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Culture Only In Japan ....... (Again)

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Nozawaman, Nov 14, 2015.

  1. Ramenman

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    Haha, "basically", not complete nocturnal, I mean, if they are hungry, they look for something to eat in the mid afternoon as well. I think I should have said "more active at night than in the daytime", not nocturnal.
     
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    By the way, there is a Japanese tv anime series about Japanese honey bees vs Japanese giant hornetsLOL (it was made in 1970 - 71, and it consists of 91 episodes!).

    The Adventures of Hutch the Honeybee
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Adventures_of_Hutch_the_Honeybee

    There is even a Japanese tv anime series about dogs vs bears. A Finnish guy told me it's very popular in Finland tooLOL. It's a very old tv anime(1983-), though. The tv anime is mainly about dogs vs bears and Japanese traditional culture "Matagi". Matagi : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matagi




    About the tv anime : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginga:_Nagareboshi_Gin



     
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  3. LMB

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    Dinner.


    Should’ve got the black coffee again - the Georgia was a little sweet.

    2 little cans of corn soup from my Chitose hotel vendie and a couple of hard boiled eggs from Lawson’s. Winning! I’d be happy with that any day. Please Australia - catch up.
     
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    That is desperate.
     
  5. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ummm... no.
    I actually really enjoyed it.
    Except for the Georgia coffee.
    Some nights you just want small and simple.
    Especially when you’re hunkering down for a solo night in a hotel where the most common phrase you heard was “Eigo ga wakarimasen”
     
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    How good is the corn soup! We’d always have it for breakfast as kids at our Obaachan’s house in winter but from those sachet packs rather than cans. You can buy them here at Tokyomart in sydney too.
     
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    I am such a corn lover.
    Buttered corn cob and corn soup are two of my most favourite foods. Tomorokoshi for the win!
    I’ve got one sachet of the instant cupasoup left - nice hot drink/snack after lunch when you don’t want the caffeine.
     
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    Is a Summer Hokkaido corn tour on the cards?
     
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    There is always a few pieces of corn that just won't come out of the can.
     
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    @Ramenman and @Sandy (and anyone else)

    My daughter's japanese assignment this week is about pocky.

    Without using wikipedia. She needs to list all of the pocky flavours.

    Can you guys be any help pls?
     
  11. Sandy

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    Regular Pocky
    Winter Pocky
    Strawberry Pocky
    Almond (crush) Pocky
    Green tea Pocky
    White Pocky (might be called milk pocky)
    Cookies and cream Pocky
     
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    And I recall seeing a berry pocky.... maybe blueberry.
     
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    Oh my Lord yes - and no matter how vertical you get it they’re not coming out - rascally lil suckers!
    Well we are coming in September for RWC so I’m sure I’ll be eating plenty of corn then.
     
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    I think they are enough for assignment;)

    There are too many limited editions, and I guess limited editions are not good for assignmentLOL.
     
  17. Donzah

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    Just for perspective. Her principal is a ex Sony executive who lived in Japan for ten years plus. They are studying Japanese in equal measure to doing English at school.
    Plus an excursion to Japan is being offered.

    I feel she will be the interpreter next year
     
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  18. Ramenman

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    Giant Pocky is a kind of regular one. Not sold at Konbinis, but it's often available as a party snack in some shops and major online stores in Japan.
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    Speaking of limited editions, there are a lot of flavors which are available only in some specific regions. For example, Seto Inland Sea is famous for citrus fruits because of its warm climate and this Pocky is only sold along Seto Inland Sea region. It's Iyokan Pocky. Iyokan is a Japanese citrus. About Iyokan : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iyokan
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    Blue = Seto Inland Sea.
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    A bit ski related Pocky is, Yubari Melon Pocky. Yubari city is very famous for Yubari Melon(and a ski resort Mount Racey). It's very expensive melon and you can buy Yubari Melon Pocky only in Hokkaido. I'd say Yubari Melon Pocky is also "half regular" in that Glico (the Pocky company) sell Yubari Melon Pocky often as a limited edition.

    About the melon : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yubari_King
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    Japan like such things, I mean, selling specific editions in only specific areas. Another good example is Kit Kat. Many Kit Kat flavors are only available in specific regions.
     
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    No one mentioned Sakura pocky?
     
