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Dinner served...............................from 4 p.m. Open house............................... 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. Altar tours ...............................every half hour Japanese Wedding Gowns ..... 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Taiko drummers ..............................6:30 p.m. Obon dancing...................................7:30 p.m.

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The festival will take place at the Oregon-Idaho Buddhist Temple, 286 S.E. Fourth St., in Ontario. There is no admission fee, and everyone is welcome to attend. Come enjoy the great food and wonderful entertainment.

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very warm welcome is extended to everyone in the community to enjoy the 2012 Japan Nite Obon Festival to be held June 30th at the IdahoOregon Buddhist Temple in Ontario, Oregon. This festival is looked upon as our “Open House” opportunity to share Buddhist traditions, Japanese culture and the Japanese- American experience with our friends and neighbors that we share our lives with. This temple has served as a foundational centerpiece for the Japanese-American community in the Treasure Valley area since its inception. It is affiliated with the

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longest established school of Buddhism in the United States. To know that this temple is one of only two Shin Buddhist Temples in all of Oregon makes its significance all the more noteworthy. The Buddhist tradition has long

Shin Buddhism continues to expand beyond its ethnocentric roots, as more and more people have become aware of the beautiful teachings that urge us to a life of harmony, acceptance, and appreciation. This year, we celebrate the 66th Annual Japan Nite Obon Festival. The festival is centered around the Bon Odori, where everyone is welcome to join into the large circle of dance. Beautiful traditional clothing and colorful decorations of lanterns and streamers add to the atmosphere. The aroma of Japanese foods linger in the air. Cultural displays, martial arts and the sounds of Taiko Drums all add to the presentation of one of the major attracbeen considered one of the major tions of the Treasure Valley. world religions. Buddhism in Please come and be a part of this America continues its growth in year's festival. both recognition and acceptance. Today, our Shin Buddhist teachings are being noted for its compatibiliRev. Joshin Dennis Fujimoto ty with the American lifestyle.

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The annual Japan Nite Obon Festival is here again and this year’s theme or display will be Japanese bridal gowns. The gowns on display are garments called Uchi-kake. Uchi-kake is a long ceremonial gown worn over a bride’s wedding kimono. It has a thick edge and is made of brocade or figured satins with decorative patterns of embroidery. This particular garment was worn by women of the high-ranking samurai class in the Muromachi period, dated from 1336 to 1568. It was then worn as wedding attire of

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the wealthy people in the Edo period from 1603 to 1868. This particular gown has been worn at traditional-style weddings, but now more and more women are choosing to wear Western- 5 style bridal gowns with trains and veils, and more and more grooms are choosing to wear tuxedos than the traditional kimono. When a bride wears the traditional Uchikake gown, she then wears a white head cover called a “Tsuno kakushi (horn concealer).� It is made of white silk and worn over the traditional coiffure. It is said that it supposedly hiding the horns of jealousy, assuring a peaceful marriage. It also symbolizes humility in the nuptial pledge. “These gowns tend to be very expensive, and more and more brides are renting them instead of buying them,� Suzie Nishihara said. “Some brides are still wearing these gowns in their wedding, but more and more are going with the Western-style gowns and veils.� For the display at the festival, Madame Fujima, who is the Japanese dance teacher, is one of the donators.

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Even as the Oregon-Idaho Buddhist Temple is gearing up for its Obon festival, so too are many other temples across the United States. Cultural events, such as Obon, have been key to the Shin Buddhist temples in America, Rev. Joshin Fujimoto said, and these traditions have been carried on primarily through the Buddhist temples. Obon festivities may be a tradition, but the celebrations do not fall on a specific day. Obon is more of a

A season of celebration season. Fujimoto said Oregon is unique among the Western states that may have many Buddhist temples in that it only has two — one in Portland and the one in Ontario. In other areas, however, that have numerous Buddhist temples, the Obon festivities are spread out among a period of time and are coordinated to take place at different times, allowing for the members of the different Buddhist temples to participate in the Obon festivities of others. “So it kind of brings the whole greater community together,” Fujimoto said, adding the members

