Treats Over Flowers

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For Mothers Day, I wanted to share a well-known proverb in Japanese language:

花より団子 (hana yori dango)

This means something like “treats over flowers”. Flowers are fine, but the way to a person’s heart is good food, in other words. The term “dango” are small Japanese sweets made from rice and sometimes sweet bean paste:

denver935 / CC BY, courtesy of Wikipedia

My wife often jokes about this with me, when her birthday, or our anniversary, or Mothers Day rolls around. Since she likes Korean food and boxed chocolates, she prefers those over flowers. Similarly, I like it when she cooks my favorite foods.

Food is a strange thing in that it’s essential for survival, yet it also can be so much more.

P.S. Happy Mothers Day to all the moms out there reading this!

P.P.S. Dango taste nothing like what Westerners expect from “sweets”, but are pretty tasty in their own right.

Published by Doug

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