Thursday, December 22, 2011

Japan's Perfect Holiday Gifts

Panic can subside among indecisive buyers in search for the perfect gift for their loved ones this Christmas season with the many Japanese gift ideas on the market. These gift ideas will undoubtably add a creative and fun flare to the holidays and prove that there is a perfect gift out there for everyone.

Kaela Kimura's new album, Kaela Kimura's, adds a fresh touch to the popular genre of J-Pop and includes seasonally appropriate tracks such as "A Winter Fairy is Melting a Snowman". This album is the perfect gift for the holiday season and includes enough variety that the whole family can find tracks in it they love.

For those buying for a lover of fashion and trends, Moo Piyasombatkul's new unusual eyewear would be a great buy. These recycled, ionic frames with hand-sculpted baroque decorations are a vintage trend in Tokyo. Although they are rather pricey, each frame is very unique.

For technology fanatics, the Ningen Gakki is hot this season. It is great for both adults and kids, turning players into instruments, literally. It makes an electric circuit through the person holding it and the players tap it on each other's skin to make musical sounds.

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Below hear a sample of Kaela Kimura's new album 8Eight8:

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wondergirls "Be My Baby" [VIDEO]

On November 20th, MBC aired the "Beautiful Concert" where Wonder Girls' Sunye and Yeeun sang "When You Believe,"a duet by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. The girls impressed their audience with their amazing vocals and ability to hit the high-pitched tones that Mariah Carey was well-known for. Wonder Girls' fans, also known as Wonderfuls, may recognize this song as Yeeun's audition song that enabled her to be able to pass the JYP final auditions.

This heartwarming performance captured the audience, which is apparent to viewers when watching the broadcasted performance, and allowed the girls to show off the English the girls had been able to learn in their time away from their home country.

The Wonder Girls also performed their new track "Be My Baby" 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Lim Yoon-taek of Superstar K inspires Us [VIDEO]

Superstar K, the South Korean equivalent of "American Idol", is now in its third season and it is battling for much more than just the best singer. 

Lim Yoon-taek, the 32-year-old leader of the group Ulala Session, stunned judges and viewers with his response to the question of why his hair was so short. He revealed that he was fighting stage four stomach cancer

His stomach and duodenum had been removed in June. His struggles, as well as his determination, have captured the sympathy and admiration of the nation, where celebrities typically conceal their illnesses.

Since July, Lim has lost fifteen pounds, as well as his eyebrows and hair. He was unable to attend a rehearsal for a show a few weeks ago. Despite these set backs, Lim is more determined than ever. "Western Sky", a song from a film starring an actress who later died of stomach cancer, became the most downloaded song on Naver, the Korean equivalent of Google, after the group had chosen it for their song to perform for one of the shows. The first place prize is 500 million won, ($450,000), and the group has said if they win they will use some of the money to record an album but the rest will go to pay Lim's medical costs. 

Friday, November 11, 2011

We LOVE animated film "A Letter to Momo" [VIDEO]

The Sitges Film Fest, located in the Catalonian coastal town of Sitges in Spain, is one of the largest film festivals in the world. This past year was the 44th anniversary and it ran from October 6th through the 16th. The film festival specializes in fantasy, science fiction, and horror movies. Recently, efforts have been made to introduce animated films into the competition. Many other film festivals exist worldwide, including the Toronto International Film Festival, that premiered on September 10th for its 36th anniversary. This year the Toronto Film Festival featured an animated short film that truly wowed and captivated the audience. Due to its success the film, "A Letter to Momo" was featured at festivals in Spain and South Korea, including the Busan International Film Festival, which ran from October 6th to the 14th in Busan, South Korea. The Busan International Film Festival focuses on outstanding works of animation, documentaries, and experimental films.

"A Letter to Momo" was written and directed by Okiura. The animated film is set on a small island in Seto Inland Sea and tells the story of the love within a family. After her father dies in a shipwreck, Momo is devastated as their last meeting was a fight. She and her mother leave the city and return to their remote fishing village. She finds a letter her father had started to write her, simply stating "Dear Momo". She is lonely and isolated. She finds an old book in the attic, then starts seeing mystical shapes around her. She gives herself up to the process of enlightenment and this puts her on a path with purpose. The heartwarming anime will be released nationwide in Japan in Spring 2012. The film was created with a traditional handmade animation style and the result is visually stunning. Great craftsmanship. Below you can find the movie trailer. 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Attention Mount Fuji admirers-- Big News!

