Monthly Archives: November 2003

Mayo Otaku

Generally, I like Japanese food. I am down with basashi (horse sashimi), liver sashimi, all traditional food, almost all seafood (except for mutsugoro and kujira, which are the Japanese for mudskipper and whale), and have even developed a positive view … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving In The Japanese Countryside

Living in Ubuyama can really be an inconvenience sometimes. If I were back at home on this Friday, I would be remembering the spectacular dinner that I had eaten yesterday, and would be helping myself to my third helping of … Continue reading

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The Origins Of RocketBowl Saimin

Nestled among my childhood memories of visiting Gardena and West L.A. is one of my Dad taking us to RocketBowl for a big, steaming bowl of Saimin. It is a simple soup that sort of bears a resemblance to ramen, … Continue reading

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24 Days

Until I am on my way back to California! Time is flying, but I want that Alerto’s carne asada burrito now! I wonder: Will I have reverse culture shock when I get back? Will Orange County smell foreign? Will driving … Continue reading

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Yes, the temperature forecasts have once again plunged below 0 degrees (celcius), and the kotatsu is essentail to ward off frostbitten toes. I can see my breath in my house. But this is only the tip o the iceberg… I … Continue reading

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Am I missing anything?

Which Trainspotting Character Are You? The Dante’s Inferno Test has banished you to the Eigth Level of Hell – the Malebolge!Here is how you matched up against all the levels: Level Score Purgatory (Repenting Believers) Very Low Level 1 – … Continue reading

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Kindergarten Keikan

Yoroku? Nashi! Musuko wakakata? Nashi! Yabakatta? So, Amerika! (American coffee the bandits explain, is ridiculously weak. Like a stolen piece of junk, it does not do anything for one). Aitsu jibun o nani-sama da to omotte yagarun da? Taka ga … Continue reading

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Empty Metaphor

I found this description of the Cosmic Buddha floating in the ether: The truth of the cosmic order, which is contained in the relationships between the Cosmic Buddha and all his manifestations, cannot be known verbally. So why bother to … Continue reading

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Kagura Oni

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