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kurumazakaApr. 30, 2015 - 09:54AM JST
Glad to see Yagisawa Shoten mentioned. Probably the best miso I've ever had (the fridge is full of it.) They make great shoyu and shirodashi as well. And they are darn nice folks to boot!
Posted in: Old companies thrive in brand-loyal Japan
kurumazakaApr. 30, 2015 - 09:12AM JST
Japangal, if they were drinking Dassai, they aren't nursing hangovers. That's some top grade stuff! I drank 6 go of it and was able to get up and work out the next morning. Good sake and good shochu ("good" is the key word here) are the way to go if you're doing a nomikai and still need to function the next day. Not to say I've never had a sake hangover, but let's just say I earned it! You have to try pretty hard! Dassai also has a splendid sparkling nigori that I would emphatically recommend to any of my fellow sake lovers here!
Posted in: Abe state dinner features haiku, R&B - and chopsticks
kurumazakaMar. 31, 2015 - 11:47AM JST
Very well, Strangerland, consider me properly chastened
Posted in: New radar system looks to nab speed offenders anywhere in Tokyo
kurumazakaMar. 31, 2015 - 11:20AM JST
Uh, Strangerland, I said 40kph which converts to 25mph...
kurumazakaMar. 31, 2015 - 11:09AM JST
I got caught in one of the "mobile" speed traps. Four lane road with separate, guardrail-protected sidewalks with a 40kph (25mph) speed limit. Was doing a whopping 63 (39mph) and got a 15,000 yen ticket. Yeah, 15,000 yen for 39mph on a four lane road. Was a holiday with almost no traffic and no pedestrians within 500 meters...So if you use Uchibori between Kudanshita and Takebashi, watch your speed as they are enforcing that 25mph limit with vigor! Just laugh as you get passed by mamachari, knowing that you are a good person who follows the rules!
kurumazakaMar. 19, 2015 - 09:26AM JST
I feel your pain, Laguna! My son is in his final semester at college and is very much in "pull away" mode. I know I'm supposed to celebrate this, but it kinda sucks, too.
Posted in: Some parents, adult children can't let go of each other
kurumazakaMar. 18, 2015 - 10:18AM JST
Thank you Himajin! I shall now crawl back under my rock and hide...
Posted in: 'Haafu' to represent Japan at Miss Universe 2015
kurumazakaMar. 18, 2015 - 09:51AM JST
So I just read that Trump disqualified her and Miss Philippines for being half. According to his royal highness, they do not "represent their culture to its fullest extent."
Way to go Donald! Afraid you really stepped on your crank this time. You claim it's not racist, but a celebration of "the purity of diversity in our universe." I'm curious, just how do you define a "pure-bred" American, Mr. Combover?
Well, on the bright side, he probably just hooked Miss Miyamoto up with a mega modeling contract
kurumazakaMar. 13, 2015 - 12:52PM JST
Pizza is great here if you like real Italian style. Mexican, yeah being from AZ, I really miss good Mexican food.
Central heating, yeah agree, it's rediculously hard to keep your pad warm.
Reasonable Speed Limits, preposterously low, rarely enforced, but when they do...ouch! Just paid a 15,000 yen ticket for doing 63 (39mph) in a 40 (25mph) zone. Four lane paved road with separated sidewalks (Uchibori, between Takebashi and Kunanshita, so if you use that stretch, beware, it's being monitored) Yeah, 15,000 yen for doing 39 mph! How about they worry about drivers doing 160 plus on the Higashi Kanto? On that same line, reasonable right turn laws. Have been ticketed twice for making rights with no other cars within 200 meters. It's your willingness to violate the rule you get nailed for. So frigging anal! Ok, rant is over, sorry all!
Posted in: Five things expats wish Japan had
kurumazakaFeb. 05, 2015 - 10:08PM JST
Totally unsat. How in the world did he think he wouldn't be called out on this? Good on the crew for exposing this total fabrication. This wasn't merely "stretching the truth" a bit.
Posted in: U.S. news anchor Brian Williams recants on coming under fire in Iraq
kurumazakaFeb. 03, 2015 - 11:21AM JST
While I still think the call was stupid, Caroll's explanation does make some sense. Hawks tried to spread the defense by bringing in 3 receivers, Pats didn't take the bait and left the goal line front in. Advantage Pats. Hawks line was overwhelmed and Beast probably would have been dropped for a loss had they run it. So they gambled, throwing right into a defense they hoped would be focused entirely on Lynch. Then an undrafted rookie from a school no one outside of Alabama ever heard of made the play of his life. And for those wondering why the Hawks D was so nasty when the Pats were trying to take a knee, they still had a chance to win if they could disrupt the snap and fall on the ball in the end zone. So Pats are celebrating while Hawks are still going 150% and tempers flared.
