Akiba comes up with the strangest of things, and not all of them containing cpu’s… what should I find there on my first trip with Yuko, but this multi-million yen ‘oden’ machine. Now oden is not the easiest thing to translate into English, but it is sometimes called a ‘hotchpotch’. It’s a kind of light broth with all kinds of things, mostly with tofu or seafood based, floating around in it and you usually pick the ones you like with a bit of the soup. They include little tied-up bags of fried tofu with gooey motchi in the middle and bow ties of thick, ‘conbu’ seaweed, along with soft or chewy pieces of processed fish.
It seems to be some way of having very healthy foods so that they keep for longer than usual, and you have it with a dab of extremely spicy mustard that reminds me very much of the traditional on in England. Whoever invented this dish I’ll never know, but what is even stranger is this machine, dispensing it in cans!
We could see other Japanese people had come all the way there just to try it for themselves… and (of course) to be photographed in front of it.