed the expiration date was a month ago. Oops. o_o

So I figured I'd better get around to using it up. It's fall, a good time for fall flavors, anyway. Fortunately the box instructions weren't too complicated... These are cake donuts after all, not fried donuts, so I didn't have to mess with yeast rising, or breaking out a whole bottle of oil to deep fry anything. This is good for my sanity.

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tuftears: Lynx Wynx (Gaming)
Oh yeah, I guess I should give a rundown of FanimeCon, the Memorial Day con that [livejournal.com profile] dracosphynx and I went to on Saturday. (Sunday was [livejournal.com profile] tugrik's excellent barbecue)

Overall, it was pretty good. The con is *HUGE*. The artist's alley alone could have eaten two of Further Confusion's dealer rooms and had room for dessert. The dealer's room was bigger, but didn't seem that packed since they had wider-spaced aisles and bigger dealers' booths... Largely necessary because the dealers each had huge arrays of merchandise.

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tuftears: Sly Lynx (Sly)
Around this time of the year, the Cherry Blossom Festival crops up in San Francisco, and [livejournal.com profile] dracosphynx shanghai'd me once again.

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tuftears: Sleepy Lynx (Sleepy)
So, Further Confusion happened. A month later, I finally get around to blogging it.

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tuftears: Happy Lynx (Happy)
[livejournal.com profile] dracosphynx missed the J-Pop festival in San Francisco he'd wanted to go to because he came down with something around then, but he's been feeling better recently. I noticed thanks to a co-worker that there was going to be a Japan Expo in San Mateo this weekend. We made it up there today. It was pretty decently fun! Not too crowded, thanksfully.

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tuftears: Happy Lynx (Happy)
As you might recall from my last entry, we had just spent a few hours wandering around various exhibits in the California Academy of Sciences. Next up was the Interval, a teahouse where [livejournal.com profile] dracosphynx has a bag of 25-year-old vintage Pu-erh tea held for him by the proprietors.

They had an orrery out front that has been designed with mechanical gears to compute the relative placement of the planets. Interesting, but I admit one drawback is that it moves very, very slowly so you'd have to be watching quite a while to note any movement from the gears.

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tuftears: Lynx Wynx (Wynx)
I celebrated my birthday Friday by taking myself to the local Crepevine. I have never (at least that I can recall) had savory dinner crepes, so I figured why not broaden my experience a bit? It beat going home and cooking for myself.

Sunday, I walked down to the local Buddhist temple where they were holding an Obon festival. It was four minutes away, but walking meant that I didn't have to worry about parking.

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tuftears: Sly Lynx (Sly)
This isn't actually as easy as you might think.

It all began with the Cherry Blossom Festival of 2013 when I became aware of the mysteries and wonders of Japanese paper dolls. Take a look at the link, tell me you wouldn't be interested in being able to make your own!

This year, I inquired whether they knew of any paper doll classes down here, but on being informed they were pretty much the only one around, I decided to try the workshop. So, roll forward a few weeks to May 19th, I gathered what little courage I possessed and essayed the 50-minutes or so drive to San Francisco. (Aiee!) This is quite a bit out of my comfort range; I'm not normally comfy driving any further than 20 minutes or so, but Japantown in San Francisco is not near the BART stations, unfortunately.

I got there quite early, allowing for me to try and find some lunch and maybe browse a bit. Some browsing did reveal ramen places (and sushi, but I'm not much for sushi, something about raw fish makes me reluctant to put it in my mouth) but I suspected it might be a bit heavy food. I got an egg muffin sammich from a local cafe instead. I also failed to find a paper dolls book in Books Nikaku. It really is an esoteric topic!

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tuftears: Sly Lynx (Sly)
[livejournal.com profile] dracosphynx and I headed up to San Francisco once again for the Cherry Blossom Festival. We went last year, so this year we did things a bit differently.

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