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About this section (non-food)

This is a replacement for the Ask Maki Almost Anything page, which has accumulated 270 comments. I figured that a forum format was much more suited for this kind of thing, so here it is! Please post your non-food-related questions that you really really want to address to Maki here, rather than the whole community (which should go in the appropriate categories.)

Note that I may not always be able to answer things in a timely manner, or at all. continue reading...

About this section (food)

This is a replacement for the Ask Maki Almost Anything page, which has accumulated 270 comments. I figured that a forum format was much more suited for this kind of thing, so here it is! continue reading...

What kind of noodles are these??

I bought these a long time ago and never did use them. Not sure if they get old or stale...
What kind of noodles are these?
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What can I do with old(ish) cooked rice?

Hi Maki,

I hope you are feeling better. I said in another comment, I love your website. I re-read my copy of Just Bento about once a week. I've tried out other books, but I still love yours. It's really got me started cooking again and I really love making bentos. I <3 you! continue reading...

Learning multiple languages

I'm a current high school student taking French. My high school only offers two years and I would like to continue past this point. Not only do I wish to learn French, but Japanese as well. (My plans are to become an English teacher in Japan.) I have to work very hard to learn French because I don't have a good memory. What is the best way for me to learn French and Japanese?

Edamame, sesame seed and mandarin orange seaweed salad

Dear Maki...

I have really enjoyed your Just Bento website and become such the bento-holic! Your book is amazing, so 'arrigato gozaimas!'

I'm a Purser on board American Airlines and we recently had a dish that I thought would make an excellent salad in a bento box. I'm still a novice, but eagerly learn from the masters such as yourself! The dish was some sort of a seaweed saled with dark, thin slices of seaweed (Wakame, Hijiki? I really don't know) It also had edamame, white sesame seeds and a mandarin orange slice on top. I took pictures so you can see what I'm describing. continue reading...

Looking at rice - what ARE the qualities of 'sushi rice'

wrong_rice.jpgWhilst staying with my parents recently I purchased a package of “sushi rice” from a major UK supermarket. The rice was their own brand and was grown in the USA.

Without having anything to compare it to for a side by side comparison, this rice didn’t seem at all unusual when raw.

However, once cooked it seemed rather different to the rice I’m used to using for Japanese food. continue reading...