The Obon Odori dance is one of the most significant part of the Japan Nite celebration. Dancers, whether they know the moves or not, are encouraged to take part and bring the community together.

of the different temples can dance with others and share the traditions and experiences of the different Buddhist temples, some of which may have different signature foods. “It kind of brings a cohesiveness

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“circle, after circle, after circle,� Fujimoto said. “It makes you more appreciative, more aware of everything beyond ourselves and more humble as 7 well,� he said. “Reflection is recognizing these causes and conditions, and our perspective becomes deeper rather than focused on our own happiness or our own importance.� Some Obon traditions have been modified in Ontario. While Obon tradition includes lighting a lantern and then floating them on water, Fujimoto said that is not done in Ontario. He said, at other temples, the Obon celebration concludes with the lighting of lanterns, which are then placed in a pond or on water to symbolize souls leaving from their day back on earth. This loses its effect in Ontario because it is still light when the lanterns would be lit, Fujimoto said. “It is significant, though,� he said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

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flavors or different types of foods or the Taiko drum rhythms may be a signature to a different area, but the meaning of Obon is the same. Obon, Fujimoto said, is a time to reflect on the past and the causes and conditions that have helped shape and continue to influence people’s lives, including past family members and ancestors, who in turn were shaped and influenced by other people, causes and conditions. “That’s a very Buddhist perspective,� Fujimoto said, comparing it with throwing a rock in the pond, which creates ripples that move outward from the point of impact. By reflecting on the past and the causes and conditions that have shaped people’s lives, it diverts attention from how much people have accomplished or how much they have to what people have received from all of their ancestors,


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“I would love to do that.” Instead, the Buddhist temple has a special Obon service in June during which people who have lost a family member in the past year are invited to attend and light a lantern placed at the altar with that person’s name, date of birth and date of death on it. The most important aspect of Obon, however, which is done at all Obon celebrations, regardless of their location is the Obon Odori dance, Fujimoto said. “What’s nice about that is everybody is welcome,” Fujimoto said. “Everyone in the community is urged to participate.” He said the point of the dance is

not whether people are good dancers, know the moves or are familiar with the dance at all let alone do it perfectly. He said the point of the dance is a way for people to join together as a community, break down the ego-centric shells they usually hide behind — never mind if they are good or lousy or if they have to look good or be perfect any other time — to drop all that and “just be.” “And that is a spiritual moment,” he said. “That’s the most important thing. That’s what makes it significant to the Buddhist teaching. The colors, the costumes, the food all add flavor, but the dancing is the most important part of Obon.”

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Gathering of joy: Japanese American Obon history Obon is an annual Japanese Buddhist festival that commemorates the dead. It is based on a Buddhist text that describes how a devout monk dances with joy upon successfully releasing his deceased mother’s spirit from the Realm of Hungry Ghosts. Today, participants dance to express their joy to be living happily and to honor loved ones who have passed away. Obon is also commonly known as the Festival of Lanterns, referring to the traditional lighting of the chochin (lanterns) at family shrines and gravesites. Obon is held outdoors during the summer months — in the street or in temple parking lots and court-

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yards. Central to its celebration among Japanese Americans are the folk dances (Bon Odori) performed to music that includes the steady beat of a taiko. The taiko sits on a raised platform, or a yagura, and musicians use bachi, or drum-

sticks, on the taiko, to keep time for the Bon Odori dancers. The guiding purpose of Bon Odori is to set aside the ego through unselfconscious dancing. Participation is customarily diverse — with young and old, formally trained and informally trained dancers, Japanese Americans and non-Japanese Americans. Tracing its roots back to Japan, Bon Odori evolved out of the Odori Nembutsu, a popular Buddhist chant and dance from the late Heian (794-1185) and Kamakura (11851333) periods. By the 1600s, it became widespread and very popular in rural communities, providing a break from farm life. During the Meiji period (1868-1912), Bon Odori was banned, as it was thought to encourage immoral behavior, especially among the young. The ban was lifted during the Taisho period (1912-1926), and new songs and dances were created, combining Western instruments with traditional Japanese ones. In 1934, the song “Tokyo Ondo� became a hit. In the United States, the first mention of Bon Odori seems to have been in 1905, in the Yamato Shimbun newspaper in Hawaii. Reverend Yoshio Iwanaga is creditCONTINUED ON PAGE 11

