Hozuki (physalis), Naraijuku, Japan

I'll be offline for a while (not sure how long), to take care of the health issues. There will be updates over on JustBento hopefully, as The Guy Does Bento series continues, but over here the lights will be dimmed until I get back. There's 8 years' worth of archives here, so I hope you won't run out of things to read. ^_^

Stay warm, and see you soon!

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Hoping for all the best for you!

Yup, lots of good stuff here to peruse. I love your posts on places in Japan. Oh, and I saw your book in a local Japanese bookshop where I live! That was neat. I think I need to get it for myself for Christmas.

Julie H. | 14 November, 2011 - 07:34

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Take care, ganbatte kudasai, and odaijini. Hope to see you back here in a little while, full of good health, good cheer, and vigour! Take care of yourself!

Sabine | 14 November, 2011 - 07:36

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Take good care of yourself, Maki :) Best wishes and speedy recovery!

Sue | 14 November, 2011 - 07:44

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I'm gonna miss reading your freshs posts. Come back soon, onegaï !
I wish you a fast recovery.

alice g | 14 November, 2011 - 08:28

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Wishing you all the best from Egypt, and looking forward to seeing you up and running! Positive thoughts to you!

In the meantime, I will browse and try out some stuff, maybe even try my first bento!


Ameirah | 14 November, 2011 - 09:07

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Best wishes, and hope to hear from you sometime soon.

anon. | 14 November, 2011 - 09:29

Take care!

I hope things will go as smoothly as possible. I'm sure the guy and the people in white will take excellent care of you (they'd better).
You stay warm and take care !

Virginie | 14 November, 2011 - 10:08

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Get well soon Maki! I'll be thinking of you.

Nellig | 14 November, 2011 - 10:44

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Robyn | 14 November, 2011 - 10:53

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please take care. looking forward to your return!

katnhwi | 14 November, 2011 - 10:56

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Take all the time you need, Maki! Hoping you get better soon.

And thanks for the treasure trove that is Just Hungry - it's pretty much my go-to nowadays when I need to look up something regarding Japanese cooking.

(Have to add that I'm using the recipe you posted for Irish Stout Cake with Whiskey Icing as my Christmas cake this year; I baked a sample batch last week, and it was absolutely amazing.)

Kevin | 14 November, 2011 - 12:15

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Good luck, Maki!! x]
Get well soon! ;)

Akemi =] | 14 November, 2011 - 12:57


Hope you feel better soon. Thanks so much for sharing all your love of food and bento knowledge. I'm coeliac so can't eat any gluten and find your bento ideas inspiring for cold lunch ideas.

I also love all the japan culture stuff - we went on our honeymoon there years ago and loved so much. although, sadly I think it would be too difficult to go back now I have to strictly avoid gluten.

Anyway, blog and archives are much appreciated. Thanks!


anon. | 14 November, 2011 - 14:13

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Please take good care, Maki!

siok | 14 November, 2011 - 14:27

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Best wishes for a comfortable time with excellent results!

Annie | 14 November, 2011 - 15:24

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Get well soon!

KayDat | 14 November, 2011 - 15:30

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I enjoy you page tremendously. Be well!

anon. | 14 November, 2011 - 15:33

Take care!

Take care of yourself, Maki - wishing you a very easy and speedy recovery!

Cathy @ Chief Family Officer | 14 November, 2011 - 15:59

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All the best, hope to "see you" back soon!

anon. | 14 November, 2011 - 16:09

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Get better! We're rooting for you!

Shnooks | 14 November, 2011 - 16:24

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Good luck Maki. Get well soon and I will look forward to your wonderful articles again!

akira | 14 November, 2011 - 16:47

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Take care and we hope to see you soon! There's a wealth of treasure here in your archives that I'm sure I won't come close to exhausting before you return ^_^

Katie F. | 14 November, 2011 - 17:02

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In bocca al lupo, as we say in Italy, Maki: I'll be looking forward to having your great posts back. Meanwhile I'll surely peruse the archives...

Caffettiera | 14 November, 2011 - 17:17

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Wishing you all the best to get well super-fast!!!

Zaxxon | 14 November, 2011 - 18:51

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Be strong & get well soon!!
Will be waiting eagerly for your return :)

Warm regards

Yuki | 14 November, 2011 - 19:03

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Take care of yourself first. These sites and all of us can wait for you to continue getting better. You are in our thoughts.

anon | 14 November, 2011 - 19:36

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Hi Maki, I've been reading your website on and off for at least three years now and I'm sorry to read that you are not well. Do take care and I hope you get well soon.

Thanks for sharing your recipes and experiences with us. JustHungry has gotten me to think more about food and there's something innately comforting about reading your step-by-step instructions.

Have a good rest during your hiatus, I hope you will be happy and healthy soon.

anon. | 14 November, 2011 - 20:02

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Good luck, Maki! I´ll have my fingers crossed for you. God bless you.

