Archive for June, 2006
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In addition to chilled soba (buckwheat) noodles with dipping sauce, one of my favorite summer-time dishes is cold silken tofu garnished with green onions and ginger, drizzled with soy sauce. Called hiyayakko, it’s quick, simple, and mighty tasty!!! Mumu and his wife have each created their LEGO versions of this delicious dish. In the Mumu household, they put bonito flakes and Japanese mustard on the tofu instead of grated ginger.
Here’s Mumu’s version (I love the drizzled soy sauce):
And here’s Mumu’s wife’s tofu (the yellow must be the mustard):
The family that builds (and eats cold tofu) together stays together!
A traditional method of fishing practiced for hundreds of years in Japan, called ukai, involves flames and cormorants. Sounds way more fun than a fishing pole or net, right?! The fishermen place a large basket full of fire out over the water, and as fish come near the surface, the fishermen release Japanese cormorants on leashes. The cormorants catch the fish and return them to the fishermen. There’s a great photo essay on PhotoTravels.com about this now-rare fishing method:
Japanese blogger Sumi_handy’s has captured ukai in a cool little scene:
Japanese builder Toshiya has posted another adorable cartoon character, this time from the TV show Kirarin Revolution.
Here’s Na-san, the cat:
Ahhh… Adorable! Who can resist sparkly eyes?
Behold the show’s theme song in all its YouTube glory (and tremble in fear!):
Chris Deck is one of my favorite builders in the mini and micro scales. He mostly builds Star Wars vehicles, but he recently posted an updated version of his Colonial Viper from the original Battlestar Galactica TV series:
While we’re at it, here’s Chris’ Galactica:
And a Cylon Raider:
Wow, this is one sweet car! I haven’t been this blown away for some time! That is one elegant creation. Look at that chrome, the sleek shiny blackness of it all!
Here’s the whole sleek gallery
Namo’s got a really nicely detailed train, the RhB Ge4-4 Krokodile:
Lego has made a set of this locomotive, but this creation easily out-shines the set. The plethora of detail is very fun. I especially like the use of clear 2×2 slopes on their sides as windows.
Here’s the whole on-track gallery
1816 has built a really sleek Mach 5:
I’ve never said this about a car before, but this is extremely swooshable! The excellent use of slopes in this creation is very sweet. Makes me want to get on the floor and drive it around under the dining room table…
Here’s the whole speedy gallery