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ed with introducing Bon Odori on the mainland in 1930 — first while visiting the Stockton Buddhist Temple (where he met his future wife), as well as during temple visits in Washington, California, Oregon, and Canada. The first recorded Bon Odori was reportedly held at the San Francisco Temple in 1931. In Los Angeles, the first Bon Odori is said to have occurred in 1933 or 1934, on Central Avenue between First and Jackson Streets in Little Tokyo, at the Los Angeles Hompa Hongwanji Betsuin. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese Americans were incarcerated in camps. During this period many people emphasized their “American-ness,� but there was also a resurgence and maintenance of Japanese customs, and Buddhist communities in most camps organized Obon and Bon Odori. Following World War II, there was a surprisingly quick re-establishment of temple life, with Bon Odori resuming in Los Angeles in 1947. Rev. and Mrs. Iwanaga, who had been at Poston II, resettled in Watsonville, Calif., where Rev. Iwanaga continued to teach Bon Odori at the local temple. Mrs. Iwanaga headed the BCA Music and Recording Department, which


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of folk melodies and dances form different types of Bon Odori, usually accompanied by instruments such as hand clapping, taiko (drum), atarigane, fue (flute), binsawa (wood rattle) and shamisen. Most dancers can be seen wearing a yukata, a lightweight, summer kimono, or a happi coat, a short kimono-like jacket. While associated with Buddhism, Obon is celebrated and embraced by all, regardless of one’s religious background. Buddhist temples schedule

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• What is Buddhism? Buddhism is a religion to about 300 million people around the world. The word comes from “budhi,â€? “to awaken.â€? It has its origins about 2,500 years ago when Siddhartha Gotama, known as the Buddha, was himself awakened (enlightened) at the age of 35. • Is Buddhism a religion? To many, Buddhism goes beyond religion and is more of a philosophy or “way of life.â€? It is a philosophy because philosophy “means love of wisdomâ€? and the Buddhist path can be summed up as: (1) to lead a moral life, (2) to be mindful and aware of thoughts and actions, and (3) to develop wisdom and understanding. • How can Buddhism help me? Buddhism explains a purpose to life, it explains apparent injustice and inequality around the world,

and it provides a code of practice or way of life that leads to true happiness. • Why is Buddhism becoming popular? Buddhism is becoming popular in Western countries for a number of reasons. The first good reason is Buddhism has answers to many of the problems in modern materialistic societies. It also includes (for those who are interested) a deep understanding of the human mind (and natural therapies) which prominent psychologists around the world are now discovering to be both very advanced and effective. • Who was the Buddha? Siddhartha Gotama was born into a royal family in Lumbini, now located in Nepal, in 563 B.C. At 29, he realized that wealth and luxury did not guarantee happiness, so he explored the different teachings religions and philosophies of the day, to find the key to human happiness.

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• Do Buddhists worship idols? Buddhists sometimes pay respect to images of the Buddha, not in worship, nor to ask for favours. A statue of the Buddha with hands rested gently in its lap and a compassionate smile reminds us to strive to develop peace and love within ourselves. Bowing to the statue is an expression of gratitude for the teaching. • Why are so many Buddhist countries poor? One of the Buddhist teachings is

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After six years of study and meditation he finally found “the middle pathâ€? and was enlightened. After 14 enlightenment, the Buddha spent the rest of his life teaching the principles of Buddhism — called the Dhamma, or Truth — until his death at the age of 80. • Was the Buddha a god? He was not, nor did he claim to be. He was a man who taught a path to enlightenment from his own experience.

