Thursday, January 29, 2009

Peak Fish

This is from the Financial Times.

Japan faces up to the prospect of 'peak fish'
By David Pilling
Published: January 29 2009 02:00 Last updated: January 29 2009 02:00
Japan's little secret is out. All over Asia, and indeed the rest of the world, people are discovering what the Japanese have known for centuries: fish is good for you. This may seem a benign discovery. But in the case of seafood, as with any finite resource, it raises awkward questions about how spoils should be divided and what happens if competing interests cannot be reconciled.
Seafood has formed a crucial part of the Japanese diet for millennia, providing the main source of animal protein for a nation with little tradition of eating meat or drinking milk. Other countries have long prized an aquatic diet; some Chinese cuisine emulates the taste and texture of fish with ingenious use of vegetables. Now, as China and others become richer, they have converted dietary aspiration into reality.
Per capita consumption of fish in China has soared: from 3.6kg in 1970 to 27kg in 2009. That is still some way off Japan, where people on average get through 67kg a year. But it might not be long before China catches up. Can the world sustain such an appetite?
The emergence of Japan in the 1970s changed the structure of global finance and manufacturing. That foreshadowed the challenges China presents; only it has 10 times the population of Japan. When it came to Japan's predilection for fish, globalisation initially worked in its favour. It sent an advanced fishing fleet to trawl the world's oceans. Japan Airlines began a lucrative trade flying freshly caught tuna from America's Atlantic seaboard to Tokyo. Until then those fish, highly prized in Japan, were pet food in the US. Such initiatives brought the Japanese a huge variety of fish all year round.
Then the rest of the world realised it could charge Japan for fish caught in its waters. Worse, it developed a taste for the Japanese diet. Sushi has caught on from Houston to New Delhi. Japan is still the world's biggest importer by some way. It has gone from being a net exporter in 1964 to importing more than 40 per cent of its fish needs today.
But Japanese buyers are now regularly outbid in auctions. This month, two sushi bar owners paid $104,000 (€78,800, £73,800) for a 282lb blue-fin tuna, the highest price in years. (If the artist Damien Hirst had cut it in two, it might have been worth more still.)
Each year, about 100m tonnes of fish, 5 per cent of the 2bn tonnes of seafood biomass, are hauled from the oceans, according to a recent study published in the journal Science.
Many conservationists espouse "peak fish" theories, suggesting that catches have reached a limit, or gone beyond.
That may not be true for all species. But for some it is undeniable. In November, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, which includes Japan, sliced the 2009 blue-fin quota by a fifth. Japan gobbles 90 per cent of all blue-fin. Some scientists say the quota must be halved to let stocks recover.
Japan's fishing industry faces crisis. The number of fishermen has sunk to 200,000 from a peak of 1m. That is still too many, compared with 10,000 in Norway. Too many boats chasing too few fish have devastated fish resources. By 2006, according to the Japan Economic and Social Research Institute, more than half of Japan's fishing grounds had dangerously low stocks. Masayuki Komatsu, professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, says Japan needs a science-based quota system and sustainable fisheries plan based on the concept that fish are a common property of the Japanese people not bona vacantia , ownerless goods belonging to whoever nets them first.
It is far from Japan's problem alone. Lida Pet-Soede of environmental group WWF says the Chinese taste for grouper, a top-predator reef fish, is destroying reefs and imperilling ecosystems. China is still only the world's sixth biggest importer, producing most of its own fish, a lot on farms. Aqua-culture may be part of the solution, though it is no panacea; artificially raised fish also need feeding, whether on marine products or on competing food sources, such as soyabeans. In any case, as the taste of Chinese and other emerging consumers turns to international varieties, fish stocks will come under increasing pressure.
Fish resources are devilishly difficult to manage internationally. Many fish species migrate wantonly across territorial waters. Indonesians have an economic incentive to grab juvenile tuna in their waters before they head for the high seas to be snagged - more rationally - as mature adults by stronger fishing nations. The idea of a war over fish is no more preposterous than that of a conflict over water or petroleum.
Nor, sadly, is the prospect of humans irreparably damaging a renewable resource. Jared Diamond, an evolutionary biologist, wonders what was going through the mind of the Easter Islander who cut down the last tree, condemning his civilization to virtual extinction. It may have been: "We need more research, your proposed ban on logging is premature and driven by fear-mongering," he speculates in his book , Collapse . It would be a tragedy if we come anywhere near asking the same question about the planet's fish.
The writer is the FT's Asia editor

