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browny1Sep. 03, 2015 - 08:43PM JST
john-san - you need to qualify your statements with factual data esp re meat protein.
There are those who believe that the rapid increase in red meat consumption in Japan is and will result in an increase in heart-circulatory& gastro-intestinal diseases along with diabetes and others. Google it.
And how do you know what Cleo's diet is, based on a few lines of print? And as she suggests, you seem to be the one obssessing about this - putting the downer on vegetables and praising meat. Tunnel vision perhaps?
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browny1Sep. 03, 2015 - 01:06PM JST
john-san - thank you. Sorry to hear that you cannot find delight in vegetables. As I posted earlier, i think it's more to do with understanding the inherent qualities of each vegetable and choosing appropriate cooking / prersentation methods of each.
And re restaurant menu choices. I don't eat meat except for seafood. If it's a main course, probably the fish will determine the choice but also the accompanients, sauces, spices, cooking style(grilled fried, baked etc), play a part. With many side dishes the vegetables will be important.
But I don't usually mentally break food that I eat down into individual components. I usually think of dishes as a sum total and the combinations of flavour, texture, aroma, visual presentation etc are all important. For example dinner last night was yaki-meshi - fried brown rice with chopped vegetables (about 7 different kinds), herbs and a little smoked salmon stirred in. To me and my family it was just "Fried Rice". A delicious amalgam of bits & pieces.
browny1Sep. 03, 2015 - 09:37AM JST
john-san - you said vegetables do not taste delightful...ask any child. Mmmmmm!
I'd suggest you should improve your cooking knowledge, techniques, food science understanding and the pleasures of vegetables will pull back those gloomy curtains darkening your palate. ha, ha.
And re variety of vegies available - from my experiences here, there are far fewer kinds & varieties, although it has improved over the last decade. Take the humble ubiquitous potato - dozens of different kinds suitable for all styles of cooking & dishes - but only a couple or so usually on sale here. Or the humble ubiquitous cucumber - many, many varieties all with slightly different textures, flavours, sizes and uses - but here you'd think there was a law stating all cucumbers must be 20cm long, dark green & straight. These 2 examples are not of exotic vegies but popular daily consumables. You can apply this line to many other vegetables. Why the lack of variety?
I could go on ad infinitum about this.
browny1Sep. 02, 2015 - 08:58PM JST
interun - perhaps the benefit of the doubt could be applied when comparing Debie's theatre logo to Sano's olympic logo - both utilize simplistic elemental forms.
But when comparing with the 2013 exhibition poster for famous graphic designer Jan Tschichold, the similarity is striking - particularly to Sano's original design which was tweeked a little it seems, after the closeness was noted by those in the quarters. Added to this, Sano had tweeted at the time that he had attended this exhibition, so he obviously saw the logo many many times.
Put all together - not a leg to stand on I'd say, to both the trained & untrained eye.
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browny1Sep. 02, 2015 - 05:31PM JST
Nessie - daikon, onions, cabbage = just more starch?
Any data for that?
And the BIG reason for daikon being #1 - other than tradition - is it is by far the CHEAPEST veg available (in my region)
The ￥for gram value is tops. We rarely pay over ￥100 even for very large daikon.
The daily economic struggle for huge # of people in Japan determines daikon fills bellies often.
browny1Aug. 25, 2015 - 06:14PM JST
Peace warrior - I'm not sure I follow your line.
Could you explain a little more what you mean by preventive & conservative in the context of your discussion.
Posted in: What are the pros and cons of shorter hospital stays (in most Western countries) vs longer hospital stays in Japan?
browny1Aug. 25, 2015 - 08:56AM JST
There might be a modicum of "we care about the patient" in the case of long stays in Japanese hospitals, but the cynic in me suspects it's all income related.
A friend in hospital now after a successful hip replacement op is looking at a total of 4+weeks inside. They suggest it's best for rehab & close monitoring to ensure the joint doesn't "pop out". This is not such a busy major hospital (another one 15kms away the standard is 2 weeks) so collecting funds seems to be the main plan.
I'm not sure whether the few days in hospital in some western countries for the same op is desirable or not, but 30 days is a stretch.
browny1Aug. 24, 2015 - 08:01PM JST
I had no interest to join this discussion until today.
Shock Horror. A long time student / acquaintance of mine told me privately she had been scammed 10 days ago.
It wasn't the typical "ore ore" but a more sophisticated set up involving her 103 year old father. He is in hospital so wasn't involved directly. But the calls and letters came from Tokyo to here (regional) and get this - she, an alert woman who is known to be a bit of a tightwad coughed up ￥8,000,000. You read that right - ￥8million. All I could do was to say I'm so sorry to hear that and that fraudsters are scum - but inside I was thinking like wtf. Over the years how many times had we talked about this in lessons????? It's just preposterous she could be hit - esp if you knew her.
My only thoughts after this are peoples vulnerability knows no limits and / or scammers are incredibly more skillful than we can even imagine.
I'm still reeling.
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browny1Aug. 24, 2015 - 08:48AM JST
I don't like the idea of large scale live weapons testing being made a public spectacle to wow & titillate.
Such heavy duty weaponry has only one use - to kill and destroy, and as such I find it extremely disturbing that this military practice is viewed as a kind of entertainment for civilians. And sadly some were injured.
Keep such activities where they belong.
