Chirashi-Don-Chris_ChangDonburi, Don, Donburi Mono / Bowl

Donburi is a deep bowl made ​​of thick porcelain or pottery.

When you serve steamed rice in a Donburi and top it with such side dish like tonkatsu(pork cutlet) or tempura, it becomes a Domburimono.

To begin with, aristocrats in old Japan basically used to serve the staple food rice with a main meal and side meals in separate dishes, and eat them separately each time with chopsticks.

But from around the late Edo period, some shops started to provide tempura or barbecued eel together with rice in a bowl, and appealed to impatient and careless common Edo people.

In these days, with a catchphrase of “Delicious, inexpensive and served fast, it’s the best lunch for busy film crews!” , a major beef bowl franchise came out with a bowl menu served with miso soup, salad and pickles, for only 500 yen (around 3 Euro.)

At the company management scene, we call a sloppy accounting which mingles salaries, office expenses, entertainment expenses and all other expenses together, a Dombli accounting, and we often find it among production companies. 

Photo By Chris Chang

Sho-Ka-Do Bento Lunch

Shoukadou BentoThe Bento-lunch container is divided into a cross,
This way, smell and taste of each food there do not mix with each other.
It is beautifully arranged.

Circa 1600s in Japan, a monk name “Shokado Shojo” was inspired by seedlip used by farmer, and he used it as a paint box and a tobacco tray at the tea ceremony.
Then, it was used as a vessel for kaiseki which is a meal served at the tea ceremony.

This style has spread to the world as “Shokado Bento Lunch”.



Bon Dance

Bon Dance !Bon Dance:
Obon, it is the day when deceased family and ancestors come back from the land of the dead.
Although there are local differences in time to celebrate, depending on either adapting new solar calendar in July or adapting old lunar calendar in August, the living Japanese also return to their hometown or native place(JIMOTO), just like the dead ones, to visit graves and to renew their friendship with whom they haven’t seen for a long time.
It is the summer festivity season in JIMOTO, and after all the highlight of the festival is “Bon Dance” .
In the old days, there used to be one called, “Kurayami Matsuri,” literally meaning,”festival in dark”, and it said to provide prime opportunity for men and women to meet each other.
Dressed up in Yukata, a cotton kimono robe for summer, it is a passionate summer night to meet old girlfriend or boyfriend again.


chindon-crop“TinDong” is a drum set that can be played while walking, and we call “a band of musical sandwichmen, profession of street advertiser,” a “TinDongYa.” Passer are amused by their colorful costumes, lively performances and Cheerful messages delivered, the street advertising business with much history.






Shinzen Shiki

Japanese wedding (c) Guillaume Buret.A wedding is a ceremony where people are united in marriage. Wedding traditions and customs vary greatly between cultures, ethnic groups, religions, countries, and social classes. Most wedding ceremonies involve an exchange of wedding vows by the couple, presentation of a gift (offering, ring(s), symbolic item, flowers, money), and a public proclamation of marriage by an authority figure or leader. Special wedding garments are often worn, and the ceremony is sometimes followed by a wedding reception. Music, poetry, prayers or readings from religious texts or literature are also commonly incorporated into the ceremony.



Photo By Guillaume Buret