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The significance of Kobe Beef

YoungEun Kim

Mcknight, A.

Japanese 70 – Dis 1C

18 December 2013

Extra Credit

The Kobe Beef is an extremely tender and full-flavored, it is a high quality of beef from cattle raised in Kobe in Japan. The history of Kobe beef begins with the importation of wagyu cattle into the isolated Kobe region before 1868. It is also called as Wagyu beef which means Japanese, orJapanese-style cattle. In the United States, there is Choice or Prime for beef, Kobe beef is usually two grades higher than them. The Japanese feed grains, beer and the cow gets a massage regularly to make cow’s meat become tenderer. untitled                                                        “Japanese feed a beer to cow for Kobe beef”

Even though it has more fat than other meats, the content of cholesterol is lesser than others. In Japan, the highest grade one is around 300hundreds dollars in 200g. Some people is going to say it is too expensive to eat, but the gourmet people will love to eat. In the U.S., Kobe beef producing cattle ave been crossbred with American cattle, and Kobe beef produced in the U.S. is generally less expensive than in Japan. Kobe beef sells for over $100 a pound in Japan. Most believe that although the Kobe beef in America is good, genuine Kobe beef can still only be found in Japan. The reason why Kobe beef is expensive and popular is that it is rare, and producing it is an expensive, time consuming process.

There are three main factors that make Kobe beef so tender and succulent. The Wagyu breed of cattle, the regular massaging of the cow to blend the fat into the muscle, and the diet of beer given to the cow to stimulate appetite. If you ever get a chance to look at a cut of Kobe beef before it is cooked, you will notice that fat is interspersed in the meat in tiny pockets. How they are able to do this is still very weird to me, but it makes the steak taste so good and better. The most important thing in Kobe beef is providing health benefits to people. It has not only low calories, but also good protein, value of iron, low fat and low sodium. Since the fat has a bad reputation, consumers prefer to find a Kobe beef than other meets. According to research results from Pennsylvania State University, “the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers concluded that eating monounsaturated fatty acids are better for your heart than eating special diets with lean products. The research also shows that Wagyu meat can actually help to reduce cholesterol levels. Wagyu beef is visually striking because of its wonderful marbling” (Pennsylvania State University). The Kobe beef is the best teak to not only gourmet people, but also the people. I would like to have a meal with delicious even though it is expensive, and I really look forward to eating the Kobe beef one day.


Symbolization of Momotaro

YoungEun Kim

Mcknight, A.

Japanese 70 – Dis 1C

28 November 2013

Symbolization of Momotaro

In the Japanese fairy story, Momotaro, the main character was born from a peach and the old women bring to her house. When she and her husband try to eat a peach, suddenly a boy comes out of peach. They believe this boy as a heaven sent gift, so they name a newborn boy, “Momo” from the peach and “Taro” from the elder son. In Japanese culture, the peach represents fecundity because it looks like women’s hip. A few years later, Momotaro sets out on a trip to get rid of a plunderer in the island. During his journey, he makes his colleagues who are a dog, a monkey and a bird. Momotaro’s Sea Eagle is an animation version of Mitsuyo Seo and describes the Pacific War when Japan attacked Hawaii on 1941. When children watch this animation, they are going to think that America is the enemy of the Japan. In this animation, Momotaro is a captain of his army and he has some subordinates who is a dog, pheasant and monkey to attack the demon island. They started to attack by air and finally induce the enemy’s surrender. During the war in the animation and book, the millet dumplings are important role to Momotaro and his camaraderie. In the book, the author states that “Attempted to continue in in animation after war, but with Japanese animation, along with other aspects of Japanese cinema, being dependent upon war and its money, peace drove hhim and many others like Massaokka out of the Business” and “ Seo was saddled with the ideologically suspect but technically masterful Momotaro films as his primary legacy (P.228) Animation version and children’s story version are pretty similar to finish with a happy ending. Both of them describe Japanese “liberation of Asia”, as proclaimed by the government at the time. Furthermore, they try to give dreams, hope and peace to children with these stories beyond the appearance of war propaganda. The devastated Japan was on the verge of an unthinkable defeat, the film depicts Peach Boy who is a heroic figure from Japanese folklore. Momotaro has recruited some cute animal friends into his ever so friendly and noble crusade to “liberate” southern islands in the Pacific and South East Asia region. In this animation, everybody can know the Momotaro’s army represent a Japanese army as a good and the other side represent the United States army as a bad. At the end of traditional fairy tale and animation Momotaro defeat the demon island and return home with wonderful treasures.

