On February 23rd, the city of Mito held its 12th annual Natto eating contest. Speed eaters tried to finish a bowl of fermented soybeans as quickly as possible. The bowls contained no rice. Contestants were allowed to drink water.
The 62-year-old woman in these videos came from Oita prefecture to visit her kids, and ended up competing in the contest. She won by downing a 210 gram bowl of natto in 48.67 seconds:
The winner of the male section, a 26-year-old Ibaraki native, won by downing 350 grams of natto in just 22.08 seconds.
Volunteers wrapped nori around about 1.1 tons of vinegared rice, carrots, and shiitake mushrooms to create the massive roll. It was then sliced and served to about 2,000 people.
The roll was 21 meters long, approximately the same length of 40 cm/45 Type 94 naval gun of the famous battleship Yamato, which was laid down at the Kure Naval Arsenal in 1937. The roll had a diameter of 31 centimeters, making it not quite as wide as the Yamato’s gun. The Yamato museum is one of Kure’s main tourist attractions.
Here’s some good news for farmers in Fukushima prefecture. Thailand will be selling peaches from Fukushima:
After the March 11th disaster, many countries banned agricultural imports from Fukushima. Thailand is the first country to accept them again.
The peaches are grown in Date, about 60 kilometers from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Tests found them to be free of radioactive contamination.
After last year’s successful “Big America” burger campaign, McDonald’s Japan is now offering limited time burgers that are inspired by the cuisine of other countries.
This month’s offering is the “Aussie Deli” sandwich, featuring Australian beef pastrami with yellow mustard and herb sauce.
Here is the commercial they are running for it. As you can see, they’ve got a wacky Aussie who is proud of this “wild” sandwich (“G’day, mate”):
The commercial for the previous “French” burger had a serious looking French chef introducing the burger:
And their “Indian” chicken burger was introduced by a friendly Indian chef standing in an outdoor market:
[hat tip to Eido]