Just on a Hiatus

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Just on a Hiatus

 

Well, I am so hectic right now. I have some time during summer (from the end of July to the end of August) so I am planning to upload some articles on TV shows. Winter is coming! I am looking forward to Game of Thrones, one of my all-time favorite TV series.

Then I will be hectic again for the rest of this year. I will start to be active from February next year. That said, if I can find some time, I will definitely write about something.

Meanwhile, hope you are having fun!

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Will Kelp aka Kombu be the next big thing after Kale?

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Will Kelp aka Kombu be the next big thing after Kale?

 

When I went to Shell Knob, MO, U.S.A., 44 years ago for the first time when I was 18 to stay with an American family (now I am calling them my second family because I believe I was reborn and reeducated there), when I talked about the Japanese food custom of eating see weeds, though they uttered nice words, I felt they were mildly (or I bet some of them even extremely) disgusted by the idea of eating them. Though I was in the “SHOW ME” state, they didn’t even care to say, “show me!”

Now time has changed. When I “lived” in the States last year, I saw so many things “kaled” everywhere, especially in “health-conscious” markets like the Whole foods. I never walked through any produce sections without seeing some kale. I thought to myself now we cannot diss Japanese people for eating seaweeds because we are eating land-weeds here. Now American people are starting to raid on “kelp,” aka, in Japan, “Kombu.”

I am watching CBSN news live as usual, eating my make-shift street cart food of NYC (I sometimes buy chili beans with pork from the nearby supermarket where I can find some imported foods and wrap them with some fresh vegetables, cheese, and rice in a soft taco shell) then they are introducing kelp as the next big thing.

Wait, what? Kombu! Wow! So what the heck is kelp? It is some kind of sea-weed. We usually put them in Japanese style shoyu-based boiled dishes. We so often use dried kelp for soup stock. If you like Japanese dishes, you sure like the taste of it because almost every soup of Japan has it as a basic ingredient.

Now I am not sure k will transpire as “the next big thing” but it is good for your health. I can vouch for that because my grandmother who is 105 years old this year loves it!

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NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW : What the appointment of Robert Mueller means to a Japanese English teacher teaching in Japan

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NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW : What the appointment of Robert Mueller means to a Japanese English teacher teaching in Japan

 

When Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy asked Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, according to the March 21, 2017 report by Mark Sherman and Rica Werner of Associated Press, if a president is free to ignore laws on national security grounds, Gorsuch replied that “nobody is above the law in this country, and that includes the president of the United States.” I start this little blog post of mine with this quote because this is exactly what I would like to see right now.

There are so many sides to the Donald Trump’s presidency. Of course so many things are at risk right now. The compromise by Russia itself or any security breach caused by the leaked intell. Some terrorist groups or a despotic leader of a rogue country might shoot missiles or hack all the computers on this planet while America’s attention is distracted to the internal affairs (all in all, there’s no one else but you, the US, who can lead the world in the right direction!).

I am not saying these are less important than what I am discussing here. They are actually far more important than what I am about to say. But at the same time, what I will argue here is more important for the future: the mindset of youngsters.

It is pointed out everywhere that after Donald Trump, all the hate came out. People who were hiding their frustrations and exasperations based more on negative feelings and ideas like xenophobia or all the other kinds of lopsided and twisted views. Those people are not ashamed of themselves or they have not negative feelings about their biased ideas for that matter.

The reason why I am pointing this out right now is I see that happening among the youth. At least my students are sensible enough to hold their breath and I am putting all the efforts I can put to prevent all the hate filling their minds but if “the” leader of the world is epitomizing the worst bigot, I don’t know how effective such education will be.

I read an article in Washington Post that what Donald Trump wanted was a coronation, not the inauguration. He wanted to be a king, not the president. Yes. This explains a lot of things. Why he does things he does and is frustrated by things. And when I see how the word hater went viral all these years and negative feelings fill the world, he is indeed the king. The king of haters. The king of bigots. The king of the dark side.

I don’t think the world cannot be divided into black and white. It is next to impossible to draw a line of demarcation between good and evil like in the movies (recent movies even depict a lot of heroes who exist between those lines). But there are lines you cannot cross as citizens of a free world ruled by justice and equality. As one who believes in freedom.

One of the last year’s most trending words was “fake news.” It is called the age of lost truth. Well, maybe it is stupid to go up against such a trend. It may be irredeemable and irrevocable. But as I keep telling my students every morning, my mantra is, “I will never go down without a fight” especially when it comes to what I believe from the bottom of my heart.

I see a big fight happening. Trump try to divert people’s attention from his issue with Russia. When none of his remedies worked, then he fired the director of FBI, which was totally an unprecedented demeanor even by the President. This is war. The war we got to win, for the welfare of the world and for the future of the world. And one of the keys is youngsters watching what is happening in the adult world.

I am really and truly hope that the fact that “no one is above the law” will be presented by impeaching the president who thinks he is, like a king. He is no king. There is no such position as a king in a free world right now. And the world is about freedom, equality, and love. Not prejudice, privileges unequally held by limited numbers of people, and hate. The appointment of Robert Mueller is a silver lining in the dark world ruled by Donald Trump. I hope he will get the job done sooner rather than later.

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Aspiration to be a Hero

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