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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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Jonelle Patrick View All

Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

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  1. or for divorced or widowed men, when my grandma died my grandpa who lived in the countryside couldn’t even make coffee with the coffee machine… my uncle had to come and make breakfast for him every morning. I love the “solo oven” used to grill bread, like when you’re alone you can’t even have a REAL oven to cook a real size chicken ^^ they’re alone AND friendless.

    • I know, right? This is actually a huge problem for older men: if their wives die and they don’t have a daughter-in-law to take over all the cooking and washing, they’re totally helpless. (><) (But maybe that's why not so many women are signing up to be daughters-in-law anymore…!)

      • haha! It’s funny this stigma there is about men living alone it reminds me of this drama about an architect with Hiroshi Abe when he cooks for himself and drinks wine while listening to music, that’s how it should be. Celibate but classy ^^

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