Thursday December 7, 2017
I want to share some good news with you today.
There is a radio program called “Chikyu Radio” on NHK (The one and only Japan’s national public broadcasting organization), it is a long-running talk show going since 1999. The main focus of this radio program is international people, both Japanese people living abroad and non-Japanese people living in Japan. I was invited to participate in their show for the first time in January 2010. Since that time I have been invited to participate 5 times and I will be on air again in January 2018. The last 5 times I spoke about my life in Norway and briefly compared Norwegian culture and Japanese culture. My remarks were not formal in any way. I spoke about some everyday life, for example how Norwegian people like to eat cod (There is one very special dish in Norway made with cod, it is called Lutefisk……..) and how different it is from Japanese way and my finding of the similarity that both countries share the love of smelly way of preparing fish! ha ha
Chikyu Radio’s Chikyu means Mother Earth, so if I translate it will be “Mother Earth Radio Talk Show”. There are no borders and divisions, only some cultural differences in people around the world. This radio program aims at introducing people in different parts of the world to each other’s everyday lives. I think it is a great program!
This time I will not speak about fish Lol. Instead, for the first time on Chikyu Radio, I will talk about Bento. Bento has been known to be spreading internationally for sometime and it is a brand new cultural theme to speak about anymore. The talk show in January will focus on myself as a Japanese woman who has been able to connect with many people around this Mother Earth through bento. So in a way I think you who shared with me your passion in cooking Japanese food and making Bentos also will be featured with me on this radio show. I will talk about all of you and will make the Japanese audience aware how knowledgeable you are and how passionate you are about cooking Japanese food and Bentos!
Unfortunately the radio show is only in Japanese. Sorry. I wish it could be dubbed into English or you can get translation of the program. NHK has English programs too on NHK World but Chikyu Radio is an Japanese program.
I have been in contact with Chikyu Radio’s producer for now a week or so, she is a wonderful person to talk to. As we went through my activities as a Bento specialist since 2011, I wrote down what I really have been doing. On my Facebook page I get to know in which countries my followers live. I have counted to find that I have followers living in 43 different countries!! It was a delightful surprise!! I went on and dug into my past years on my Facebook pages, I read your comments and my old postings…. They all made me realize how blessed I have been, I really felt I am connected with people on Mother Earth and I wanted to embrace it again. I can say this was one of the main reasons why I came back to doing Bentos. After stopping and taking a pause, I am now able to see what I have been doing from a new and fidderent perspective. Keep going is great if you can continue being refreshed and inspired, but for me to stop and pause was good, at least I could realize the value and blessings making bentos have given me.
Anyway, the exact date and time is Saturday January 13 from 17:05 (Japanese Time) and it is a live show. If you understand Japanese you can also listen on their web site (on demand broadcasting live). I hope I can convey through radio waves my love and gratefulness, my passion and cooking enthusiasm, to listeners…
Thanks for reading!