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browny1Aug. 23, 2015 - 10:02AM JST
This is an embarrassment for the govt.
Quibbling over a couple of million dollars when governmental waste, graft, nepotism et al are endemic, costing billions upon billions.
And what of Abes push for all of us to spend - consume more and save the country thrust - and here the govt is saying we don't want to give centenarians a congratulatory gift.
Self Interested Meaness.
Posted in: Gov't eyes cheaper gifts for centenarians as numbers soar
browny1Aug. 21, 2015 - 10:49PM JST
Ossan - thank you for your comprehensive authorative analysis.
I now admit I was "dead wrong" and others who say they weren't influenced by the Asahi report also must admit they're dead wrong. Now I understand this portion of History is so clear cut. In the future I will be more vigilant and not accept the opinions and views of others as truthful, esp if they don't follow the one and only chosen line.
My time spent studying historiography was wasted all those years ago.
America investigated the comfort women issue and found nothing. Japan investigated the comfort women issue and found nothing. Case closed.
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browny1Aug. 21, 2015 - 09:08AM JST
Ossan - In this not-all-tools-are-on-the-table topic, I think you assign far to much significance to the Asahi article. Others involved at the time say the incorrect details of the original article were of no consequence and didn't even come into play.
That one persons fantasy was refuted, does not mean ALL other sources lack credibility. Some may be shaky - but ALL?
And I suspect that the Americans - when searching for evidence against Japan - quite easily and readily ignored the comfort women issue, because uncomfortably- their own forces were involved in the widespread use of prostitutes and involved in rapes and other unsavoury actions. Too close to the bone.
I would never believe a govt report into such murky waters that states "Yup, nothing much here to speak of".
browny1Aug. 20, 2015 - 06:53PM JST
We don't know all details, but I wonder if the mother was / will be arrested for negligent driving resulting in death?
I don't mean to be harsh - heaven forbid it's already so tragic - but I would hazard a guess, that if it were a stranger reversing and failed to see the child, they'd be sleeping on a hard mat tonight.
Often in the cases of families it's an "accident", whereas in the case of "outsiders" it's punishable negligence.
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browny1Aug. 20, 2015 - 01:51PM JST
toshiko - thank you for your reply - but sorry I've got no idea what you are on about. Sorry!
browny1Aug. 19, 2015 - 06:38PM JST
Tina - thank you.
You mentioned " your country". What do you think is "my country"?
And back on topic. It's in USs interest to maintain "stability" in the NEA region. In order to do so it requires it's 2 allies to be cordial to each other so as to maintain a unified front against the BIG bogey. This means saccharined responses to controversial topics is par for the course - when it suits them.
And now it does as Japan & Korea are host to about 50,000 soldiers and 25+ bases, and 30,000 soldiers and 15+ bases respectively.
Every reason for the US govt to be "officially" nice, so we will hear statements like those espoused by Sheila Smith.
browny1Aug. 19, 2015 - 03:56PM JST
Toshiko - you asked what US has invested in Japan - gvt & privately - and how much.
OK. First - investment does not only mean money. Time, Energy, Bridge / Relationships Buildiing, Strategic planning etc come to mind quickly.
But if you mean money -
Govt: - well I can't even begin to put a price on 70 years of military base establishment, infrastructure, operation & maintenance. How much??? Biillions??? Trillions??? Probably enough to have built thousands of schools & hospitals. In other words - a lot.
Private: - a 30 second search revealed that in 2008 direct US investment totalled about $60billion. A lot of moolah. I'll leave it to you to squirrel out the detaiils.
So back to my original statement - The US has invested so much of "all of the above" - and more, that they are not likely to want to see it go down the gurgler lightly, because of instability in the region. It's in their "in-vested interest" to keep the ball in their court in order to have the advantage of selective return of service.
browny1Aug. 19, 2015 - 08:27AM JST
US has so much invested in Japan in both the govt & private realms and wishes to remain the main player in NEAsia, so there is NO way it will openly strongly criticize or condemn.
Of course a few tch, tch tchs here & there.
Power = Money = Power = Money........
browny1Aug. 19, 2015 - 08:16AM JST
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browny1Aug. 14, 2015 - 05:36PM JST
wc626 - old school ? Even if you're old you should try to accept changes offering benefit to many.
And this passed down discrimination against women in the sushi profession borders on the bizarre in this the age of enlightened minds. Tradition, folklore & parochialism amount to nought in this.
Geez - next we'll be hearing old schoolites declaring males can't nurse.
Posted in: Sushi showdown: Women challenge one of Japan's male bastions
browny1Aug. 12, 2015 - 04:47PM JST
Rings been on for 19 years - never off.
Survived tennis, surfing,concreting(lots of), skiing, gardening, cooking, hiking, chain-sawing, even massaging!
Shaped has changed for sure - but never think about it. Wife's the same.
I put it on because it had meaning and just left it there. To conciously remove it - well it's a free world I guess.
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Sep. 04, 2015 - 04:49PM JST
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKf6HGa8H50 (The Faces/Keith Richards) - the First Barbarians -- New Barbarians
Last of the classic guitar…
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Sep. 04, 2015 - 04:46PM JST
pro-growth policy steps
This is another way to say "corporate welfare perks".
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Sep. 04, 2015 - 04:45PM JST
Good idea. But at the same time, be much stricter on buying and selling tobacco and…
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