Commissioner Seiichi Kondo of Japan's Cultural Affairs has announced that Mt. Fuji, a mountain in Japan, is to be registered in the World's Heritage for 2013. Mt. Fuji is Japan's highest mountain standing at 3,776.24 meters. In addition to it's height, Mt. Fuji also attracts attention for it's exceptional symmetry. The mountain is located about 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo and has been a famous site for tourists and mountain climbers. Mt. Fuji not only makes for a fun and exhilarating place to climb, but also has a spectacular view. Five lakes are scattered across the mountain in addition to many Shinto temples located on the slopes. Japan's desire for this mountain to become a world heritage site is to promote beauty and history of the inspiring Mt. Fuji. 

The registration will be submitted to the U.N. Educational, Science, and Cultural Organization for approval. The government of Japan remains hopeful that their request will be successfully granted in order to designate Mt. Fuji as a World Heritage Site

The name of our series the Fujimini Adventure Series was inspired by this wonderful landmark.

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

K-Pop Star Rain Joins South Korean Army, Learn more about K-Pop

Korean popular music, also known as K-pop, is a musical genre that is made up of electropop, hip hop, pop, rock, and R&B music all originating in South Korea.  What started with the debut of the musical group Seo Tai-ji & Boys in the early 1990s, who incorporated elements of rap and techno into their music, led to the outbreak of many hip hop duos including Deux, Shinhwa, and Sechs Kies. 
Eventually, the increase in the popularity of this genre led to the opening of South Korea's largest talent agency, S.M. Entertainment. S.M Entertainment was founded by Korean entrepreneur Lee Soo Man in 1995. This agency publicized the first K-Pop girl groups and boy bands and inspired the founding of other talent agencies such as YG Entertainment and JYP Entertainment. These talent agencies produced talent as rapidly as the public could consume it. In recent years, K-Pop has become very popular in Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, and China. 
In addition to music, K-Pop has grown into a subculture among teenagers around the world. It is a representation of fashion and style for people who listen to and idolize the Korean groups and singers. 
Through Facebook fan pages, Itunes, Twitter, and Youtube the genre of K-Pop has continued to grow and flourish among people worldwide. 
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Kyary pamyu pamyu: ponponpon

Popular culture, often referred to as pop culture, has been widespread in Western culture since the early to mid 20th century. Pop culture can be defined as the ideas, perceptions, and even media within a certain culture.

Pop culture emerged globally in the late 20th and early 21st century and it is everywhere. It has become especially widespread in Japan. The movement of pop culture has continued to rise since the 1980s and 90s, becoming one of the most sought after sources of entertainment alongside the United States. Japanese Pop Culture consists of film, television, pop music, and manga that is enjoyed worldwide. In Japan, pop culture is seen as an escape from the stress of life and work. More than 90% of Japanese men and women admit to spending at least 2 hours a day watching television. The manga industry is the largest comic industry in the world. Manga is loved and read by people of all ages and dozens of publications are released regularly. Japanese anime and arcade games have been the influences of companies including Nintendo and Sony.  JPop is another huge force in Japan.

Kyary pamyu pamyu started singing to cheer people up after the earthquake and tsunami. She comes from the very fashionable harajuku district. The song is called ponponpon.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fujimini Island celebrates PRC National Day

When you think of the month of October, we think of autumn leaves falling and Halloween. But October is a very important month in China and for Chinese people around the world. 

The People's Republic of China's National Day was first celebrated in Tian'anmen Square on October 1, 1949. 300,000 people watched eagerly as the first People's Republic of China five-star flag was waved. 

In the past this day was celebrated with large political gatherings and speeches, parades, and banquets. This holiday is still very much alive and rejoiced today. As the economy has developed, a new way of celebrating has as well. 

