Saturday, December 31, 2011

Soba, we eat this at the end of year.

Yes, this is our tradition, Toshi Koshi Soba, means getting over the year soba.

There are many reasons.
In Japan, we call the last day of the year "Oh-misoka" and typically follow a tradition to eat soba (=Japanese noodle made from buckwheat) and listen to the striking bell at the temple to see the old year out. Each custom is called "Toshikoshi soba" and "Joya no kane", respectively.

Even people who do not eat soba( = Japanese noodle) often are tempted to eat soba during the last days of the year, based on our unique customary thoughts from the ancient times that we cannot finish up the old year without eating soba. There are some reasons why we choose soba and not any other kind of food:

(1)It is thought that soba is a bringer of good luck, family fortunes, and longevity because soba is physically long.

(2) On the contrary, since soba is easy to bite, it is also considered to forget and sever any carryover of hardship and disaster that may have happened during the year.

(3)The third opinion is believed that soba collects fortunes; During the Edo period , a gold and silver craftsmen used balls made of kneaded buckwheat (=soba) to collect splattered gold and silver pieces in the working area, and burned the ball over hibachi (= Japanese heating appliance using charcoal as fuel) to catch residue gold and silver pieces.

While soba maybe a Japanese style fast-food, it seems to have an additional value during the new year period.

By the way, SOBA is  a great food for your health.
Soba Noodles are Gluten Free – People who are allergic to gluten, or who plan to avoid it for health reasons, can rejoice in soba noodles. Buckwheat is actually a fruit seed, rather than a cereal grain like wheat, and is free of gluten, but contains all the essential amino acids (protein), including lysine, which is absent in wheat. Soba noodles can be purchased in dried form, and cooked at home, just like other wheat noodles.

Buckwheat is Good for the Heart – It has been found that buckwheat contains a flavonoid called “Rutin” which helps reduce LDL cholesterol (linked with heart disease conditions) and promotes the generation of HDL cholesterol which improves your cardio health. Buckwheat also helps lower your lipid levels thanks to the activity of rutin.

Soba Noodles are Rich in Magnesium – One of the major minerals found in buckwheat is magnesium. Eating soba noodles can help enrich the magnesium reserves in your body. Magnesium helps improve blood flow by relaxing the blood vessels. It also helps in nutrient delivery by lowering blood pressure. So magnesium in combination with rutin can help improve your cardiovascular health significantly, that really makes soba noodles healthy for you.

Buckwheat helps Control Blood Sugar – It’s been found that the nutrients present in buckwheat can help control your blood sugar and also improve the insulin response of the cells. Hence soba noodles are a healthy alternative, to wheat noodles, for people suffering from diabetes. It has also been found that foods rich in magnesium lower your risk of diabetes by about 24 percent, soba noodles are rich in magnesium and hence can help protect you against conditions like diabetes.

Buckwheat can Help Protect Against Gallstones – Buckwheat is high in insoluble fiber, which makes it a great asset for preventing conditions like gallstones. Insoluble fiber is known to help move food quickly through the intestines, reduce the secretion of bile acids and lower blood fats. High secretions of bile acids is mostly responsible for the formation of gallstones.

Soba Noodles are Not Fattening – Since buckwheat is high in insoluble fiber, it contributes towards reducing the “digestible calories” in the noodles. So soba noodles actually has less digestible calories as compared to rice or wheat noodles. The insoluble fiber present in soba noodles also helps create a feeling of fullness in the stomach which keeps you from being hungry from a good period of time, hence you need consume less food and thus gain less weight.

Soba Noodles are Rich Sources of Thiamine – In ancient Japan, the rich classes used to eat white rice, and rice noodles, while the farmers, or rural population, consumed soba noodles. It was found that the instances of “beri beri” (a skin disease related to deficiency of thiamine) was on the rise among the rich class while it was absent in the rural population. This prompted the rich class to start eating soba noodles, which help prevent the onset of beri beri. Buckwheat is a rich source of thiamine and other essential vitamins like Riboflavin and choline.

Soba noodles are very good for your health and are gluten-free, making it a great alternative to wheat noodles. You can eat soba noodles boiled in a broth or fried with vegetables or meat, it makes for a tasty meal and it’s highly nutritious to boot.

How to make soba from soba flour? Go to below.

Do I like Soba? Very much. I can eat it every day. No question, it is just good and feel healthy and you know I am on diet all the time exceptt Sundays.

We have hot soba, cold soba and soba salad on the menu. Please try one of them.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

A good gift for golfers

This deal is not bad. It is $129.90 and can play 3 diffrent golf courses in Metro Atlanta.
And any time any day are good.
It is from Costco.
I just bought one for try.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Cooking Show and Health Inspection and more

Do you watch Iron Chef on Food Network? What do you think? Too much to show? Over reacting?
If you see them from Health Inspection points, you see some funny things.
Morimoto never used gloves when he cuts fresh fish.
Same as other chefs when they cut fresh meat.
All of chefs never used cap of chef hat. They might drop their hairs on the foods.

I thought when I watched Japanese Iron Chef, Ryori no Tastujin, All chefs used hats. I think it is manners to show viewers. Believe or not, Morimoto used the hat at Japanese version.

At the restaurants, many of executive chefs stand in the kitchen and they work there. Most of them don't use hats.
Why they do not use it? Is this ugly? It does not matter whatever, food safety comes first. We get a few complains about hairs even we wear hats all the times.
I think cooking shows need show the viewers the right information.

By the way, do you watch " Restaurant Impossible". I watch this and always feel something.
What is bad restaurants? Bad food, bad decor and bad services.
 And what is good restaurants? Good food, good decor and good services.
So, making good restaurants are easy, right?
But so many restaurants are bad.

It is same as in Japan. Do you think all sushi restaurants are good in Japan? No, only 10-20% are good. The others are really bad or just OK.
It is impossible all restaurants are good.
I think this is same as all the people of this country cannot be rich. The only 10-20% people can be.
If everybody becomes rich, no one pick up trash, no one work at factories.
So, 10-20% is good numbers. I try to join this 10-20%.

Add Gold accent in the bathroom

This is my holiday's project at restaurant.
I do not stay there all day, I take some off.
This accent is good, isn't it?

Is this tasty?: Trader's Joe Mousse.

My friend gave me this, She likes Trader's Joe products.
They have some Asian influence foods and Japanese people like them.
Is this good? It is not bad.

I feel Tlader's Joe is from California and they make better products than other states, especially sweetness is perfect.

Shiso still grows in winter.

This is unusual. Shiso still grows in winter.
Most of them died in September,
But this one is still growing,
Is this because of global warming?

Friday, December 23, 2011

Kagami Mochi

Displaying kagami Mochi is Japanese New Year Tradition.

Mochi is made from sweet rice, but sugar like sweet. We steam sweet rice and pound and make this.
I displayed after health inspection to avoid another minus point.
I think we can not display naked foods, right?
But we do like this in Japan.

Kagami mochi, literally mirror rice cake, is a traditional Japanese New Year decoration. It usually consists of two or three round mochi (rice cakes), the smaller placed atop the larger, and a daidai (a Japanese bitter orange) with an attached leaf on top. In addition, it may have a sheet of konbu and a skewer of dried persimmons under the mochi. It sits on a stand called a sanpō over a sheet called a shihōbeni , which is supposed to ward off fires from the house for the following years. Sheets of paper called gohei  folded into lightning shapes similar to those seen on sumo wrestler's belts are also attached.