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1, Sonicare essence e5550 $99.00 at Costco
I 've been using electric tooth brush for 5 years. But this is better than old Sonicare.
First of all, the neck can bend and reduce the pressure to the tooth. Second, a small brush can reach to anywhere in my mouth. This is a good buy. I am very happy with this.
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I don't know much about Etonic but this shoes are great.
The original price is $140 and OS price is $99. The important thing is not price, fit and comfortable. Golf season is coming soon. We need to be ready.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Taka's Update

Taka’s Update January 26th 2009

This week Fish
Review of last week tuna: It was great as read meat but B+ as toro. It was wild fish and my rating was not the same.
I hope I get god tuna this week. Other fish are same as usual.
I worry about drought in CA. I already checked for current rice price and future price. My supplier told me that the price was going up this autumn harvest. I might but 6 months supply this week. I also stocking mayonnaise because of price raising.

Omega3 fatty acid and our body
α linolenic acid, EPA and DHA are the essential fatty acid and need our body. They works for our brain growing. And they protect our body from diseases and sick. How do they works? It is from Maryland University Medical center.
A: They decrease the LDL cholesterol, and increase the HDL cholesterol.
B: They prevent the heart illness, and reduce the heart attack risk.
C: They reduce the apoplexy risk.
D: They improve high blood pressure and the diabetic.
E: They help the loss in weight.
F: They prevent osteoporosis.
G: They reduce a mental disease risks such as the integrated malfunction syndrome and depression.
So, what should we eat for them?
Fish like sardine, mackerel, herring fish, yellow tai, bonito, tuna and salmon are very good. All kinds of seaweed, kelp is also great. Canola oil, walnut are also good. American Heart Association, AHA says it is good to take from food not from supplement.

You don’t need to go to Japan if you see these movies. Know about Japan and their culture.

February 14th Train man 2005 8pm
Based on a true story that captivated Japan, Train Man is a sweetly funny and offbeat romantic comedy that centers on a shy 22 year-old computer geek who lives with his parents and spends his leisure on line communicating with chat room buddies and refining his arcane knowledge of anime. One night, riding home on the subway, he notices a drunken salary man harassing an attractive young woman, and in an uncharacteristic act of gallantry saves her from the creep's advances. To express her gratitude she sends him the gift of an expensive Hermes tea set. Smitten but clueless, Train Man turns to the only friends he has - his chat room circle. They advise an extreme makeover, coach him through Romance 101, and help him find the confidence to step out of the virtual world into the real one. In the New York Times, critic Jeannette Catsoulis observed that Train Man is "candy-colored and wide-eyed . . . an unashamedly heart-struck

February 21st Hula Girl 2006 8pm
BIt's 1965 and in the northern town of Joban times are tough. The coal mining industry, which has been the lifeblood of the community for generations, is in recession and employees are faced with layoffs. To generate jobs, local big wigs propose transforming their hometown into a tourist destination. But their dubious plan -- to open a Hawaiian themed spa and resort in chilly Joban -- is embraced only by a handful of young women who, in defiance of modesty and propriety, show up at an open casting for hula dancers. Under the tutelage of a sophisticated dance instructor from Tokyo who has her own share of problems, the clumsy country girls blossom and become the unlikely leaders of their community's renaissance. Based on a true story, this "Full Monty" in grass skirts was praised in the Toronto Film Festival's catalogue as a "vivid, heartfelt portrait . . . a genuinely moving experience destined to conquer the audience's heart." Lee Sang-il directed. In Japanese with subtitles.

February 28th Nobody knows 2004
Hirokazu Kore-eda's tender, deeply moving Nobody Knows is the rare film that successfully tells its tale of childhood from the children's point of view. Inspired by real events, it's the story of four kids, aged 4 - 12, who are abandoned in a Tokyo apartment by their flighty mother. When she leaves behind a pile of cash and a note saying that she'll be gone for a while, Akira, the eldest, takes charge. None of the children has ever attended school, and they're used to amusing themselves indoors. However, being completely on their own is very different from receiving their mother's loving, if sporadic, care. As critic Marjorie Baumgarten observed in The Austin Chronicle, "Their predicament is sad although the film is not. Kore-eda captures the irrepressible joys and frivolity of youth, while also showing the benign neglect of the outside world. . . A gem-like work whose facets gleam and slice through the story with ever-changing glints of understanding and compassion." In Japanese with subtitles.


