Do you know pudding?
It is sweet and delicious dessert.
But there is another salty puddings in Japan. My American friend particularly like them.
Chawan-mushi is a traditional Japanese food.
My American friend simply call the cuisine “custard”.
It is cup-steamed egg custard with chicken, shrimp, and vegetables.
Trefoil leaves are often put on top as a garnish.
Chawan means “bowl” and Mushi means “steam”.
Special Song of Chawan-mushi
Kagoshima people can sing a local traditional “Chawan-mushi” song.
The song is sung in strong local dialects. People in other parts of Japan will hardly understand the lyrics.
Recently musical band SAKAKI-MANGO arranged the song with African musical instruments.
(SAKAKI-MANGO is a musician from Kagoshima)
Watch and enjoy his song!
Lyrics of the song
I briefly introduce you the story of the song.
One person don’t know what “Chawan-mushi” is.
When he heard the word for the first time, he misunderstood that Chawan-mushi is not as “bowl steam” but as “bowl bug”.
This is because Japanese sounds of “mushi” has two different meanings, “bug” and “steam”.
Translation of Chawan-mushi Song in Kagoshima
“Oh, what should I do? How it is like?
I wash dishes in my house three times every day and they must be very clean!
Are you talking about the bug on the surface of bowl?
Is the bug a kind of insect walking on kitchen nets?
Now that I know what Chawan-mushi is! I feel very embarrassed! HA HA HA!”