Are you paying attention?
No talking and note passing.
This is Japanese Cooking Essential Tip, No. 5,489.
This is a gobo - burdock.
It can be cut and fried in sesame oil with carrots. With some added chilli pepper and the usual soy sauce, rice wine mix - a very traditional Japanese dish called Kinpira.
But! You just can't cut it any old length!!! What on earth are you thinking about?
THIS is Japanese cooking where form and appearence and correctness is EVERYTHING.
In the picture:
the top gobo stick is INCORRECT. Too long.
the bottom gobo stick is CORRECT. Just right for picking up with chopsticks and fitting into a Japanese mouth politely, being chewed and then digested in the extra long gut that Japanese people have.
I am so lucky that I have an Okaasan who will pass on these pearls of wisdom to me, so I may learn and improve myself.
I know I am lucky. So I smiled and thanked her when she told me.
I am a good, good, GOOD little Oyomesan.