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Battle of black buns: Burger King vs. McDonald’s in Japan

Ikasumi squid ink colors lots of foods long time in Japan

 

McDonald's ikasumi burger with squid ink color in Japan McDonald's ikasumi burger advertising poster in Japan A McDonald’s double cheeseburger that has black buns, and is topped with fried onions, yellow chipotle sauce and yellow cheddar cheese will go on sale at all McDonald’s Japan stores October 8. The special "Ikasumi Burger", colored black with squid ink, is available now at 3 McDonald’s outlets in Tokyo. The contrasting yellow ingredients on a black bun is intended to be a Halloween color scheme.

McDonald’s is also offering its Chicken Fileo on a white bun topped with Camembert sauce.

Mcdonald’s advertising suggests the white burger is a ghost and the black burger represents a black cat or a witch. Both items sell for JPY 370.

 

Burger King black burger whopper kuro burger Japan Burger King in Japan began selling an all-black "Kuro burger" in early September. The Kuro Diamond Whopper sells for JPY 690, and the Kuro Pearl for JPY 480.

A variety of ika sumi foods can be found at some stores, restaurants and bakeries in Japan. Many recipes for ink-inspired foods are available online.

 

Ika sumi boom in 2004

 

Squid ink blackened ika sumi potato chips in Japan

 

During the 2004 ika sumi fad, foods dyed with squid ink included ramen, rice, pasta, yaki soba noodles, sausage, gyoza chinese dumplings, octopus balls, jumbo garlic bread, donuts, gelato, bagels, curry bread, salsa, steamed Chinese buns, cheese, soup, cake, cookies, ice cream, potato chips, salt and pretzels.

 

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McDonald’s gives more pickles, onions, ketchup free on request

McDonald's in Japan gives free extra ketchup and pickles upon requestMcDonald’s in Japan is giving extra condiments free to customers who request the extras at the time of ordering.

The items on the so-called “Back Menu” include pickles, onions, ketchup, tartar sauce (for the Filet-O-Fish sandwich) and teriyaki sauce (for the Teriyaki burger.)

The Back Menu is not advertised and there is no information about the free extra toppings in McDonald’s stores. Word that McDonald’s will add more condiments upon request is spreading via twitter.

Normally there is one pickle slice on a McDonald’s hamburger. Customers can get two slices upon request at the time of ordering. For McDonald’s sandwiches that usually have two pickle slices, four pickle pieces can be piled on upon request. Customers who ask can also get two squirts of ketchup or mustard, a double serving of onions, and twice as much mayonnaise, tartar sauce or teriyaki sauce.

 

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McDonald’s currently offers a “Grill Order” which lets customers exclude pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, tartar sauce, and other condiments and toppings depending on the sandwich.

The hush-hush Back Menu lets customers get more condiments at no extra charge. A special sticker on the sandwich wrapper indicates more toppings have been included per the customer’s request.

 

A McDonald’s public relations spokesperson said the decision to offer a “generous” condiment serving on its burgers and other items evolved from the current practice of offering a “fewer” condiments option.

The McDonald’s undercover double-condiments-upon-request scheme began on April 1.

 

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photos: Hamburgers side-by-side2 pickles & ketchup; 4 pickles; onions;   Big Mac sticker

Fat gal marshmallow girls are chubby idols

Mizuki Tama large plus size marshmallow girl model in Japan La Farfa marshmallow girl model group A "chubby chubby boom" of popular fat female celebrities in Japan has led to the debut of Japan’s first fashion magazine for plus-sized women. The chubby lady models of La Farfa magazine are called "Marshmallow girls."

 

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A new idol group of heavyset female models/spokespersons called "Chubbiness" has been assembled by CanCam woman’s magazine and Avex entertainment company. The average weight of the gals in the group is 55 kilograms (121 pounds.) Anyone who drops below 50 kilograms (120 pounds)  will be fired from the group.

 

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Big, sexy, female Japanese "gravure idols" have been nicknamed "Earthen (clay) figures" after the traditional Japanese "Dogu" clay figurines which have big-eyes, small waists and wide hips.

TV programs have reported on the chubby boom and one show compared plus-size model Mizuki Tama to a Dogu figure by painting her body in the likeness of the clay figurine.

 
Magazines and DVDs that feature scantily-clad fat women are also popular. 
 

