from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of gelose or gelatin, sometimes called Japanese isinglass, prepared in Japan from several species of seaweed, particularly from the cartilaginous Florideœ, and used for soups, as well as in the trades, as, for example, in dressing woven goods. It is usually sold in irregular prismatic sticks, resembling glue.


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  • For the real audience, the biggest belly-laugh came when Mr Sherr did a Bobby Ologun act – even after establishing very early in the story that he is pretty much fluent in Japanese, going as far as studying classical grammar – when talking to his to-be well, not-to-be as it turned out father-in-law he wanted to use the very basic phrase “kibun tenkan” but instead hammed around “kibun tenken … kanten … tenkan”.

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  • De spin zegt ik leef graag onder kanten voorhangen blouses.

    Gerrit Kouwenaar

  • Shûkyôgaku no kanten kara [Studies in the Philosophy of Tanabe: From the Perspective of Religious Studies], Tokyo:

    The Kyoto School

  • Shûkyôgaku no kanten kara [Studies of the Philosophy of Tanabe: From the Perspective of Religious Studies], Tokyo:

    The Kyoto School

  • I combined 1 cup of the green tea with 1 cup of the kanten mixture, and let it solidify in the refrigerator for several hours.

    Archive 2005-05-01

  • While the kanten was simmering, I made extra strong green tea with my trusted cha-sen, a beater used ONLY for green tea.

    Archive 2005-05-01

  • I saw little chunks of kanten undissolved, and I probably should've followed the traditional method and strained it at this point, but I didn't.

    Archive 2005-05-01

  • Once the kanten 5 g was ready, I cooked it in 1 cup of water over low heat for 15 min or so.

    Archive 2005-05-01

  • And it took a lot more work to prepare than the regular kanten, starting with a 8 hr soak in water!

    Archive 2005-05-01

  • Unlike the blocks one gets in the stores around here, my kanten was in fine threads.

    Archive 2005-05-01


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