The kagami mochi first appeared in the Muromachi period (14th-16th century). The name kagami ("mirror") is said to have originated from its resemblance to an old-fashioned kind of round copper mirror, which also had a religious significance. The reason for it is not clear. Explanations include mochi being a food for sunny days, the 'spirit' of the rice plant being found in the mochi,and the mochi being a food which gives strength.

The two mochi discs are variously said to symbolize the going and coming years, the human heart,"yin" and "yang", or the moon and the sun. The "daidai", whose name means "generations",is said to symbolize the continuation of a family from generation to generation.

Traditionally the kagami mochi was placed in various locations throughout the house.Nowadays it is usually placed in a household Shinto altar, or kamidana. It has also been placed in the tokonoma, a small decorated alcove in the main room of the home.

Contemporary kagami mochi are often pre-moulded into the shape of stacked discs and sold in plastic packages in the supermarket. A mikan or a plastic imitation daidai is often substituted for the original daidai.

Variations in the shape of kagami mochi are also seen. In some regions, three layered kagami mochi are also used. The three layered kagami mochi are placed on the butsudan or on the kamidana. There is also a variant decoration called an okudokazari placed in the centre of the kitchen or by the window which has three layers of mochi.

It is traditionally broken and eaten in a Shinto ritual called kagami biraki (mirror opening) on the second Saturday or Sunday of January. This is an important ritual in Japanese martial arts dojos. It was first adopted into Japanese martial arts when Jigoro Kano, the founder of judo, adopted it in 1884, and since then the practice has spread to aikido, karate and jujutsu studios

Then, we have to eat kagami mochi on January 11th.
It is called Kagami Biraki.
Kagami Biraki  is a Japanese traditional ceremony which literally translates to "Opening the Mirror" (from an abstinence) or, also, "Breaking of the Mochi." It traditionally falls on January 11 (odd numbers are associated with being good luck in Japan) It refers to the opening of a Kagami mochi, or to the opening of a cask of Sake at a party or ceremony.

We fixed, Health Inspection

The first inspection was December 15th and they came back on 21st.
99 was not bad.
But the biggest point was bare hand contact with ready to use food items, -9.
We fixed 8 items total.
They come once a year. But I ask them every 6 month. Actually they need to come every 6 month but shortage of the budget disturbs this.

Anyway, we are doing well.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Taka Update December 21 2011

Taka Update December 21 , 2011

Fish delivery and more

Bad weather at north east area in US. We could not get flounder for a couple days. But it will come today. And live scallop and clam are not available because of same reason.

Tuna ? There is no hope this year. This is the true story. Let's say they had 100 of big eye tuna before. 40 went to NY, 20 went to and there 5 came to Atlanta. But the total amount of tuna is not much now. Let's say they have 30 of big eye tuna. 20 go to NY, 5 go to LA and we can get less than 1. And the price is high and restaurants owners don't want to buy. We do not want blue fin tuna because of high price. But we can buy big eye tuna.

Which restaurant can buy these kind of good tuna? Taka, Tomo, MF and maybe Nakato. only 4 restaurants can buy. And if they get a large size tuna, they cannot sell all of them. And they do not want to take a risk.

I buy O2 tuna from Philippine and buy farm raised and frozen blue fin oh toro from Australia. This buying will continue for a while.

More Manilow this Spring!

This just in... Barry is headed to St. Louis and Grand Rapids this Spring!

And...BMIFC members can get their tickets on Thursday (before the general public)!

Here are the details:

March 1 and 2 -St. Louis,MO- Fox Theatre

April 26 -Grand Rapids,MI- Van Andel Arena

Drinking good water is good prevention for flu.

Do you know 60% of our body is water? Baby is 80%. small child is 70%. Water in the body is adjusting to the cellular nutrition and elimination, physiological functions are activated, it is important to enhance the immune system.

Compared to adults, children large amounts of water, the chemical reactions in the body is active. In terms of human growth, to become an important period that feed the immune system from birth to 10 years, it is important to good water to drink during this period.

Vitamin E Supplements Increase Incidence of Prostate Cancer

A vitamin E supplement significantly increased the incidence of prostate cancer in healthy men, according to a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The findings are from an updated analysis from the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT)—a study of more than 35,000 relatively healthy men aged 50 or older. SELECT was funded by the National Cancer Institute, NCCAM, and other components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

In the SELECT study, researchers randomly assigned participants into four treatment groups to receive daily doses of selenium (200 micrograms), vitamin E (400 international units [IU]), both selenium and vitamin E, or placebo. The initial study report stated that selenium and vitamin E taken alone or together did not prevent prostate cancer. Because of these findings, in 2008 participants were instructed to discontinue their study supplements. At that time, the researchers also noted that there was a slight increase in prostate cancer incidence in men who took vitamin E. However, the increase was not statistically significant, meaning there was a strong possibility that it could have been due to chance. Since 2008, researchers have continued to monitor the health of the study participants; this update is based on that continued monitoring.

At a median followup of 7 years, the researchers observed that the incidence of prostate cancer was increased by 17 percent in men who received the vitamin E supplement alone compared with those who received placebo. There was no increased incidence of prostate cancer when vitamin E and selenium were taken together.

The researchers noted that a biological explanation for the increased incidence of prostate cancer in the vitamin E group was not apparent from these data, but that the increased incidence became evident only after a longer period of monitoring. According to the researchers, this suggested that effects from these supplements may continue after treatment has ended. They also noted that these findings underscore the need for consumers to be skeptical of health claims in the absence of strong evidence of health benefits from clinical trials.

Holiday Season Oparation.

December 24th Saturday :Open but close at 10pm or before 10pm

December 26th Monday: Close Lunch and Open Dinner

December 25th Sunday :Close

December 31st Saturday :Open but closed at 10pm

January 1st Sunday : Close

January 2nd Monday : Close lunch and open Dinner

Taka sushiandpassion

375 Pharr Rd. Atlanta GA 30305 Reservation 404-869-2802

Monday, December 19, 2011

A gift from my older sister in DC

My American older sister came from DC. She and her husband comes to Atlanta 2 times a year to see their son and daughter in law.

They used to live in Okinawa. I used to call her Okinawa mama.
 But she did not like that I called mother and I changed the way of calling.

They gave me golf shirts this time. She said Obama played this course.
Yes, this is AFB golf course in DC and I cannot play. It opens for DoD ad military related people, federal government workers only.

They know I like playing golf.

Zenzai, our winter dessert

Zenzai? I do not think many Japanese restaurants here in the US serve this.
It is mochi with hot & sweet red bean soup.
Mochi?  It is made from sweet rice and  is steamed, pounded,.
It is very sticky and good match with red bean.

Mochi is a kind of good luck and that is the reason we give this to our regular customers for their happiness of 2012.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Wearing glove to make sushi but,,,.

We had health Department inspection on Thursday.
That was a big minus. I just got a order and made sushi.
She was watching me. And gave us -9 points because of not wearing glove when I made sushi.
I thought Fulton County was OK without glove.
It sounds like national regulation, maybe. It is from FDA order, maybe.

We need to wear glove all the time when we touch raw fish.
But, is it sounds clean? We tried Friday, next day and realized that making sushi with glove is not easy.
Rice stick on glove and can not make right size of nigiri sushi.