or religions. Buddhism agrees with the moral teachings of other religions but Buddhism goes further by providing a long term purpose within our existence, through wisdom and true understanding. Real Buddhism is very tolerant and not concerned with labels like “Christian,â€? “Muslim,â€? “Hinduâ€? or “Buddhist;â€? that is why there have never been any wars fought in the name of Buddhism. That is why Buddhists do not preach and try to convert, only explain if an explanation is sought. • Is Buddhism scientific? CONTINUED ON PAGE 15

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fear, embarrassment, disappointment and anger. This is an irrefutable fact that cannot be denied. It is realistic rather than pessimistic because pessimism is expecting things to be bad. lnstead, Buddhism explains how suffering can be avoided and how we can be truly happy. • What is the Second Noble Truth? The second truth is that suffering is caused by craving and aversion. We will suffer if we expect other people to conform to our expectation, if we want others to like us, if we do not get something we want,etc. In other words, getting what you want does not guarantee happiness. Rather than constantly struggling to get what you want, try to modify your wanting. Wanting deprives us of contentment and happiness. A lifetime of wanting and craving and especially the craving to continue to exist, creates a

powerful energy which causes the individual to be born. So craving leads to physical suffering because it causes us to be reborn. • What is the Third Noble Truth? The third truth is that suffering can be overcome and happiness can be attained; that true happiness and contentment are possible. lf we give up useless craving and learn to live each day at a time (not dwelling in the past or the imagined future) then we can become happy and

free. We then have more time and energy to help others. This is Nirvana. • What is the Fourth Noble Truth? 15 The fourth truth is that the Noble 8-fold Path is the path which leads to the end of suffering. • What is the Noble 8-fold Path? In summary, the Noble 8-fold Path is being moral (through what we say, do and our livelihood), focussing the mind on being fully CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

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Science is knowledge which can be made into a system, which depends upon seeing and testing facts and stating general natural laws. The core of Buddhism fit into this definition, because the Four Noble truths (see below) can be tested and proven by anyone. In fact, the Buddha himself asked his followers to test the teaching rather than accept his word as true. Buddhism depends more on understanding than faith. • What did the Buddha teach? The Buddha taught many things, but the basic concepts in Buddhism can be summed up by the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path. • What is the First Noble Truth? The first truth is that life is suffering i.e., life includes pain, getting old, disease, and ultimately death. We also endure psychological suffering like loneliness frustration,


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aware of our thoughts and actions, and developing wisdom by understanding the Four Noble Truths and by developing compassion for 16 others. • What are the 5 precepts? The moral code within Buddhism is the precepts, of which the main five are: not to take the life of anything living, not to take anything not freely given, to abstain from sexual misconduct and sensual overindulgence, to refrain from untrue speech, and to avoid intoxication, that is, losing mindfulness. • What is karma? Karma is the law that every cause has an effect, i.e., our actions have results. This simple law explains a number of things: inequality in the world, why some are born handicapped and some gifted, why some live only a short life. Karma underlines the importance of all individuals being responsible for their past

and present actions. How can we test the karmic effect of our actions? The answer is summed up by looking at (1) the intention behind the action, (2) effects of the action on oneself, and (3) the effects on others. • What is wisdom? Buddhism teaches that wisdom should be developed with compassion. At one extreme, you could be a goodhearted fool and at the other extreme, you could attain knowledge without any emotion. Buddhism uses the middle path to develop both. The highest wisdom is seeing that in reality, all phenomena are incomplete, impermanent and do no constitute a fixed entity. True wisdom is not simply believing what we are told but instead experiencing and understanding truth and reality. Wisdom requires an open, objective, unbigoted mind. The Buddhist path requires courage, patience, flexibility and in-

