Yutes and Harajuku, Tokyo

In the movie “My Cousin Vinny” Joe Pesci plays a bumbling and inexperienced Italian American lawyer who has to defend his cousin from a murder charge in the mid South. It is a pretty funny and easy going movie. For some reason, a particular scene stays in my mind. In this scene Joe Pesci keeps saying “Yutes”, a term that no one understands. He then realises that he has to rework his American Italian accent to say it correctly as “Youths”. On paper, it does not sound funny at all with no punch line and it is not delivered in a wild manner as such in a Jim Carrey movie. I still don’t know why I remember that scene the most. Whenever I hear that word, I smile and remember that scene.

Harajuku on a weekend afternoon is fully of yutes.


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Unagi (eel) Yakitori


Some years ago, I heard a radio documentary on eels:


It was interesting to learn about this creature. It was also around that time, that I started to eat unagi Japanese style on rice.

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