Taka’s Update February 09 2009
This week Fish
I got big eye tuna on last Friday but was not great for toro. I just called our supplier and still negative answer. All other fish are fine, no problem.
February 19th Thursday
Happy birthday TAKA. Yes, we opened February 19th 2002. 7 years anniversary is coming very soon. This day is going to be a customers appreciation day. We offer 7cents beer, sake and edamame. 7 dollars wines by the bottle are also available. Thank you so much for your royalty and support. We are doing well. January sales was 256% higher than last year. Please make your reservation asap. You can send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
A:In Japan, you are what your blood type is.
This is from AP. In Japan, "What's your type?" is much more than small talk; it can be a paramount question in everything from matchmaking to getting a job.
By type, the Japanese mean blood type, and no amount of scientific debunking can kill a widely held notion that blood tells all.
In the year just ended, four of Japan's top 10 best-sellers were about how blood type determines personality, according to Japan's largest book distributor, Tohan Co. The books' publisher, Bungeisha, says the series — one each for types B, O, A, and AB — has combined sales of well over 5 million copies.
Taku Kabeya, chief editor at Bungeisha, thinks the appeal comes from having one's self-image confirmed; readers discover the definition of their blood type and "It's like 'Yes, that's me!'"
As defined by the books, type As are sensitive perfectionists but overanxious; Type Bs are cheerful but eccentric and selfish; Os are curious, generous but stubborn; and ABs are arty but mysterious and unpredictable.
All that may sound like a horoscope, but the public doesn't seem to care.
Even Prime Minister Taro Aso seems to consider it important enough to reveal in his official profile on the Web. He's an A. His rival, opposition leader Ichiro Ozawa, is a B.
Nowadays blood type features in a Nintendo DS game and on "lucky bags" of women's accessories tailored to blood type and sold at Tokyo's Printemps department store. A TV network is set to broadcast a comedy about women seeking husbands according to blood type.
It doesn't stop there.
Matchmaking agencies provide blood-type compatibility tests, and some companies make decisions about assignments based on employees' blood types.
Children at some kindergartens are divided up by blood type, and the women's softball team that won gold at the Beijing Olympics used the theory to customize each player's training.
Not all see the craze as harmless fun, and the Japanese now have a term, "bura-hara," meaning blood-type harassment.
And, despite repeated warnings, many employers continue to ask blood types at job interviews, said Junichi Wadayama, an official at the Health, Welfare and Labor Ministry.
"It's so widespread that most people, even company officials, are not aware that asking blood types could lead to discrimination," Wadayama said.
Blood types, determined by the proteins in the blood, have nothing to do with personality, said Satoru Kikuchi, associate professor of psychology at Shinshu University.
"It's simply sham science," he said. "The idea encourages people to judge others by the blood types, without trying to understand them as human beings. It's like racism."
This use of blood-typing has unsavory roots.
The theory was imported from Nazi race ideologues and adopted by Japan's militarist government in the 1930s to breed better soldiers. The idea was scrapped years later and the craze faded.
It resurfaced in the 1970s, however, as Masahiko Nomi, an advocate with no medical background, gave the theory mass appeal. His son, Toshitaka, now promotes it through a private group, the Human Science ABO Center, saying it's not intended to rank or judge people but to smooth relationships and help make the best of one's talents.
The books tend to stop short of blood-type determinism, suggesting instead that while blood type creates personality tendencies, it's hardly definitive.
"Good job, you're done. So how do you feel about the results?" one blood type manual asks on its closing page. "Your type, after all, is what you decide you are."
I am B type and good for artistic things and good for living overseas, easy going type. Do I look like this?
B: Do you know Acai Berry?
I just found this at Costco. Acai berry is magical fruits from Amazon. I think Oprah introduced this in 2005 and the boom came to US. I just didn’t know at all. There are more then 127 companies selling Acai Berry online! One of online site tested all of them, learn which really work. After completing their six month acai berry product test they've concluded that many acai berry products have a very low percentage of the most important ingredient - the acai berry. Many products they tested failed to provide the true acai berry benefits (weight loss, energy, detox, cleansing, etc.) while others worked amazingly as they should. If you are looking for supplement, acaiberryselect is the best. You can google this. I am Ok with Costco’s drink. I trust them.
If you want to know about Acai berry, go to http://www.bomdia.com/. And click nutrients of Acai. This is a great fruit and I will drink everyday to keep young and healthy.
I like all bolthouse drinks. Carrot juice is great and easy to drink.
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