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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

1000 year old Delicacy

Did you know there is a Kamaboko Day?! November 15 isn't a national holiday here in Japan, but it's an auspicious day nonetheless for the specialty, Kamaboko that finds itself on the table of just about every Japanese home.

Kamaboko is made from steamed white fish mashed into a paste, seasoned and shaped to form a small white loaf. The fish used depends on the area -- whether deep-water herring or Japanese bluefish. Kamaboko has a springy, crunchy and supple texture and the fish-based ingredients delight the palate. Kamaboko is as rich in protein as eggs. Since it is made from the highest quality fresh fish, with no preservatives added, and is low in calories and fat, Kamaboko is quickly becoming a popular health food.

“Even though we may perform all the necessary skills properly, the process still takes 15 years to master,” explains Katsuo Saga, the firm’s veteran kamaboko maker. “I'm sure we will continue to enjoy the traditional flavor of kamaboko much as the nobles did almost 1,000 years ago”.

Japanese enjoy Kamaboko very much, but how we long for them to rather desire the delicacies of heaven! 

 ...To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.  Revelation 2:7

God has prepared for us who have received Him, a banquet from the Tree-of-Life out of his own orchard.

Let us overcome with the help of Jesus who died for us and look forward to the banquet table of heaven!

We trust you know Christ too!  Feasting on His Word every day will be the daily strength giver for following Him.