Barbara | 14 November, 2011 - 21:39

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Maki -

I wish you the very best and a smooth recovery. I've only discovered your sites fairly recently, but I've gotten so much inspiration from them. I hope all that goodness you've sent into the universe comes back around to you 100-fold

stepho. | 14 November, 2011 - 23:16

Get well soon!

We'll miss you, Maki! <3

keito | 15 November, 2011 - 00:00

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I love reading your posts - thank you for sharing your knowledge and experiences. Every good wish for your treatment and I earnestly look forward to your restoration to health.

anon. | 15 November, 2011 - 00:49

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Good health and good luck to you!

knittedninja | 15 November, 2011 - 01:08

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Wishing you all the best and a comfortable, fast recovery.

Your health comes first in all matters and we'll all be here when you return, so please do not hurry and be very gentle with yourself! God bless.

Rachel from Melbourne | 15 November, 2011 - 01:38

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Get well soon, Maki. I just love reading you :)

saisei | 15 November, 2011 - 05:47

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hoping your health will be vibrant and excellent soon and your recovery will be speedy with minimal problems. Will miss you while you're gone.

sidhechaos | 15 November, 2011 - 06:18

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We'll "Keep calm and carry on" as the British said! 'til Maki, comes back soon, happy and well.

gilda92 | 15 November, 2011 - 06:47

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Take care of yourself! We'll all be thinking of you, for sure! Hope everything goes really well and you're feeling much better soon!

anon. | 15 November, 2011 - 06:52

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Get well soon, Maki. My thought will be with you...

Jane | 15 November, 2011 - 12:51

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All the best! You have all of our support, strength and gratitude!

Kimba | 15 November, 2011 - 14:33

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お大事に!!^_^ Hope you get better soon!
I also have diabetes and I know it's a difficult disease, but certainly you'll take control of it.

Aileen | 15 November, 2011 - 17:15

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Hospital food: blagh!

Load up on trashy ebooks, soppy movies, lots of SyFy reruns and have The Guy sneak in some yaki onigiri and real Japanese tea. All those + chutzpah and humor will get you through.

Folly | 15 November, 2011 - 19:33

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All the best to you Maki, hope you're doing better soon.

kim | 15 November, 2011 - 19:39

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Wishing you an easy recovery - and sending lots of warm thoughts from Canada!

Honey F | 15 November, 2011 - 21:30

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Bets of luck to you! We'll be waiting & hoping to hear good news!

looloolooweez | 16 November, 2011 - 01:05

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Get well soon and we'll keep a light in the window for your safe return to the blog world. :)

A_Boleyn | 16 November, 2011 - 01:47

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Get well soon~!

Xalk | 16 November, 2011 - 02:19

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Best wishes and lots of healing thoughts go out to you Maki-chan!
Hope to see you back soon.

Monika | 16 November, 2011 - 04:10

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Maki-san, thank you for your wonderful blog. Sending the very best wishes for your happiness and health. Gambatte kudasai!!!

east coast well-wisher | 16 November, 2011 - 06:35

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We'll definitely miss you, and selfishly, I hope that your hiatus is short. ;) But truly, I hope that things go well for you, that you kick this thing's ass, and that your recovery is swift and easy. I'll be keeping you in my thoughts. Take care of yourself, and I look forward to your return.

Shari | 16 November, 2011 - 08:02

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Hope your health issues are resolved quickly!

Matthew Kayahara | 16 November, 2011 - 16:46

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You're in my prayers. Take care.

Valérie | 16 November, 2011 - 20:07

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Please take care and get your needed rest. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful posts, you will be missed. Come back soon! Odaiji ni.

Jenny | 16 November, 2011 - 21:59

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Get better soon!

Lillian | 17 November, 2011 - 09:07

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best wishes ... I hope you get over everything and are back to full health soon! Thanks for your lovely blog. Looking forward to having you back again =)

Yael | 17 November, 2011 - 16:55

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Hope you get well soon and thank you for all your 8 years of great work!

Mickey | 18 November, 2011 - 17:03

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Please take care Maki. See you soon.

Usman | 18 November, 2011 - 20:07

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Take care, hope to see you back soon!

Greg W | 20 November, 2011 - 06:28

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Get Well Soon!!

mai | 21 November, 2011 - 09:59

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All the best wishes, get well soon.
Best and warm regards.

Maximilian | 21 November, 2011 - 18:53

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Come back soon!

Jen | 22 November, 2011 - 05:49

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Just hungry has been my go to source when i want to make Japanese home cooking.

I wish you strength and a positive recovery!

teresa | 22 November, 2011 - 22:59

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I'm a newcomer here, a new fan, but I can see you in your work.

You have my most sincere wishes that your hiatus will be brief.

Return soon.

Eddie | 26 November, 2011 - 22:23

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Wishing you the absolute best as you recover from this illness. I'm sure you'll beat the sucker into the ground! I love your sites, and have learned so much thanks to your clarity and precision. Hope you're back in the swing of things soon.

anon | 29 November, 2011 - 05:32

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Get well soon! and since I'm new to your blog, meanwhile I'll be reading all you past posts:)

Eilonvi | 9 January, 2012 - 07:48

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