Tofu Journal

  • Do you know Ningyo-Joruri? and Japanese “TEMA-HIMA”?

    September 10, 2014 by
    Ningyo-Joruri is a famous traditional style of Japanese puppet theatre. It consists of three types of people. One is called 太夫 “Dayuu” who is a singing storyteller. The second is called 三味線 “Shamisen”, who is playing a Japanese guitar. The third ...
  • The best selling futon in Japan? Futon for iPhone.

    August 18, 2014 by
    My iPhone is very hardworking so it definitely deserves to get a good night sleep after a long day. So, I bought a futon for my iPhone! Yes, in Japan, there is a futon for iPhone. I  got this luxurious fluffy futon for my iPhone from a ...
  • The famous Japanese TV drama series in which a middle-age man is just eating meals.

    August 14, 2014 by
    Kodokuno-Gurume is one of my favorite TV drama series in Japan. Kodokuno-Gourume means “Solitary Gourmet”, in which a middle-aged man is just eating at restaurants, even though it is a drama. It is not a gourmet report. He doesn’t show ...
  • The Declaration of the Otaku ~オタク宣言~

    August 5, 2014 by
    We’ve all been there. The victim or accidental perpetrator of a cultural stereotype that invariably offends those it refers to. In Japan, one such cultural stereotype is that of the otaku. o·ta·ku ōˈtäko͞o/ noun 1. (in Japan) a young person who ...
  • Thank you, Chopsticks.

    August 4, 2014 by
    Today, August 4th is chopsticks or hashi day in Japan. Everyday, we can eat food thanks to their hard work. It’s a day to appreciate chopsticks’ contribution to meals. We went to check out “chopsticks festival” held at ...
  • Local to Global

    July 30, 2014 by
      During my spring semester at university, I had been working on new ways to market One Tambon One Product (OTOP) in Japan with Thai Trade Center Japan. Haven’t heard of OTOP before? OTOP is a local entrepreneurship program designed by the ...
  • Memento Mori: Facing death and choosing how you live

    July 27, 2014 by
    Memento Mori
    Last week, on my flight to Seattle, I read an article by Yukio Mishima, a Japanese author who committed suicide (Harakiri) at Japanese Self-Defense Forces at the age of 45 in 1970.  In the article, he addressed a role of politics and lamented ...
  • Tofu Design Series #2 – Week of Tofu Design (2011)

    This is Tofu Design Series no.2 and I’d like to exhibit what we made in the series of Week of Tofu in 2011. It was the first year of the Tofu Project, and we were promoting us with highly designed materials. One was the event website of ...
  • Grilled eel made of TOFU and yam?

    July 21, 2014 by
    Needless to say, I love unagi, or grilled eel. Japan is the largest consumer of eels and they play an important part of Japan’s food culture since the Edo Period, 1603-1868. However, recently, Japanese eels have been classified as ...
  • Funny, but serious life log app in Japan.

    July 17, 2014 by
    Today’s topic is a little dirty, sorry. I want to introduce the Japanese iPhone app, “UNLOG”, which is developed for logging poo. The picture is one of its characters, it looks like funny poo with a toilet. The character is funny, but the ...