Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Picture was gone.

Who stole the picture of Matt Kuchar?
This is my restaurant Men's Bathroom.
We found yesterday morning.
This is a part of United states of America. But this is the first time at my place.
I need to ask him to get another picture.

Weekend forecast?
I don't send newsletter this week. We get Japanese fish today.
Don't expect tuna. Hurricane Issac messed up it already.
And Labor Day is coming, It is hard to get good tuna this weekend and next week.
Japanese fish is coming on Thursday only next week.
I advise staying away from sushi from Monday- Wednesday next week.
So I decided to close the business Sunday- Tuesday.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Taka Update August 22, 2012

 Taka Update August 22, 2012

 Fish delivery and more

Good news for you! Uni is available right now. We received on Monday and yesterday. But a pack is available now.
Tuna supply is very good. I can get new tuna today with good toro. We had an offer of Blue fine tuna on Monday but I did not buy it. I know I cannot get good blue fin tuna in Atlanta.
So I stuck with good quality of big eye tuna. Japanese fish is coming tomorrow as usual.

 Weight Control and Golf
Forget about this. Japan Fest is coming in September and I am very busy. I will skip golf for a while. I might play but it is for exercise, not serious.
Japan Fest is held on September 15-16th at Gwinnett convention center.

Do you know what's in your popcorn?

It's hard to imagine how a product largely comprised of corn can be so detrimental to health. Corn, in its organic state, is a high fiber grain and a good source of folic acid, vitamin C, and niacin (vitamin B3). And freshly made popcorn from organic corn kernels has been popular for many generations as a delicious, natural, healthy snack. However, the commercial microwavable version is fundamentally different, neither natural nor healthy, as it comes with a cocktail of toxins implicated in several health issues including Alzheimer's, respiratory and lung disease, and chronic kidney disease to name a few.
The convenience, ease of preparation and intoxicating aroma are three reasons to make microwave popcorn, but here are three great reasons why you should not:
Butter flavoring in microwave popcorn causes disease
Diacetyl (DA) is a chemical used in microwavable popcorn that gives the product its distinctive flavor and aroma. A study published August 1, 2012 in the ACS journal of Chemical Research in Toxicology indicates that DA increased the level of clumping of beta-amyloid protein in the brain. This clumping is a hallmark indicator of Alzheimer's. DA also damages nerve cells, as this study warned of severe neurological toxicity in cases of overexposure to this chemical. Even products claiming to avoid DA are using similar artificial butter flavorings that unfortunately are other forms of diacetyl.
Non-stick lining of bags is a liver and immune system toxicant
PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic acid) is a synthetic chemical applied to the lining of microwave popcorn bags where its application prevents interaction with liquids or fats, creating the non-stick surface on the lining of the bags. It is a known carcinogen and toxicant for animals and humans, and remains in the environment indefinitely. Elevated cholesterol, chronic kidney issues, and respiratory problems like asthma and lung disease are some of the health issues associated with PFOA. For microwave popcorn users, studies indicate that 20 percent of the PFOA in their blood comes from the popcorn consumed. Once popped, 80 percent of the toxic fumes from PFOA and DA are emitted at the time of opening the bag, then levels taper off although always present after opening. Over 98 percent of the population in the US has detectable levels of PFOA in the blood. This percentage is much higher for those communities in close proximity to the Dupont plants making the PFOA. After a class action lawsuit, Dupont agreed to phase out all production of PFOA by the year 2015.
Hydrogenated oils in the popcorn cause inflammation
The majority of microwave popcorn is dowsed with some form of altered oil, typically soybean oil or coconut oil turning them into trans-fats which clog the arteries causing heart disease and inflammation in the body. FDA labeling regulations allow manufacturers to round down to zero any trans-fat value under 0.5g per "serving," so even packaging that may clearly state "no trans fats" may still have up to half a gram per serving.
What's the alternative?
The natural alternative to microwavable popcorn, of course, is homemade popcorn, which is surprisingly easy to prepare without the dangers of its packaged counterpart. One such recipe is as follows:

- Warm one to two tablespoon of grapeseed oil or butter in a large pot over medium heat
- Add 1/2 cup of organic corn kernels.
- Toss around in the oil and cover.
- Corn will begin popping in under a minute. Once the popping sound stops, it's done. Sprinkle with sea salt and/or any other natural flavoring, such as freshly cracked pepper, nutritional yeast, dulse or a spice mix.

