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Monthly Archives: August 2012

The Picture was gone.

Who stole the picture of Matt Kuchar?
This is my restaurant Men’s Bathroom.
We found yesterday morning.
This is a part of United states of America. But this is the first time at my place.
I need to ask him to get another picture.
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Taka Update August 22, 2012

Fish delivery and more

Good news for you! Uni is available right now. We received on Monday and yesterday. But a pack is available now.

Tuna supply is very good. I can get new tuna today with good toro. We had an offer of Blue fine tuna on Monday but I did not buy it. I know I cannot get good blue fin tuna in Atlanta.

So I stuck with good quality of big eye tuna. Japanese fish is coming tomorrow as usual.

Weight Control and Golf

Forget about this. Japan Fest is coming in September and I am very busy. I will skip golf for a while. I might play but it is for exercise, not serious.

Japan Fest is held on September 15-16th at Gwinnett convention center.
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Iwami Kagura, Japanese Performance

Consulate General of Japan to Host Two Free Performances of “Iwami Kagura”

Riveting dramatic interpretation of ancient Japanese myths

Iwami Kagura (Orochi)

Saturday, September 15, 2012
7:00 pm
14th Street Playhouse
173 14th Street NE, Atlanta, GA

Seating is
first-come first-served

Free admission

Suitable for all ages

Sunday, September 16, 2012
2:00 pm
Center for Puppetry Arts
1404 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, GA
RSVP is required
Register at www.puppet.org/kagura
Free admission
Suitable for all ages
Iwami Kagura (Ebisu)
In recognition of the support the people of Atlanta gave to the people of Tohoku in their time of need, and in support of the continued recovery of the Tohoku region, this September the Consulate General of Japan will present two free performances of Iwami Kagura, a dynamic form of ancient Japanese dance renowned for its splendid costumes, amazing special effects, pulsating drum rhythms, and melodic flute.

Iwami Kagura was originally performed by Shinto priests at the yearly autumn festival as a sign of gratitude to the Shinto gods for their help in producing a bountiful harvest. After the Meiji Era (1868-1912), this tradition was handed down from the Shinto priests to the common people, and developed as a traditional folk art performance, known as Kagura. Various types of Kagura have been transmitted throughout Japan, but Iwami Kagura, named for the region in Shimane Prefecture where it originated, remains the most well-known. Iwami Kagura is now widely performed in the region, throughout Japan, and abroad. This performance will be the first time this art form has been showcased in Atlanta.

This tour of Iwami Kagura consists of a group of thirteen performers and musicians from the Iwami Kagura Shinwa-Kai in Masuda City, Shimane Prefecture. Formed in 1975, the Shinwa-kai holds many performances throughout the year and is well respected for its mastery of this ancient, culturally unique art.

This tour of “Iwami Kagura” is sponsored by the Japan Foundation and the Consulate General of Japan and supported by the Center for Puppetry Arts. Further details can be found at the Consulate General of Japan’s website at www.atlanta.us.emb-japan.go.jp/kagura.html or by contacting the Consulate at 404-240-4300 or info@aa.mofa.go.jp.

Taka Update August 15, 2012

Fish delivery and more

It’s good summer. I can get good tuna every week. I have big eye tuna right now. The only problem is uni, sea urchin. There is not positive news. I don’t think we get this week. All other fishes are fine, no problem.

Weight Control and Golf

I am getting serious to lose weight. I am staying around 171 lbs. That is not me. My weight should be around 165 lbs. What is my problem? It’s stress from the business. Our business is excellent but I always worry many things. So, I wake up late night and drink beer sometimes. I eat cookies sometimes, eat ice cream sometimes. Those behaviors are really bad. But I don’t go to drugs, gambles. Can I say eating and drinking are better than cocaine? Anyway, I am trying but just busy and no time.

We have a big tournament this Sunday. I am preparing for this event. Practice and practice keep me in good shape, maybe.

Flip-flops present feet with a painful problem

This is from CNN. — With a litany of stubbed toes, sprained ankles, broken bones and blistered feet, Americans’ feet are hurting.

According to the National Foot Health Assessment 2012 released in June, 78% of adults 21 and older have experienced one or more foot problems in their lives. One common culprit of America’s foot pain, especially during the summer, is the flip-flop.

Whether it be on the beach, at the grocery store or even in the office, people love to free their feet. But flat sandals are nothing but bad news, says Bob Thompson, executive director for the Institute for Preventive Foot Health, who doesn’t own a single pair.

“There’s no heel support and structural support … on that little slab of rubber.”

Flip-flops have been around since at least 1500 B.C. They have been the choice of footwear for everyone from ancient Egyptians to California beach bums to Northwestern University’s women’s lacrosse team during a 2005 visit to the White House.

