Baked Pudding Tart

February 21st, Thursday:
  • Kenchin Udon (Udon, Bamboo Shoot, Spinach, Shimeji Mushrooms, Bean Curd, Carrot, Daikon Radishes, Green Onion, Plum Gluten, Konnyaku)
  • Milk
  • Local Squash and Mincemeat Fry
  • Baked Pudding Tart
  • Kcal: 724
The much anticipated dessert of today, precisely because it is so rare, is Baked Pudding Tart! It is very often requested. Is the secret to its popularity the suitability between the tart shell and the baked pudding?
Udon is pretty much always delicious, which its yummy vegetables, light broth, and fat noodles. Nom, nom, nom. The kabocha squash Fry was rather sweet, so I was surprised to know it had mincemeat in it. It seamed mostly kabocha. And of course, the Baked Pudding Tart was chosen as today’s favourite dish during the student radio program during lunch.
Excepting elementary schools, I visit seven schools. However all these schools are under the same board of education so the school lunch is the same. But normal teachers must change schools every six years or so. I was speaking to one of my teachers about school lunch and she said that she felt the school lunch in this area was rather on the lower end of school lunch quality, she felt the lunches in Asahikawa and other districts were better. So I thought it was interesting to hear her opinion.



Spicy Coconut Milk Rice

November 20th, Thursday:


  • Shoyu Ramen (Pork, Bean Sprout, Bamboo Shoot, Green Onion, Chinese Cabbage, Carrot)
  • Milk
  • Chidjimi
  • Mandarin Yogurt
  • Kcal: 775

Have your hands ever turned yellow after eating too many mandarin oranges? That comes from the pigment in the oranges. If you stop eating so many, your normal skin colour will return.

Today, we had two boys from Malaysia visit the school I went to. Because they didn’t speak Japanese and most of the teachers don’t speak English, I accompanied them to the classes as an interpreter. It was actually my first time formally serving as an interpreter and it was less difficult that I feared.

It was interesting to observe the interaction of my students/teachers with the boys. Everyone at school went out of their way to make the boys welcome, although I think there were still times when either sides were at a loss or confused about what to say/act. During the lunch break, I took them to the gymnasium to play basketball with the other students. While everyone tried to be friendly, it was over all very awkward. But at the end of the break, about 10 girls in unison together said “hello” in Malaysian to the boys. It was really touching and I felt quite proud.

Reflecting on this situation and other occasions, I think that despite what some people may say, Japanese are very interested and friendly people. (Really, I know this from my everyday experience.) But the large cultural difference between Japan and many other countries makes situations awkward or difficult. Japan should of course value and preserve their own beautiful culture. However, the reason that learning English is important is not to become perfectly fluent speakers, but to understand how to bridge that cultural gap when necessary.  cf. Nitobe Inazo.