While many dog owners here do cook meals for their pooches – dogs here enjoy lives that would be envied by many children – this nabe pot just looks like a cheerful shiba-ken. It’s really for making hotpot stews and cook-at-the-table meals like sukiyaki and shabu-shabu.
Nabe pots are made of special hardened clay so they can be put over a direct flame without exploding, and you can make rice in them faster than in a rice cooker. (This is a useful thing to know when you, uh, measure the rice and water into the Neuro-Fuzzy, then discover half an hour later that you forgot to push the button. Not that I’ve ever done that.)
Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix.