Hachikyo Restaurant In Northern Japan Fines Customers Who Don’t Eat Everything In Their Bowl.

Hachikyo Restaurant Sapporo JapanAmazing! Hachikyo restaurant in Sapporo Japan has a signature dish, tsukko meshi or salmon roe on rice, and if you order it and don’t eat your entire meal – you have to make a donation.

Rules for eating tsukko meshi at Hachikyo Restaurant.

Rules for eating tsukko meshi at Hachikyo Restaurant.

From RocketNews 24:

“According to the explanation in the menu, the working conditions for fishermen are harsh and so dangerous that it’s not unknown for lives to be lost. To show our gratitude and appreciation for the food they provide, it is forbidden to leave even one grain of rice in your bowl. Customers who do not finish their tsukko meshi must give a donation.”

We need to port this idea stateside. Have you ever been to a Vegas buffet and seen the amount of food thrown out? Even closer to home, have lunch at your kid’s school and check out the amount of uneaten food that gets tossed. It’s mind numbing.

The way the Hachikyo restaurant limits food waste is by bringing their customers closer to the fisherman that catch their food. And taking it further, staff members at the restaurant are trained to appreciate what they’re serving by working on the fishing boats.

Maybe every restaurant should have a trash monitor or servers that reward customers for eating all of their food. For more information on food waste, check out Jonathan Bloom’s WastedFood.com. [RocketNews 24]


HAPILABS’ HAPIfork Is A Vibrating Fork Whose Intentions Are Good. Consume More To Consume Less?

HAPILABS HAPIforkThe $99.99 electronic HAPIfork from HAPILABS will alert you with a vibration if you are eating too fast. It will also track your eating habits by sending data via USB or Bluetooh to a dashboard app that will tell you how many bites you took to eat your last meal and your meal schedule. Of course the HAPIfork can’t stop the user from untraceably eating with their hands but I’ll ignore that for now.

So what do you think is more Jubbling: consuming less with the HAPIfork or consuming less prior and not purchasing the HAPIfork? [Gizmodo]


Oh Nuts! There’s Some Soup In My Sand….Made Bowl.

Victor Castanera Sandstone bowlsThis story goes in the green file folder labeled “I don’t think so.” Barcelona designer Victor Castanera creates his Sandstone bowls out of an acrylic resin and uses beach sand as his mold; no machinery. On his website, Mr. Castanera explains the process [Google translated]:

“The project aims to emphasize the importance of the production process for both the final product, which acquires a unique identity resulting from a decision of Nature, and the user who made ​​that experience with them from the time throwing water on the sand until they have to give at home use.”

This would be fun to project to do with the kids but are these Sandstone bowls usable? Sustainable? Would you use a Sandstone bowl more than once? Probably not. [Inhabitat]