The minute I read about this manga Oishinbo on the book blog, In Spring It Is The Dawn, I knew I would love it. Oishinbo is a long-running series in Japan – it has been around since 1983 and there are currently 100 volumes in the series. If I had taken my Japanese classes more seriously, I should be able to read the manga by now!
Oishinbo, about Japanese food, is a combination of two words: “oishii” which means “delicious”and “kuishinbo” which means “a person who loves food”.
In 2009, a manga publishing company known as VizMedia decided to repackage parts of this manga and there are now 7 volumes available in English. Each volume integrates a specific type of Japanese food into the story.
Izakaya. Sake. Sashimi. Vegetables. Ramen and gyoza.
A Japanese food-themed manga. In English.
So I went onto Book Depository and ordered all 7 volumes (safer for me to buy books online than to go to Kinokuniya – no temptation to go shopping). I can’t wait for the books to arrive!