A Japan focused entry.
Dogs are Man’s best friend. The best proof of this is the story of a Japanese dog named Hachikō. After a long day of work Hachikō used to meet his human companion every day at Shibuya Station. Eventually, the human died. Hachikō continued to show up and wait for his friend. He did that every day for at least nine years.
The Ishikawa diagram was invented by the Japanese management expert Kaoru Ishikawa. The diagram visually depicts a root cause analysis of a problem. It is also called the fishbone diagram for its resemblance to a fish. The idea is to list the possible categories and causes that led to an issue.
Tōgarashi is Japanese for chilli pepper. Shichi-mi tōgarashi is a hot blend of spices and red chilli pepper. This delicious condiment creates a perfect balance of flavours. I use it on noodle soups, corn and tofu. Like wine, tōgarashi will reflect the terroir.
The ingredients can be, for example:
Shichimiya Honpo in Kyoto is the oldest shichimi trader in Japan. Their shop is near the Kiyomizu-dera temple. Their blend is less hot, and the citrus flavour is dominant.
Shichi-mi tōgarashi is so remarkable that it needs its own special container. These little chubby containers have the shape of a gourd. I think they are called hyotan in Japanese and were made from a calabash. Mine is lacquered wood. The calabash has an extensive history in many civilisations. This website is a great resource to read more about it.