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Chubbiness

 

Top 10 at-work pranks that get employees fired in Japan

Summer wave of "part-timer terror"

Part-time workers at convenience stores and fast-food outlets in Japan have been pulling stunts at work and posting photos of their pranks on twitter, Facebook and blogs. Embarrassed companies are issuing apologies and closing shops to clean up equipment and restock shelves tainted by the so called  "baito tero" – "part-timer terrorists."

Most of the prank pics have ended up on twitter which is being referred to by some as the "idiot detector".

The pictures of pranks that occurred in August prompted web searches for previous posts of employee’s at-work pranks. The earliest post – found so far – occurred in March.

The outbreak of stupid acts seems to have coincided with the high school vacations, when students are able to work more hours. Spring break is at the end of March, and the summer break began at the end of July and ended September 1.

Part timer puts cabbage leaf on face at ramen restaurant in Japan March 26

A male and a female part-time employee at a branch of the Shirokiya pub chain posted pictures of themselves playing with cabbage in the kitchen of one of the restaurants. One photo shows them with cabbage on their heads. In another picture, the male perp wears a face mask cabbage leaf, with eye holes and mouth cutouts, and he’s smoking. The photos surfaced September 2.

 

Part-time employee at convenience store in Japan sleeps in ice cream case July 15

The son of a Lawson convenience store franchisee – and part-time employee at dad’s store – climbed into the store’s ice cream case, lay down, closed the glass doors, took some selfies, and posted the photos on Facebook. Lawson headquarters learned of the photos the same day, immediately cancelled the Kochi City outlet’s franchise agreement, and shuttered the shop.

The part-timer said he was too hot – Japan is experiencing record high temperatures – and he would just cool off in the fridge. Lawson posted an apology on its website.

 

Part-time employee at convenience store in Japan scans crotch with bar code reader at cash register July 19

A male employee at an outlet of the Ministop convenience store chain had a photo taken of him perched on the cash register counter facing customers, leaning back, legs spread, holding the bar code reader on his crotch, and posted the image on twitter.

Ministop discharged the employee and cleaned and disinfected the register, counter, and bar code reader. Ministop explained it’s actions in an apology on it’s website.

 

Part-time employee at a Burger King in Japan sleeps on buns in kitchen August 2

Burger King, which returned to Japan in 2007 after withdrawing from a previous effort in Japan in 2001, fired a part-timer who took photos of himself lying on a pile of packaged hamburger buns in the outlet’s kitchen. The part-timer had posted the pictures on twitter on June 24. Burger King Japan apologized on its website, and said all the buns in the outlet were thrown out.

 

Part-time employee at a fast-food take out restaurant in Japan poses inside refrigerator August 3

The fridge was the target of another part-time employee, this one at an outlet of the lunch box take out chain Hotto Motto. The employee of an Aichi Prefecture outlet posed for pictures while scrunched on a shelf in the outlet’s refrigerator. The photos were put on twitter, headquarters found out, and an apology was posted on the company website. The employee was immediately fired for "performing an unsuitable act in the store." The refrigerator was disinfected on the same day.

 

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Food truck kitchen cars get special places to park and sell

Food trucks in Japan kitchen cars Food trucks in Japan used to be found mostly at sporting events or other large events, and often the trucks were operated by brand name food manufacturers. Now updated versions of food trucks, dubbed "Neo Kitchen Cars", are offering take-away food at locations in cities.

Public open space cannot be used for kitchen cars in Japan, so kitchen cars often must rent space for their vehicles. One website specializes in matching kitchen cars with landlords who have a driveway or storefront parking available for rent.

 

Tokyo International Forum Neo Stall Village.

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Another company seeks to have kitchen cars use large open spaces owned by and adjacent to office building properties. Workstore Tokyo Do a provider of food vendors for events, matches building owners with the kitchen car operators and coordinates kitchen car schedules and locations. Tables are setup in the open space and the kitchen cars rent space there. The firm manages 33 locations in the Tokyo area. Almost 450 kitchen car operators are registered with the company and 200 of those operators have been assigned locations.

 

Kitchen car locations can be tracked online. Idouhanbai Navi is one website that lists locations of kitchen cars throughout Japan. The site also describes the foods offered by each mobile food neo stall.

