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    Seattle Kinokuniya visitors?

    All,
    Okay, this is driving me quite insane... Or perhaps more insane.
    Are there any members there who frequent the Kinokuniya bookstore in Seattle's International District?
    Was there last month. ...
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    Elitism of the Maserati Gods

    A colleague and I had gone to Japan to investigate some mysterious final words uttered by the late Mishima Yukio just before his notorious auto-de-fe. He had, we discovered, quoted an old and...
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    Dear Mr. Siralec, Good question; good point. ...

    Dear Mr. Siralec,
    Good question; good point. Indeed, there is no significant difference in immersing oneself in a long-term study of koryu and doing divers incarnations of ballroom...
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    Too Long A Reply

    All,
    The answer to Mr. Light Samurai’s inquiry as to the fertilization of a ryu is, in brief:
    Nope.
    His question stems from a serious misconception about the very basic nature of the ryu. He...
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    The wife of one of my training partners called...

    The wife of one of my training partners called him frantically a few weeks past, one morning when he’d left for work. She was cleaning her ears with a Q-tip, the cotton swab of which came off in her...
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    All, Seiza, while now as common in Okinawa as it...

    All,
    Seiza, while now as common in Okinawa as it is on the mainland, is not a native posture there. Okinawan men traditionally sat with crossed legs. Women sat similarly or in a kind of “side...
  7. Dear Mr. Northcote, I am informed earlier today...

    Dear Mr. Northcote,
    I am informed earlier today by private message that the episode was titled "To Hell With Babe Ruth," supposedly a derisive taunt shouted by the Japanese in battle and, again...
  8. A Trip Back, Courtesy of McGarrett & The Boys...

    All,
    I was channel-cruising last night and came upon a vintage episode of "Hawaii Five-O" from the late Sixties. I remembered seeing it originally; I was still a schoolboy and had just started...
  9. Mr. Ford-Powell, Just earlier this month I got a...

    Mr. Ford-Powell,
    Just earlier this month I got a manuscript off to my publisher, of a book in which I devoted several pages to the history of the dan-i ranking system. As Mr. Feigenbaum has noted...
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    Dear Mr. Matsutaka, Not secret--I suppose the...

    Dear Mr. Matsutaka,
    Not secret--I suppose the information is out there somewhere--but it is not an appropriate topic for general discussion.

    Cordially,
  11. Thread: Hanko help

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    Hanko help

    All,
    Not sure if this is the right place to post but assume it will be slotted more appropriately by the moderator.
    I have acquired a fairly large (playing card size) stone hanko--with an absurdly...
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    Mr. Mekugi, Your jutte is very nicely done. If...

    Mr. Mekugi,
    Your jutte is very nicely done. If it to be used for Ikkaku ryu kata, however, it really needs to have a tassel attached. Is there some way on your model for this to be done?
    ...
  13. Thread: Kusaya

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    Ms. Lo, Kusaya is a kind of fermented whole...

    Ms. Lo,
    Kusaya is a kind of fermented whole fish. The most common way of writing the word means literally, “stinking place.” It’s a specialty of the Izu region, an island chain that’s directly...
  14. Thread: Kusaya

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    Kusaya

    Kusaya. Anyone out there enjoy it? I haven't had it for a long time and started thinking about it earlier today. A specialty of the Izu area. I'm betting it will be thought a trifle too "pungent"...
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    Fairly easy, these. The first is sanma if I’m...

    Fairly easy, these.
    The first is sanma if I’m not mistaken, a very oily, delectable fish that tastes a little like saba or mackerel. Quite strong and "fishy." You always know when someone in the...
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    The first photo is too easy. Hanashiru. The...

    The first photo is too easy. Hanashiru. The bane of the Kansai. Looks like the kotsubu variety of natto, made with smaller beans. I prefer the hikiwake version, with the beans chopped; a big...
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    A leaky shower head turned into a $2,500 “repair”...

    A leaky shower head turned into a $2,500 “repair” that resulted in a completely new shower stall and plumbers here all day on the last day of the last test and so I had it streaming on the computer...
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    Many thanks for the commentaries. My own sense,...

    Many thanks for the commentaries. My own sense, at some remove from the action obviously, is that even with all the injuries, Australia is going to prove to be too tough for England, even with...
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    Ashes to Ashes

    All,
    Or rather should I say "anyone" as in is there anyone here following the Ashes? I was out of town all last week and could only access the Internet occasionally and could not keep up. ...
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    We live in a strange world. I am, through...

    We live in a strange world.
    I am, through various circumstances, responding to a question posted here on e-budo while I am in Gambier, Ohio, at the Kenyon College bookstore, where I happened to...
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    Mr. Mekugi, You are correct. However, I did not...

    Mr. Mekugi,
    You are correct. However, I did not say shako was a shrimp in the taxonomic sense; I merely said that's what it is called. Which brings to mind your question about...
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    Mr. Nicojo, You are kinda, sorta, partially...

    Mr. Nicojo,
    You are kinda, sorta, partially correct. The sushi-ben for shako is gareji, the English loan-word for "garage." In older times, a building used to house any kind of wheeled vehicle was...
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    Mr. Nicojo, You're going to have to work harder...

    Mr. Nicojo,
    You're going to have to work harder than that. Your photo is shako, or mantis shrimp, one of nature's more vicious s.o.bs, with one claw that can hit with the same power as a...
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    Mr. Owens, I'm betting Mr. Amdur is correct. ...

    Mr. Owens,
    I'm betting Mr. Amdur is correct. There are about a dozen species of tuna eaten as sushi; the only one remotely white would be shiro-maguro, also known as binnaga, doing business in...
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    Dear Mr. Kimiwane, Sashimi is different from...

    Dear Mr. Kimiwane,
    Sashimi is different from sushi, of course. The principal difference is that sashimi is eaten with regular rice and not with prepared sushi-meshi. Wasabi with sashimi is proper...
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