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Russ Tanaka, 92, has been attending Obon festivals in Ontario since he came to the area in 1949, and he has seen a good share of them through the viewfinder of a video camera that he used to record them. Tanaka came to the Treasure Valley with other members of his family from Utah looking for land. “I’m not one of the evacuees,” he said. He farmed at first, and then in about 1960 he started his carpet cleaning business — Advance Clean — which he did until he retired about 20 years ago. Obon is celebrated at different times and can be held as long as up to one month, Tanaka said. In California, in some areas it is spread out because the cities are close and people can visit the temples that are close by, he said. With the Oregon-Idaho Buddhist Temple being the only one between Portland and Ogden, Utah, that isn’t possible, he said. There are just two temples in Utah. Tanaka said Obon is about remembering the people who have

passed on. The Buddhist priest conducts memorial services at eight or nine cemeteries where Japanese are buried, he said, which may take three or four days to visit all of them. From 1949 to when the temple was completed in about 1957 in Ontario, the Obon festival was held out on Southeast Second Street, in the block that included the East Side Cafe. “There were a lot of Japanese stores there,” Tanaka said. If electricity was needed, extension cords were strung into the nearby business, Tanaka said. He does not remember food being served at that time. “They were serving the food when they were building the temple,” he said. Before that, Buddhist worship was conducted at the community hall, which was formerly situated along Butler Drive, west of Oregon Highway 201. Tanaka was in the Army during World War II just long enough to get through basic training before the war ended, and then he went home in Utah. “I fought the battle of Texas,” he said, with laugh.


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Changes come to this year’s Obon Festival WILLIAM ANDERSON ARGUS OBSERVER

Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple member Sharmon Fujimoto said Buddha said “everything changes.� Over the years, there have been many changes for Buddhists at the Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple. It has been part of the temple’s history. Each year, during their annual event, the Obon Festival, many of the events that take place are the same year in and year out. “It is the same celebration year after year,� temple member Ann Nagaki said. There is the traditional Bon Odori dance, and the meaning of the festiAlong with the traditional dances performed at the Japan Nite Obon Festival like the ‘Coal Miner’s Dance,’ this year will feature some new dances with a contemporary twist, including dancing to Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson.

 



val will always remain the same. “There is so much gratitude for those who have come before us,� Fujimoto said. “There are so many things to be grateful for.� This year, along with the traditional dances performed, there will be a couple of new dances, with a more contemporary twist. There will be

    

  

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sition, to introduce new songs and dances.� Rev. Fujimoto said he has asked some of the younger members of the temple, those who are high school age, to learn the dances and step up to teach the younger children. These are just some examples of some of the changes that are taking place at the Obon Festival in Ontario. In the past, there have been a few minor changes as well. Only until about eight years ago, the Obon Festival took place in July. The date of the festival was moved toward the end of June. “It used to have it in July, but it gets too hot,� temple member Ruth Harada said. “We worried about food spoilage, so we upped it to June.� Another change that took place years ago was the location of the festival. Connie Shimojima said the festival used to be held on the east side of

Ontario, near Eastside Cafe, and other local businesses. Shimojima said he remembers the businesses in the area allowing them to pull power from their buildings for the festival, 19 resulting in many blown fuses. “Ontario is a great place,� Shimojima said. “They really support us in our Buddhist tradition.� The festival was held on the east side of town during the late 1940s and into the 1950s until the current temple was completed in 1957. “The city would let us have a whole block,� Shimojima said. “We have really grown up and done a real good job here. The city really helped us put access to our belief.� During that same time, Kathy Chatterton said she remembers when it was in the street, and how things used to be. “There used to be at least two circles,� Chatterton said about the dances. “Things will continue to change more and more.�


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Grilled rice balls with vegetable miso Ingredients • 2 cups short-grain rice • 2 tsp warishita stock concentrate (see below) • 3/4 oz. (20g) vegetable miso

(see below) • Japanese pickles (optional) Makes 2 balls Directions If the rice is cold, steam or microwave until hot. Mix with the warishita concentrate (see below) and cool enough to handle. Make sure your hands are washed clean and damp so the rice will not stick. Put 1/2 of the rice on one palm. With both hands, make a triangle-shaped rice ball about 1 1/2 inch (3.5 cm) thick. Repeat to make a second rice ball. Grill the rice balls over a medium flame until golden brown, then turn over. Spread the vegetable miso (see below) on the browned surface. When the other side is well grilled, remove from the flame and lightly scorch the miso