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photos : Barbeque (Tokyo) Bulldog BBQ; Brazillian Rodeio Grill; Crepes (Tokyo) Allo Cafe; Fried chicken and seafood (Tokyo) Wakayama; Kebabs (Tokyo) Subarkai House; Panini (Nagoya) Buono; Pork-wrapped-rice (Fifteen food trucks in Japan) Honke Niku maki; Pork-wrapped-vegetables & variations (Three food trucks in Japan) Ganko; Tacos (Okinawa)Taco Smile; Tofu burger (Tokyo) Tofu Tofu Cafe

Top 50 radiation-contaminated foods in Japan 2011

Measuring radiation in Japan Japan’s national provisional safety limit for levels of radioactive cesium in food is 500 becquerels per kilogram. Let’s Japan reviewed food-test data issued by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare covering the period from March 1, 2011 – Dec. 21, 2011.

 

Highest becquerels per kilogram levels

    Becquerels/kg
    Cesium-134 Cesium-137
1. Spinach 20,000 20,000
2. Hatsutake ♦ 8000 11,000
3. Sand lance ◊ 7100 7300
4. Broccoli 7000 6900
5. Shiitake ♦ (dried) 6940 6940
6. Shiitake ♦ (outdoor) 6400 6600
7. Beef 4350 4350
8. Shiitake ♦ (log-grown) 3600 3600
9. Unrefined tea leaf 3000 3000
10. Ayu ◊ 2100 2300
11. Parsley 2100 2110
12. Turnip 2000 2100
13. Komatsuna † 1700 1700
14. Japanese mitten crab 1600 1700
15. Bamboo shoot 1500 1600
16. Maitake ♦ 1300 1500
17. Cabbage 1300 1400
18. Yuzu ‡ 1100 1300
19. Refined tea leaf 959 1170
20. Chestnuts 940 1100
21. Pacific cod 800 800
22. Sea urchin 640 640
23. Wakame seaweed 590 610
24. Hijiki seaweed 510 590
25. Goya † 440 580
26. Kakina † 555 555
27. Stone flounder 480 550
28. Cherry salmon 480 510
29. Mizuna† 450 460
30. Japanese smelt 410 460
31. Hatake-shimeji ♦ 380 440
32. Greenling fish 380 400
33. Ume ‡ 360 400
34. Japanese seabass 300 370
35. Blue mussel 310 340
36. Wheat 310 320
37. Pomegranate 250 310
38. Righteye flounder 240 290
39. Sea cucumber 260 270
40. Naratake ♦ 128 155
41. Nameko ♦ (log-grown) 171 134
42. Oyster 88 120
43. Fugu ◊ 77 95
44. Rice 79 84
45. Buckwheat 71 78
46. Pacific cod 65 77
47. Kiwfruit 48 69
48. Conger 44 63
49. Sweet potato 39 41
50. Horse mackerel 29 38
key ◊ fish    
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  † vegetable    
  ♦ mushroom Japanese mushrooms

Farmers protest radioactive cabbage JapanCheckpoint at Minamisoma-Fukushima near Fukushima Japan March 2011

 

Fukushima relief effort-fundraiser JapanTsunami destruction March 2011 Japan

 

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Real life in Tokyo following Fukushima and the earthquake

Pedestrians in Tokyo, Japan March 25, 2011Shoppers in Tokyo, March 25, 2011

 

We’ve been having some troubles here in Japan.  Maybe you’ve heard. I’ve written some articles about the earthquake and the coverage of the tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear reactors. You can read my reports here:

March 25, 2011
Op-Ed: Tokyo OK, foreign media’s sensational coverage shameful

March 16, 2011
US govt recommends 80 Km Fukushima evac zone; currently 30km

March 15, 2011
US agrees with reactor response ambassador in Tokyo says

March 15, 2011
Higher than normal radiation detected along Japan Pacific coast

March 14, 2011
Shielding possibly damaged by explosion at Fukushima No.2 Tuesday

March 14, 2011
Op-Ed: The earthquake aftermath in Tokyo

March 13, 2011
Rolling Blackouts Begin Monday in Tokyo

March 12, 2011
How I survived the Japanese earthquake

Queen’s Deceased Freddie Mercury Dubbed for Cup Noodle Ad

Freddie Mercury of Queen sings for Nissin Cup Noodle in JapanFreddie Mercury, who was the lead vocalist and a songwriter of the rock band Queen, and who died in 1991, stars in a TV commercial in Japan for Nissin’s Cup Noodle instant ramen noodles. The commercial features Mercury’s performance of Queen’s "I Was Born to Love You" and a dubbed Japanese voice sings the lyrics. The lyrics have been changed and some of the words in the song have been replaced by "Cup Noodle" in English.

