4. UchiWA and Uchiha.
Uchiha is Sasuke’s last name. Uchiwa is the red-
circle-thing on a white stick
featured on all Uchiha merchandise. It is an Uchiwa. An uchiwa is a fan. You use it to make yourself cool. I suspect this
is the Uchiha emblem because Kishimoto is like Toriyama (the DBZ creator) and likes to put weird symbolism in everything (so, I guess I’m like both of ‘em...). And as Trek mentioned, the uchiwa is spelled with
the hiragana symbol “ha” (は ), which is pronounced like the character “wa” (わ) sometimes—usually when it functions as
a grammar thing. But it’s pronounced “wa” in Uchiwa...I just didn’t spell it “Uchiha”
because I figured someone would say the two the same.
Also, the name “Uchiha” is incredibly similar to “Uchida.” That’s an old
samurai name—very honorable, very old sounding.
|Taise got this from somebody at a festival of some sort. It's too big to fit on the scanner.
5. Takoyaki is really famous where my brother
was in Japan
(Hatsukaichishi, Hiroshima). They’re little dumplings
with octopus tentacles in the middle. It’s chewy. I like it. It has good sauce. What more can I say? Besides that Naruto
is just weird for making the connection between Dr. Oc and food. But since I’m the one who wrote about it, does that
make me weird? Don’t answer that.
6. The entrance
to Naruto’s house resembles my host parent’s house. All Japanese houses will have a step up to the actual floor,
to prevent it from getting dirty. That makes it hard to forget to take off your shoes! The proper way to leave your shoes
is to do exactly what Naruto did, and face them in the direction you’d leave. But most people don’t do that anymore.
|Entranceway. Fairly common.
Onigiri is a rice ball.. They eat
it. It’s very simple. You can put lotsa stuff in it. See chapters to come with Naruto’s crazy experiments . .
. and tea. They drink it. What else can I say? Oh yeah, the cups. They have no
handles. They’re usually pretty small. They are approximately three inches tall, and two and a half inches in diameter. Japanese people usually make their tea with tealeaves, rather than bags. You drink
the tea leaves. Thus, green tea you’d drink in Japan and green tea you’d drink
anywhere else usually taste very different. Japanese green tea is strong. Other green teas are weak and diluted and generally
|Onigiri with nori: seaweed.
|http://www.midorino-ohkoku.com/know/yoikome_main.html. A japanese rice page... selling it, I think.
More tea and onigiri pics.
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