Today, celebration of the national holiday lasts up to seven days. During this week, called a Golden Week, the people of China get time off from school and work. Many Chinese use this time for domestic and international travel. As this is such a popular week for travel, international flights fill up quickly and must be booked far in advanced. Fares almost triple during this time! 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Fujimini Island learns the Korean history of Kite Flying

In Korea, flying kites is one of the most popular folk games experienced during two of their major holidays - Chu'sok and Lunar New Year. The traditional Korean kite is made from bamboo and rice paper. In Korean history, kite flying is traced back to 637 AD during the reign of  Queen Chindok of Shilla. General Kim used the kite flying in the night skies to calm a restless and unhappy population.

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Summer Fun: Go Fly a Kite

Have you ever built or flown a kite with your friends and family before? My kids and I love kites and the feeling of joy we have when we are running behind them watching them dip and fly in the sky. We went out and flew some kites over the holiday and felt inspired to research and understand kite flying. Do you ever wonder where this essential piece of your childhood came from? Kites were first created approximately 2800 years ago in China. 

The earliest known kites were flat and often rectangular. They were mostly made from bamboo and silk. Often times 
they were decorated with legendary figures and fitted with whistles to make musical sounds while flying.

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Asian Holidays: Tet Doan Ngo

Asia is a place filled with celebration and deeply rooted tradition, especially during these warm summer months. July is a time of great festivities including the Food Festival in Singapore, the Arts Festival in Bali, the Kite Festival in Bali, and the Tet Doan Ngo Festival in Vietnam. Tet Doan Ngo is the middle year festival in Vietnam. It is held annually on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. This festival celebrates the prevention of disease and warding off unwanted evil spirits. On this day, also known as the day for "killing insects", everyone must get up early and eat fermented sticky rice and fruits. The worshipping is held at noon, the hour of Ngo. The fermented sticky rice, also known as Ruou nep, is what is eaten to exterminate any bugs or parasites within the body. To make Ruou nep sticky rice is boiled and cooled then left to ferment for 2-3 days. This turns it into a thick, sweet liquid ready for consumption by children and adults alike. 
Tet Doan Ngo is one of the most significant festivals of Vietnam and is greatly linked with Vietnamese 
tradition and culture. 

Monday, July 4, 2011

The World Celebrates in July

When tourism took off in 1965 in Bali, the Balinese decided they wanted tourism to exist solely through culture. The saying "tourism should be for Bali instead of Bali for tourism" stemmed from that very idea. The desire for cultural tourism brought about many holidays in festivals including The Bali Arts Festival and The Bali International Kite Festival

Like Independence Day in the United States, both these festivals take place in July. The Bali Arts Festival is a full month of daily performances, handicraft exhibitions, and other culture-heavy activities. This month is filled with spectacular sights and sounds of Balinese dance, music, and decorations. Throughout the villages of Bali music and dance groups compete in contests at the district level. From there the seka, or cultural groups, are selected and organized at the regency level to perform the Arts Festival, displaying the uniqueness of their villages and ancestors to a large audience. Many of the performances are held at the amphitheater which can hold up to 6,000 spectators, in a temple-like stage. Many schools for dance and music have been built since the creation of the Bali Arts Festival. 
Like the Bali Arts Festival, the Bali International Kite Festival stems from Balinese culture and the desire for cultural tourism. The Bali International Kite Festival is an annual kite festival held in July in the Padang Galak area, Sanur Beach, Bali. The event is a religious festival intended to send the Hindu Gods a message to create abundant harvests. The competition consists of 10 teams, each team competing for the best launch and longest flight time. There are 3 traditional kites, the Bebean, or fish-shaped kite, the Janggan, or bird-shaped kite, and the Pecukan, or leaf-shaped kite. Kites traditionally 5 meters in width and 10 meters in length are made and flown by teams from the villages of Denpasar. Red, white, and black are the traditional colors of this festival. Tourists flock from around the world to watch and participate in this fun filled festival! 

Thursday, May 12, 2011

How The World Celebrates Children

I used to ask my mother on Mother's Day, "why isn't there a day to celebrate the children as well as the parents"?  Her response would always be "everyday is children's day" punctuated with a wink.  After all those years with "no REAL children's day", I discovered many countries around the world celebrate a children's day. 

For example, in Japan and Korea, May 5th is nationally known as Children's day. It is the day when families celebrate the happiness and growth of their children. Although it has been celebrated for hundreds of years, Children's Day became an official national holiday in 1948. On this day it is tradition for families with boys to hang large carpe-shaped streamers outside their home to symbolize strength and success. 