Have you seen sushi places like this picture? I see fast food sushi in supermarket.
They do all the time.
I think most of sushi chefs wear glove just for inspection.
Some chefs do not wear cap or hat during making sushi. This posture, I do not agree. hairs might lose from head and might drop on food. I wear cap all the time.

But we do not wear glove when make sushi in Japan. A human being skin is really useful. And I understand sushi is popular food and everybody makes sushi and very dangerous items.

She will come back on Wednesday again. If we wear glove, we pass the inspection.
So, there is no choice. Maybe just wear glove for lunch, this is my solution.
We wash hands all the time and keep clean. We never had accidents.

Think about SEX. Do you wear condom? And which one is better, A: wearing condom or B: naked.
I think 99% of people like naked, And this is same as men and women.
Sushi is same as SEX?, no I do no think so but I just want to say the feeling is important factor to make sushi.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Give me your $40 for the future environment protection.

This is from Seacology.

Coral reefs and tropical rainforests are home to the planet's greatest biodiversity, but are disappearing at an alarming rate. Every acre we save makes a world of difference. Now you can help protect these ecosystems with Seacology's Save an Acre program.

Your gift of $40 will save one acre

For every tax-deductible $40 donation to the Save an Acre program, you can choose to directly support either a coral reef or rainforest conservation area.* You can learn more about the projects your donation will support at our rainforest or coral reef pages.

In a world full of consumer gadgets, Seacology's Save an Acre program is a gift that will last a lifetime. Celebrate any special occasion (birthday, wedding, anniversary, bar or bat mitzvah, or holiday) by protecting a pristine coral reef or tropical rainforest from development and exploitation. Honor your family, friends, or the passing of a loved one with this simple and meaningful gift. Or make your own commitment to protect our natural world.

You or your honoree will receive a personalized card of appreciation with a beautiful color photograph, as well as exclusive information about the location they helped to preserve.

*Ownership of the ecosystems will remain with local indigenous communities. Up to 10% of your gift may be applied to cover costs of the Save an Acre program.

Save an acre now! Go to below and donate $40.
I support this environmental organization. I started this in 2007,maybe.
I donate $500 from Taka Sushi, $50 from my pocket every month.
Thank you for your support and this will be a good gift for our mother, the Earth.

You Tube, A Flying man?

This is great.  I always get this kind of video from friends.
Hey, Tylor I forgot to post condom CM. I will do that this weekend.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Ms. Sandy, my 2nd student

We did cooking class yesterday.
Ms. Sandy is my Wednesday student.
We made bonito & kelp broth, udon soup and tempura sauce.
She would like to do more and we will make gyoza next week.
And Jakie contacted me for making sushi and dumpling.
I think i will take this offer and do it on Tuesday.
Busy Busy Busy, but it's good for me. Knowing new people is fun.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Fish ball from Iwashi

Fresh sashimi is good but we can do like this, too.
We have meat balls, and can make fish balls, too.
I just cut fish and put into a food processor. Minced fish, small bone with some vegetables and pepper, salt can make good fish balls.
We car fry with starch and eat with lemon. Simple is the best and can take calcium naturally.

Shima Aji is back with low price.

It was high price. But it is low price now.
Our fish company asked me to buy it.
Shima Aji, Striped Jack is a group of Aji, Jack fish.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Taka Update December 13th 2011

Taka Update December 13 , 2011

Fish delivery and more

Kona Kanpachi is back. It is available every day.

Tuna supply is almost same last 8 weeks. There is no big eye tuna, yellow fin tuna is available.

Japanese fish delivery is fine. It looks good, we can get all fishes from Japan.

Barry Manilow hospitalized for hip muscle repair

Barry Manilow has been shaking his hips on stage for decades, and now he has to have those muscles repaired.

A spokeswoman for Manilow says the 68-year-old entertainer was hospitalized Monday for surgery to remove fluid and repair torn muscles in his hips.

Manilow waited until he performed his 1,000th Las Vegas concert and ended his seven-year run at two resorts there before having the surgery.

Publicist Annie Jeeves says Manilow will be in recovery for six weeks before performing in Chicago on Feb. 2.

Use of Some Supplements May Be Risky for Older Women

Older women who use some vitamin or dietary supplements may be increasing their risk of death, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine today as part of the journal’s Less is More series.

Use of dietary supplements has grown substantially among women in the United States. About 85% of US women reported use of at least 1 such product in 2004 compared with 66% in 1986, according results from the Iowa Women’s Health Study, a survey of more than 40 000 women aged 55 to 66 years. Additionally, use of multiple supplements has become common, with 27% of women reporting using 4 or more such products in 2004.

The new study, which also analyzed data from the Iowa study, suggests there may be harms associated with some dietary supplements. The study found that several supplements were associated with an increased risk of mortality, including multivitamins (increased absolute risk [IAR] of 2.4%), folic acid (IAR of 5.9%), iron (IAR of 3.9%), and copper (IAR of 18%). It also found that calcium supplementation was associated with a reduced risk of death.

Study author Jaakko Mursu, PhD, of the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio and the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, spoke with JAMA about the study’s results.

news@JAMA: Were you surprised to see an increased risk of death among women using certain supplements?

Dr Mursu: I was a bit surprised to see such a large increase in the risk of mortality, as in most previous studies supplement use has not been associated with increased risk.

news@JAMA: What do you think might be driving an increased risk of death associated with these supplements?

Dr Mursu: We could not address the mechanisms in this study, but it could be related to the fact that most compounds are harmful in high amounts. We doubt that they were driven by behavior, as supplement users tended to have healthier lifestyles.

news@JAMA: You documented a beneficial effect of calcium supplementation. Is there a plausible explanation for such an effect?

Dr Mursu: In previous cohort studies or clinical trials, calcium supplementation has not been found to be beneficial in regard to total or [cardiovascular disease–associated] mortality. We have no good explanation for why, in our study, calcium was related with a reduced risk. We noticed that out of different supplements, calcium use was among the most strongly related with healthy behavior. Another option is that it could be good for bone health and prevented severe fractures. However, we did not address this issue in this study.

news@JAMA: Alternatively, you found an association between iron supplementation and increased mortality, including a dose-dependent response. What might be the mechanism?

Dr Mursu: In some studies, high iron stores have been associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease, although evidence is not consistent. Iron itself could be toxic and increase oxidative stress. In this study, we could not, however, address this issue.

news@JAMA: What do you think is the main take-home message for women and their physicians?

Dr Mursu: We feel that instead of taking supplements, women should put more emphasis on a healthy diet. At the moment, there is a very little evidence that supplement use would protect against major chronic diseases.

Holiday Season Oparation.

December 24th Saturday :Open but close at 10pm

December 26th Monday: Close Lunch and Open Dinner

December 25th Sunday :Close

December 31st Saturday :Open but closed at 10pm

January 1st Sunday : Close

January 2nd Monday : Close lunch and open Dinner

Taka sushiandpassion

375 Pharr Rd. Atlanta GA 30305 Reservation 404-869-2802

Monday, December 12, 2011

Ms. Leigh, a student of my cooking class

This is Leigh, a student of my cooking class.
She asked me to teach Japanese cooking.
So, I decided to teach every day from 5;30pm- 6pm.
We normally do not have many customers and I can do that.