 

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The dead-Freddie-Mercury-commercial follows Nissin’s recent airing of a TV commercial of Jon Bon Jovi in concert, singing "You Give Love a Bad Name", also dubbed and sung with altered lyrics in Japanese.

 

Dominos Dual Menus Divide Deals by Language

Domino's Japan TV commercial The Two Sides of Domino’s Pizza

Domino’s Pizza has opened an English-language website that includes special pizza offers not available on the Japanese version of the site.

For example, by ordering through the Domino’s English website, you can get two large pizzas with one topping each for JPY 2999. That special offer is one of several offers exclusive to the English side.

Compare the English two-large-pizzas offer to the one large pizza for JPY 2520 offer on the Domino’s Japanese website. (A current Domino’s USA special is 3 large pizzas with 1 topping each for USD 23.31)

In addition, with the Japan Domino’s build-your-own pizza tool, you’ll be able to choose between four types of crust and 22 toppings. (Sorry, you won’t find squid listed on the English menu!)

Domino's pizza Japn English menu offers exclusive deals.

 

Animation characters are also conspicuously missing from the English menu, which makes us wonder what they’re really up to. According to Scott K. Oelkers, President and CEO of Domino’s Pizza Japan, Inc., the English website was added in an effort to provide better services to their foreign community. Indeed.

As of 2005, 1,555,505 foreign residents permanently reside in Japan, and that doesn’t include the approximately 40,000 US military personnel stationed there. That adds up to a lot of foreign community to better service.

Domino’s has locations in 60 markets worldwide and 99 outlets in Japan. But in the areas where they offer online menus in both the native language and English, the offers and options tend to vary. Besides the fact that you won’t find squid on the English version of Domino’s Japan, you also won’t find the Mexicana – a pie topped with ground meat and jalapenos – on the English version of the Domino’s Mexico website.

Female Domino's Japan employees hold pizza boxes at outlet in Japan. Delivery scooter motor bikes in fron tof Domino's pizza outlet in Japan

 

But regardless of whether Domino’s’ motive for offering English-speaking residents a menu of their own was for the benefit of the consumer or simply a means to add more yen to their pockets, the site was needed, and most certainly welcomed.

 

(You need to log-in at the Domino’s Japan English website to see the special offers.) 
photos: Dominos delivery scooters

Meisters Eat Drink Drive Relax

Japanese women relax naked in onsen spa meister approved. Rice meister master Japan

In addition to the experts you can expect expect to find in Japan – such as  "rice meisters" – enterprises in many other fields are offering original in-house qualification courses. Employees attend courses in order to obtain "meister" certification. Local governments, business and trade associations, organizations, private extended learning and continuing education schools are also offering meister courses in various fields.

  Curry meister study book Japan How to be eco driver in Japan

Curry Meister – Learn the history of curry, spice characteristics and curry communication. Junior and Senior certificates.

Eco Drive Meister – Become expert in environmentally friendly fuel-efficient driving. Best for businesses with more than 50 vehicles. How to Kyoto.

Eco Meister – Courses and certifications offered by individual prefectural and city governments. Learn about the environment, garbage-related problems, recycling, global warming. Akita ecomeister.

Seasoning and food diploma Japanese meister Many Japanese spices and sauces.Japanese Food Meister – How to treat only the ingredient of harmony, how to cut only the dish of harmony, how to boil the fire, and how to apply it and how to dish up the taste. Also known as Washoku.

Japanese Seasoning Meister – Become well-versed in seasonal seasonings and talk about charm of seasoning happily and plainly.

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Konbu MeisterKelp is filled with the spirit of ecology, and is the ultimate eco-food, according to the Konbu Meister. Learn how to get the most out of your seaweed.

Awamori Okinawa sake liquor alcohol Japan

Girls and women nude in onsen spa Japan Okinawa Liquor Meister – Official Okinawa Prefecture Awamori distilled rice liquor expert certification.

Okonomiyaki Meister – The qualification levels: Instructor, Coordinator and Meister. What is Okonomiyaki?

Onsen Meister – Learn hot spring hygiene management, the benefits of hot springs, effective bathing methods, and thermal physiology. Japanese spa is called onsen.
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