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with a kitchen torch. If using broiler, you can brown the surface of miso without a torch, but be careful not to let it burn. Serve with Japanese pickles, if desired. Warishita Stock Concentrate Makes about 1 quart A •1 cup (240ml) soy sauce •3 tbsp tamari soy sauce •1 3/4 oz (50g) crystal sugar B •1 3/4 quart (1750ml) dashi stock •1 dried shiitake mushroom •1 piece dried kombu kelp, 2 inch (5cm) square •1/2 oz (14g) bonito flakes (katsuo kezuri-bushi) Combine A in a jar or bowl, seal and refrigerate for 10 days. After

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10 days, mix with B in a pot and simmer over low heat until the liquid is reduced by half, about 1 hour. Strain through cheesecloth and let cool. Vegetable Miso •1 tsp garlic, finely minced •1 tsp fresh ginger, finely grated •1 tbsp vegetable oil A •1/2 lb (230g) white miso •2 tsp Chinese chili bean paste •1 tsp. sesame seeds, toasted •1 1/2 tbsp sake •2 tsp granulated sugar B (All ingredients finely minced:) •1 fresh shiitake mushroom, stemmed •1/8 small green bell pepper or 1/4 Japanese piman pepper •2 shiso leaves CONTINUED ON PAGE 25

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Ingen no goma-ae (Green Beans in Sesame Dressing)

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dashi, miso paste and soy 25 sauce and mix together well. 3. Toss the green beans in the sesame dressing and serve as a side dish. * Caster sugar is superfine granulated sugar. ** See the recipe for dashi (Japanese fish stock); you can also make instant dashi from freeze-dried granules, available in many Asian grocery stores.

Japanese Chicken Ingredients •8 chicken drumsticks, skin on (the skin is important for flavour, and is so tasty to eat!) •1 cup water CONTINUED ON PAGE 26

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•1/8 small onion •1/8 medium carrot •1/4 tsp minced nira garlic chives •1 tsp minced white part of a scallion or naganegi white scallion Heat the vegetable oil in a nonstick saute pan and saute ginger and garlic over medium heat until fragrant. Add A and stir well with a wooden spatula. Add B and lower the heat. Mix until vegetables are softened, removed from heat and let cool at room termperature. Store in a refrigerator in an air-tight container.

Ingredients •175g (6 oz.) frozen whole green beans •a pinch of salt For the dressing •1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds •1 tablespoon caster sugar * •2/3 tablespoon dashi stock ** •1/2 tablespoon miso paste •1 tablespoon soy sauce


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•1/3 cup soy sauce •2 1/2 tablespoons sugar •1 garlic clove, peeled and bruised •1 small hot chili pepper, slit open, seeds removed Serves 4 Directions 1. Place all the ingredients in a saucepan over a high heat. 2. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer for about 20 minutes. 3. Remove any scum that rises to the surface. 4. Increase the heat, turning the drumsticks frequently in the liquid, and cook until the liq-

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Mentaiko Spaghetti Ingredients •1/2 lb pasta noodles

•4 pieces green perilla (oba), chopped thin •1 mentaiko (about 60g) •1/2 medium onion (sliced) •15g butter Serves 2 Directions 1. Boil pasta until al dente. 2. Take the mentaiko out of the skin. 3. Microwave butter 30 seconds in a small bowl, add mentaiko, and mix. 4. Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the onion for 5 minutes over medium heat. 5. Add pasta, mix with onion then add mentaiko with butter. 6. Turn off the stove and stir (until mentaiko is thouroughly

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Sukiyaki Ingredients •1 tsp sesame oil •4 pounds lean beef - cut into 1/2 inch strips •1/2 cup soy sauce •1 bundle green onions chopped •1 box fried tofu - cut •1 cup fresh mushrooms chopped CONTINUED ON PAGE 27

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