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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Big eye tuna came on yesterday

How about this?
It is very fresh and need to wait a couple days, maybe.
Stomach side and very nice chu-toro.
We need to wait to get mature sometimes.
It is available all this weekend.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Taka's Update

Taka’s Update January 19th 2009

This week Fish
Good tuna comes once a week so far. We got good one last week. Mirugai is still high price as same reason. I worry about all fish price because of weak dollar against Japanese yen. How much price has changed?
Uni - 18% up from 12 months ago
Hamachi - 15% up
Quail egg - 10% up
Kanpachi - 12% up
Salmon - 11% up
Hirame - 17% up
Live Scallop - 40% up
Aji - 4% up
Madai - 14% up
Anago - 17% up
Mirugai - 32% up
Saba - 5.5% up
Tuna(bigeye) - 5% up

1, Buy your company’s goods and increase sales.
Toyota’s managers decided to buy new Toyota cars by the end of March. Toyota has 2200 managers and some higher position people also agreed to buy. They had a managers meeting on Jan. 9th and decided but was not obligation and buy their own decision purchase. Some managers thinks to by 2 cars. I don’t know how much discount option for employees.
Mazda has a kind of same promotion. Mazda’s headquarter is in Hiroshima and City of Hiroshima and Hiroshima prefecture government and Bank of Hiroshima try to help Mazda. Hiroshima government buys 200 cars, Bank of Hiroshima buys 120 cars. Hiroshima Bank owns 700 cars and 500 are from Mazda. But they decided to buy Mazda cars only from now on.

2, New measurement for diabetes
Who install new measurement for heart disease or diabetes. WHO used BMI and more than 25 index is high risk. But many low BMI index people dies with heart disease in Asia. So WHO changed from BMI to waist size.
New measurement in Asia is 85cm(33.46inches) for men and 75cm (29.53 inches. How about US and Europe? 100cm(39.37inches) for men and 90cm(35.43 inches) for women. Middle East area is just between Asia and Europe. Please check your waist size. Over? Come to taka and ear healthy body soup. This is the one of solution.

3, The doctor withdraws when the sun produces the face.
This is from Europe proverb. It is good to get sunshine. To activate vitamin D, need to get sunbathing. It is also goof for osteoporosis prevention. Many people do their face but doesn’t necessary. You just get stain and burn. Our foot need sunbathing. Take off your shoes and socks and get sunshine.

4, [Happy for no reason] by Marci Simoff
Are you sick in mentally or physically? This book might help you. Sub title is [7 steps being happy from the inside out]. Sounds good? I just read book review for Japanese version. Japanese title is [ Do it only for good for your brain]. 350 thousands books sold in Japan at the end of 2008. I just ordered an original version to Amazon .com. Everybody wants to be happy but many people cannot be happy. Too much things are going on around us but we cannot lose our ways of life. Good luck everyone! TAKA

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Great big eye tuna

This is almost 200LB size big eye tuna. And I got around 25lb of it.
The left picture is called Oh-toro, fatty part of tuna.
Many people say that oh-toro is the best. No, it depends on how to eat.
It is sure that oh-toro has more fat than chu-toro which is medium toro.
But you can see so many lines. That is really chewy. Actually most of people don't know wild and farmed. Farmed oh-toro is not chewy. It is just soft and fat. But it does not have taste at all.
I always make special appetizer when I get wild oh-toro. That's toro abuli, seared toro.
By burn outside, meat get tender and easy to eat and get flavor.
Wild is wild, and farmed is farmed, never be the same.
By the way, people sometimes talk about fugu, blow fish. The blow fish come to USA does not have poison. Why? I think it is not wild, farm raised blow fish.
Blow fish get poison from food, a specific seaweed or kelp. Farm raised blow fish cannot eat same one and cannot have poison. And price is very low. Let's say, wild blow fish dish is around $300-$400 and farm raised blow fish dish is only $30-$50.
Same same, real is real, fake is fake.
If you want to eat real one, you need to go to Japan in winter time(between October to March only). Most of fugu restaurants are closed in off season.

