Wednesday, December 22, 2010

NYTimes: Cuomo Sues Ernst & Young Over Lehman

From The New York Times:

DEALBOOK: Cuomo Sues Ernst & Young Over Lehman

The lawsuit against the accounting firm is the first major legal action stemming from the collapse of the bank.

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Painful - not recommended

Taketsuru: extremely difficult to drink. Even having bought a bottle couldn't get through the first cup. Found out later this brewery's background is from whisky making.

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Monday, October 04, 2010

NYTimes: More States Allowing Guns in Bars and Restaurants

From The New York Times:

More States Allowing Guns in Bars and Restaurants

Gun rights advocates applauded Tennessee and three other states that recently enacted laws allowing guns in bars.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Shimeharitsuru: tokubetsu honzojo

As recommended by Mr Oshare: Shibuya san

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World Beer Cup 2010 - Gold Medal

Baird Beer: Numazu Lager

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

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NYTimes: Amazon’s Prime Suspect

From The New York Times:

THE MEDIUM: Amazon’s Prime Suspect

Does the company truly think you’re special?

http://nyti.ms/crpZ5L

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Artist: Shake

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Flyer of random busker in ikebukuro

Pretty good actually

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Empty showroom 10

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Okay okay

I'll stop there. Point perhaps made.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Rick Springfield- Jessies girl

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Johnnie One Cup

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Houjicha

Houjicha to close out the evening

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Shoudoshima Olives

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Huge Iwate Oysters

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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Sunday, January 03, 2010

New Years Day 2010: Hakkai san Special

Accompanying photos at my flickr set.

After snowoboarding at Ishiuchi Maruyama we proceeded back to the station. One of the main reasons we go snowboarding around Echigo Yuzawa is that the station as well as the great omiyage shopping it has a sake tasting area.

I kinda like sake. Nigata sake is among the very finest in all Japan.

In the tasting area 500 yen buys you 5 tokens that can be used to taste 5 different kinds. The dispensers are all along the wall as you can see.

We have been to Echigo Yuzawa Station around 10 times but this year was very, very special.

After the sake tasting we had about 90 minutes to spare so we thought we'd try something a bit different and have even more sake. The station has been renewed and a new sake bar was added where a run of the mill convenience store once stood.

In the bar there was a group of businessmen next to us that appeared to be really enjoying the new years day proceedings. At about the time we were finishing our first round one of the businessmen had begun offering top ups from their bottle to everyone and anyone in the vinicity.

It turns out that these business guys are the sales team and the President himself of the Hakkai san Sake Brewery. For reference Hakkai san is a very well known and very well respected Sake brand throughout Japan.

Good fortune has it that we enjoyed each others company and round after round after round of sake appeared thanks to the gracious generousity of our new friends. Some of the sake offered is the kind not available for purchase from the shelf. Needless to say it was exquisite.

Time passed with introductions, sake, good conversation, sake, sake Q&A with those in the know, sake, photos, sake, laughs...and some sake

90 minutes vansihed and we bolted for the Shinkansen back to Tokyo. There is little memory of the +1 hour journey home but clear fond memories remain of our new friends from Hakkai san.

Life long fan I am.

ありがとうござます。よろしく!

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Lesson from horse riding

When you fall off a horse you are told to get straight back on there and give it your best shot. Here we go, here we go, here we go.....

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Saturday, January 02, 2010

Taking it easy

Was a lot of snow around making it hard to get photos out on the hill. Being the first run of the year we did take things pretty easy today.

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Friday, January 01, 2010

Second morning sun of the day

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First lift

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Bit of snow

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Boards ready

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Prepare

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Asahi

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1st Sunrise 2010

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