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  20. Ramenman

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    Haha, yep, Sakura Pocky is very common, especially March to Early May = Sakura season;). Now they even sell Matcha Sakura flavor. Matcha = Green tea powder.
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  21. Ramenman

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    Due to smaller land, hilly land, and higher wage(compared to most countries in Asia), Japanese agriculture is a lot less productive. In order to get over those disadvantages, Japanese farmers keep inventing new species which are more delicious. Japan invent a lot of new rices, fruits, etc every year. Majority of them disappear within 10 years, but some become very popular and survive, and those new popular fruits become new limited editions of Pocky, Kit Kat, etc.

    My family is now half farmer(still like a hobby, rather than a business, though). I'm personally into Japanese citrus fruits. This is Japanese domestic Satsuma Mandarin market. As you can see, it got a lot smaller. Satsuma Mandarin (it's called Mikan in Japan) was by far the most common for Japanese people, but not much recently. So Japanese Mikan farmers have been making new Mikan species. Some of them are very yummy(and expensive!)
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    The biggest problem for me is, our orchard is a bit too cold for most citrus fruits. Daily low temperature needs to be higher than -3 degrees for lemons, -5 degrees for Mikan (Satsuma), etc. Coastal cities of Ibaraki prefecture have -4 degrees a few times every year. But fortunately, all new lemon and new Mikan species at our orchard are fine!.

    I'm a kind of Japanese fruit specialist(not only citrus fruits) and I was going to make a thread of "Fruit picking at Japanese orchards", but most orchards are closed in winter. Mikan and many other Japanese citrus fruits are winter fruits, so mikan orchards are open, but they are not in ski resort cities, so it's not for this forum! (Japanese ski resort cities are too cold and too snowy for citrus fruits).

    Wikipedia (English) has some of Japanese "New" citrus fruits, such as Setoka. But Setoka is nearly 20 years old, not very new. I mean, I own a lot newer citrus trees (and yummier!) at our farm!

    Setoka : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Setoka

    The wage in Asia has been getting higher, and rich people in Asia have started buying Japanese expensive "new" fruits, which is a good sign!. There is a bad sign, though, farmers in China, South Korea, etc have started producing those new Japanese fruits "illegally".
     
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    We have many Satsuma products in this house. Body beauty type stuff.
    I love Yuzu
     
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    What about Yuzu? Im guessing too cold where you are? I cycle a lot in Shikoku which has many Mikan farms. Always a great treat.
     
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    Yuzu is one of the highest cold resistant citrus fruits. Roughly, this is the order I recognize : Grapefruit - Orange = Lemon - Mikan(Satsuma) - Kinkan(Kumquat) - Yuzu. You can grow Yuzu even in ski resort villages (-8 degrees) but not in Hokkaido. Hokkaido is way too cold for citrus fruits. Adult trees have higher cold resistance. 1 to 5 years old fruit trees are available in Japan and you should choose 5 years old ones if you worry your place might be too cold for the fruits.
     
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    More about citrus fruits in Japan.

    The advantages of Mikan(Satsuma) are,
    1 : Mikan is seedless.
    2 : You can very easily peel Mikan without a knife.
    3 : Mikan has higher cold resistance than average citrus fruits.

    Basically, Japanese citrus farmers have been trying to make new hybrid citrus fruits of Mikan + another citrus fruit to make new "easy-to-peel seedless sweet hybrid citrus fruits". I like Tangor. Tangor = citrus fruits hybrid of Mikan and sweet orange.

    Tangor : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tangor

    Orange are not seedless, so a lot of new Tangor species have seeds, but some of them are seedless, and I grow them at our orchard. One of my most favorite ones is 津之輝 = Tsu no Kagayaki. It's seedless, you can peel it without a knife, it's sweeter than Mikan and the fragrance is also better than Mikan. It's too new to be seen at super markets yet but you can buy online. It's just one of many, though. There are 10 or more that I like and I grow now!
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    Yuzu make great chu-hai!
     
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    I think bitter citrus fruits go well with Chu-hai, Sake, etc. Grapefruit is a bitter citrus fruit and grapefruit Chu-hai is one of the most common Chu-hais. Yuzu is also a bitter citrus fruit. Mikan, orange, etc are sweet citrus fruits and they are a lot less common as Chu-hai.
     
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    I think this is also kind of "Only In Japan".
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    Too busy working to eat.
     
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    Haha, but overworking makes us fat in general.
     
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    Not if you're only slamming a bowl of Y500 ramen a day.
     
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    Yep, Ramen is the worst enemy if you want to lose weight:p. High in calorie and high in salt, one of the least healthy foods, but I like!. No Ramen month made me lose 2.5kg!
     
