Is it May 2012? It certainly is!

For this month’s MMF, I’m inviting the manga community to discover the joys of food through Oishinbo & Food Manga!

I’m sure that we’ve had our days where we cursed Oishinbo for making us hungry while reading it. Oishinbo is one of many food manga that shaped the Japanese palette. People know what good food tastes like because they casually read comics that talk about good food, among other things.

Food is at the heart of Japan. With a small resource for agriculture, Japan treasures what they eat. Food in Japan is unique and quite different compared to other countries. Fast food in Japan naturally has salads, pickles, and distinguishable meat. Fresh food entails slivers of raw fish and thin slices of young bamboo served as a sashimi. They eat roe, innards, fish cheeks — every part of the vegetable or animal is used to add flavor or texture to the meal. Nothing is wasted. Nothing is spared.

Food manga in Japan is serious business. Oishinbo is one of many titles that are synonymous to food manga. Other titles like Mr. Ajikko and Cooking Papa have yet to be translated in English. But it’s there. And the fact that some of these titles still go on for more than 100 volumes mean that it’s still relevant to Japanese society. Will it be relevant to the world as well?

If Oishinbo or any food manga has changed your life, then feel free to contribute to this MMF. You don’t have to be a manga critic to chime in~ You can be a foodie or just a manga fan and still be a part of this MMF.

If you want to prepare some things early for the MMF, I’m welcoming reviews, opinions, and so on for the MMF. At the same time, I’d like to invite you all to three activities for the MMF:

1. Oishinbo cooking

I’m not exactly sure how much of the recipes are available in the US edition (so far, I only have the pub edition in English… and the entire Oishinbo in Japanese. OTL) but if you think you can cook a dish featured in Oishinbo or in any food manga, with techniques that you learned from the series, then feel free to post the recipe in your blog. The recipe doesn’t have to be successful for it to be posted. It can be your experiment in achieving the Ultimate Menu! (Also, a warning for us not to get food poisoning!)

2. Ultimate Menu challenge

Oishinbo is not just about cooking, but also tasting the Ultimate Menu. During this week, I encourage Oishinbo journeys, food trips inspired from Oishinbo and other food manga. May it be a trip to a sake bar, a cornetto from a bakery, a breakfast bowl of rice, or your first bowl of mabo tofu, share your Ultimate Menu experience with us!

You can share a blog entry about your Ultimate Menu adventure or you can also just take a picture and post some comments online. If you’re posting your photos via tumblr or twitter, don’t forget to put the hashtag #oishinbommf so we can keep track of your Oishinbo adventure!

3. Oishinbo viking

Viking is a Japan’s term for buffets. Thus, this viking is the usual roundtable discussion among interested members of this group about food culture in Japan and how Oishinbo and food manga has been pivotal in building a generation of gourmets/oishinbo in Japan. I’ll be putting up links on people’s discussions on Oishinbo and food manga. You can look into the themes of localization, specialization, some food debates and what not and perhaps share a chit-chat about the things we’ve learned in Oishinbo while we’re having a drink of sake from our own shores.

Anyhu, if you’re interested in participating in any activity or for other Oishinbo related ideas, please e-mail me at with the e-mail subject of your selected serving (e.g. [OISHINBO VIKING] or [ULTIMATE MENU CHALLENGE]) or [OISHINBO VIKING] if you’re not just sure just place [OISHINBO MMF].

If you’re in tumblr or twitter, just use any of these hashtags to submit your entry: #oishinbommf, #oishinbo, #mmf.

Entries during the Oishinbo MMF

Oishnbo MMF: The Final Dish & Oishinbo Legacy

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Oishinbo MMF: 7 Unlicensed Food Manga Worth Looking At

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Oishinbo MMF: A pancake from a loving granddaughter

I'm not a dessert person. AT ALL. Thus, as much as I'd like to try all these amazing desserts in ...
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Oishinbo MMF: The Sixth Course of Bread,Spaghetti, and Green Tea?

It's been a busy day yesterday and I apologize for not compiling the summary any sooner. Despite this, I'm more ...
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Oishinbo MMF: Orientalizing Oishinbo

In a dinner where Japan's most elite gathered to discuss Tozai News' plan for the Ultimate Menu, most men proclaimed ...
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Oishinbo MMF: The Fifth course of curry and more

I was a little worried that there wasn't going to be any post today because I decided to take a ...
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Oishinbo MMF: The Main Course with Bacon!

Wow, today kind of made up for our light courses. Folks in the community have been riling up and are ...
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Oishinbo MMF: Manga Foodie Podcast

Put four mangavores (Ed Chavez, Erin Finnegan, Noah Fulmor, and myself) in a show talking about food manga, Japan's foodie ...
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MMF: Oishinbo Cooking: Bacon Nabe

Guys, what's not good without bacon? We all know how everything tastes better with bacon and even Oishinbo recognized this ...
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Oishinbo MMF: A Vegan Amuse Bouche?

Midway through the week and don't you think it's time for an amuse bouche? While I live down south, I'm ...
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MMF: Becoming Oishinbo

The first chapter of Oishinbo shows Tozai News' attempt in finding the journalist for their upcoming 'Ultimate Menu' feature in ...
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Oishinbo & Food Manga MMF: Second Course

The second course in a full course dinner often involves soup. And while we're not serving some soups for this ...
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MMF: Oishinbo Cooking: Beef Garlic Rice Bowl

With the countless amount of recipes in Oishinbo, it was a difficult task to sort what food to cook. All ...
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MMF: Spotlight: Oishinbo

The first time I entered an izakaya (Japanese pub) in Manila, I was quite surprised that they had a small ...
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Oishinbo & Food Manga MMF: First Serving

Guys, I'm more than happy to announce that the Oishinbo & Food Manga MMF Feast has begun! \o/ It was ...
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MMF: Oishinbo & Food Manga, an appetizer

Japanese food is a mystery for many. We are perplexed by the vulgarity of eating raw fish but at the ...
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Calling all foodies, gourmands, and mangavores for Oishinbo & Food Manga MMF!

Out of all the Manga Moveable Feasts out there, this is probably the only one that's literally a feast. By ...
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Food Manga Library Open in Ateneo

Ateneo de Manila University, my alma mater,  is opening its food manga library to the public and its students. To ...
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