onigiri (japanese riceballs), murakami and kafka on the shore

in honour of one of the two main protagonists from haruki murakami's kafka on the shore, i went out to get myself some unagi and onigiri (the one i'm eating today contains salmon).

so good!

as is the book. i'm only halfway through but i've never been so attached to the two main characters of any of murakami's books as i am now. and i have never disliked any of his characters.

my only problem…

no matter how hard i try to follow the instructions of unwrapping one of these suckers, i always manage to screw it up. the seaweed is suppose to stay on but mine keeps coming off.

there's an art to it. but i haven't figured it out yet.

when we went to have dinner at this modern japanese noodle place, i had to get ada to do it it for me.

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7 thoughts on “onigiri (japanese riceballs), murakami and kafka on the shore

  1. I love the colorful picture with the plate of food. I am not familiar with unagi and onigiri, but your picture makes the food look very interesting. I am also unfamiliar with the book and the author that you mention. What type of book is this? Sad, happy? Fiction? Mystery? I love books so I am curious. thank you for sharing. I learn about new things from you!

  2. well, i can't take credit for the picture of the onigiri – found it on the web. 🙂 it's rice mixed with different kinds of stuff – some with pork floss, some just plain and like mine, mixed with cooked, smoked salmon flakes. some might even have some type of cooked, diced vegetables. unagi is eel – i had eel maki, sushi rools drizzled with sweet teriyaki sauce and sprinkled w/ toasted sesame seed.
    how to explain the works of haruki murakami. well, his works are all translated from his native japanese language. and from what i've been told, it's excellent translation!
    it is whimsical – he has a way of turning reality into something so not real. but you still feel like it's almost normal. so like a lot of asian legend, it's almost a contemporary mind bender that introduces the paranormal into the protagonist's everyday life.
    i love the character development. it can be sad but not heart-wrenching. if you're looking for grandiose endings, this is not the type of book for you. but if you're looking for a beautifully written story with symbolic gestures and great development of the protagonist's character, then i would recommend giving his reads a try.
    i've read two of his short-story collections and this is my sixth novel of his that i'm on.

  3. i only know one other writer that i would see as better then him and it's yukio mishima, of which you introduced me to. i don't know anyone else. well, banana yoshimoto is fun but she doesn't captivate me in the ong run. i liked kitchen but her works after that didn't make a lasting impression even though i enjoyed the read (light entertainment).
    i admit i'm also not as well read as you (far from it – but i'm working on it! :p)

  4. haha you're cute. i'm not that well-read. or, i should say, i have a very uneven "canon" of books i've read. lots of japanese, chinese, latin american works. but i've never read phillip roth or norman mailer. what i don't know about contemporary american literature could fill a warehouse.

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