This animation depicts the significance of the millet dumplings. The millet dumplings are not only foodstuffs during the war, but also fighting spirit to Momotaro’s forces. For instance, the monkey shows a bag of millet dumplings to his colleagues before departing and says this is a millet dumpling to improve fighting spirit. Furthermore, these dumplings do an important role during the war. Monkey eats the millet dumplings and it makes him encourage and gain strength. In the book, The Momotaro’s old woman prepared the millet dumplings before going to war. This part exactly shows how food is an important role in the society; his parents would think the most needed things are food during the war. That’s why the old woman cooked the millet dumplings and it assists Momotaro to make his subordinate who is a dog. The author describes about dumplings as “the best millet dumplings in Japan. I cannot give you a whole one; I will give you half-a-one” (P.25). After that, the dog accepted to go with a Momotaro. The millet dumplings make their camaraderie promote and important foodstuffs during their travel to war. Someone would say they just share the food, however Momotaro and dog can be closer and feel fellowship by sharing the millet dumplings

The story and animation describes a Momotaro as a good leader to recover the defeat from the United States. The character, Momotaro, indicates a lot of importance for that period. The author describes, “While Momotaro became a central figure in Japanse moral education, and he was also frequently used during WWII to represent nationalist military values (P.228). The Momotaro’s enemies are actually the classic American cartoon characters; they are characterized as a devil and a bitter satire on the United States. . The interesting part is the Americans are described in human and the Japanese are depicted in animal form. Even if the American is in a human, he has a demon horns on his head. He drinks a lot of bottles of beer, behavior badly and totally different from Momotaro. On the other hand, Momotaro is an esteemed leader and describes as a strong, upright, faithfully in the army and tries to do his best for the justice. Momotaro was commandeered by propagandists as a legendary patriotic hero in this animation.

In Talkie manga which we watched in class, it has also similarities to Momotaro story. The Disney characters come on the scene, they start to plunder and behavior badly like an American soldier in Demon Island in the Momotaro’s Sea Eagle. Momotaro’s Divine Sea Warriors is dreamlike, haunting and strangely sinister, but despite its intentions it is in fact, the father or mother of all Japanese animation. Those stories, mangas and animations are emphasized on the good and devil, in other words, Japan and America. Even though the background of this story is like a darkness war, by finishing with a happy ending, those really trying to symbolize the positive thinking, hope for peace, and Japanese greatness.

Between Momotaro’s Sea Eagle and the Japanese fairy story has a pretty similar theme, however there are differences. Both of them are about defeating the enemy, however, the book is a more likely heroic tale and gives an important lesson from the characters. For example, the book is focused on Momotaro’s personal things. He went out to defeat the enemies, make some subordinate and come back to his house with a happy ending. Furthermore, Momotaro lives happily with the old woman and old man at the end. In the book, it is based on children who need to learn an important lesson. On the other hand, Momotaro’s Sea Eagle is more tend to be a documentary theme. For instance, the animation is emphasized on the war between Japan and the United States in 1941. The animation doesn’t describe the Momotaro’s birth and fellowship as the book. When the book comes to give a moral to children, the animation more focused on describing the confidence, Japanese greatness and the relationship between Japan and America. Therefore, the book is more likely children to read, but animation is based on the Japanese traditional fairy tale, so it is a good not only children, but also adults.

The animation and book is actually different genre, so those have a different narrative form. The traditional fairy tale’s narrators have traces of orality, use of iterative tense and impersonate animals. For example, the book starts, “Very, very long a go”, it is the example of using iterative tense in folkloric. So, the traditional fairy tale tends to use a form of once upon a time tense, and repeated when something need to be emphasized. On the other hand, the animation doesn’t use this kind of method to develop a story

In the story of Momotaro, the food is a significant theme; it unifies the Momotaro and his camaraderie’s fellowship, teamwork and heroism. The millet dumplings are not only foodstuffs during the war, but also fighting spirit to Momotaro’s forces. Furthermore, Momotaro gives a half of the millet dumplings to the dog, and dog accepted to be camaraderie of Momotaro. Food can be a trivial thing; however it is the most important thing people live. Some people would say the main theme of this novel is about the good triumphing over the evil. However, the food symbolizes the fellowship, the method of fighting spirit in the Momotaro. Moreover, Momotaro is described as a legendary patriotic hero in the book and animation, they teach the patrioticism and Japanese greatness to Japanese children and adult.

Capitalism in Giant and Toys

YoungEun Kim

Mcknight, A.

Japanese 70 – Dis 1C

28  November 2013

Capitalism and Commercialization of Caramel

Giants and Toys is a Japanese film directed by Yasuzo Masumura and it exactly shows the commercializations problem in nowadays. There are three different candy companies which are World, Apollo, and Giant specializes in caramels. There are two main characters who are the employees of the World. Nishi is the assistant of the Goda, they try to find a girl who can be a main for the caramel poster. The Goda actually has pretty strong power in the company, but he always looks forward to being more powerful and prestigious.

images1This scene shows that how executives have a discuss to make more corporation profit.

