Does anybody know what I bought???

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Blog entry by Junji posted 02-06-2010 07:47 AM 2367 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Once again, question from Japan!!!

Do you know what this is?

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The other day, I found this on sale only for 300 yen, which is about $3, so I asked to the guy at the shop, and he said this was the only one left there. Anyway, I bought it, because I wanted it for a long time, but I have never seen it selling except at some internet shop. This should have costed me more than 1500 or 2000 yen. But this one was CHEAP!
This is an old Japanese tool, but nowadays, nobody is using it. It’s a box and a plainer, but it is used only for one thing.

This is how you use it. What I am holding is “the thing”. I had to buy it at different store, which is really really hard to find it and costed 2500 yen! Wow.

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You hold this and just sharp it. It has something to do with one of the Japanese cultures, but as I have told you, nowadays, nobody uses it because we can buy something already processed at any shop around so easily. But as you also can guess what you have processed is much better than what you get at stores.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#1 posted 02-06-2010 08:03 AM

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#2 posted 02-06-2010 08:29 AM

It’s a cuttlefish bone, but I don’t know why you’d sharpen it. Or are you grating it, either for food or medicinal purposes?

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#3 posted 02-06-2010 09:28 AM

Really really good guess. And very close. But it’s not a cuttlefish bone. Yes, it’s for food.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#4 posted 02-06-2010 09:39 AM

Well, I’m going to take a shot at this. Is it a mandolin?

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#5 posted 02-06-2010 09:56 AM

Is that squid?

-- San Diego, CA

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#6 posted 02-06-2010 10:09 AM

It’s for shaving dried bonito. Among other things, bonito shavings are used to make dashi, a basic stock used throughout Japanese cooking.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#7 posted 02-06-2010 10:58 AM

My first glance at first pix said tissue dispenser.


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#8 posted 02-06-2010 11:32 AM

It is obviously used in food preparation and I assume for a highly valued ingredient, but I haven’t a clue what that could be. My guess is something used as a spice.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 02-06-2010 12:27 PM

It appears to be a wonderful tool for cutting very thin slices from most any food product. Imagine paper thin slices of ginger root or garlic, whisps of raw tuna or other solid meat fish, long slender bands of cucumber or eggplant. Yes, a veritable asian Mandolin.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#10 posted 02-06-2010 12:44 PM

peeler for vegetables

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#11 posted 02-06-2010 02:46 PM

I was also going to guess that it’s for making bonito flakes. I bet fresh shavings are so much tastier than what you buy….

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#12 posted 02-06-2010 03:01 PM

What Derek said. Just saw this on Alton Brown’s show “Good Eats”

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#13 posted 02-06-2010 03:16 PM

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#14 posted 02-06-2010 03:32 PM

Another variation or the revered Banjo used for cooking in the western world.

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#15 posted 02-06-2010 05:02 PM

Greetings all:...... A couple of guys guessed mandolin, and one said banjo. Sounds like we got the start of some good ‘ole bluegrass music…. all we need now is a bass and guitar, with a little fiddle and dobro thrown in, and man oh man, we’d be cuttin’ grass in nothing flat….......... lol lol. Other than that, I ain’t got a clue as to what that instrument is, or how you’d use it….. and for what…... grub?........keep on keeping on, Junji.

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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