We did bonito and kelp broth, miso soup, tempura sauce, noodle soup for 1st class.

And we did something with miso for 2nd class.
This evening was 3rd class. We did gyoza and rolled cabbage.

I am thinking natto next class.
She bought some Japanese soy sauce, mirin, dashi soy sauce at Buford Hwy Farmers Market.

I am not sure how long we do this but I want to do that at least 10 classes.

She is Monday student. I will get Sandy this Wednesday. She is really new and this Wednesday is the first class.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Women form the Island

My friend went to Hawaii during Thanksgiving holiday.
She gave me this, actually 2012 calendar.
Which girl do you like?
I like March, February and November.

I cannot bring to the restaurant, right?
This is sexsual harrasment?
It is very common in Japan, maybe. We see so many girls calendars in Japan and it is OK.

How to Tonkatsu

Tonkatsu, Crispy fried Pork is very popular dish in Japan. We do at least once a week for lunch special.
I do not say "deep fried", and "crispy fried" is soft and fancy.

Buy pork like a picture and 10-20% cut both side like cross words.
Then, use a kitchen hummer?, mush it like a middle picture.
And apply pepper, salt and apply tempura flour, egg and go to panko.
Just fry about 4 minutes and can make delicious tonkatsu.
Do not forget to buy tonkatsu sauce, Japanese steak sauce. It is good for any kinds of crispy fried dishes.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Make something with Saba

I marine saba with sake, grated garlic and sea salt.
So, what do I make from this?
I make Saba Shalyapin Steak. What is Sharyapin?
This is Japanese cooking.
Sharyapin was opera singer. She came to Japan and ask chef to make soft and chewable steak.
And Japanese chef made it with sauteed onion.
Onion makes beef soft and she could eat easily.
It is popular way of cooking in Japan. But this way is only in Japan.

A grill saba first and cook onion with butter, soy sauce. Then add saba and cook together.
It is simple and tasty.

New Beers from Japan

We have a couple of unique beers.

Indo no Ao Oni, Indian pale ale is very smooth and tasty. This is 7% of alcohol and feels good.

Yona Yona Ale received Gold medal in 2007 Monde Selection. 5.5 % of alcohol is easy drink.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

This is great, from Youtube

My friend sent me this video. It is great and beautiful.

Taka Update December 7th 2011

Taka Update December 07 , 2011

Fish delivery and more

We had a bad weather in Japan last week and could not some fish from there.

Sekiaji, Kodai, Sayori, Iwashi are not available today.

They might come tomorrow delivery.

Japanese fish delivery dates will change from next week. The dates are Tuesday and Thursday so far. But Tuesday and Friday are new dates.

Kona Kanpachi was out of stock. They had a problem with management in Hawaii. But it will comeback from next week.

MY Golf

I played 2 round on Sunday. I was not intended but my fellow asked me and I said "Why not?".

I shot 85 for 1st round and 86 for 2nd round . My games are getting steady like business. Am I happy? Yes, I am. We have 16 people tournament this Sunday with cold weather. Anyway I will play. I normally play 365 days all year unless golf courses are closed.

Holiday Season Oparation.

December 24th Saturday :Open but close at 10pm

December 25th Sunday :Close

December 31st Saturday :Open but closed at 10pm

January 1st Sunday : Close

January 2nd Monday : Open as back to normal

Simple Cooking Class at TAKA with TAKA

Now, I am teaching 2 students in the evening. A new girl starts from this evening.

It is 30minutes simple cooling class. I can take 1 more person and that's it.

Ask me if you would like to know Japanese cooking.

Health Benefits of Black Vinegar

Popular in China and Japan as a health tonic or drink, black rice vinegar is reputed to have an array of health benefits, similar to apple cider vinegar and other vinegars. Black vinegar has a deep color and a full, rich flavor, making it a tasty ingredient for dipping sauces and braised dishes. The vinegar can also be used as a fat- and cholesterol-free alternative to balsamic vinegar. Black rice vinegar is most often made from unpolished rice, millet, wheat or sorghum.

Lisa Solieri and Paolo Giudici, in the book "Vinegars of the World," explain that black rice vinegars have long been used in China and Japan as natural cardiovascular treatments. They say that black vinegar contains acetic acid, an organic acid that might help your body reduce glucose levels. As a result, black vinegar can have a long-term, preventative effect with an array of cardiovascular diseases, including hypertension, atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease and stroke.

Black rice vinegar has been credited with helping to boost a body's energy production and, as a result, benefit a number of body systems. Dr. James Heffley, in the Austin Chronicle article "To Your Health," explains that black vinegar contains high levels of citric acid, which serves as one of your body's key organic acids. Heffley says that citric acid assists with the metabolic processes in which your body converts food into energy. Citric acid, in fact, helps to boost your body's energy production over and above normal levels. Many body systems benefit from the increased energy, including your digestion, immune system and cognitive functions.

Black rice vinegar contains high levels of antioxidants, which might help aid in cancer prevention. Solieri and Giudici explain that black rice vinegar may have the potential to combat the activity of damaging free radicals, which contribute to the development of cancer. They say that vinegar might be able to combat the development of tumors as well.

Cal Orey, in :The Healing Powers of Vinegar: A Complete Guide to Nature's Most Remarkable Remedy," explains that black rice vinegar contains many essential amino acids, which your body uses for everything from repairing muscle tissue to growing your nails. Orey says that the amino acids contained in black vinegar may help to balance your body's pH, both neutralizing lactic acid and alkalizing the blood, as well as to heal everyday ailments ranging from congestion to constipation.

Taka sushiandpassion

375 Pharr Rd. Atlanta GA 30305 Reservation 404-869-2802

Monday, December 5, 2011

Shirako Seaason is also started.

I introduced this last year. Shirako is typical winter dish.
It is not brain, is ovary of Cod.
We eat it in winter.
Taste and texture? It is silky milky tofu.
I ate Blow fish Shirako one time in my life.
That was the best.
It comes every Thursday, try it. Don't be shy.
The picture is fresh one and we do not eat as raw.
We cook it.

Beef tongue stew

It is the season for stew. I make beef tongue stew every year.
Of course, this is not Japanese dish but Japanese people like this.
So why not?

I cooks almost 2 days with red wine and my special tomato sauce.
You will not feel like animal tongue when you eat.
Take your prejudice away, and just try, just do it.
Open your new doors and windows.
And you will see  new world and views.

Salad California

This is Salad California.
I made this for just a little with joke.
Yes, Hotel California and Salad California is similar.
Organic green salad with tofu, fresh tomato, pine nuts, craisin, edamame are great combinations.
We do not sell much but I just want to keep this item on the menu.
I do not think Salad california is available in California.

Avia Toning shoes

I bought toning shoes first time in my life.
I did not want to pay high and waited for a while.
This Avia is $19.99 at Marshalls.
Guess how much is in Japan?
I checked Rakuten webside, the biggest net market in Japan.
It was 12,600 yen, meant about $163???
People come from Japan, they can buy this shoes at $14.40 in the US.

Japan is 3rd largest country (GDP means) but people are still poor because of this kind of crazy prices.The cost of living in Japan is really high.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Taka Update November 29th 2011

Taka Update November 29th , 2011

Fish delivery and more

Sounds like everything is back to normal. We will get Japanese fish delivery today.