Posted in: Brady rallies Patriots to 28-24 Super Bowl win over Seahawks
kurumazakaDec. 22, 2014 - 02:03PM JST
Strangerland, I don't know if I would count on CNN. I was flabbergasted when I saw Abe/LDP campaign ads on CNN. Don't remember ever seeing that network run campaign ads in the states. And there were only LDP ads. (Someone please correct me if I missed non-LDP advertising) Made me wonder if Abe and Co. have penetrated CNNj as well as every Japanese news provider outside of Asahi and Tokyo Shimbun.
Posted in: Japanese activist challenges secrets law with whistleblower website
kurumazakaDec. 17, 2014 - 04:28PM JST
I'm surprised they aren't mentioning how the Zaitokukai keeps them company. Zaitokukai is real proud of their efforts. It's all over YouTube
Posted in: Sea Shepherd files complaint against police to protect Cove Guardian volunteers
kurumazakaNov. 21, 2014 - 08:57AM JST
As Farmboy and Onagagamo state above, Abe simply knows he is in trouble and needs to solidify his power while there is no viable opposition. Then he can get right back to doing what he wants while saying "what are y'all whining about? You elected me!"
Posted in: Voters to Abe: Why call an election now?
kurumazakaNov. 14, 2014 - 08:17PM JST
LB2010, at least she had the decency to let you know she was utterly asexual before you married her! Usually that comes after the rings go on...
Posted in: Men list top four reasons why they dumped their past girlfriends
kurumazakaNov. 14, 2014 - 04:04PM JST
Cute car, but who was the Ad Agency? That font could not have been accidental.
Posted in: Suzuki Hustler Minicar wins 2015 RJC Car of the Year Award
kurumazakaNov. 13, 2014 - 12:20PM JST
Ishiwara san, I second your vote for Ogawa Coffee in Kyoto. Only prob is you often have to wait in line to get in. Emo Coffee in Machida is great too. Young master who is quite passionate about the quality of his beans, hand selecting them one by one before hand grinding them prior to a 5 min pour through. (Many thanks to him, as he taught me how to do it right.) And finally, if y'all are ever up that way, Anchor Fullsail Coffee in Kesennuma just rocks! The original shop was destroyed in the tsunami, but has reopened in a kasetsu complex. It will return to its old location as soon as is possible. We ordered six bags of beans from there and are most satisfied.
Posted in: Japan's dated, smoky cafes unfazed by Starbucks success
kurumazakaNov. 06, 2014 - 08:44AM JST
My vote is for Kamaishi, a great Rugby city. They have a pro team there already so they have the facilities and it has the culture as well. Stout people with an economy based on fishing and steel, seems a perfect fit! And yes, it definitely has the Tohoku factor covered.
Posted in: 14 cities in Japan bid for 2019 Rugby World Cup games
kurumazakaNov. 04, 2014 - 04:34PM JST
I never saw what the big deal about Yamazaki was. Then again. I wasn't drinking a 35 year...For me, I prefer the Nikka line or pretty much anything from Ichiro's Malt, though none of it beats a bottom of the line Ardbeg 10 or Laphroiag Quarter Cask
Posted in: Japanese single malt whisky named world's finest
kurumazakaOct. 07, 2014 - 10:04AM JST
I like the four distinct seasons here. Being raised in northern Arizona, where winter basically lasts from late September to mid May and "spring" is a mix of snow, freezing rain, or 60mph wind, Tokyo weather is pretty darn nice.
Posted in: 10 instances when Japanese people feel thankful to be Japanese
May. 07, 2015 - 10:33AM JST
I went to this on Sunday, was really good actually. It is very easy to get…
Posted in: Cinco de Mayo
May. 07, 2015 - 10:29AM JST
According to Sankei news,
(translated) Korean side claimed that at 7 sites in Fukuoka and…
Posted in: Visitors flock to UNESCO World Heritage Site recommendations
May. 07, 2015 - 10:28AM JST
I'd be happy too.
Posted in: Happy champ
May. 07, 2015 - 10:27AM JST
@kwatt "It is said that Japanese submarine propeller is much quiter than Gernan one".
Posted in: Japan to give Australia classified submarine data
May. 07, 2015 - 10:26AM JST
This TPP. already rice talks were over. USA talkers want to reduce importing cars from Japan…
Posted in: Boehner says Hillary Clinton should support White House on TPP