Kuramata Shiro history in Japanese

March 14th, 2014

1980年代に倉俣 史朗(kuramata shiro)は新設計のコイルが無い風呂を設計しました。形としては一世代前の風呂を元に作られたが、見た目は現代式の倉又風呂。コンセプトとしては、茶碗の形をした風呂を追い炊きで水を温めるシステムです。でも、追い炊きなので、コイルを使わないで火を使ってお湯を温める方法でした。しかし、あまりにも売れなかったのですぐに廃品にされました。

Visit: http://primo.getty.edu/

Kuramata Shiro Bath

ETRURIA: Breaking into Japan’s music industry

March 4th, 2014

ETRURIA BAND is thinking on the possibility to move their music to JAPAN, because in this open mind country their music will be more easy to show.

ETRURIA BAND

The singer Sergio Ferrer from Spain was in the past in Japan (Tokyo) and he was amazed about Japanese people and always with the idea to return to Japan to perform one day his music.

“ETRURIA is something different for your senses”

“We came here to be part of the puzzle of life. Each piece is different. ETRURIA translate feelings and sensations in songs. At a very young began his journey through the music by visiting Japan, USA, Europe, China, Finland, .. and all of this has been painted into songs that tell stories, some reals and some dreams.”

The EP was released from Germany (Berlin) but the whole process of composing,recording, mixing, mastering was done in Spain.

Voice : Sergio Ferrer – Drum: Wake – Guitar: Alberto Montoya – Keyboard: Juan Gurrea – Bass: Joan Vaquero

*You can listen their music at these places:

*GOOGLE PLAY: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/etruria_ETRURIA?id=Bzaksi5djhynauvsmmuodmk4zda

*Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/ETRURIA/147888385277644

*Web: http://www.etruria.es

Improve your skiing experience with these tips!

March 2nd, 2014

It’s often wondered … when is the best time to ski and where?

Choose to ski Japan, Canada or the USA instead of Europe this year and you instantly improve your chances of floating through fresh powder – while the Alps tend to receive an average of around five metres of snow each year, most resorts in Japan and North America see double that. Snow cover can be relied upon all season long but when are conditions at their best, when will you find the fewest crowds and how can you snap up the biggest bargains?

Photo Credit: Timmey O'Toole

Photo Credit: Timmey O’Toole

Ski Canada in January

Receiving an average of 11-12 metres of snow per year and enjoying one of the longest ski seasons across North America and Canada, Whistler is a solid bet throughout the winter and into spring. The season tends to last from mid-November to late-April but early or late season snowfalls often mean that this gets extended – Whistler opened 13 days earlier than scheduled for the 2013/14 season. The post-holiday lull after Christmas and New Year makes January one of the best months to visit. Accommodation prices are low and the slopes are less crowded but snow is still falling and the backcountry has a good covering – perfect for Whistler’s legendary heli-skiing terrain.

Further inland, in resorts such as Banff and Lake Louise, regular snowfalls can still be relied upon throughout the winter but February and March often see the best conditions – mid-March can be particularly good. One of the best places in Canada for reliable spring snow, you can also have some fantastic late-season sessions here.

Ski USA late Feb/early March

Typically, late February and early March bring some of North America’s best snow conditions. Beginners and fair-weather skiers will also be pleased to find that the weather isn’t too cold at this time of year, while backcountry fans can look forward to full off-piste access, with a well-established snow base.

As in many other parts of the world, January can be a good time to pick up cheaper deals – accommodation rates in Breckenridge are at their lowest from January to mid-Feb, with up to 40% discounts on some condos. During public holidays or spring break periods you might like to try the less accessible resorts, as those located an hour or two from major cities tend to attract day trippers and weekend skiers. You may find that somewhere like Jackson Hole or Big Sky is less crowded.

Ski Japan mid-Jan to mid-Feb

Japanese winters are characterised by plenty of dry fluffy powder which blows in from Siberia. Many resorts like Niseko (one of the most popular), receive an average of 10 to 18 metres of snow per season – some weeks it feels like it never stops snowing.

But don’t come here expecting a tan, particularly if you’re skiing in Niseko, where the cloudy weather is more popular with powder-hounds than sun worshippers. The season tends to last from late-November to early-May but the best time to visit is mid-Jan to mid-Feb, when the base layer has built up sufficiently and there’s likely to be plenty of fresh powder around. Naturally, these are the most popular months, so expect busier slopes and peak prices. March is less reliable snow-wise but, if you’re lucky, you can be blessed with perfect powder fields all to yourself, with longer daylight hours.

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About the author: Tara Rogers is a professional travel writer for Ski Safari – tailor-made ski holiday specialists.

