Happy Birthday, Seto Ohashi

Seto Ohashi, sometimes called the Great Seto Bridge in English, opened 30 years ago today. Here’s a brief aticle about it in the Japan Times (where they redundantly call it “Seto Ohashi Bridge”).

Have you traveled over this bridge (which is actually a series of 6 bridges)? What other great bridges have you seen or been over, in Japan or in other countries?



Yesterday I mentioned the phrase “It’s like watching paint dry.” This video of a street vendor making jianbing (煎饼・Chinese breakfast crepes) is like watching socks go around in a clothes dryer.

Compare that method with this one:

I’m sure there are as many ways to make this as there are street vendors in Beijing.

A funny account of someone addicted to jianbing: “Let he who has turned down a delicious jianbing first call me fatty” (from Roads & Kingdoms).

Also: “Why Jianbing is China’s Most Popular Street Breakfast” (from Serious Eats)

And if you want to try making it yourself: a recipe (from Genius Kitchen).

Another recipe, with a slightly different take on it, called Jidan Bing (from The Woks of Life).

Or wait four years and make a plan to go to the next Winter Olympics in Beijing.


Fry that

A student announced in her research presentation yesterday that “fried sushi” was one of the popular types of sushi outside of Japan. Everyone agreed that it wasn’t popular here in Japan. Maybe not, but it does exist (of a sort):

“Deep-fried sushi exists in Japan, and here’s where to try it” (from Japan Today)

And speaking of unusual fried things, in a suburb of Osaka, fried maple leaves are a traditional snack going back to the 14th century:

Deep frying makes almost anything taste better. Even candy bars (?) — see the famous Scottish fried Mars bar in the video below (after Scotch pie and before haggis, at about the 2-minute mark):

Street food stories

This YouTube channel may not give you much language input, but it’s a good example of the demonstration task and you could try adding English explanations to one of these videos, or try making your own.

I sometimes visit family in Portland, Oregon, where street food is very popular. My favorite is Nong’s Khao Man Gai.

And this is a favorite memory, from a trip to Enoshima (and the cat waiting for leftovers)

What’s your favorite street food story?