Monday, April 11, 2011

Onigiri

Cardy: J.Crew Factory; Top: J.Crew via Buffalo Exchange; Belt: Gift from BFF (J.Crew); Skirt: Anthro; Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

I'm very pleased with the upgrade of outfit shoot locations since we made the move from Phoenix (bleh) to Japan (oooh!). This was about a 30 second walk from where we live. I love traditional Japanese details, and it's so fascinating to see it all in its correct context.

Today, I am feeling quite proud of myself. Why, you ask? Let me tell you. This morning, as I was walking Matt to work, we stopped by a 7-Eleven so I could pick up onigiri for lunch later. (Convenience stores are really nice here. With real edible food and stuff.)  

Onigiri is very popular in Japan - They are little rice triangles wrapped in seaweed (although they can also be little rice balls as well). They can be filled with salmon, tuna, and other stuffs. SO YUMMY. And healthy!

Anyway, at convenience stores, they have shelves stocked of this stuff in all different varieties. I, personally, am very fond of the konbu (kelp) kind. But since the packaging is in Japanese, I usually rely on Matt to find it for me. Well, today, I was able to find it myself, because I've been studying the first set of Japanese characters (hiragana) and could figure out what this was: 

The Japanese character for "ko"... as in KOnbu! I guess you can say I'm becoming a pro at Japanese. Okay, maybe not, but it does feel really good to know that I'm actually learning.

Alright, well I'm off to work on my next installment of Cute Japan. (That actually just means I'm uploading more photos. But it sounds more professional when I say it like that.) I'm so glad you guys like it as much as I do! 

31 comments:

  1. I love Onigiri!!! Yummy!!! Thank you for sharing your life with us! I remember living in other countries and it was awesome!

    I have been thinking about that skirt. It looks great on you! Have a lovely day! Cheers!

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  2. I had a rice press when I was little and these were my favorite food! I don't remember what we'd put inside except that it was pickled. (we had japanese friends)

    I'm so glad you're posting about your experience and that we get to live vicariously through you. :-)

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  3. Those Onigiri look cute AND delicious!

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  4. I'm really enjoying your posts. I always loved your blog before, but now I'm REALLY loving it.

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  5. I love your outfits. I know that you usually tend towards a lot more color and I think it fits your personality really well! But I personally like the more muted versions you've been wearing in Japan. :] It's nice to see you incorporate color this way (it's feels so do-able to me!) Glad to hear you're having such a good time in Japan!

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  6. Yay! Only 45 more hiragana (and then katakana) and a billion kanji to go! All joking aside, you're in the PERFECT environment to learn Japanese and I believe you'll start picking things up before you know it. And then you'd be able to teach me.

    Thanks for coming by my blog--it seriously made my day. I wanted to nominate you on that list, but I figured you're busy enough with the new home and all. If I'm wrong and you would like to do it, I'd most certainly add you on in a jiffy.

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  7. woah, nice! i know nothing about japanese. color me verrrrrry impressed!
    p.s. never tried seaweed before...i don't know if i could get it down. maybe i could. maybe one day i'll try. but until then, i'll live vicariously through you, kay? awesome.
    -brittney

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  8. love your skirt girl! i have the same one in yellow! :)

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  9. You should teach us japanese! I'm pretty sure you'll be fluent in no time! I've tried onigiri it is really good, although I'm pretty sure the one over there is even better!

    Cess O. <3
    The Outfit Diaries

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  10. loving your blog!!
    and i so wish our 7-11 had {edible} sushi :)
    i get weird about raw fish,
    that's awesome that convenience stores keep things clean there.
    i'm afraid to even eat a hotdog here from one of those places here haha.

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  11. Ah! Thank you so much for your sweet, lovely comment. I am much much flattered because your blog is so amazing. I adore the happy pop of yellow in your outfit. I cannot at all imagine living in a foreign country without speaking the language at all. You're so brave!

    <3 Lea

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  12. Hi Kristine, i have been following your blog for quite a while and i really like every post in your blog:)

    I am glad to hear that you're picking up the japanese language pretty quickly. And i love the onigiris in the conbini (that's how convenience stores in japan are called in japanese) too. If you are a fan of fish/salmon, i highly recommend the one with grilled tuna belly from Lawsons. Or the chinese fried rice (cha-han) onigiri. Basically, the onigiri selection in Lawsons rocks!

    Japan is a really exciting country to live in. There will definitely be more exciting things/places for you to discover there.

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  13. what! i want to try those little rice balls. they look super yummers.

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  14. Love this outfit! And yayyy for finding the konbu for yourself! Whenever I hear that I think of The Ugly Dachshund because they serve that at a party and the Japanese guy serving it gets angry when no one eats it XD
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

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  15. mmm I love onigiri! Wish I could find it more conveniently here...and great job on learning more characters :)

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  16. I'm so glad you moved to Japan so I can learn all this cool stuff! You're awesome, my dearie. :)

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  17. Now those rice balls look delish! :D

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  18. I love this outfit and learning a bit of Japanese knowledge from ya!

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  19. You look really cute, I love the print of your skirt.
    I adore japanese food!! Yum!

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  20. ahh those shoes are so wonderful. I feel like the icing on top of my life cake will be when I can one day have jeffrey cambell shoes. Did you get a deal on them or was it a splurge...because I am so wanting to splurge for one of those beauties.

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  21. Libby, Vintage AplombFebruary 3, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    I think it's so cool that you and your husband live in Japan now! I live vicariously through your adventurous life! And the difference between Japanese and American convenience stores is very interesting!

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  22. Wait... just kidding. I got mixed up. These I got full price. Downgrade.

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  23. I wish they sold onigiri in the stores here. I do know how to make it myself and I have sushi rice and such, but I'm too american to get it right. :(

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  24. Well, I'm pretty sure that you are adding to Cute Japan!
    So awesome that you're moving right along with your Japanese! One of my best friends is in China right now for a year to teach English and she is having a very difficult time learning the language! I'm impressed by you! :)

    Also, I added a round-up of Day #2 Blogger Camp - info I know you'll love to check out if you enjoyed Day #1 Retail Camp! :)

    <3 The Daily Dani

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  25. Love me some onigiri! Cho oishii ne? Wait till you start craving them for breakfast- that means you have been here too long. ;) I am glad you are enjoying your time. Also, your outfit is super cute.

    -Staci
    http://thismaloneysbaloney.blogspot.com/

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  26. I love your outfit!! and oh my gosh onigiri is soooo delicious :)

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  27. so exciting to practice a new language when you're immersed! cute outfit too (love the shoes!)

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  28. That's so exciting when you spend so much time trying to learn another language & you start to see the results! I love your shoes, you look too cute!

    savannah-joyofliving.blogspot.com

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  29. i'm pretty excited for you that you're learning japanese! and also that you have awesome photo shoot locations now (although i always thought you did a good job before).

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  30. I love learning about Japan from your blog hun. Also love that outfit. The skirt is so beaut.

    C x
    http://memiorsofalittlethingcalledlife.blogspot.com/

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  31. You pull off yellow and black well... I am always fearful of looking like a bumblebee

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