Kanda Translates: Morning Musume paving new paths for idols over “three eras”

The following is a translation of Takumi Abe’s article (【知りたい】モーニング娘。は「3つの時代」をこのように闘いながらアイドルの新たな道を切り開いてきた) that originally appeared on Rockin’on, the companion site for ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL, on July 22nd, 2019. (I wanna know!) Morning Musume paved a new path for idols by fighting through “3 eras” At last year’s ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL 2018, Morning Musume surprised attendees at…

Kanda Translating: “Why a broken-hearted gay man supports Morning Musume”

The following is a translation of this article (失恋したゲイの僕が、それでも「モー娘。」を応援する理由) published on Bunshun Online in September 2018. A short post follows as to why I translated it. As a gay man with a broken heart, why I still support Morning Musume Incomparable explosive qualities and distant lyrics I recently had my heart broken, and it wasn’t…

Sayumi’s Milk Risotto

A simple dish you can make with leftover rice! Ingredients 1/8 carrot 1/8 onion 1/4 bell pepper 100 ml milk 1 tbsp mentsuyu 2 tbsp water salt and pepper to taste 160 g cooked rice* 1 slice cheese Method 1. Dice the vegetables and fry in a frying pan. 2. Once heated through, add the…

Sayumi’s Loco Moco Heart Bento

Sayumi ate this for lunch the day she had studio recordings. A few explanations/disclaimers follow the recipe. Ingredients 1 Love-Love Burger (leftovers) 1 egg 1/2 potato 30g cabbage 160g cooked rice 1 tsp ketchup³ curry powder/roux to taste² Method 1. Fry the egg sunny-side up (or easy/medium over).¹ 2. Cut the potato into even discs/hearts…

Sayumi’s Mentsuyu Nikujaga and Kinpira

The second meal shown on the program, Sayumi mentions she’d like to make this for that special someone one day. Ingredients Nikujaga 1/3 carrot 1 potato 1/2 onion 70g chicken breast oil for cooking 320 ml water 2 tbsp mentsuyu Kinpira 1 tbsp mentsuyu 1 tsp sugar 1 tsp sesame oil for kinpira frying Method…

Michishige Sayumi’s Love-love burger

Michishige’s first meal in the competition, she commented that this was something she often made with her mother. This was her first dish she said she would be making on her own before she started. Ingredients For the burger/sides 1/2 onion 100 ml milk 30 g panko/bread crumbs 1 egg 90 g ground beef/pork 1/8…