January 20 - February 18
If I could shake the hand of the person who first thought about brushing soy sauce onto grilled sweet corn, I would. People often misread you, and think you’re some normal piece of corn. Fools. You’re the rebellious one, with an independent streak, being lathered in whatever you see fit. Not one to mold to stereotypes, yet if pressured you’re sure to pop. Hearing you sizzle on the grill is music, and we all love to hear you sing your song. Sing it baby!
February 19 - March 20
No surprise here, but you’re a fish shaped sweet filled with an array of delicious surprises. You can be quite hard to figure out if you’re not open—it really is all about what’s inside of you that matters the most. People from all walks of life are attracted to you, but you can come across as indecisive when you give us so many different flavors to choose from. We won’t easily reject you, and if we don’t like how you taste, it’s our loss. You’ll never be alone.
March 21 - April 19
Ayu no shioyaki (鮎の塩焼き)
You’re a sweet fish whose tail and fins have been touched with salt, and you are slowly cooked until flaky perfection. You face the fire head on, making quite the statement. To some people you are everything they’ve ever desired, but to others, your boldness scares the living crap out of them. Don’t let them discourage you, they have no idea what they’re missing out on. You can be fired up easily, but you’re still my favorite party on a stick.
April 20 - May 20
Jaga Bata (じゃがバター)
You are the epitome of reliability and comfort, a staple in the lives of many. Who can go wrong with a potato smothered in butter? Full of common sense and nutrients, we know that what we see, is what we get. Sometimes you lose patience when we show hesitation in what we want, but you generally remain true to yourself and go on unaffected. If butter starts to feel too pedestrian, you have zero hesitation dressing yourself up in more attractive culinary accoutrements. We won’t complain.
May 21 - June 20
Summer and matsuri are synonymous with shaved ice, smothered in various flavored syrups. You’re a clever one and often walk away before things get too heated — you know how to keep your cool. You often can’t be controlled, which is beautiful, but you’re prone to falling over if you pile too much on. You soak up knowledge as if it’s mango syrup, and aren’t afraid to be a little bit of a weirdo with your more eclectic syrups. Sometimes impatient, if we’re not quick to act, you can be cold one moment, and melted the next.
June 21 - July 22
Noodles pan fried to perfection with an array of ingredients that can be customized to your tastes. You spoil us. You’re intuitive and know what we want, and crave even. Sometimes letting us overindulge in you until we just can’t fathom eating anymore. At times you can present too many options, and unknowingly overcomplicate things. If burnt you will hold a grudge for ages, I’m talking about literally never being able to scrape you off of my frying pan.
July 23 - August 22
Fried chicken, universally a crowd pleaser. We can always depend on you being loyal in the way of juicy to deliciousness ratio, and you seldom fail our expectations. Knowing you’ll always be at matsuri brings us comfort. You can be a bit of a wild one and will try anything once, but you also take comfort in your bff, mayonnaise. You can be a bit too competitive though, remember, just because you’re the biggest karaage here doesn’t mean you’re the tastiest.
August 23 - September 22
You know how to keep it all together, and look good doing it. Your ingredients and presentation depend on the area of Japan that you come from. That being said, you aren’t a pushover, and are loyal to your roots. You may be an array of emotions and ingredients on the inside, but we can never tell just by looking at you just how mixed up you are. Given the chance you can get very saucy, and you can almost always bring lip smacking joy to anyone that comes your way.
September 23 - October 22
You're three sweet grilled dumplings on a stick, smothered in sweet and salty sauce. You know what you’re doing, quit being coy. Aware that you’re hard to say no to, often you are laid back without a care in the world. Typically fairly balanced, sometimes you tend to put too much pressure on yourself when it comes to making others happy. You can come across as unpredictable, yet you seldom ever drop the ball on the people that matter to you.
October 23 - November 21
You are delicious and attractive fried balls of dough with a piece of octopus on the inside. Wearing your toppings for all the world to see, you are savory and sweet at the same time. You also have a darker side, and can have a molten core that will burn the ever loving hell out of anyone that dares get close to you if they don’t let you cool down. Quite the temperamental takoyaki you are. This water sign can absolutely bring tears to your eyes.
November 22 - December 21
It’s no wonder a banana covered in chocolate, and stuck on a stick, would have an impeccable sense of humor. Yet contrary to being skewered, you are extremely hard to pin down. You’re a big dreamer that’s spontaneous in your toppings, and don’t find selfish people appealing in the least. You love swallowing people’s egos when they’ve bitten off more of you than they can chew. You’re a bit ruthless, but worth the choking hazard.
December 22 - January 19
There you are, the oh-so-practical grilled chicken on a stick. Patiently waiting and knowing we can’t go long without you. It’s no sweat to you, you can read us like a book, and know we’ll come your way. Yet if we take too much time, you may get impatient and give us something to gnaw on as retribution. You know to show up often and repeatedly whenever the matsuri gets a little too wild, and have no issue calling us chicken if we can’t hold our own.
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