I guess I wrote about Chi Chi no Hi (Fatherís Day) a bit too early. As a reminder, please honor your father with the same love and reverence you show your mother! Fatherís Day in Japan often slips by barely noticed. Most Japanese fathers toil away for long hours, hardly seeing their growing children, so it is natural that the children feel less attachment to them than to their mothers. If this is your situation, consider giving your father a gift of time. Show your love by doing something fun with him like take him to a baseball game. It will be a fond memory for both of you.
In the spirit of Chi Chi no Hi and baseball, here are this weekís articles:
Japa Dog Japanese Hot Dogs
Japa Dog is a Canadian company that took an American classic and gave it a Japanese twist: Hot dogs and bratwurst topped with Japanese ingredients.
Make Your Own Japa Dog-style Hot Dog Recipe
Until Japa Dog comes to your city, you can make your own homemade version
Your Japanese food words of the week: Hottodoggu (hoht-toh dohg-goo) Hot dog, obviously! Itís yet another wonderful example of yoshoku or Western-imported food.
"My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, 'You're tearing up the grass.'
'We're not raising grass,' Dad would reply. 'We're raising boys.'" -- Baseball player Harmon Killebrew
Until next time.
BellaOnline Japanese Food editor