Wednesday, March 16, 2011


The Lede Blog had a brief post on Ofunato today.  Located near the coast, the small port town had a solid scallop, oyster and squid industry, and an annual "sanma matsuri" festival for grilled sanma fish.

That also made it incredibly vulnerable to the tsunami, and the unfortunate victim of previous ones as well. As the Lede Blog mentions, Ofunato had been hit hard before in 1960, when a massive earthquake in Chile sparked a tsunami wave that made it to Japan.

Again, we're trying to relate to these places and find their history before the recent tragedy. As it turns out, Ofunato was also the birthplace of Satoshi Sakurada, founder of MOS (Mountain, Ocean, Sun) Burger. MOS Burger is the second largest fast food chain in Japan, second only to McDonald's. The Japanese have been adept at revisioning cultural touchstones from other places and making it their distinctive own, and MOS Burger is no different.

Since 1972, MOS Burger has been dishing out items like their rice burgers, served on rice, barley and millet patties instead of the traditional bun; burgers featuring more familiar Japanese ingredients like burdock and carrot, croquettes, Japanese curry, and unagi; and the famed Takumi burger - the most expensive burger available at any fast food chain - featuring Tasmanian beef, avocado, grated wasabi, and other toppings. Since August 2010, they've also been featuring regional burgers concocted by staff from that region, including the following:
  • Zangi Burger: Available in the Hokkaido, Tohoku, and Niigata regions, with deep fried chicken flavored with soy sauce and garlic, topped with a mix of Sendai miso and mayonnaise;
  • Sauteed Pork & Ginger Burger: Available in the Kanto, Koshin and Shizuoka areas;
  • Minced Iberico Pork Cutlet Burger: Available in the Chukyo, Hokuriku, and Kansai regions; and
  • Mentai Toriten Burger: Available in the Chugoku, Shikoku and Kyushu areas, with tempura-style fried chicken originally from Oita prefecture, and topped with a a spicy cod roe sauce.
Again, the Lede blog has a post for those that want to help where they can: here.

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