Kitakami Photoblog

Daily photos from Kitakami, a small town in Northern Japan, and its surroundings.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Rice around the clock

In Japan, rice is the most important staple food, it is part of breakfast, lunch and dinner - although its consumption is declining due to the westernization of the Japanese's eating habits, McDonald's, Starbucks.... But still an average family consumes several dozens kilos of rice - per month. The photo's showing a vending machine where you can buy rice in 5 or 10 kg sacks, even during night. So you will be sure of never running out of it.
The red kanji sign (pronounced o-kome) is the character for uncooked rice. Cooked rice is called "gohan", which also means "meal".


Blogger Pat said...

How interesting!

Now, what kind of rice would be the most popular?

I go to the supermarket here and I see Long Grain, Uncle Ben's converted, and so many kinds.

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1:50 PM  
Blogger lemon said...

Ī¤alking about rice, I would like to see one of these-I dont know how they are called-cookers/machines that have rice ready-cooked the whole day, from early in the morning...
If you would like to photo one of them and give delails about how they work, or any link with information, it would be very interesting for me.
Thank you in advance,
from Greece

7:17 AM  

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