Other celebrations including bathing with iris leaves and root sprinkles and eating kashiwamochi, rice cakes wrapped in oak leaves and filled with bean paste. These activities are to ward off evil and encourage good health. Activities involving arts and theater are widely celebrated on this day. 

Kids Olympics is nationally celebrated and is participated in by both children and their parents. Even though not everywhere has a nationally acknowledged Children's day, hug your children today and tell you love them. Others celebrate Cinque de mayo; just think of how many people were celebrating last week! Were you?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Fujimini's Bunny Battle!

ONCEKids, creators of the critically-acclaimed children's books Fujimini Adventure Series, celebrates the Year of the Rabbit with a Bunny inspired family friendly contest.

Fujimini Island character The Taekwondo Bunny wants to reward her friends with books, i-books and game apps.   To enter the contest is easy, just simply "Fan" ONCEKids on Facebook.  The prizes are great fun for the whole family delivering colorful imagery, encouraging peaceful, global messages and modern education.  Winners will be announced next week, just as you're Easter egg hunting.

It is the Year of the Rabbit so come celebrate with The Taekwondo Bunny! And, it is no coincidence there is another POWER bunny coming onto the scene in just a few short days. Yes, that's right, the Easter Bunny is her friend BUT she will quietly compete to be the top bunny.
ONCEKids encourages your family to enjoy technology so our ibooks and game plays great on an iPad.  However you can still travel to Fujimini Island and have fun with the animals even without a computer, by reading the print books.

So jump into the contest and decide which reading experience you want to take!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Japan Catastrophe: Saving your Furry Family

Most families have pets: dogs, cats, fish, hamsters, maybe more?  As soon as your family adopts the pet, they become a part of your family.  As a kid, your job is to love and take care of your family's pets. Play with them, walk them, feed them, clean up after them.  But what happens when there's an emergency?  What happens when your furry (or gilled) family member goes missing during a catastrophe?  Here's the rescue story of one.  Video is below.

When the Japanese Tsunami and earthquake occurred, millions of homes were destroyed.  Families were pulled apart and family went missing.  This week, amazingly, a Japanese family's pet dog was found.  He somehow stayed alive on a floating pile of rubble with a roof on top for three weeks before the Japanese Coast Guard rescued him.  Floating in the ocean off the coast of Japan, the dog was surrounded by salt water -- which like humans in the same situation, if he drank it, it would only hurt him -- luckily there was so much drinkable rain water caused by the storm, that the pup was able to stay hydrated and survive long enough to be found and rescued.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Fun April Fools Day Ideas

April Fools' Day is a great holiday to be funny and silly with your friends and family.  You get the chance to play fun pranks and outrageous jokes on people in your life - and you don't get in trouble for it! Here are some safe but fun April Fools' pranks you can pull on your friends and family.

Got Milk?

If your milk comes in a cardboard container, ask Mom or Dad to help you add a few drops of food coloring. It's harmless April Fool's joke but the results are pretty colorful.

What's That in Your Apple?

For a fruity April Fool's practical joke, get a few gummy worms and carefully poke them into fresh fruit, particularly apples. Give mom or dad a wormy apple for lunch and leave a few apples on the table for friends and family members to snack on

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Kids, What's Your Favorite App?

Kids worldwide on smart phones, iPods and iPads.  Do your parents let you borrow their iPad?  OMG, or do you have your own?  That would be very cool.  Well, here are some fun games you can play on your iPad.

1  "Dora The Explorer: Coloring Adventures"   Take a break from Dora the Explorer on TV and sit down and color with the whole gang including Boots, Backpack and Swiper. Learn Spanish while you’re choosing scenes, adding characters to your setting and then touching colors to sections on the iPad to fill it in as you would on a coloring book. If you're addicted to all things Dora, you won’t want to miss out on this accessory either.
2  Super WhyFans of the hit PBS Kids TV show will love this app. Kids play by finding missing words and rhyming words and also by spelling words and tracing letters.

