Monday, September 28, 2009

Bad stone

This week I only have one entry. Far too much happening to be able to work on more this weekend. I'll try to do some additional ones this week and upload them next weekend.

But this is a supernatural item that shows up in Ghost Slayers Ayashi and is actually a story I heard about as a grade schooler growing up in California in the 1950s.

sesshôseki 殺生石

Monday, September 21, 2009

Deadly and tasty

Two new entries this week. One a kami you don't want as a guest and the 5th taste which you do want to enjoy.

Hōsō no kami (smallpox kami) 疱瘡神

umami (flavor) 旨味

Monday, September 14, 2009

Food prep, pilgrimage, announcement

I am changing the minimum I will post each week from three to one. I have many other committments which shall take up comsiderable time for the next year. I will attempt to do more than one new entry a week when possible.

katsuobushibako (box for shaving bonito) 鰹節箱

Shikoku-henro (Shikoku pilgrimage) 四国遍路

Monday, September 7, 2009

Prime, Cabinet, Diet

Last week I had a request to do some entries related to Japanese politics. So with the recent election still in the news and the new government getting set up here are three entries I hope folks find interesting.

Kokuritsu Kokkai Toshokan (National Diet Library) 国立国会図書館

naikaku (Japanese Cabinet) 内閣

shushō (Prime Minister) 首相