Will Kelp aka Kombu be the next big thing after Kale?


When I went to Shell Knob, MO, U.S.A., 44 years ago for the first time when I was 18 to stay with an American family (now I am calling them my second family because I believe I was reborn and reeducated there), when I talked about the Japanese food custom of eating see weeds, though they uttered nice words, I felt they were mildly (or I bet some of them even extremely) disgusted by the idea of eating them. Though I was in the “SHOW ME” state, they didn’t even care to say, “show me!”

Now time has changed. When I “lived” in the States last year, I saw so many things “kaled” everywhere, especially in “health-conscious” markets like the Whole foods. I never walked through any produce sections without seeing some kale. I thought to myself now we cannot diss Japanese people for eating seaweeds because we are eating land-weeds here. Now American people are starting to raid on “kelp,” aka, in Japan, “Kombu.”

I am watching CBSN news live as usual, eating my make-shift street cart food of NYC (I sometimes buy chili beans with pork from the nearby supermarket where I can find some imported foods and wrap them with some fresh vegetables, cheese, and rice in a soft taco shell) then they are introducing kelp as the next big thing.

Wait, what? Kombu! Wow! So what the heck is kelp? It is some kind of sea-weed. We usually put them in Japanese style shoyu-based boiled dishes. We so often use dried kelp for soup stock. If you like Japanese dishes, you sure like the taste of it because almost every soup of Japan has it as a basic ingredient.

Now I am not sure k will transpire as “the next big thing” but it is good for your health. I can vouch for that because my grandmother who is 105 years old this year loves it!


About dw64 (or Masa(aki) or Mark)

I am 52-year-old Japanese male. Ever since I watched Sesame Street when I was VERY young (5 years old?). I fell in love with American English and culture. I learned English hard and now I am teaching it. Then when I was 18, I had an opportunity to stay with an American family in Shell Knob, Missouri and I asked them to educate me as an American kid. So they taught me the American way and even my taste for food has changed completely so I call this rebirth! Then when I was 30 (I visited the U.S. several times but they were short stays), I joined the MA course in teaching English of graduate school in Vermont. I stayed about 10 months there (it was an intensive course). I stayed in a dorm and learned a lot inside and outside of classrooms. I got all the credits but I failed because of the difference in the context between the U.S. and JAPAN cuz it is so hard to teach English in The way I learned in the course because in Japan, teaching is about understanding grammar and structure in Japanese. But my journey does not end here. Last year I was admitted the CELTA course in NYC where I worked hard and got this certificate that certifies that I had finished the course and qualified to teach English to people who want learn English as a second language by Cambridge University standard. So if you are one of those people, send me a message and I can help you learn American English (I got this at Cambridge but basically they teach different English depending on location). Why did I pick NYC? Well, I am a huge fan of American everything! I live the country even when that demagogue guy is the President so I am an authentic fan of it. I mean, I love the U.S. more than anything in this world. There was a guy who loved Japan so much so after he retired he came to Japan and became a citizen. I want to do the same, actually. So now I am so into it, I listen to NYC CBS radio 880 all the time except when I watch dramas on Netflix, HBO or HULLU or read paperbacks on Kindle (read 70 books in the last two years). And then I am writing in English. I hope to be able to write something publishable in the future but I have to learn some more. As for my learning, I have almost done usual stuff so now I decide to do things that native speakers who wish to be writers will do. At least I learned 8000 words and phrases in the last couple years and I confirmed that I know more than 22000 words, which is tantamount to the number of words American graduate school students have. Well I might talk about these things, too, but I will talk about my favorite things in this blog. I love American dramas. I love the ones with some sci-fi portion in it. Like, from HULU, Gotham, Lucifer, Fringe, etc. I love good comedies so I love Seinfeld, SNL and night shows. Netflix? Luke Cage, Daredevil, and other defenders. I love legends of tomorrow, too. HBO, Game of Thrones!! And I also loved Night of and West World. I also might talk about cycling (road biking) and all other stuff! Please feel free to comment!
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