Kona Kanpachi is not available because of bad weather in Hawaii.

MY Golf

I played golf 5 days in last 8 days. I was very happy. My dream? Play golf everyday when I retire.

It is very simple dream. The score on last Sunday was 44-44. I never lost money last 8 days, but got only $14. I cannot be a pro.

No More vacation this year.

It is very bad calendar this year, Christmas is Sunday and New Year is also Sunday.

So we do not have any extra day off. We open Christmas Eve, Non-Christian people welcome to TAKA.

Anyway 30% of our customers are Jewish people and they are very nice.

Simple Cooking Class at TAKA

A lady sent me an e-mail for asking cooking class. I sent her back it. We did the first Class on Monday evening. We are not busy at 5:30pm and can do easy one.

I taught her bonito broth, ,miso soup, noodle soup, tempura sauce and tosazu, vinegar soy sauce. We will do with more next Monday.

If you are interested in simple Japanese cooking class, let me know.

NSAIDs in Early Pregnancy Linked to Risk for Miscarriage

This is from Canadian medicine Association Journal.

Use of nonaspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in early pregnancy is linked to twice the risk for miscarriage, according to the results of a nested case-control study reported online September 6 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

"The association between the use of ...NSAIDs during pregnancy and the risk of spontaneous abortion remains unclear because of inconsistent research results and the lack of evidence for an effect due to specific types or dosages of nonaspirin NSAIDs," write Hamid Reza Nakhai-Pour, MD, PhD, from the University of Montreal and CHU Ste-Justine in Quebec, Canada, and colleagues. "We aimed to quantify the association between having a spontaneous abortion and types and dosages of nonaspirin NSAIDs in a cohort of pregnant women."

Case patients consisted of 4705 women who were identified from the Quebec Pregnancy Registry and who had a spontaneous abortion. For each case patient, the investigators randomly selected 10 control participants from other women in the registry, matching by index date, defined as the date of the spontaneous abortion, and by gestational age. Case patients and control participants were compared in use of nonaspirin NSAIDs, as reflected in filled prescriptions. The investigators analyzed associations between different types and dosages of nonaspirin NSAIDs and spontaneous abortion using conditional logistic regression, with adjustment for confounding variables.

Of the 4705 patients with spontaneous abortion, 352 (7.5%) had NSAID exposure, as did 1213 (2.6%) of 47,050 control participants. The use of nonaspirin NSAIDs during pregnancy was significantly associated with the risk for spontaneous abortion, after adjustment for potential confounders. There was no apparent dose-response effect.

The odds ratio (OR) for spontaneous abortion was 2.43 with any NSAID (95% confidence interval [CI], 2.12 - 2.79), 3.09 with diclofenac (95% CI, 1.96 - 4.87), 2.64 with naproxen (OR, 95% CI, 2.13 - 3.28), 2.21 with celecoxib (95% CI, 1.42 - 3.45), 2.19 with ibuprofen (95% CI, 1.61 - 2.96), 1.83 with rofecoxib (95% CI, 1.24 - 2.70) alone, and 2.64 for combinations of these NSAIDs (95% CI, 1.59 - 4.39).

"Gestational exposure to any type or dosage of nonaspirin NSAIDs may increase the risk of spontaneous abortion," the study authors write.

Limitations of this study include the lack of data on exposure to over-the-counter formulations of nonaspirin NSAIDs during pregnancy, and lack of information on the indications for which nonaspirin NSAIDs were used and on covariables such as smoking and body mass index. In addition, the investigators could not exclude the possibility of chance findings for 5.0% of the statistically significant associations because of the number of comparisons, and the study population covered only 36% of pregnant women in Quebec.

"Given that the use of nonaspirin NSAIDs during early pregnancy has been shown to increase the risk of major congenital malformations and that our results suggest a class effect on the risk of clinically detected spontaneous abortion, nonaspirin NSAIDs should be used with caution during pregnancy," the study authors conclude. "Future research should focus on determining exact mechanisms of action."

The Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec and the Réseau Québécois de recherche sur l'usage des médicaments supported this study. The study authors have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Are you too clean?

This is from U .S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Good hygiene has saved millions of lives, protecting people from countless bacterial and viral infections, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But there is growing concern that strict adherence to good hygiene, though a valuable means of protecting health, has left humans open to other forms of illness.

Proponents of the "hygiene hypothesis" believe that reduced exposure to bacteria, viruses and parasites have impaired the immune system's ability to properly respond to environmental challenges.

Researchers have identified the hygiene hypothesis as a possible cause or exacerbating factor in a number of illnesses and medical problems, said Dr. Graham A.W. Rook, a professor in the department of infection at Centre for Clinical Microbiology at the University College London. These include:

Severe allergic reactions.

Gastrointestinal disorders, such as inflammatory bowel disease and Crohn's disease.

Autoimmune disorders, such as type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis.

"The evidence for all this is very, very powerful," Rook said. "It's very easy to show if you live on a farm or keep a dog, you're less likely to have these disorders. If you are the youngest child in a big family, you're less likely to have these disorders."

The hygiene hypothesis has its roots in the theory of evolution, he said.

"The bottom line is organisms that were present in mud, untreated water and feces were with us right from the start of humanity," Rook explained. Proponents of the hygiene hypothesis believe that the human body adapted to these organisms and began using them as a means of training the immune system.

"What has happened over the course of evolution is, because these bugs had to be tolerated, they came to activate the tolerance of the immune system," Rook said. "They are the police force that keeps the immune system from becoming trigger-happy. Basically, the immune system is now attacking things it shouldn't be attacking."

Dr. Mitchell H. Grayson, an associate professor of pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, said that the hygiene hypothesis is most strongly linked to an increase in allergic diseases and asthma.

"It's thought to have something to do with the way your immune system develops and is programmed," Grayson said. Bacteria in the environment teach an immune response to allergens that is more moderate and less severe. "In the absence of these bacteria, the immune system is thought to become more prone to allergic disease," he said.

Rook said that other researchers have used the hygiene hypothesis to show that parasitic infections can aid in the treatment of such conditions as multiple sclerosis and Crohn's disease.

Argentinean researchers, for instance, have shown that the presence of intestinal parasites can moderate the progression of multiple sclerosis. Follow-up studies indicated that, when people were treated for their parasitic infection, they had a relapse of MS.

A research team at the University of Iowa found similar results related to Crohn's disease, showing that intestinal parasites helped regulate the autoimmune reaction that causes the intestinal disorder. On the flip side, such revelations carry risks. Doctors are concerned that some might use the hygiene hypothesis as an excuse to abandon good hygiene, causing a surge in diseases such as dysentery and cholera.

"Public health and sanitation has been the single greatest improvement in our life expectancy," Grayson said. "I would not recommend living less cleanly."

On the other hand, tolerance of a little dirt here and there won't hurt.

"If your kids come back from the garden with a little mud on their hands, it's not a bad thing," Rook said. "They don't necessarily have to wash their hands before picking up a sandwich."

In general, though, it's wise to maintain good overall hygiene, he said, and wait for the scientists to figure all this out. Larger studies are underway to determine the exact mechanism by which bacteria and parasites are causing the immune system to moderate its response, Rook said.