The young girl, Kyoko, actually has a asymmetric tooth and works in the taxi company. She was just a taxi driver and raised under poor family. After she was elected for a poster, she became a star and made lots of money from that.”. She has very pure personality and is availed of for the company’s advantage. She said that “ I will do anything for money”, this shows how money makes her be into a different person. She wears the astronaut suit and performance in the television program, concerts, baseball game to create corporation profit. However, Nishi’s best friend works in the Giant, so he is kind of the rival with Nishi. He keeps calm outwardly, but they hold each other in check internally. untitled This scene is about the love between Nishi and a woman in Apollo company. Nishi always tried to dig up information from her, but she also tries to take advantage for her company’s profit.

For me, this fact is the most interesting, because not only Nishi but also his best friend become to be commercialized for their company’s profit. Furthermore, Nishi meets a woman who works in the Apollo and they are seeming to love each other. However, they meet totally to dig up each company’s advertisement information. It exactly shows that even the love is treated lower than the corporate profit.

untitled2                                                        Goda tries to persuade her to work for World.untitled3Kyoko was selected by Goda, after that she wears a space suit and become a star.

When the society becomes commercialized more and more, there is a benefit too. For example, The companies can do fair competition as a rival, and improve the effectiveness of a rival system. However, that is kind of ideal thing in nowadays society. If one company is defeated from rival companies, they suffer a heavy blow. Sometimes, employees are dismissed for that result. In this film, Nishi and Goda, they are liable to do or have to do everything for the company’s profit. Furthermore, Kyoko is treated as goods under capitalism, in other words, she has to do everything for a sale as goods.

The Giants and Toys is really emphasized on corruption and darkness thing due to the success and survive in the capital. “ This is Japan. We must work hard or else we won’t survive”. In this sentence, working hard also means defeat other companies and someone who wins in the competition they can survive. This is the biggest problem in the capitalism and commercialization.

Exoticism in The Gourmet Club

YoungEun Kim

Mcknight, A.

Japanese 70 – Dis 1C

03 November 2013

Exoticism in The Gourmet Club

The title piece, “The Gouremt Club”, is a describing comprehensively about food in exoticism and the magical creation and general unlimited possibilities. Tanizaki explains the experience of eating food which is “magical” and it is literally felt by all of his senses. The general public use merely their tongues to eat a magical food, but the members of The Gourmet club eat Count G’s special food as taste it with their eyes, their noses, theirs and at times with their skin. At risk of exaggerating, all parts of our body ought to become tongue. The magical food prompts all senses in your body so that your whole body participates in the act of eating to satisfy. The members of the Gourmet Club supply with new ideas for the term of food, and show their concentration, passion and obsession to seek of indulgent and exotic foods.

Court G figures out the magic and pleasure from Chinese cuisine. Yokohama’s Chinatown is one of the biggest Chinatowns in the world; it is also one of the example that in terms of Tanizaki’s exoticism and being thrown into an inner exoticism was complete sensory overload. Tanizaki explains unconventional ingredients, and it creates an amazing flavor However, Chinese people can be already familiar with this Chinese food which doesn’t offer the same sense of pleasure. It’s a similar situation that Count G has gotten so board of Japanese food. Consequently, this sense of exoticism that Count G gets when he eats Chinese food can contribute to the sense of magic. Magical sensations can be caused by tasting new and exotic things.

The Gourmet club has similarities with “Tampopo” which we watched in class. Both of the stories are pretty associated with gourmet boom and exoticism. The member of gourmet club has been willing to travel just for food, they go to Kyoto from Tokyo for a good turtle restaurant. Furthermore, The Gourmet Club is associated with Tampopo, both of them exactly represent their obsession, passion and respect for food like a “gourmet boom”. Tampopo and Goro who is her protector, their research and work hard for the perfect noodles. Zuzo Itami, who is director of Tampopo, creates a scene that makes noodles in this movie more interesting than sex and violence in many others.

This reading also shows that the connection between food and eroticism. This shows the consumption of food as an embodiment of human sexual desires. The author describes the food as “Besides the shelf hung chunks of pork loin and pigs legs with the skin still on. The bristles had been carefully shaved off, and the skin was as soft, white, and luscious as any women’s”. (P.114, The Gourmet Club). Food is used to act out sexual intimacy and the feeding of one’s sexual needs rather than one’s needs for biological nourishment.

In conclusion, Tanizaki’s The Gourmet club transforms an ordinary Chinese food into something magical and exoticism. Court G and his Gourmet Club members show a new way of importance to the term foodie, demonstrate this magical food as food that could generate imaginations and the tale of a food so magically that literally tickles all your senses from exotic foods.