3 Fuji Scene   Children's game that has user select one of six backgrounds to create a customized scene. The scenes will contain characters which can be dragged and dropped into the creation. The animal characters are colored pandas, bunnies, penguins, hamsters, and other sea animals. The user can then add favorite foods and toys and props to the scene. All the items are Asian inspired. The user can than use dialogue boxes to give the characters some text. The creation can have a banner heading and be e-mail, sent to photos or sent to the ONCEKids site to be highlighted in a gallery. The user can restart at any point.

If you'd like to read more about Fuji Scene, click here

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Friday, March 18, 2011

How Kids can Help during a Tsunami

Did you know that a ten year old girl, Tilly Smith, was able to save her family and other people from a tsunami in Thailand because she learned the signs of a tsunami in geography class?

It's true.

The Fujimini Island Adventure Series is dedicated to education, entertaining and empowering kids.  CEO and author Eileen Wacker, herself a parent reacts to the Japanese devastation and how it can affect children, "An event such as this will be remembered by the children forever. Knowing the Japanese people, they will raise their children never forgetting this incident and using it as motivation to build a better future. Our thoughts and prayers are with all, but a special blessing for the children." 

When bad things happen, like a tsunami, adults tend to take charge for the overall family's safety.  But kids can help too.  It is important to know what a tsunami is and what it can do so that you can protect yourself and your family and friends. Here are some important things to know about tsunamis:

Waves in a tsunami travel very quickly; much faster than your family's car can! They can travel up to 800 km / 500 miles an hour from the depths of the ocean.

If you live next to the sea, how will you know when a tsunami might happen? Nature gives us some very clear warning signs:

1.  The sea suddenly pulls back and leaves bare sand, making the beach seem a lot larger.
2.  Your pets may behave strangely - they may suddenly leave, gather in groups, or try to hide, getting into places they normally would not go.

Whether you are at home, school or playing on the beach, if you see or hear these warning signs, immediately leave and go to higher ground. 

If you live in an area that is at risk for a tsunami, it is important to be prepared. Your school should already have a tsunami emergency plan. You can also ask to make it as a class project. Your school or home emergency plan should cover:

1.  Where it is safe to go - somewhere that is no more than 15 minutes on foot.
2.  Making a safety pack with supplies to help you survive.
3.  Practicing a tsunami evacuation regularly (a practice drill).
4.  Learning the warning signals and systems that your emergency services use.
5.  Learning basic First Aid and knowing who in your community is a doctor, nurse or health care professional.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Fun St. Patrick's Day Ideas

St. Patrick's Day is a fun chance to dress in green and play with your friends and family.  But it's also about Irish Culture and Heritage.

Here are some quick questions you can answer to learn more.  Each correct answer is worth one point.  (Answers are below)

1.  How many leaves are on a lucky clover?  3, 4, or 7 ?

2.  According to Irish culture, what are you supposed to do to your friend who forget to wear green on St. Patrick's Day?

Pinch them gently?  Pull their hair?  Make them say the alphabet backwards?

3.  Where does the largest St. Patrick's Day parade take place?

Dublin?  London?  New York City?

Out of 3, how many points did you score?

Answers: 4, pinch them gently, New York City 

As a reward, here's a fun St. Patrick's Day activity:

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by creating a green Shamrock collage.

Go on a scavenger hunt around the house for small green objects to use in your collage. 

What You Need:
  • Several small green objects in various textures and shapes
  • Poster board or construction paper
  • Glue
  • Hole punch
  • String
What You Do:
  1. Start by figuring out how to lay out the collage. Ask your child if she wants to lay out the objects in random fashion or assemble them within a pattern, such as a shamrock. 
  2. Help your child arrange and glue the items onto the poster board or construction paper, encouraging her to explore the way things look and feel.
  3. To maximize this experience, you can add a sorting element by dividing the collage into different visual sections. One section could be dedicated to tactile objects of various textures such as smooth and rough; a second area could be used to identify shapes such as circles, lines, and stars; and a third could be used to differentiate colors such as light vs. dark green.
  4. Let the glue dry.
  5. Once the glue is dry, it's time to hang up your collage for everyone to admire! Simply punch two holes at the top of the collage, thread string through the holes, tie a knot and hang it in a prominent place in the house.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