Closed Information

We will be closed from September 2nd Sunday to 4th Tuesday. It’s Labor Day. And we cannot get good fish until Wednesday.
Thinking of sushi, sashimi? That’s not good idea this period. Just do BBQ party at your home? This is a good idea.


Taka sushiandpassion

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

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Iwami Kagura, Japanese Performance

Consulate General of Japan to Host Two Free Performances of "Iwami Kagura"
Riveting dramatic interpretation of ancient Japanese myths
Iwami Kagura (Orochi)

Saturday, September 15, 2012
7:00 pm
14th Street Playhouse
173 14th Street NE, Atlanta, GA

Seating is
first-come first-served

Free admission
Suitable for all ages

Sunday, September 16, 2012
2:00 pm
Center for Puppetry Arts
1404 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, GA
RSVP is required
Register at

Free admission
Suitable for all ages
Iwami Kagura (Ebisu)
In recognition of the support the people of Atlanta gave to the people of Tohoku in their time of need, and in support of the continued recovery of the Tohoku region, this September the Consulate General of Japan will present two free performances of Iwami Kagura, a dynamic form of ancient Japanese dance renowned for its splendid costumes, amazing special effects, pulsating drum rhythms, and melodic flute.

Iwami Kagura was originally performed by Shinto priests at the yearly autumn festival as a sign of gratitude to the Shinto gods for their help in producing a bountiful harvest. After the Meiji Era (1868-1912), this tradition was handed down from the Shinto priests to the common people, and developed as a traditional folk art performance, known as Kagura. Various types of Kagura have been transmitted throughout Japan, but Iwami Kagura, named for the region in Shimane Prefecture where it originated, remains the most well-known. Iwami Kagura is now widely performed in the region, throughout Japan, and abroad. This performance will be the first time this art form has been showcased in Atlanta.

This tour of Iwami Kagura consists of a group of thirteen performers and musicians from the Iwami Kagura Shinwa-Kai in Masuda City, Shimane Prefecture. Formed in 1975, the Shinwa-kai holds many performances throughout the year and is well respected for its mastery of this ancient, culturally unique art.

This tour of "Iwami Kagura" is sponsored by the Japan Foundation and the Consulate General of Japan and supported by the Center for Puppetry Arts. Further details can be found at the Consulate General of Japan's website at or by contacting the Consulate at 404-240-4300 or

Taka Update August 15, 2012

 Taka Update August 15, 2012

 Fish delivery and more
It’s good summer. I can get good tuna every week. I have big eye tuna right now. The only problem is uni, sea urchin. There is not positive news. I don’t think we get this week. All other fishes are fine, no problem.

 Weight Control and Golf
I am getting serious to lose weight. I am staying around 171 lbs. That is not me. My weight should be around 165 lbs. What is my problem? It’s stress from the business. Our business is excellent but I always worry many things. So, I wake up late night and drink beer sometimes. I eat cookies sometimes, eat ice cream sometimes. Those behaviors are really bad. But I don’t go to drugs, gambles. Can I say eating and drinking are better than cocaine?  Anyway, I am trying but  just busy and no time.
We have a big tournament this Sunday. I am preparing for this event. Practice and practice keep me in good shape, maybe.

 Flip-flops present feet with a painful problem
This is from CNN. -- With a litany of stubbed toes, sprained ankles, broken bones and blistered feet, Americans' feet are hurting.
According to the National Foot Health Assessment 2012 released in June, 78% of adults 21 and older have experienced one or more foot problems in their lives.One common culprit of America's foot pain, especially during the summer, is the flip-flop.
Whether it be on the beach, at the grocery store or even in the office, people love to free their feet. But flat sandals are nothing but bad news, says Bob Thompson, executive director for the Institute for Preventive Foot Health, who doesn't own a single pair.
"There's no heel support and structural support ... on that little slab of rubber."
Flip-flops have been around since at least 1500 B.C. They have been the choice of footwear for everyone from ancient Egyptians to California beach bums to Northwestern University's women's lacrosse team during a 2005 visit to the White House.
Providing wearers with ease and emancipation, flip-flops are hard not to love, said Brian Curin, president and co-founder of Flip Flop Shops.
"It promotes this good mental state of health," he said. "It's hard to be in a bad mood when you're wearing flip-flops."
Despite the shoe's popularity, Thompson said there are many risks involved with wearing flip-flops.
Flip-flops aren't always easy on the feet.
Although feet were designed to walk barefoot on Earth's natural surfaces (grass, sand or gravel), they were not prepared to endure the concrete, asphalt and steel that covers so many landscapes today, Thompson said. These unmovable surfaces are harsh on bare feet, and the thin rubber sole of many flip-flops does little to adequately absorb the shock they produce.
Whether you are standing still or in motion, your feet are your first point of contact with the ground. The way your feet are positioned provides the foundation for the body's skeletal alignment. A flat shoe provides little arch or lateral support and even slight shifts in stance over time could lead to misalignment, causing pain in the knees, hips and back.
"Everything in your body starts with how you strike your heel to the ground," Thompson said.
With nothing to keep a wearer's foot in place, flip-flops can also lead to tumbles, twisted ankles and even broken bones.
"You're taking your five toes and grabbing your shoe to make sure it doesn't slide out," Thompson said. "That action of the toes grabbing the shoe on the toe box is not normal."