"We need to figure out how to replace what is good from the microbiological environment while maintaining the advances of good hygiene so we can get the best of both worlds," Rook said.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

New wall painting for holidays

I just finished new wall painting for holidays.
Gold, red and green show holiday color, right?
 And sparkling wines are good matching.

Friday, November 25, 2011

I cooked this on Thanksgiving.

We are Japanese and we do not eat turkey.
So we decide to eat beef.

I bought block of prime rib eye at Costco.
Then, I cu it 4 inches and apply sea salt, rosemary, pepper, spices.
Then I left 1 night.
Cooking is most important.
350F for 14 minutes,
300F for 40 minutes, then up side down
another 300F for 40 minutes.
That's it. Slice and eat with no adding like soy sauce, Al.
It was delicious.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Kimnedai from Choshi-ko

This is kinme-dai and from Choshi.
Where is Choshi?
It is in Chiba near by Narita Tokyo Airport and faces to Pacific Ocean,
It is located just south of Fukushima.
We could not get any fish from those area for a while because of contaminated water went into the ocean.
And more than 6 months passed and they said OK?

Yeah, I think it is OK because contaminated water is very very thin now. But I still do not like to deal with this kind of fish.


 I like sashimi. I did not eat much sushi when I was child.
I was born at coast area and seafood is just like everyday dish.
We did not buy much fish, someone always gave us when they caught.
And simple is the best, means wasabi and soy sauce.
I can eat sashimi every day but cannot eat steak every day.

Rolled Cabbage

  I like this kind of food in winter.
We are Japanese restaurant but so what?
I do OX tail soup, curry rice, lamb chop.
It is easy to make.
Ground beef and some chopped vegetables like onion, carrot, gobo.
Then, rolled with cabbage and cook it. Add tomato sauce and ready to eat.
 I also make tomato sauce. I cannot eat American tomato sauce on shelves in supermarkets.
What are they thinking of taste? They are not tasty.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Taka Update November 9th 2011

Taka Update November 9sh , 2011

Fish delivery and more

We have very good condition except tuna.

Business in November is not bad, but it will be slow on Thursday night because of GA tech home game.

I feel like giving up good tuna for a while. Our supplier said they did not have much frozen tuna. The reason of shortage are coming from FDA inspection and more.\

We see more easy on the land but we do not see much under the ocean. But so many things happen there because of global warming.

Closed Information

We will be closed from November 20th to 24th (Sunday- Thursday). I was thinking to fly to Japan but canceled it.
And I wanted to go to SC beach but canceled it.
So I decided to stay in town and play golf. 2 of my friends family will come from Japan and they would love to play golf.
Do you know why? Golf fee is very cheap here in GA.
Black Friday? Oh no, I will be in bed. I never joined this kind of crazy event. I like Marshalls but I am not bargain hunter. I hate to make lines. Target and Macy will be opened the door at midnight on 25th.

My golf game is getting better but almost same as business. It is very very up and down. I shot 38 front 9 but shot 52 back 9 last Sunday. Our business is sometimes very good but sometimes dead. We will have 80 people competition this Sunday. This is Japanese chamber of commerce final cup. I will see my score. I practice more this week and need to get confident mind.

Buy the way, stock market is also up and down. It's been bad for a while because of Greek issue. And we saw some future and was up. I thought it would be fine. But Italian bond rate suddenly up to 7.13% last night. They say more than 7% is red signal. So, today's market will be very bad. Dow will be down more than 200-250 points today.

Sounds like ever thing is up and down. So, what we have to do? Prepare for the future. Be nice and have a happy life. Do not expect big, ordinary life is better than bad. This must be the best.

Girls With No Father at Home Undergo Sexual Development Sooner, Study Finds

Sexual development is more likely to occur earlier when a girl’s father doesn’t live in the home, but only in higher-income families, according to new study findings reported by a research team led by scientists from the University of California and Kaiser Permanente Northern California.

The overall aim of their ongoing study is to identify factors that contribute to the onset of puberty in young girls. The possible contributors to early sexual development that are under investigation include not only exposure to chemicals in the environment, but also dietary and even behavioral and social factors.

The study, called the Cohort study of Young Girls’ Nutrition, Environment and Transitions, or CYGNET, has enrolled 444 girls, aged six to eight, and will track their development, lifestyle factors and environmental exposures for at least 10 years. This latest finding, reported on Sept. 17 in the Journal of Adolescent Heath, is based on the analysis of the first two years of data.

The research is part of a broader program undertaken by a consortium called the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Center (BCERC), which is funded primarily by the National Institutes of Health.

Consortium researchers last year helped bolster earlier scientific evidence indicating that girls now are undergoing sexual development sooner compared to girls in prior decades. Early sexual development – more specifically, early age of first menstruation – is associated with an increased risk for developing breast cancer later in life.

BCERC research findings also have bolstered evidence that girls who are overweight or obese are likely to develop sexually at an earlier age.

The link between family factors, including a father’s absence, and a girl’s sexual development also has been observed in previous epidemiological studies and in animal studies, according to the leading author of the report, Julianna Deardorff, PhD, an assistant professor of maternal and child health at UC Berkeley and an adjunct assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UCSF.

However, Deardorff notes, the new study is the first to separate out the effect of a father’s absence from the influence of body mass index (BMI), confirming that the influence of having an absent father remains as an independent factor after taking a girl’s weight into account. Researchers had earlier speculated that the absence of a father might plausibly lead to a less stable home environment, or to less attention at home, which in turn might lead to stress-related overeating. However, BMI did not act as a causal mechanism.

“A strength of our study is in the ongoing monitoring of breast and pubic hair development in the clinic as it relates to other information we have been collecting related to social environment and behaviors,” Deardorff says.

The association between a father’s absence and early sexual development was only statistically significant in families earning $50,000 yearly or more.

Why would the absence of a father independently hasten a girl’s sexual development, and why would the effect only appear significant in higher-income families? There are several ideas that may be worth investigating further, according to Deardorff.

University of London researcher Jay Belsky, PhD, has proposed that mammals have evolved to mature and reproduce early in the absence of optimal parental protection. If parents cannot be present or attentive, individuals may be more likely to live long enough to pass on their genes if they form their own families early. The presence of a father may exert an influence through molecules called pheromones that signal via olfactory glands.

Deardorff notes that the effect of an absent father on girls’ sexual development might relate more directly to added pressure on single mothers to work and provide for their families, which increases the stress level in the home and potentially takes away from parent-child interaction.

The association with higher income may be due to mothers also being less available in these families due to increased work hours, Deardorff suggests. Girls in lower-income families might also be more likely to be closer to other relatives or to rely on alternative caregivers.

In addition, in related animal studies it has been observed that exposure to artificial light causes earlier sexual maturation. In higher-income families girls may be spending more time in front of computers or television screens, Deardorff suggests.

The causal pathway for the new results essentially remains unexplained, she adds. Deardorff is interested in learning whether the observed associations are more directly due to stress.

“Until now, we have not examined data related to other interesting family factors, such as maternal depression, other stressful events, and biological stress mechanisms,” she says.

Deardorff and her colleagues plan to investigate stress levels and girls’ responses to stress in another long-term study of young children.

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Maguro Nuta, new version

I like thi skind of design.
It is colorful and looks good.
Nuta is same as sumiso which is miso vinegar mustard.
But I add kizami wasabi, chopped wasabi from Japan.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

163.8 but still over weight.

