December 15, 2008
December 12, 2008
December 3, 2008
- Shitake Dashi (or make your own broth by throwing some shiitake mushrooms in hot water)
- Sesame oil (a good drizzle)
- Soy Sauce ( a glug)
- Crushed red pepper (a good sprinkle)
- Cayenne pepper (a good sprinkle)
- Vinegar (a glug slightly less than that of the soy sauce)
- Lettuce (spinach or your favorite variety)
- Chicken sausage thinly sliced
- Fresh shitake mushrooms
- Kitsune (fried bean curd)
- Crab (imitation is fine)
- Udon noodles
- Combine broth ingredients and bring to a boil
- In another pan, combine main dish ingredients except for crab and lettuce
- Bring another pot of water to boil, add udon noodles and let boil for 3 minutes. Rinse with cold water and set aside.
- Add lettuce to main dish pan and allow it to wilt
- Put noodles in serving bowl
- Pour broth over noodles
- Add main ingredients on top of noodles
- Top with crab
November 29, 2008
In areas of high concentration, one would feel a slight floating sensation as is depicted in the above and below photos.
Between the main groupings of candles and 'main' sights you could find groups of candles leading you to the next destination. They had their own charm too.
These two festivals were magical (幻想) and my favorite so far in Japan. I will definitely be returning each year as long as I am in the area.
November 26, 2008
I was not disappointed. In fact, I was floored to find out that there is hiking of this caliber in my relative area--Hiking trails of all levels are abundant, even a "marathon" park with different exercise courses (aka flat walks), quite a few summitable peaks and genuine splendid natural beauty not to mention a copious amount of onsen 温泉 to sooth those aching muscles and feet after a hard days hike. There is even a flower park くじゅう花公園. I am already planning to return and spend the night this time in one of the many ryokan 旅館 that spot the Kuju Plateau. This time I hope to climb Mt. Nakadake, which is the highest mountain in Kyusyu standing at 5870 feet/1,791m. I think this might become a regular hiking place for me. After searching around for some photos, the mountain range looks great in winter and spring too.
November 13, 2008
November 11, 2008
November 10, 2008
November 8, 2008
November 5, 2008
Anywho, enjoy this clip on Youtube. It is of a Japanese comedian who resembles Obama, well at least as much as a Japanese person can :) It chronicles his quest to meet and shake hands will the bona fide man himself. Skip to 3:40 to see him hilariously shake hands with Obama. The real Obama's reaction is priceless.
October 24, 2008
October 21, 2008
October 20, 2008
October 16, 2008
October 10, 2008
October 8, 2008
October 3, 2008
The credits dried up
But the average man don't give a fuck
The Fed is taking the bankers to bed.
Free markets they screamed.
But when they mess up they work up a sheen.
Like Charlie, but their rehab is 700 bill
Where's the competition?
Oh, you messed up and got some toxic assets?
You borrowed 33 dollars to 1 when you were havin' fun
You could file for chapter 11,
but there's no time.
Your costing the country a nickel and a dime.
What's the plan.
Who's the man
Lay down the law.
The bankers are in a bawl.
「We took too many risks and lost our head」
The finacial business is stricken to bed
This shit is mixed up like Britney and K-fed.
If we get this bailout of our head
And into our bed
Nothing could stop us
Not Osama, not Obama, not even yo momma.
Because we have vertical integration
We can stop a whole nation
Don't bemoan us,
This could be our finest opus.
October 1, 2008
September 30, 2008
September 26, 2008
September 25, 2008
September 23, 2008
September 22, 2008
September 18, 2008
September 8, 2008
August 28, 2008
August 18, 2008
July 11, 2008
*FYI my podcast files are hosted on mediafire as of right now. Just click the "here" link and it will take you to the download page.
** I have fixed the link. Enjoy
May 29, 2008
May 22, 2008
We take a trip to Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. Watch as I document sumo matches from the lower ranks all the way up to the makuuchi level. We catch a glimpse of Asashoryu doing his yokozuna dance, and see a couple of vicious and too close to call bouts. Sit back and enjoy this sacred and entertaining competition called sumo.
For more videos check out my Youtube channel
April 21, 2008
April 9, 2008
April 4, 2008
March 1, 2008
February 15, 2008
January 24, 2008
If you are new to the issue please click through to the US Campaign for Burma's website or watch these videos:
I had a chance to hear the plight of an escaped Burmese national exiled in Japan while at Kansai Gaidai. The horrors of the Military government's murders and atrocities are disquieting at best.
January 19, 2008
January 16, 2008
Clip courtesy of preyue on Youtube and the TVinJapan blog.