New Hot sake for a while

We 've been using Miyano Yuki sake for hot sake. But it is out of stock and takes time to recover.
So our supplier gave us a great deal.
New hot sake is hosui, extremely beautuful water. It is from Tokushima in Japan. (Picture: right)
This sake's quality is higher than Miyano Yuki and our cost is also higher but we can get same deal from supplier.
We go to Costco style business. " Good merchandise with reasonable price"
Left sake is a kind of high end sake. The name is Miyo-sakae from Ehime in Japan. It is really high price but great taste. Please buy this with someones money or company expense.

I just check the most expensive sake in the world. The name is Kita-yuki, North snow. The price is around $2000 with wine size bottle. The bottle is made with titanium. Am I going to buy that? I will ask my customer and decide. I just ordered around $900 sake for him.

I think this knife is the best.

It is so funny. I was reading AJC this morning. Merdith Ford wrote an article about Japanese knife.
That one is Santoku.
I just got this picture's knife yesterday.
This knife is great for cutting rolls. I've been using same brand for many years. I use same brand at my home, too.
The reason is very simple, no rust, last long, easy to sharp.
I bought this $39 at Marshalls. They also sells Santoku for $25.
I am a Japanese but use German knife. This comes from my 13 years of experience. For cutting fish and sashimi, I use Japanese knives.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Do you know him?

He came yesterday and ate uni, toro and more.
His name is Calvin Pace, NY Jets line back.
According to the data, he was at Arizona and move to NY from 2008. 6 years contract was $44M with performance and mini mun pay was $22M.
This was 2nd time visit.
I asked him about NFL players and sushi.
He said many players there ate sushi and sashimi.
How about here in Atlanta? I never seen Falcons players at my place. To go to Super Bowl, they need to come to TAKA.
Calvin lives in Atlanta and he will come back soon.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Taka's Update

Taka’s Update January 12th 2009

This week Fish
Mirugai, Giant clam price is very high. It is because of short supply. They have a problem with red tide. "Red tide" is a common name for a phenomenon known as an algal bloom, an event in which estuarine, marine, or fresh water algae accumulate rapidly in the water column. These algae, more specifically phytoplankton are single-celled protests, plant-like organisms that can form dense, visible patches near the water's surface. Certain species of phytoplankton contain photosynthetic pigments that vary in color from green to brown to red. When the algae are present in high concentrations, the water appears to be discolored or murky, varying in color from purple to almost pink, normally being red or green. Not all algal blooms are dense enough to cause water discoloration, and not all discolored waters associated with algal blooms are red. Additionally, red tides are not typically associated with tidal movement of water, hence the preference among scientists to use the term algal bloom.
Tuna? I got one of the best last week. We will see it. It still hard to get.

A: We like whale.
Did you read Sunday AJC? It was a big article about whale. The title was “ Despite protests, Japan keeps hunting whales” Yes, we eat them. It was very important meat after WW2. We almost could not eat beef because of high price. Whale was very cheap and could buy, maybe. I ate at school lunch once a week. The texture was hard but no choice at that time. Then it was gone from the market suddenly because of protests. We eat everything. One of the best is whale bacon. I know a restaurant in Shibuya, Tokyo. The name is Kujiraya, whale restaurant. We sometimes see canned whale. But I don’t know they see it now. If you have a chance to go to Japan, please try it.

B: Do you skip breakfast?
This is from Japan. The data is from 2007 research. 30% of Thirties men don’t take breakfast. This number is 10ponits higher than 10 year’s ago. It also shows people who don’t take breakfast eat less vegetables.
Buy the way, another data is available. This is from Minnesota. People who take breakfast BMI is lower than other people and less overweight.
People take breakfast everyday ~ average BMI is 21.7
People take breakfast sometimes ~ average BMI is 22.5
People take breakfast not at all ~ average BMI is 23.4
Young people who take breakfast eat more carb and fiber and less fat food. Also they exercise more.
May teenagers think skipping breakfast is good for diet. And 33% of boys and 57% of girls try unhealthy diet.
We cannot say like no eating mean weight loss. Eating breakfast daily and it is prevention of overeating at dinner. If we don’t eat breakfast, we tend to eat more at night and gain weight.
I know many people say, “ I don’t have time to eat.” I say, eat banana and apple every morning for your health. You might say, ”I hate vegetables and fruits.” I say, you have to give up your healthy life.
I gained weight because of a party last night. My weight was 166 on last Monday and was 165 for a while and went to up to 167 because of last night meal.
I do my way of loss weight exercise but I eat breakfast.
I always have banana, apple, orange and grapefruits at home.