Shoes should flex where your foot bends, said Noreen Oswell, a podiatrist at The Foot Center at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Towers in Los Angeles. But the rubber soles of most flip-flops just bend all over the place, while the stiff soles of some stylish varieties may not bend at all, she said.
Flip-flops' straps can also rub as a wearer walks, creating friction that leads to blisters. And because the lightweight sandals offer virtually no protection, it's more common for wearers' feet to get cuts, scrapes and bruises.
"A little layer of rubber -- it will protect you from a stone or a glass, but a nail could puncture that," Thompson said.
Oswell said wearing flip-flops can be seriously detrimental for people whose feet are already at risk: For people with diabetes, who often have poor circulation and feeling in their feet, wearing flip-flops can expose them not only to injury but to infection. Those with balance issues may find it hard to feel secure when wearing rubbery flip-flops. And for those suffering from obesity, sporting the unstructured shoe can add strain to feet that are already stressed with carrying extra weight.
The real problem is that people are wearing flip-flops while doing everything from skateboarding to gardening to running errands, Oswell said."It's not that they wear them," Oswell said. "They overwear them."
But Curin said researchers, who typically refer in their studies to cheap rubber flip-flops that can be purchased at discount stores, must realize not all flip-flops are created equally.
"They seem to miss that whole other part of the industry that is creating really good footwear with innovation and technology," he said.
Curin said oftentimes it's such sandals that alleviate problems, not cause them.
"I know a lot of people, both customers of our shop, friends and family, and people in the industry that wear flip-flops because they have problems," he said. "It's more comfortable, easier to put on and off, and there's breathability."

Rather than buying a $2 pair of rubber flip-flops at the drugstore, Curin suggests spending the extra money on a pair with deep heel cups, high arch support and comfortable toe support, such as those from OluKai and Reef.
Oswell agrees that there times when wearing flip-flops can be beneficial. In the health club locker room or at the community pool, flip-flops can protect feet against fungi and wart-causing viruses that can be acquired by walking around barefoot.
The simple sandals can also shield feet against the beach's hot sand, which might otherwise cause skin to burn and blister on your walk to the water.
But flip-flop use should be limited, experts say. Oswell's go-to shoe for everyday wear is a pair of tennis shoes.
"The number one best shoe for everybody is a good athletic shoe — something that laces up and has good structure to it," Oswell said.
Thompson said people should always wear padded, acrylic-blend socks, which wick moisture away from the foot, under properly fitted shoes that have plenty of toe room and support.
Crocs, which have some structure, cushion and breathability, can be an easy alternative to flip-flops, while sandals with a substantial foot bed and softer and broader straps are also a better option, Oswell said.
For people who insist on indulging in flip-flops' cool convenience, Thompson's asks them to avoid uneven surfaces and wash feet thoroughly after the sandals come off.
"I tell people I'm not going to change your lifestyle; I just want you to know what the concerns are," he said. 

Closed Information
We will be closed from September 2nd Sunday to 4th Tuesday. It’s Labor Day. And we cannot get good fish until Wednesday.
Thinking of sushi, sashimi? That’s not good idea this period. Just do BBQ party at your home? This is a good idea.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Good tuna keep coming!

I received this tuna onMonday. It's not bad.

Toro part is very thick.

I can make a lot of Negitoro Don. Never had it? You must try Negitoro Don.

Bento Box, Our new Lunch style

Are you looking for traditional Japanese? Yes, we do it now.
What is traditional Japanese?
A main dish, several side dishes and miso soup are common.
This is well balanced food. I do gobo, kabocha, yum potato, pickles, french bean, bok choy, hijiki seaweed and more.

