died in the wool ______

To have no set purpose in one's life is the harlotry of the will -Stephen Mackenna-

Friday, March 24, 2006

not just nameko

recently being seperated from a usuable kitchen, I've been doing a lot of eating out lately.

Yesterday, though, I spun by the convenience store near where I'm living now. I found a block of momen tofu. I can eat this stuff plain, but, sure of there being no myoga or kaiware daikon but unsure of there being any soy sauce back at the apartment, I picked up, what I thought was, a packet of nameko mushrooms.

After pressing as much water out of the tofu as I could, I cracked open the styrofoam package. I must not have read the package well enough because not only did this container have nameko, but it also had a little package of ground daikon, very small bean natto(極小納豆), and a package of tare for the whole thing.

Amazing! I normally don't like ground daikon (it has a smell that I just don't like), but the mixture of nameko and natto with the tofu with a little soy sauce was really very good! The small beans of the natto were an interesting variation.

What always suprises me is that stuff like this is avaliable at a convenience store, and it's just normal food. Not ethnic/health food. I can only dream that the US will be like this some day....

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Thursday, March 23, 2006

myoga and kaiware daikon

In January, a friend of mine from the states visited, and I decided to take him to an onsen down in Izu. Unfortunately it was dark by the time we got there, and couldn't really take in the scenery.

I decided to head down that way again last weekend. After going in the onsen, we had a small snack of hiyayakko and daikon salad.

The things that stood out to me were the myouga in the hiyayakko. It was somewhat spicy like ginger, but also had the spice of an onion. It was an addictive combination of flavors, and I am going to start using it more often.

There were also some small sprouts, and when I asked what they were, the waiter told me they were kaiware daikon. These were also similarly bitter and spicy, somewhat the way komatsuna tastes, and were very good.

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Friday, March 17, 2006

the bucho and taiyou

well it's haruichiban today, whew! (couldn't find a very good hyperlink for it, so just look it up if you're interested). usually I feel bad when I do private things at work (pay my taxes, fill out summer school application forms, walking to the central post office next door to mail said items, working on this blog).

Today, out of the blue, bucho waved me over. I don't like being waved over by bucho. He's the nicest guy, and if we talked all the time/had something to talk about I wouldn't mind. But usually out of the blue waving overs aren't good news.

But this time, it was neutral, and suprising in fact. Bucho was closing his bank account in London, and wanted me to check the English on some of the forms he was filing.

I was shocked to see someone so 'off task', and even more so to see that it was our role model, our pillar of the responsible employee, not only using there department white devil good to native check some documents, but going to the bank and dealing with it on company time.

Anyway, I don't feel quite so bad anymore.

I also saw an article in the paper the other day about the solar market tripling by 2008. The largest makers are the Japanese, and the largerst market is Europe, especially Germany. Since bush made a verbal commitment in his state of the union address, something about the US (esentially california) expanding as well. There's a huge demand for silicon as a result, but not nearly enough to keep up with demand. Mitsubishi Electric is one of the top makers of Photovoltaics in the world. Apparently some companies are trying experiments with polycrystaline silicone panels that are getting 15% efficiency, which is somewhat high.The market is supposed to expand to 1 gigawatt by 2008.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2006


The magazine that I write articles for is featuring one of their services with an image of, I kid you not, Hard Gay

I've only heard of this guy, but finally took the time to watch a few of his 'shows'. It's kinda funny the first time (especially the Yahoo one where he auctions his hard gay hat on yahoo auctions and actually makes a good sum of money doing it).

It's kind of funny how it's become somewhat of a cultural phenom. A K-1 wrestler dresses up like hard gay. As I was walking by the closest game center to where I live, they had a crane machine where you could grab for prises which were the hard gay hat, leather tight shirt and leather hot pants.

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Friday, March 10, 2006


It's things like this who remind of why I'm needed at my job...

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