It took 2 week to make this weight.
It was from 186.8 lbs.
I ate California Roll for lunch and got ice cream for snack. It was busy afternoon and no time to eat. I grabbed an ice cream bar and ate in my car.
I ate green salad and a banana for dinner. I drunk 1 bottle of light beer after I got home.
It was 154.0 yesterday morning.
I am looking for 160.00 lbs in another 2 weeks.

I go out tomorrow night with friends.So, I drink wine and some heavy food, maybe.

Why I say so much do diet? I feel we just need to keep same weight all the time. " I gain weight because I am old." This is not excuse.
Just think, our to legs need to hold upper body everyday. If we gain weight, our leg's burden get higher and higher. And it goes to knees, maybe. Then we get troubles there eventually.
I see so many over weight old people and have troubles to walk or run. I don't want to be like those people.

I checked Japanese version of weight watcher. I put my data, height 175cm and my proper weight is only 66.6kg, 146.8 lbs.
They say plus minus 5 kg is OK, so I can say 157.9 lbs is still fine. So, my goal 160 lbs is good number.

You can check your proper weight here.

I just checked and almost same. My height is 5.74ft and if I say medium, my proper weight is maximum 157 lbs.
So I am fat and overweight, anyway.
Life in America is good but there are so many temptations around here. We have to watch them.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Hirame Special

Simple Sashimi Appetizer is the best.
I do not know why this dish sells very well.
Sliced flounder and crawfish salad with shiso leaf and Yuzu pepper, sliced grape tomato, served with ponzu sauce.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Is this good?: Korean Black vinegar

Black Vinegar, have you heard of it?
It is getting popular in Japan.
Regular vinegar contains about 0.5% of amino acid but black vinegar does 2%.
So, black vinegar is healthier than regular vinegar.
Can you drink vinegar?  Many people say "Hell No."
I hate to drink it. Why do I have to drink sour vinegar?
But this black vinegar is made from brown rice and prune. And the taste is sweeter than other black vinegar.
We normally don't drink straight. We normally do 1:1 with water or 1:2.
The effect of black vinegar is below.
1, Good for high blood pressure
2, Make your blood clean
3, Antioxidant
4, Good prevention of colorectal cancer

Not bad? You can try it. You can buy at Buford Hwy, Farmers Market. I think you normally buy just vegetables and fruits there. Go to Asian grocery place and find something fun foods.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Tomato Soup

I made this OX tail broth tomato and vegetables soup for my friends on Sunday.
I started to cook on Thursday. I repeated cook and rest for 4 times to get meat soft.
So, Ox tail meat came off very easily and it was tender.
I like this kind of dish in winter. It is warm and can get all good things one time.
I normally use garlic, celery, onion, zucchini, cabbage, tomato and cabbage,
Adding taste is very simple, I use pepper, salt, soy sauce and my special tomato sauce.
And I add red wine.
I brought this left over pot to the restaurant and add more vegetables and extra garlic.
One of my customers is sick for a while. I normally give him OX tail healthy body soup. he had 2 times already and thought it was boring. So I will give him this special soup next time.
OX tail contains a lot of collagen. garlic is good for body, Tomato is also good, And eating warm vegetables are really good, I think.

Taka Update

Taka Update November 1st , 2011

Fish delivery and more

This is a good surprise. We will get blue fin tuna on Tuesday. It will be the best Sushi Day.

I think this blue fin tuna is the first one of this year and also the last one, maybe.

All other Japanese fishes are coming tomorrow.

Occupy Taka on Tuesday.

World Population

The world population has grown tremendously over the past two thousand years. In 1999, the world population passed the 6 billion mark. And at the end of October, we hit 7 billion. It will be 8 billion in 2025, 9 billion in 2043 and 10 billion in 2083.

The biggest population is China (1.354 billion) and 2nd is India (1.214 billion) , 3rd is US (318million), 4th is Indonesia (233 million), 5th is Brazil (195 million), 6th is Pakistan (185 million), 7th is Bangladesh (164 million), 8th is Nigeria (158 million), 9th is Russia (140 million) and 10th is Japan(127 million).

The biggest number of animal in the world is ant and about 10,000 trillion. Believe or not, we eat 52 billions of chicken, 293 million of cow, and 1.3 million of pork every year.

Fathers' Presence Linked to Enhanced Intellect, Well-Being Among Children

Fathers who actively engage in raising their children can help make their offspring smarter and better behaved, according to new research from Concordia University.

Published in the Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, the long-term study examined how fathers can positively influence the development of their kids through hands-on parenting.

"Fathers make important contributions in the development of their children's behaviour and intelligence," says Erin Pougnet, a PhD candidate in the Concordia University Department of Psychology and a member of the Centre for Research in Human Development (CRDH).

"Compared with other children with absentee dads, kids whose fathers were active parents in early and middle childhood had fewer behaviour problems and higher intellectual abilities as they grew older -- even among socio-economically at-risk families."

A patriarch's influence

"Regardless of whether fathers lived with their children, their ability to set appropriate limits and structure their children's behaviour positively influenced problem-solving and decreased emotional problems, such as sadness, social withdrawal and anxiety," continues Pougnet.

A total of 138 children and their parents took part in the study and were assessed by researchers in three separate sessions.

Kids were evaluated between the ages of three- to five-years-old and again from nine to 13-years-old. They completed intelligence tests, while their mothers completed questionnaires on home environment and couple conflict. All children were recruited as part of the larger Concordia Longitudinal Risk Research Project, an intergenerational study launched in 1976.

School teachers were also recruited as observers of child behaviours outside homes. "Teachers were a somewhat more independent source of information than mothers, fathers or children themselves," says Pougnet, "because a father's absence can result in home conflict, maternal distress and child distress."

Greater impact on girls

The study found girls to be most affected by absentee dads, although the researchers caution that paternal absence can foster other problems such as lack of support or discipline.

"Girls whose fathers were absent during their middle childhood had significantly higher levels of emotional problems at school than girls whose fathers were present," says Pougnet.

Mothers, caregivers equally important

According to 2007 Statistics Canada figures, there are an increasing number of single-parent homes across the country. The agency estimates some 13 per cent of Canadian families and 22 per cent of Quebec families are composed of households where biological fathers are absent.

"While our study examined the important role dads play in the development of their children, kids don't necessarily do poorly without their fathers," stresses co-author Lisa A. Serbin, a professor in the Concordia Department of Psychology and a CRDH member. "Mothers and other caregivers are also important. No doubt fathers have a major impact, but there are definitely many alternative ways to raise a healthy child. Some kids with no contact with fathers, or with distant dads, do well intellectually and emotionally."

The findings, however, should encourage governments to formulate policies that encourage increased and positive forms of contact between children and their fathers. "Initiatives such as parental leave for men and parenting classes that emphasize the role of fathers could help to maximize children's development from early childhood to preadolescence," says Serbin.

This work was supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Oden , Must try!

Oden, Japanese hot pot.
We like this food but Americans don't like much.
I think because of color of food. And our customer prefer fish dishes to meat dishes.
But this food is good in winter.
We have a few ode favorite people.
I do not make this weekend. Just imagine cold days and this food.

Oden is a Japanese one-pot dish in which ingredients are slowly simmered in soy sauce based soup. It's a typical Japanese winter dish. Try making oden at home, using your favorite ingredients. This is from Allabout.