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

I got It, big eye tuna !

I got first big eye tuna on Thursday. It was not bad. Stomach side with oh-toro was great.
January is good month for restaurant but bad for tuna business.
many fishermen stay home from New Year to Chinese New Year and we face shortage of tuna supply.
I think I can get big eye tuna every 10 days, maybe.
It is very valuable and important.
This tuna is availabe until Monday. Hurry!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Yelollow fin tuna

I got this yesterday.
Tuna supply is not great.
Big eye tuna is far away from us right now.
I let you know when I get it.
This tuna is still small but have to sell .

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Taka's Update

Taka’s Update January 6th 2009

This week Fish
Tuna supply is not great. It is because New Year and Chinese New Year is approaching. Fishermen stay home instead of going fishing. I got an information from our supplier for bug eye tuna yesterday. But this tuna was from Hawaii area. Hawaiian tuna is Ok and no toro. So, I don’t buy it. I just go with yellow fin and frozen toro for a while. I let you know when I get South American big eye tuna.

1, Mocha coffee is gone from the market.
Do you like mocha coffee? Have you seen mocha recently? Most of mocha is made in Ethiopia. Japanese government check all coffee coming to Japan and they found the element of insecticide from it. So, they made it to the ban on import. Germany is the No.1 Ethiopian coffee importer and Japan is 2nd. The tolerance of pesticide residue of EU is looser than that of Japan. So, Ethiopia increases exporting to Germany. I don’t know about US tolerance. If you see mocha coffee here in US, it is lose. By the way, Mocha is a name of port in Yemen.

2, TV is thinner and thinner.
Samsung just released that they developed 6.5mm thin TV. They used LED for back light. SONY sold 9.9mm thin TV last year. Victor also developed 7mm thin TV. And they are going to sell this year. Victor also use LED for back light. I think ultra thin TV is going to be main stream in a few years and current 10cm( 3-4 inches thick TV) TV price is going down more and more. IF you buy TV now, don’t spend more than $1000 for 46-50 inches. You will be regret soon. I got 46 inches Panasonic last year and was $949 at Costco.

3, Did you gain weight? Yes, I did.
How many party did you have recently? I had 3 or 4 and my weight was 166.6 lb yesterday. I need to fix it. I thought many people gained weight holiday season.
But it is New Year and 2009. We need to lose it. I used to eat croissant with ham and cheese for breakfast but not anymore. I still have croissant but just strawberry jam or cheese only and not everyday. I eat fruits and yogurt again. California orange season is just started. I eat a lot of them. I let you know when my weight is back to normal around 163lb. It takes a week or so.

4, Diet?
So many diet ways were popular in Japan. There were mushroom tea in 1975, banana in 1985, boiled egg in 1988, apple in 1992, red pepper in 1999, mushroom and black vinegar in 2000, yeast of beer in 2002, amino acid in 2003, natural salt in 2004, agar-agar in 2005, cabbage and do zong tea in 2006, natto and cocoa in 2007 and breakfast banana in 2008.
Single item diet is not great because might lose balance of nourishment. If it is so, what do we have to do?
The answer comes from Penn state university’s research. It is effective to eat ..low calorie with little fat.. juicy than cutting down on the food for diet.
These are fruits, vegetables, soup, lean meat and low fat daily products.

5, Domestic tuna was $106,666 at Tokyo market.
Tokyo fish market just opened and had first auction of the year. The highlight was tuna. It was from Ohma, Aomori and about 250 lb blue fin tuna. The price was $416 per lb and whole price was $106,666. Where did this tuna go? It went to high end sushi restaurants in Japan and China. China? Believe or not.

Thank you for your business. 2008 sales was 15% higher than 2007. We are doing good. How about January? So far, so good.