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June 17, 2013


If any of kitchengardenjapan’s Japan readership happen to frequent izakaya – particularly the sort of run down, degenerate izakaya that this locale offers – and got past the “chopsticks jozu, desu ne” from the neighbouring souse, and somehow arrived on the topic of garlic (stranger things have happened at sea), you’ll no doubt be familiar with the following pantomime:

Ninniku, eh? Heh! Heh! Heh! Makes you strong!” (Grabs bicep and throws fist up in a fast, thrusting motion) “Strong! Strong! Like a horse! Heh! Heh! Heh!”

Cue: Slobber, wink, grimace, brows wriggled and eyes rolled in lusty recollection.

… And then tip of a glass and a bit more thrusting. “Heh! Heh! Heh! Like a horse!”  Chuckle.

Now despite being a man all for international relations, quick to parley and raconteur (see what I did there?) in alcoholic situations, I must admit the first couple of times this happened, I had absolutely no idea what these geezers were talking about. But I as you do, I whinnied and laughed along.

Eventually I found out that garlic is regarded by izakaya geezers to be a “stamina” inducing aphrodisiac, that ninniku makes one a goliath in the boudoiur, a stallion in the stable , a stud between the sheets.


Let’s hope the old geezers are right.


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11 Comments leave one →
  1. hashigal permalink
    June 17, 2013 2:32 pm

    Interesting tip. I’ll file that away for future reference 😉

  2. June 17, 2013 10:19 pm

    Ninniku jozu desu ne! That really doesn’t fly, but you see what I did, for sure.

    • June 22, 2013 11:02 pm

      For sure, to be sure. Is that Oirish coming out there, Tavis? Harrygato 😉



  3. June 17, 2013 11:23 pm

    Holy Jesus Christ Mother of Mary Aristotle…Plato…Newton!

    Have y’all decided on a name yet? You know, for new new (superhuman) baby…



  4. ines permalink
    June 18, 2013 5:48 pm

    Hahahahaha……. so can I blame garlic now lol?

    • June 22, 2013 10:58 pm

      Time to cut it out, no, Ines? Probably better to stick to something like … asparagus. Forget that, you’ll be taking over the mountain!

      • inesusan permalink
        July 21, 2013 9:19 pm

        Hahahaha …. That will be my last one i swer. I will simply push out the uterus too. Anyway it is your turn my friend. A princess would be wonderfull. Same for mr. Canada

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  6. inesusan permalink
    July 25, 2013 8:16 pm


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