The Things One Finds On Pre-Dawn Walks Around The Neighorhood

Susan and I have been lax this last month in our morning walks, but when I heard her alarm go off at 5:15 a.m. I was soon up and at ’em for our local trek that runs about 1.25 miles. On the latter third of that, I found this mystery kitchen utensil just laying on some parkway grass that looked like it had never been used by whoever tossed it out:

After bringing it home, taking it apart and giving it a good cleaning, I googled any variety of “Suzuki/counter-mount/hand/manual/grinder/mill” but came up entirely empty.  And it’s no help that the small green label on its side is entirely in Japanese. As such, I have no clue what its meshed gears are supposed to munch on. Any ideas?

UPDATE (1:25 p.m.): Additional pics, from above and below.


UPDATE (4:45 p.m.): Jeez. So through my amazing powers of deduction, I finally looked at that little green label for a clue and all I could find among all those Japanese language characters was 0427 (59) 5571, which I hoped might be a phone number. So I googled it: nothing. Then I googled it with “Suzuki” and got a match via a directory page that had a link to the product’s webpage. The company name is Ration Suzuki Institute Inc in the city of Sagamihara, bordering Tokyo. What is it? It’s a juicer.

From a bad translation of its webpage:

Suzuki Juice Machine

Completely crushed cells of vegetables and fruits, because without waste to extract the active ingredient in many yield to make a delicious juice, less destruction of the vitamin.

First impression: Pain in the ass. Here’s a video snippet from the five minutes it took me to juice a pear.


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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."