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    Most of the Salarymen get a bento from one of the "bento ladies" for lunch, and grab a sando from the combini for dinner/snack around 7pm.(or a cuppa noodles)
     
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    Really?. I have several jobs now. One of them is a 3D CAD teacher such as CATIA and Solidworks (CATIA is very expensive software, but a lot of my family members are engineers, working for Hitachi, Toyota, etc, so I could touch CATIA, etc since I was a teenager and I was playing with CATIA just like most teenagers play with Nintendo!). I visit companies every week along JR Joban line and Tsukuba Express for teaching the Salarymen CATIA, Solidworks, etc. I often see how they work but having dinner at workplace is not common at all.
     
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    There’s so many reasons for this - not the least being genetics. I’ve known some Australians of Japanese descent who have the most hideous diets and still stay slim!

    But the amount of steps you get in a day in Japan using public transport and climbing stairs is another contributor. And of course good food and small quantities.
     
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    That's true!. I mean, commuting by car in Inaka(= countryside) makes people gain weight than commuting by train in Tokai (= urban areas). If you commute by train, you'll easily walk 10,000 steps per day (In Japan, more than 10,000 steps per day is recommended for health). If you commute by car, it gets around 5,000 or even less. Japan is very "train based society", which might be one of many reasons.
     
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    Thin, light bones help as well....
    I'm half Japanese but I have a western build(bigger bones, wider shoulders) feedback on my medical says I should be 68kg!!!! I'd be skin and bones if I was 68kg!!LOL
     
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    I’m getting a Dexa scan when I get home to establish exactly where I am at for that same reason. When I tell people my actual weight they invariably accuse me of lying, I’m a lot heavier than I look.
    Muscle strength adds weight also.
    Last season in the gym in Kutchan I found myself deliberately waiting until the Japanese men left to lift weights because I couldn’t deal with the looks I got when I was lifting double their weights and going easy... :oops:
     
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    Haha, this describes me perfectlyLOL:thumbs:
     
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    So jelly
     
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    Japan has some insanely sweet/tasty fruits. I have no idea what kindof genetic engineering they do to achieve that. Last year in summer I drove through Yamagata and stopped at michi no eki. Their lunch looked meh so I decide to just buy some local peaches and eat that. Holy BEST peaches I ever ate, ended up eating 3 boxes for lunch. I wonder if there is an are where they specialize in apricots, I used to love eating them as kid straight from the tree, they are so good when really ripe.

    I live near Matsumoto and local apples and grape is also very very good(the expensive kind). It was explained to me before that in Canada most fruits suck because most are brought from California or even if gathered locally, logistics is slow so they have to gather them early so they don't rot on the way to customer. With insane Japanese logistics they can gather them much later and sell them before they rot.
     
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    Japan's also a smaller country, and they know they can deliver quickly... so they pick the fruit late when they're actually ripe, and are not picked before they are ripe.
     
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    Sando = Sandwhich?
     
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    Yep, logistics is one of the reasons. There are several reasons that I can come up with

    Reason 1 : As I mention above, Japan is veeeeery keen to make new more delicious fruit species.

    Reason 2 : More fruit thinning. If there are 100 fruits on a tree, 50 are thinned out in average countries but 80 are thinned out in Japan to improve each fruit size and quality.

    Reason 3 : The logistics.


    Japan import a lot of citrus fruits from California. At supermarkets in Japan, two imported California lemons are 100 Yen and one Japanese lemon is 100 Yen, so the price of Japanese one is double. Japanese farmers believe they can't win the price competition, so they are trying to win the quality competition.
     
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    Not everything needs to be discount - quality is wanted be at least some people - but food in generel is degrading in quality this days. :headbang:
     
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    JR - East have started selling the sound track Yamanote line issues....
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    Ok, so I'm in the duty free are of Haneda Airport, just near my flight gate on the way out.....
    I buy some M&Ms, 120yen. No tax.
    I have to show my boarding pass. (even though I can't get in there any other way, unless I have a boarding pass)

    They package it in a bag, which they've sealed with a sticker saying that I'm not ALLOWED to consume the contents until I leave Japan.....
    But isn't the REASON I buy ONE PACKET of M&Ms, is to eat the bloody things??

    So I rip the package open.... ARREST me!!!!! :doh:
     
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    LOL
    That’s all rather silly isn’t it Sandy!


    First time ever in Japan we encountered queries over the age of the offspring in bars. The lad has never been questioned in the past but this year they were super serious. Licences or passports needed to be carried on any nights out in Hirafu.

    But it is perplexing when they could just rock up to any random vendie and purchase as much booze as they’d like without any proof of ID.