If you have a chance to go to NYC, visit Ohtoya. The just opened in April.


It is called Teishoku. Teishoku is combination of dishes.


We want to be healthy and need to eat those kind of items.  Japanese food is very good for this point.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Taka Update August 08, 2012

Taka Update August 08, 2012

Fish delivery and more

Not bad! I received good tuna yesterday. It was big eye tuna and stomach side with ohtoro. We already sold Maguro Kama (cheek). You can see the picture of tuna on my blog, sushiandpassion.
Uni was not available for a while. But we get it today.  Other Japanese fishes are coming tomorrow.
We are very busy now. Sushi Jr.( Hashiguchi Jr.) closed last week. I think our sales will be up 10%. It went up 10% after MF Buckhead closing. I used to compete with other restaurants. I am competing with my body power. It is hard working and need to keep in good shape. We highly recommend you to make reservations any day.
We will be closed a couple of days during Labor Day week.

Weight Control and Golf
I am getting lazy. My weight is still same as kast week. I just don’t have time to do anything except Sunday golf.
We just bought a large chest freezer, new bar stools. I have so many things to do.
We had a big tournament last week. I started it with birdie but was 45-46-91. Shame on me. Come back this Sunday. It is my personal return match.

 Medical researchers suggest that garlic may prevent the common cold

The U.S. National Library of Medicine released a review in March 2012 of all available clinical trials involving garlic's effectiveness for the common cold. The intent was to explore clinical evidence for the popular belief that garlic "is good for" colds in humans.

Garlic has been scientifically proven to possess anti-microbial properties

Traditional, anecdotal, and even clinical research supports the fact that the allicin contained in garlic has both anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. The medical journal Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology published a clinical study in 2001 stating that garlic has "a wide spectrum of actions." Garlic kills bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungus. The researchers commented that because of the popularity of natural and herbal treatments for a variety of illnesses and conditions, interest in medicinal plants is now at the forefront of investigation in the field of pharmacology.

Garlic has positive effects on the immune and cardiovascular systems

In addition to its anti-microbial properties, garlic has positive effects on the immune and cardiovascular systems. The Journal of Nutrition published a 2006 critical review which discussed the effectiveness of garlic in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. The medical journal stated that scientists have established that cardiovascular disease is helped by the consumption of garlic on a regular basis. Garlic lowers "bad" cholesterol levels, lowers blood pressure, and provides antioxidants.

Of particular interest is the comment made by the authors in the study regarding mixed reviews in some clinical trials involving garlic. The researchers noted that many of the studies were conducted improperly, affecting outcomes. Conflicting evidence was due to several factors: a variety of garlic preparations were used, there may have been mistakes with subject (patient) selection, the study was not properly randomized, or the duration of the trial was too short.

Garlic "may" help prevent the common cold

Regarding clinical evidence that garlic either prevents or treats the common cold, only one clinical study was performed "correctly," according to the authors gathering evidence for the venerable Cochrane Database for Systematic Reviews. In this study, 146 participants took garlic daily for three months. The study was randomized and placebo controlled. Other controls included no treatment for colds at all, or using other forms of treatment. Participants in the garlic group had fewer colds than those in any of the other groups. The length of the colds were roughly the same in all groups, between four and five days. The conclusion of the clinical trial was that daily consumption of garlic "may" help to prevent colds, but larger studies need to be done to confirm the possibility.

There are no randomized, controlled, and properly conducted medical studies to show if garlic either reduces the severity or length of a cold when a person begins to take garlic at the beginning of a cold.

Taka sushiandpassion

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

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

I cam make you happy with this tuna if you are sad.

It just came in.  It was bigeye tuna and stomach side.
I also received 2 of Maguro kama.

This is aroun d37 pounds. So I can say a whole size is 180 pounds.

Good toro is available. Hahaha!!!

I spooned ohtoro from the skin. Look at this! Fish fat is good fo your body, right?

Monday, August 6, 2012

Losing Hair? Must need Seaweed.

