Today I'll write about natto (納豆 なっとう), a traditional Japanese food that many Japanese commonly eat for breakfast (I do too!). Most foreigners, however, dislike it or are too scared to put it in the mouth.
Well, this is natto, or fermented soy beans. Sorry the photo is a bit blurry. I hope you can see how "nebaneba" (=an anomatope representing sticky and gooey texture) these beans are. Its powerful smell somehow reminds me of strong blue cheese, while some foreigners compare it to stinky socks.
Natto often sells in small plastic containers bundled into packages of two or three like the photo above.
Before stirring, natto beans are not too sticky.
...Then stir the beans with chopsticks, and they become really "nebaneba" producing sticky strings like this. We normally eat it with white rice.
"Fermented" means, in other words, "rotten" (edible though). The distinctive flavor would gross out not only foreigners but some Japanese, especially Kansai residents, while many natto lovers are addicted to it.
If you have never tried this exotic food, I would strongly recommend you to taste it at least once, not because it is good for your health, but because you can show your braveness and possibly become a hero (or heroine) among your foreign friends.
Today's useful (?) expression is: なっとう は くさい です。 （Natto wa kusai desu)
It means "Natto is smelly."