East Japan great earthquake disaster

A major earthquake occurred off Miyagi prefecture in eastern Japan on March 11, 2011, before 3 pm. After that, a huge tsunami of 16.7 meters high hit the coast. It is said that more than 15,000 people were sacrificed because the tsunami destroyed most buildings of lowland and uprooted them into the ocean.

After tsunami, 津波の後

lso, since the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station has caused meltdown, local residents are still unable to return due to radiation fear of local pollution.

Japan is a country with many natural disasters. Once in several years, a devastating earthquake happens somewhere. Unfortunately, even with modern science and technology it is impossible to predict it.

Nori

Nori is often used for Japanese food. For example, it is used for Onigiri, rolled sushi, Gunkanmaki of sushi and so on.  Nori is made by stretching the seaweed into a paper and then drying it.

Nori, 海苔

In addition, many Westerners do not have enzymes that digest seaweed. So they eat it but they are discharged without being digested.

Wooden hosing

The traditional Japanese housing is wooden. The traditional Japanese housing is wooden. In summer, wood absorbs moisture, and in winter its’s keeps warm air.

Old wooden housing, 古い木造住宅

Therefore, most of the houses are still wooden. However, in recent years it is built in combination with modern materials, Because there is a limit to the basic performance of wood.

In addition, wooden houses deteriorate as soon as people leave without living.

Sushi

I heard that many foreigners think that Japanese people eat sushi every day. However, many Japanese do not eat sushi frequently. Because it is expensive to eat at sushi restaurant. ut at supermarkets and convenience stores we can buy cooked sushi at reasonable prices.

Sushi, 寿司

By the way, before modern day, sushi was a little kind of ingredients, and it was a fast food to eat on a stall.

Gyoza

In Japan, Gyoza(餃子) are often eaten. It is wrapping minced meat and vegetables with the skin of wheat. Although it was originally Chinese food, but it also penetrated Japan.

In China, boiled gyoza are common, but in Japan the baked gyoza are preferred. It is common to eat with sauce that mixed soy sauce, vinegar and chili Oil.

dumpling, 餃子

Also, I heard that Chinese gyoza do not contain garlic, but in Japan there are many gyoza including garlic.

Mansion

In English, Is “Mansion” a luxurious residence? For example it is with a swimming pool.

In Japan, apartment houses made of reinforced concrete are called condominiums. Even small ones, even plain for low-income people are made of reinforced concrete, it is a mansion. In other words, we refer to the condominium as “mansion”.

Tower mansion, タワーマンション
Recent years, Tower mansion that over 20 floors are popular in urban areas

On the other hand, wooden apartment houses are called “apartments” even if they are made of advanced building technology.

花粉症

日本には花粉症とよばれる風土病があります。国民の1/3ぐらいがかかっているようです。私もその一人で10年ほど前から花粉症に悩まされるようになりました。

Hay fever, 花粉症

花粉症とは飛散した花粉が原因で、さまざまな症状が出るアレルギーです。主な症状は以下の通り。

  • くしゃみが止まらない
  • 目元がかゆくなる
  • 目が開けづらくなる
  • 鼻水が出る
  • 熱が出る
  • 集中力がなくなる

最も罹患者の多い杉花粉のアレルギーは春先に顕著になります。人によっては杉ではない花粉にアレルギーがあったり、複数のアレルギーを持つ人もいるようです。

この花粉症は先天的なものではなく、体内に入った花粉の量が受領量を超えると発祥するようです。ただし需要量は個人によって違います。幼少のころから花粉症になる人もいれば、大人になってから発祥する人もいます。アレルギーなので体力とは無関係です。屈強なアスリートですら花粉症には悩まされています。よってフィリピン人も日本に長くいればいつか花粉症を発祥するかもしれません。

ただし、私の経験だとフィリピンに避難すれば逃れられます。花粉症真っ只中でも飛行機で離陸後20分も経つと症状が治まり、フィリピン国内では完全に治まります。日本に帰国するとたちまち再発するけど…。

同じく、日本国内でも沖縄県に行けば花粉症は出なくなるとも聞きます。沖縄でもスギ花粉はたくさん飛んでいるはずなに。

従って花粉症のアレルギーは、花粉だけではなく都市部特有の化学物質など複合的な条件で発祥するのかもしれません。

Hinamatsuri

Every March 3rd is the day of Hinamatsuri(雛祭り). We pray for the growth of girls. However, it is not a holiday.

Traditional families with girls decorate dolls called “Hinaningyou(雛人形)” at their house.

Hinaninngyou, 雛人形
The dolls are wearing costumes of aristocracy of more than 1000 years old.

Furthermore, there is a superstition that girls’ marriage is delayed when the removal of the dolls is delayed after the Hinamatsuri.