More Bamboo Just For You

Here are some more amazing facts about bamboo:
  1. Most bamboo floors come from the Hunan province of China.
  2. 6 million people are employed in the bamboo industry in China.
  3. 600 million people worldwide rely on the income generated by bamboo.
  4. Bamboo comprises of 99% of the giant panda’s diet. Yummy!
  5. Bamboo is part of the grass family.
  6. Comparison: an oak tree requires 120 years to reach maturity but bamboo only requires 3 years.
  7. Bamboo has been around for 200 million years.
  8. Thomas Edison used bamboo as filaments in the first light bulb.
  9. There a bridge in China built entirely of bamboo and without a single nail.
  10. Bamboo is twice as strong as oak.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

What Do YOU think of Bamboo?

Ever wondered about bamboo – that plant that pandas like to munch on and that is used to build houses and furniture in some cultures? Bamboo is fascinating. It is incredibly strong. It is also very beautiful. Bamboo has been used as the standard building material for the majority of the world for thousands of years. Apparently, bamboo can withstand severe earthquakes (6.0 and above on the Richter Scale). This is due to its amazing tensile strength, which is higher than steel. What is tensile? This relates to how much stress or pressure that an object can withstand. Bamboo is also the fastest growing plant on the planet. Believe it or not, but some varieties of bamboo can grow 4 feet in 24 hours! A pole of bamboo can regenerate to its full mass in just 6 months.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Do YOU know Taekwondo?

Orange Bunny is the taekwondo instructor on Fujimini Island. Taekwondo is a martial art similar to karate. Taekwondo is not just about kicking. Taekwondo also is about ethics. What is ethics? Ethics is basically about what is good and what is bad. Taekwondo guides people to what is good in life. Taekwondo is often seen as an aggressive sport, which is usually associated with what is bad. But taekwondo is not a destructive or aggressive sport but a sportive one. Doing taekwondo is not about hurting your opponent but testing your strength, in both physical and mental ways. The main goal of taekwondo is to achieve harmony with nature and oneself. Balance is gained by controlling both evil and good forces.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Stay in Shape, Have Fun, But no Fighting

In Silent Samurai and the Magnificent Rescue, the third installment of the Fujimini Island Adventure Series, Orange Bunny gives lessons on taekwondo. Orange Bunny says, “We are taught to fight only when there is no option. But just in case, we should practice our taekwondo exercises all morning.” What is Taekwondo? Taekwondo (also written as tae kown do or taekwon-do) is a martial art from Korea. There are lots of fast, high and spinning kicks in taekwondo. It is believed that taekwondo dates back to 50 B.C. Back then it was called ‘taek kyon’. How do we know that Koreans were practicing taekwondo back then? Ancient tombs from back then have paintings showing two men in fighting-stance. At times, taekwondo was used as a military training method. Modern day taekwondo is influenced by many other martial arts such as Japanese karate. Taekwondo is a great way to get in shape and you can kick your way into fun.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Different Noodles, Difference Places

Have you ever eaten packaged ramen? Of course you have. Think Top Ramen or Cup of Noodles. Instant, packaged noodles were pioneered by Momofuku Ando, the founder of Nissin Foods in Japan in 1970. Instant noodles were such a success that Lipton and Campbell tried experimenting with their own noodles. Instant noodles make about 15 billion dollars a year worldwide. That is a lot of noodles and a lot of love for one dish.

Every country has a unique take on the famous noodle. Noodle soup is different in China than in Japan. Noodle soup is also very different in Thailand than in Singapore. There are so many tasty noodle dishes that it makes you dizzy and your tummy rumble.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Are you a Noodle Lover? :)

Most kids love noodles. Macaroni, as in Mac n’ Cheese, is a noodle. Do you love spaghetti and meatballs? That’s noodles. I am going to say it because you know its coming – noodles are oodles of fun.

Did you know that Italy’s famous pasta dishes almost didn’t happen unless Marco Polo, that intrepid explorer and inspiration for everyone’s favorite pool game, had not traveled to marvelous, exotic China. Noodles are Chinese. In China they are called ‘Lo-Mein’, which basically means boiled noodles. In Japan, boiled noodles are called Ramen. The noodle is an amazing invention. Think of all the yummy things you eat with noodles.

Stay tuned for some noodle fun facts.