Forever Alone Appliances

HitoriOven

The Solo Oven: for making those lonely – yet manly – breakfasts

Used to be – if you were a Japanese man – you had it made. Food magically appeared on the table every mealtime and you never even had to learn how to push the button on the rice cooker or face the pots & pans that became mysteriously dirtied while keeping you alive. Mom did all that for you until you got married, then your wife took over. But not anymore! With more women holding down paying jobs and more people in general delaying marriage (often permanently), suddenly guys find themselves LIVING ALONE. And that means: COOKING ALONE.

Naturally, the Loft store has stepped in to make sure these poor dudes don’t starve. Behold the Solo Cooking series of appliances!

Even the lamest cook noob can turn their fridge fodder into something edible with this single serving rice cooker that comes with a handy insert for steaming meats & veggies. (It does not, however solve the problem of there being only beer and old pickles to work with.)

Even the lamest noob cook can turn their fridge fodder into something edible with this single serving rice cooker, which comes with a handy insert for steaming meats & veggies. (It does not, however solve the problem of there being only beer and past-the-sell-date pickles to work with.)

The Solo Oven comes in handy for whipping up single guy staples like hot dogs (see serving suggestions on the card to the left.)

The Solo Oven comes in handy for whipping up single guy staples like hot dogs (see serving suggestions on the card to the left.)

There's even a manga to make it all seem more cool (the her of this one routinely skips out on company drinking parties and ignores the flirtations of the cutest office lady to rush home and whip up a delicacy he's been longing for all day.)

There’s even a manga to make it all seem more like a feature than a bug. The hero of this one, for example, routinely skips out on company drinking parties and ignores the flirtations of the cutest office lady to rush home and whip up a delicacy he’s been longing for all day.

And for those who truly need Remedial Food Prep 101, this cookbook starts out with a recipe for that childhood comfort food, tamago kake gohan: make some rice and mix in a raw egg. Voila! Dinner!

This cookbook is specifically designed for guys who don’t know which end of the ketchup bottle to use. It starts out with a recipe for that childhood staple, tamago kake gohan: 1) make some rice; 2) mix in a raw egg. Guess they had to start out with a confidence-builder…

If you’d like to visit a Loft store the next time you’re in Tokyo, maps are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

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