Japan - where the "God of Tangerine Stuffing" ascends the throne
Anyone who goes to Japan should once eat 食べ放題 (Tabehoudai - can be understood simply as a buffet in Japanese). But in this post, I want to talk about another form of 放題 (houdai) that is not "eating" but "stuffing"
If you want to experience eating 食べ放題 (Tabehoudai) in Japan to see if it's any different from eating Vietnamese buffet, just invite me to eat with you! I will not feel embarrassed, and you will be not losing any money from it.
First of all, I want to introduce to you this word 放題 (houdai)
放題 (houdai) is a common grammar that I only learn at the N1 level. I did not go into depth here about it since it was pretty complicated. To put it most simply, if a service in Japan includes the word 放題 in its name, it means that after you spend a certain amount of money you will be able to do something to your heart's content.
There will be 3 types of 放題 (houdai) related to food services that you will often see when you come to Japan:
The 1st type - 食べ放題 (Tabehoudai) is to 食べ (Eat) + 放題 (To your heart's content)
What it means is when you go to these restaurants, you have the right to "eat like a god" until your stomach is full. You will often see this type in barbecue restaurants (like in Vietnam).
The 2nd type - 飲み放題 (Nomihoudai) is to 飲み (Drink) + 放題 (To your heart's content)
That is, when you go to these restaurants, you have the right to "drink like a god" certain types of liquor, usually Beer (like when you attend a wedding in Vietnam, restaurants would offer "beer for free" within 2 hours).
The 3rd type - 詰め放題 (Tsumehoudai) 詰め (Stuffing) + 放題 (To your heart's content)
This type is what I wanted to tell you about. It is pretty interesting since Vietnam would probably have them too, but it is not as popular as Japan.
This phrase 詰め放題 (Tsumehoudai) is relatively common and can be found appearing at supermarkets or agricultural and aquatic stores. But often, you will see this phrase associated with a source of food from ancient times that our ancestors relied on by plucking or gathering - fruit!
And the experience that I want to introduce this time is about the tangerine!
You could see the yellow flag in the distance with the word みかん on it, that is the name of a Japanese tangerine! The characters on the "Rainbow Balloons" flag show the familiar word 詰め放題 (Tsumehoudai).
One day I was taken by a Japanese friend to enjoy beautiful places in Onomichi city (尾道), when we reached the road in Mukaishima-Chou (向島町) there was a specialty that people who want the sweet and sour flavor all love – that is tangerines!
During the sightseeing process in Mukaishima-Chou, with my "hungry eyes", I was constantly observing the surrounding areas when walking on the coastal road. I saw several stalls that were selling and displaying many kinds of tangerine.
The three types I saw here were デコポン (Dekopon), はるか (Haruka), はるみ (Harumi) which I heard the seller introduce as the "satisfaction guaranteed" Harumi, so I just listened to the seller and chose Harumi.
Now the fun part began: "Tangerine stuffing" process
After choosing a favorite type of tangerines, I started to go broke. Just kidding. It only cost me 300 yen (~ 62,000 VND) to exchange for a plastic mesh bag.
After rubbing the plastic bag, I estimated its size to be 10cm wide and 20cm high. And my main task was to stuff this bag with as many tangerines as possible.
"Tangerine stuffing " sounds easy, and indeed it is!
The stuffing process depends on your preferences, "easy" is that you can stuff it as you like, but only people who could stuff a lot in a bag would be granted the title "God". To be honest, my skill was... I could only pack about 12 tangerines, I'm sure I am only a junior compared to the "Gods of Tangerine Stuffing" – those who could stuff up to over 17 tangerines (both big and small).
In this range, the price in supermarkets is usually about 500 - 600 yen (110,000 - 120,000 VND). And so, I took home a basket of tangerines and processed each of them in turn. Having the sweet and sour taste of Japanese tangerines while watching anime was a great feeling!
Disclaimer: My post is all my actual feelings, and I want to describe them in informal and cheerful language so, I would appreciate any of your comments! If you have new topics or questions about Japan, let me know below!!!
If you intend to visit or are in Japan but have not tried 詰め放題 (Tsumehoudai), you should try it once. Who knows, maybe you will be granted the "God of Tangerine Stuffing"! If you have the chance, just "stuff it in because life allows" you!
Thanks to my Japanese friend that I could have this wonderful experience. Next time I will write a post about "How does it feel to have a Japanese friend"! I guarantee that it will be super interesting.
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