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10 must-try ramen shops in Tokyo | Travel | The Guardian
Plaut’s fascination with the noodle soup started when he arrived in Japan to teach English a decade ago. Ramen was cheap, plentiful and, thanks to the automated ordering machines, easy. He was hooked. But his hobby became an obsession, and within a few years he was writing articles on the subject and appearing on TV as an expert. In 2016, he helped open Mensho Tokyo SF in San Francisco with master ramen chef Tomoharu Shono.
japan  food 
september 2019 by dstelow
Why Japan withdrew from the IWC - NHK NEWSLINE - News - NHK WORLD
Though whale meat was once a considered a crucial part of postwar Japanese society, this is no longer the case and many young people in the country have never tasted it. Given these circumstances, why was the government so insistent on resuming commercial whaling? One politician had particular influence in forcing the move.
nature  politics  environment  biology  rationalthinker  irrational  japan 
february 2019 by dstelow
Matsuo Bashō - Wikipedia
Matsuo Bashō (松尾 芭蕉, 1644–1694), born 松尾 金作, then Matsuo Chūemon Munefusa (松尾 忠右衛門 宗房),[2][3] was the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan. During his lifetime, Bashō was recognized for his works in the collaborative haikai no renga form; today, after centuries of commentary, he is recognized as the greatest master of haiku (then called hokku). Matsuo Bashō's poetry is internationally renowned; and, in Japan, many of his poems are reproduced on monuments and traditional sites. Although Bashō is justifiably famous in the West for his hokku, he himself believed his best work lay in leading and participating in renku. He is quoted as saying, "Many of my followers can write hokku as well as I can. Where I show who I really am is in linking haikai verses."[4]
philosophy  life  rational  poetry  rationalthinker  japan  religion 
june 2018 by dstelow
Chuka Soba Inoue - Eating at One of Tokyo's Most Famous Ramen Shops
Chuka Soba Inoue – Eating at One of Tokyo’s Most Famous Ramen Shops
japan  travel  food 
april 2018 by dstelow
Traditional Musical Instruments: Eternal Tones Waft through the Ancient Capital - Core Kyoto - TV - NHK WORLD - English - www3.nhk.or.jp
The world's oldest orchestral music, gagaku was imported from mainland China in ancient times. The melody is not based on a scale, yet the tunes are gentle, unmetered tones of continuous notes. The shakuhachi flute is a Buddhist instrument that brings enlightenment. The koto zither was much loved among the ancient aristocracy. The guitar-like shamisen entertains banquet guests in the flower districts. Discover the eternal tunes that harmonized the musical instruments' nature with human emotions.
japan  music 
july 2016 by dstelow

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