Tag Archives: Japan

Japanese Wood Art

9 Dec

What the **** did I just hear?

4 Dec

Seriously. Working on a presentation on the economic impact of the Japanese Tsunami on their Economy. Stumbled across this video report from the time. Starting at 0:36 the CNBC report is just so horrific to listen to from an ethics standpoint.

Dude: “The human toll is much greater than the economic toll, and we can be grateful for that . . . . .”

Then the woman throws in: “and Oil is lower, so they say this is good news for the American economy.”

0_0 WHAT! What the H E double hockey-sticks did I just hear? Please tell me they did not just say that. What the every loving ***** ***** ***** Sorry, this just begs for some words I can’t say being a Christian woman. Who the heck cares about any of that when children were dying and a whole nation was under natural attack. I’m just . . no words. I’ve got no words.

Japanese Cosplay Song and Dance

8 Sep

“Take in long-lost, wartime art attributed to Chihiro”

7 Oct

“Take in long-lost, wartime art attributed to Chihiro”

by “The Japan News

The Yomiuri ShimbunThree long-lost paintings believed to have been produced by the popular picture book author Chihiro Iwasaki (1918-1974) are on display at her namesake museum in Tokyo.The works were discovered last year at the Nippon seinenkan (foundation of Japan-youth center) in Tokyo. One of the three works is making its public debut at the ongoing exhibition, titled “Commemorating 70 Years of Non-war — Chihiro’s Wish for Peace,” at the Chihiro Art Museum Tokyo in Nerima Ward.

The discovery was significant because many of the artist’s works created before and during World War II were lost in air raids.

“We want people to think about the war through Chihiro’s works, which were produced at a time when people were not allowed to freely create art,” said a museum official. . . . .

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Art I Love: Sensoji Temple

23 Jan

"Sensoji Temple in Edo" (1809)

“Sensoji Temple in Edo” (1809)

Art I Love – Japan of APH

12 Nov

“Japan of APH” by Jiuge

I wouldn’t recommend all of this artist’s work, some of it is risque and NSFW, but she does a great job with digital art and I love some of her more decent work like this. 

Pro Heavy Metal Guitar Player + Adorable Little Girl = Awesome!

21 May

Then and Now: Kyoto in 1988 and 2013

17 May

 

Then and Now:
Kiyomizu-dera temple in 1988 when my Mom went. And the same temple when I went in 2013. Cool!!

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Differences in Taste

9 May

Kelly Dobkin, a writer on Zagat, recently posted an interesting article “Hooked on Acid – Has the American Palate Changed Forever?”  While I found interesting her article on the American taste changing from the creamy French to spicier/more acidic flavors in their food, what caught my eye was the fact that she suggests these spicier flavors are predominantly Asian in nature.  

As most of my readers know, I have traveled and eaten in several Asian countries ~ China, Korea, and Japan to be exact.  The lack of cooking utensils (and a determination to thoroughly enjoy ourselves) led me and my fellow students to local restaurants most nights.  Asia is awesome for many reasons, but the cheap food at restaurants is a real draw.

One of the things that I kept running into were warnings about the spiciness of their food.  Having been raised on Mexican and South American food, I have always had a preference for the spicier side of cuisine; and I generally order hotter dishes when I eat out.  Asia was no different, and I frequently was drawn towards dishes with the cute little jalapeno pepper symbol next to it.  Repeatedly, the waiters/waitresses would stop and ask if I was quite sure I wanted something that hot.  Over and over, they would warn “very hot. I think that in America you must not eat food this hot.”  And just as often, I would reassure them that if they didn’t hand over the beef dish immediately, they were losing a hand to my fork.   Continue reading

Delicious Desserts!

14 Feb

Drinking Red Wine animated emoticonDelicious desserts at a small restaurant in Japan.  It was actually attached to a little shop beside our home station; and we ran in for some lunch before a movie.  The signs all pointed to it being a omelette shop (Japan has many restaurants that serve lunch and dinner omelette), and we thought it’d be another mom & pop place. Instead it was incredibly fancy and the dinner was arranged prettily and with elegance 🙂 Luxury in Excess!

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