[Autumn 10, 2007] Fudebako Vol. 12 is now for sale.
1,000 JPY (including TAX and shipping)
■The Feature “Molds and Patterns”
There are millions of things formed in a mold from chocolate to cell-phones and it is actually indispensable to our life. It has been said that forming products in a mold has started by forging metal in the ancient Mesopotamia. The 84 page feature are all about molds, the history and many types of molds used in Japan, varying from wooden molds for Japanese sweets to pattern papers used for Ryukyu Bingata (traditional dyeing cloth in Okinawa), new product information provided by Meiji Chocolate, Tenugui (which translates to facecloth) as a piece of dyed cloth and its pattern, molds used to form Taiyaki (fish-shaped pancake), etc. You will find many of the Japanese beauty products are formed by molds and excellent artisans.
■Use sugar wisely
Sugar not only tastes sweet but is used to make pickles by utilizing osmotic pressure or can be added as a hidden seasoning to bring out moderate bitterness or flavor. Two prominent cooks introduce recipes using sugar in both Japanese and French styles.
■The Tezuka family precept
A visualizer Makoto Tezuka, handles most leading-edge image media such as experimental short films, computer graphics, digital software, etc., was born to a legendary manga artist (often credited as the “Godfather of Anime”), Osamu Tezuka. He lighthearted talks about his family coming from a long line of doctors (though his father was not), memories he shared with his father, Osamu, when he was a child and his family tradition that has made him what he is today.
■The Story of Working People on the Earth - Women’s Ito Hospital
Founded 40 years ago in Kitayama, Kyoto, Ito hospital specializes in maternity services and has long been well-known as a maternity hospital that looks like a gorgeous hotel. This year the hospital is to get a thorough renovation and even try to improve the level of service. The 10 pages make a feature of their eagerness and passion for medical care, covering why they need hospital facilities to be like five-star hotels and what a hospital is supposed to be about, and introduce hospital director, Masafumi Ito’s work performance, who is also well-known as “Godfather of laparoscopic surgery in Japan” in the departments of obstetrics and gynecology.