Providing wearers with ease and emancipation, flip-flops are hard not to love, said Brian Curin, president and co-founder of Flip Flop Shops.

“It promotes this good mental state of health,” he said. “It’s hard to be in a bad mood when you’re wearing flip-flops.”

Despite the shoe’s popularity, Thompson said there are many risks involved with wearing flip-flops.

Flip-flops aren’t always easy on the feet.

Although feet were designed to walk barefoot on Earth’s natural surfaces (grass, sand or gravel), they were not prepared to endure the concrete, asphalt and steel that covers so many landscapes today, Thompson said. These unmovable surfaces are harsh on bare feet, and the thin rubber sole of many flip-flops does little to adequately absorb the shock they produce.

Whether you are standing still or in motion, your feet are your first point of contact with the ground. The way your feet are positioned provides the foundation for the body’s skeletal alignment. A flat shoe provides little arch or lateral support and even slight shifts in stance over time could lead to misalignment, causing pain in the knees, hips and back.

“Everything in your body starts with how you strike your heel to the ground,” Thompson said.

With nothing to keep a wearer’s foot in place, flip-flops can also lead to tumbles, twisted ankles and even broken bones.

“You’re taking your five toes and grabbing your shoe to make sure it doesn’t slide out,” Thompson said. “That action of the toes grabbing the shoe on the toe box is not normal.”

Shoes should flex where your foot bends, said Noreen Oswell, a podiatrist at The Foot Center at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Towers in Los Angeles. But the rubber soles of most flip-flops just bend all over the place, while the stiff soles of some stylish varieties may not bend at all, she said.

Flip-flops’ straps can also rub as a wearer walks, creating friction that leads to blisters. And because the lightweight sandals offer virtually no protection, it’s more common for wearers’ feet to get cuts, scrapes and bruises.

“A little layer of rubber — it will protect you from a stone or a glass, but a nail could puncture that,” Thompson said.

Oswell said wearing flip-flops can be seriously detrimental for people whose feet are already at risk: For people with diabetes, who often have poor circulation and feeling in their feet, wearing flip-flops can expose them not only to injury but to infection. Those with balance issues may find it hard to feel secure when wearing rubbery flip-flops. And for those suffering from obesity, sporting the unstructured shoe can add strain to feet that are already stressed with carrying extra weight.

The real problem is that people are wearing flip-flops while doing everything from skateboarding to gardening to running errands, Oswell said. “It’s not that they wear them,” Oswell said. “They overwear them.”

But Curin said researchers, who typically refer in their studies to cheap rubber flip-flops that can be purchased at discount stores, must realize not all flip-flops are created equally.

“They seem to miss that whole other part of the industry that is creating really good footwear with innovation and technology,” he said.

Curin said oftentimes it’s such sandals that alleviate problems, not cause them.

“I know a lot of people, both customers of our shop, friends and family, and people in the industry that wear flip-flops because they have problems,” he said. “It’s more comfortable, easier to put on and off, and there’s breathability.”

Rather than buying a $2 pair of rubber flip-flops at the drugstore, Curin suggests spending the extra money on a pair with deep heel cups, high arch support and comfortable toe support, such as those from OluKai and Reef.

Oswell agrees that there times when wearing flip-flops can be beneficial. In the health club locker room or at the community pool, flip-flops can protect feet against fungi and wart-causing viruses that can be acquired by walking around barefoot.

The simple sandals can also shield feet against the beach’s hot sand, which might otherwise cause skin to burn and blister on your walk to the water.

But flip-flop use should be limited, experts say. Oswell’s go-to shoe for everyday wear is a pair of tennis shoes.

“The number one best shoe for everybody is a good athletic shoe “” something that laces up and has good structure to it,” Oswell said.

Thompson said people should always wear padded, acrylic-blend socks, which wick moisture away from the foot, under properly fitted shoes that have plenty of toe room and support.

Crocs, which have some structure, cushion and breathability, can be an easy alternative to flip-flops, while sandals with a substantial foot bed and softer and broader straps are also a better option, Oswell said.

For people who insist on indulging in flip-flops’ cool convenience, Thompson’s asks them to avoid uneven surfaces and wash feet thoroughly after the sandals come off.

“I tell people I’m not going to change your lifestyle; I just want you to know what the concerns are,” he said.

Closed Information

We will be closed from September 2nd Sunday to 4th Tuesday. It’s Labor Day. And we cannot get good fish until Wednesday.

Thinking of sushi, sashimi? That’s not good idea this period. Just do BBQ party at your home? This is a good idea.