I am not joking. Are you losing hair? Seaweed might help.
I always say to my customers, seaweed is natural vitamins and minerals. It is 100% natural and no side effect.
I know many Americans eat Seaweed salad. But we have more.
We give Hijiki Salad every night.I wrote it before.
And we have konbu, kelp. If you eat sushi rolls, you can eat Nori seaweed. We also eat seasoned Nori with steamed rice.
I think Japanese eat a lot of sea weed and kelp naturally.
You have to start to eat when you aer young. I think it is too late to eat after 40-50 years old.
I know many Japanese men lose their hair around 50 years old. But I don't see much 20-30 years old bold Japanese.

Seaweed Nutrition


  • Seaweed is loaded with beneficial nutrients, is low in saturated fats and is low in cholesterol. It contains vitamins A, C, E and K. Some of the more common minerals found in seaweed are niacin, phosphorus, calcium, iron, copper and magnesium.

Common Types

  • A few of the more common types of seaweed are hiziki, kombu, agar, arame and wakame. Hiziki is rich in calcium, while kombu seaweed is a great source of iron, calcium, potassium and vitamin C. Agar can be used to make seaweed salads and is high in iodine. Arame and wakame seaweed are loaded with nutrients, such as vitamins A and B, calcium, iodine and potassium; wakame also contains iron and phosphorous.

Skin Benefits

  • The nutrients and amino acids found in seaweed help make your skin smooth and soft, reducing subtle wrinkles and lines. People who suffer with the skin condition rosacea find that the vitamin B nutrients in seaweed help to reduce the redness of their skin.

Hair Benefits

  • A diet that includes a little seaweed promotes healthier hair. It provides the hair shafts and the scalp with the vitamins and minerals needed to strengthen the hair strands, giving your hair a lustrous and shiny look.

Weight Control Benefits

  • Seaweed can help control body weight. Scientists Dr. Iain Brownlee and Professor Jeff Pearson from Newcastle University in Australia have found that the natural dietary fiber alginate, found in seaweed, stops the body's digestion of fat better than many weight loss products that are currently sold over-the-counter.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Taka Update August 02, 2012

Taka Update August 02, 2012

 Fish delivery and more
It was good sales in July. I hope this month is also good. Sushi Jr.(former Hashiguchi Jr.) will be closed at the end of this week. I expect our lunch business picks up. I might get new fish from Japan today. I have Iwashi (Sirdine), Hata (Grouper), Seki Aji( Premium Jackfish)  and Hamo(Pike Eel) is available. Pike eel is the last delivery of this season. This is summer fish. There is no uni so far I am not sure for weekend.

 Weight Control and Golf
It is same as usual. My weight is still 170 pounds. It is summer but I cannot lose weight.
Golf game is also same. I have Japanese Chamber of Commerce tournament this weekend. I want to break the wall of 80.

Cheese -- Acting as 'Carrier' for Probiotic Bacteria -- Found to Improve Immune Response of Elderly

Scientists in Finland have discovered that cheese can help preserve and enhance the immune system of the elderly by acting as a carrier for probiotic bacteria. The research, published in FEMS Immunology & Medical Microbiology, reveals that daily consumption of probiotic cheese helps to tackle age-related changes in the immune system.

“The increase in the proportion of aged individuals in modern society makes finding innovative ways to thwart the deterioration of the immune system a priority," said lead author Dr Fandi Ibrahim from the University of Turku in Finland. "The intake of probiotic bacteria has been reported to enhance the immune response through other products and now we have discovered that cheese can be a carrier of the same bacteria."

Dr Ibrahim's team believe that the daily intake of probiotic cheese can tackle the age-related deterioration of the immune system known as immunosenescene. This deterioration means the body is unable to kill tumour cells and reduces the immune response to vaccinations and infections. Infectious diseases, chronic inflammation disorders and cancer are hallmarks of

To tackle immunosenescene the team targeted the gastrointestinal tract, which is the main entry for bacteria cells into the body through food and drink and is also the site where 70% of vital immunoglobulin cells are created.

The team asked volunteers aged between 72 and 103, all of which lived in the same care home, to eat one slice of either placebo or probiotic Gouda cheese with their breakfast for four weeks. Blood tests where then carried out to discover the effect of probiotic bacteria contained within the cheese on the immune system.

The results revealed a clear enhancement of natural and acquired immunity through the activation of NK blood cells and an increase in phagocytic activity.

"The aim of our study was to see if specific probiotic bacteria in cheese would have immune enhancing effects on healthy older individuals in a nursing home setting," concluded Ibrahim. "We have demonstrated that the regular intake of probiotic cheese can help to boost the immune system and that including it in a regular diet may help to improve an elderly person's immune response to external challenges.

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