Salmon Tartar

Same as NOBU? Don't say that.
I arranged my way.
I do not make same dish as someone does.
I learn from them but I do like make same dishes.
I do more tartars on the menu, Tuna tartar, Salmon tartar, Hamachi tartar and Blue shrimp tartar.


Diet is not easy. I have been eating salad for 6 days and made this number.
I am looking for 160 which is my best weight.
I was 170.08 a month ago and decided to lose weight.
Gaining weight is easy, just eat.
But losing weight is not easy, need to weight but good one.

Taka's Update October 27th 2011

Taka Update October 27th, 2011

Fish delivery and more

Tuna situation is same as usual. I received big eye tuna but just red meat only.

Other fish are pretty good. I have Kona Knapachi for this weekend. But there is no Seki-Aji. I am not sure for today's delivery.

I have some new appetizers now. There are Salmon Tartar with Wasabi Soy sauce, Kona Kanpachi Carpaccio and more.

Business is very tough this month. It is just like a roller coaster every day. This Monday was terrible night but Tuesday was good. The last night was slow again but OK. So, tonight will be busy hopefully.

The good thing is EU issue has some gains and stock is going up gradually.

US has 2 big issues, housing price and unemployment.

U.S. gross domestic product expanded at a 2.5 percent annual rate in the third quarter, the Commerce Department said in its first estimate on Thursday. That was a big acceleration from the 1.3 percent pace in the April-June quarter and matched economists' expectations.

The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment benefits declined 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 402,000. That's the fourth drop in six weeks. Still, the four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose to 405,500. The average had fallen to a six-month low two weeks ago. Despite the recent declines, applications are stuck above 400,000, where they have been for all but two weeks since March. Applications need to fall consistently below 375,000 to signal sustainable job growth. That was from CNBC.

I am not an economist but good numbers makes everybody happy, that I know.

Occupy TAKA.

Yes, this is our tradition. November 1st is SUSHI DAY in Japan. And I give our customers good deals.

I can give you a 30% of coupon from your bill on that day. This is One Day Special offer.

If you are interested in this event, please make your seat right now.

Let's celebrate Sushi Day! and Occupy TAKA.

Closed Information

We will be closed the business from November 20th to November 27th. This is Sunday - Sunday.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sashimi with Uni

 Our regular customers asked me for making sashimi with uni.
This dish is for 4 people.
Uni with flounder
Uni with live scallop
Uni with sweet shrimp
Uni with calamari
Uni with toro, sounds good?

 I also made Yaki uni, toasted uni with portabella mushroom, mirugai and crab meat.

 I personally like to make special orders.
I also like to make Omakase when business is slow.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Diet Salad, must try!

This is my diet salad.
I have been eating this salad for lunch and dinner for 4 day.
 My weight was not bad. It was 166.2 lbs. It was 168.00 lbs a week ago.,
My goal is 160 lbs.
160lbs. is the best and top limit it 165lbs.
This salad is very simple.
I add edamame and celery on top of green salad.
Am I hungry? No, I do not think so.
I sometimes add boiled asparagus.
It is fun to see the weight every morning.
Why do I have to lose weight? It is because I am over weight.
It is easy to gain weight Holiday season. I need to lose weight before Holiday,

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

This tuna is not bad.

I received this big eye tuna today.
I did not expected much because of last week's situation.
And this is almost same size as last time, around 15lbs. for 1/4 size.
But this tun has fat, toro even the size is small.
I try to get same one for weekend but not any more.
You can eat this next 2-3 days.
To be honest, I do not sell much blue fin oh toro.
This wild caught fresh big eye tuna is better and can sell low price.

Kona Kanpachi, Long time no see.

I did not remember when was the last time we sold kona kanpachi, young yellow tail.
This fish comes form Kona, Hawaii but there were some business trouble of something, we could not get for a while.
Our customers loved this fish and I made a lots of carpaccio with this fish.
But it came back now and available.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Taka Update October 18th, 2011

Fish delivery and more

We received Japanese fish this morning. There were no Seki Aji. It is hard to get wild caught fish every time. It depends on weather, I think this is a big factor.

I am thinking of tuna but there is no hope for a while.

I posted a picture of big eye tuna last week, there was no toro at all because of baby tuna.

Closed Information

We will be closed the business from November 20th to November 27th. This is Sunday - Sunday.


Do you like Japanese culture? Do you like free? Please join these events.

The Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta will be hosting two free art workshops at its offices on November 9 and 16. The workshops are free and open to the public, but they will be limited to 20 guests each. RSVP is required, so please either reply to this email or call (404) 926-3021 to reserve a space!

Our office is located a t:One Alliance Center,

16th Floor 3500 Lenox Road, Atlanta GA 30326

1)November 9th 12pm-1pm Ikebana, The Japanese Art of Flower Arranging
As one of the traditional arts of Japan, ikebana has developed a symbolic language as well as decorative concepts, and the use of natural, ephemeral flowers and branches makes the dimension of time an integral part of the creation. In its 500-year history, there have been a wide range of forms, from modest pieces for home decoration to vast landscapes and innovative sculptural works that can fill an entire exhibition hall.

2)November 16th 12pm-1pm Chigirie, Japanese Torn-Paper Collage
Chigiri-e is a technique using colored paper torn to create images (which often give an effect of water color). The technique dates from the Heian period of Japanese history when it was often used in conjunction with calligraphy. Chigiri-e has become a popular art form, and its use in Japan is often decorative, using flowers and landscapes as subject matter.

About the Workshop Leader: Elaine Jo is a flower arranging teacher, demonstrator, and exhibitor of the Ichiyo School of Ikebana. She lived in Tokyo, Japan, for 25 years and received her Master Degree from the Ichiyo School of Ikebana during that period

Sushi Day is coming soon.

Yes, this is our tradition. November 1st is SUSHI DAY in Japan. And I give our customers good deals.

I can give you a 30% of coupon from your bill on that day. This is One Day Special offer.

If you are interested in this event, please make your seat right now.

Let's celebrate Sushi Day!

Taka sushiandpassion

375 Pharr Rd. Atlanta GA 30305 Reservation 404-869-2802

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Value of my used car

I was selling my Camry Hybrid but no one bought so far.
I already ordered a new car and need to sell this car.

I asked Hennessy Lexus through e-mail. Their answer was $13,000.
It was too low to sell.
So, I posted and I got scam.
Then, I posted Craig's List.
I had some questions and that's it.
The last person asked me about rear view camera and navigation.
Just buy a navigation, it is only $100 right now.
Rear view camera? What does he expect less than $20,000 car?
They expect really high standard and don't want to pay much. I think they are cheap people.
I went to Car max last Saturday. Car Max judged my car very fair. The appraisal price was $15500.
So, I decide to sell my car to Car Max.
My final price on the market was $17000. I think Car max sells my car around $19000.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

What is this???

I did not buy this.
Someone gave me this.
What is this?
Halloween Cookie???
Oh my God!
What is this colors???

I tried to give this cookie to employees. They said, NO.
And I tried to give this to next door, Sprong shoe store.
They said NO.
So, I need to dump this.

I am not happy with this tuna.

Our supplier had a big eye tuna and I bought.
You can see there is not toro, chu-toro.
This is just a small tuna and sorry for catching it.
Sounds like all this weekend is same, means no big eye tuna is available.