3 Delicious MUST TRY Japanese Foods

February 28th, 2014

What makes Japan stand out when it comes to food is the importance of preparation and the quality of the ingredients used in Japanese cuisine. Japan is basically a foodies paradise and it isn’t surprising that Japan has the most 3 star Michelin Restaurants in the world along with France. With so many Japanese dishes and appetizers to choose from, it can be overwhelming for many outsiders that want to explore the cuisine beyond the realm of Sushi. To help out, here is a list of 3 Japanese foods that make great finger food as well!

1. Kushiage Fried Sticks
Photo Credit: Jessica Spengler

Photo Credit: Jessica Spengler

Who doesn’t love deep fried food on a bamboo stick? This concept has been taken to a whole new level in Japan, where Kushi-age has become the perfect bar food as many have called it. Not only is meat used in Kusiage but also many different types of vegetables, seafood and cheeses. Sometimes ingredients are used in combinations to get that perfect taste. It can be eaten plain, but many dipping sauces can be used such as Karashi(mustard), lemon, and Tonkatsu sauce(similar to HP Sauce). To add to the taste of the Kushiage is the perfect crunch, where Panko crumbs are used just before the deep frying stage. Most popular in Osaka, they are widely referred to as Kushikatsu and are known for using a variety of ingredients.

Here are few intersting Kushiage items in Osaka:
  • Truffle Potatoes
  • Salmon and cheese
  • Blue Cheese and Truffle Oil
  • Mochi
  • Lotus Root
  • Shiitake Mushrooms and Chicken Meatball
  • Okra
  • Crickets or Scorpions (for the adventurous)
  • Crab Wrapped in Seaweed

2. Spicy Tuna Hand Roll (Temaki)

Photo Credit: Alpha

Photo Credit: Alpha

There is without a doubt, Temaki is the perfect finger food and is gaining popularity in North America. Temaki is basically a roll that has a nori casing, filled with sushi rice and other variety of fillings. The shape of the Temaki is conical, which makes it easier to hold in one’s hand. This roll is very easy to make and you can find many websites offering directions and recipes. In a Spicy Tuna Hand roll, the main ingredient is obviously Tuna but you can pretty much add any type of vegetable to this roll. What gives the Spicy Tuna Hand Roll its spicy kick is the combination of Japanese Mayo and hot sauce.

3. Onigiri Rice Balls
Photo Credit: keatl

Photo Credit: keatl

Onigiri rice balls also known as omusubi, is made from rice and shaped into an oval or triangular form that is wrapped in nori. The common fillings of Onigiri are usually sour and salty in tasting and the ingredients can range from Japanese Pickles to smoked skipjack tuna (Katsuobushi). These ingredients act as a preservative for the rice, so it will not foul as quick over time. This was an important invention before the time of refrigerators in Japan. Today, it is wildly popular in Japan, as you can find them all over in Japan and even in most convenient stores. You can also purchase Onigiri Rice Ball containers as they come in a variety of styles and shapes. As you can imagine, these containers are popular amongst kids. And yes you can find Hello Kitty containers, that is a given.

For more Japanese Food information visit http://POGOGI.com

Japan’s troubled relationship with suicide

February 26th, 2014

Japan’s suicide rate has increased in the last 30 years. In 1982, the rate increased, then gradually decreased until 1997. In 1998, the rate jumped again, and remained high after 1998. Both 1982 and 1998 were recession years, but 1998 was special. In November 1997, Sanyo Securities, Hokkaido Takushoku Bank and Yamaichi Securities Co. went bankrupt. In October 1998, Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan went bust and in December Nippon Credit Bank followed suit. Japan became mired in a severe recession in 1998. After that, the suicide rate became over 35 per 100,000 from 25 before 1997.

Over time, the groups who commit suicide in Japan varied. The male rate for elderly people was high in the past, but it recently declined, though the level is still high. On the contrary, the suicide rate among younger people recently increased. In particular, the rate for 55 to 59 year olds jumped in 2000, and is still high. It is thought that people committed suicide after losing their jobs in the recession of 1998. A report by the National Police Agency shows that suicides sparked mainly by economic problems increased in 1998.

The trend in female suicide rates is similar to those for males, but there was no increase in the rates for women age 40-60 in 2000. This is because females were not the main bread earners until recently, and they were not prompted to resort to suicide by economic difficulties.

Credit: Nic Walker

Credit: Nic Walker

In short, after 1998, Japan’s overall suicide rate increased, but among the aged it decreased. The increase in the average was due to the rise in the rate among middle-aged people, explained by economic difficulties. The decline of the rate among the aged is explained by the expansion of social security.

Japan has always had a troubled relationship with suicide. From glorifying seppuku in the distant past to a bestseller book in 1993 entitled The Complete Manual of Suicide, it has always been unique. And for many Japanese, committing suicide is part of a ritual, as annually over 70 discovered bodies are found in a forest, next to Mount Fuji, the Aokigahara. This forest is now packed with signs both in Japanese and English that try to prevent people from committing suicide.

The trend doesn’t seem to stop anytime soon, and at the moment deaths from suicide in Japan are seven times bigger than deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents for instance.