My name is Taka. I am the owner of TAKA, Japanese restaurant in Buckhead, Atlanta, USA.
I opened this small place in 2002.
Restaurant business is drama without script. It is fun and stress. But the word of "Thank you. It was delicious." is everything. It is encouragement, reward, vitamin for tomorrow. I write my everyday's drama here.
Thanks for all.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Taka Update October 09, 2012
Update October 09, 2012
delivery and more
It’s not easy this week because of Columbus Day and
Japanese Holiday. We get Japanese fish on Thursday. We don’t get anything today
and tomorrow. I canceled some fishes like Magochi and Hata. Then I replaced Tachi-Uo
(belt Fish), Sawara(Spanish mackerel)
and Kawahagi(Thread sail filefish). I also can get fresh Salmon roe from Japan.
This is the limited offer.
New tuna is coming tomorrow. Our supplier said this tuna
had small toro. But we never know until cut.
Control and Golf
My golf score is
coming back. I shot 41-43-84 last Sunday. I felt really good. Now I know how to
hit irons. Weight is also
getting better. My weight is 170.00 this morning. I started to drink 2 cups of
green tea. It might help but I am not sure.
Exercise, Meditation Can Beat Back Cold, Flu, Study Finds
New research suggests that regular exercise or meditation
may be among the best ways to reduce acute respiratory infections.
A small study of 149 active and sedentary adults aged 50
years and older compared the preventive effects of moderate exercise and
mindful meditation on the severity of respiratory infections, such as cold and
flu, during a full winter season in Wisconsin.
found that those participants who started a daily exercise routine had fewer
bouts of respiratory infections and missed fewer days of work. The
investigators also found that those doing mindfulness meditation, which focuses
on paying attention to your body and emotions, were more protected against
The study was
published in the July/August issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.
results are remarkable; we saw a 40 to 50 percent reduction in respiratory
infections," said Dr. Bruce Barrett, an associate professor of family
medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the lead author of the
give flu vaccines, which is one of the most well-proven and beneficial
interventions that we have, it only protects at a level of 50 to 60 percent and
only for a few strains of [flu] virus," Barrett added. However, he noted,
it could be more difficult for some people to get regular exercise or practice
meditation than to get a single flu shot.
It was not
clear how physical and mental workouts could help ward off sickness. While the
study uncovered an association between the mind and body activities and less
illness, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.
thinking is that mindfulness meditation would reduce perceived stress and that
exercise would work through more physiological pathways [to improve] the immune
system," Barrett said.
The flu virus
is associated with about 36,000 deaths and half a million hospitalizations in
the United States every year, the study authors noted. And illnesses caused by
other viruses, such as the one responsible for the common cold, are to blame
for 40 million days of missed work and school every year.
involved mostly white women who were not already meditating or doing moderate
exercise more than once a week. They were randomly broken into three groups:
one-third did not change their habits; one-third started an eight-week program
of moderate exercise, such as running on a treadmill and biking, for 45 minutes
a day with weekly training sessions; the rest spent the same amount of time in
mindfulness meditation, which included yoga, stretching, walking and other
activities with an instructor and on their own.
followed the participants for one cold and flu season and asked them to call at
the first sign of an illness and keep a diary of their symptoms.
season, the results showed, those who meditated had 27 episodes of acute
respiratory illness and a combined total of 257 days of illness; those who
exercised had 241 sick days and 26 episodes. That compared to 40 episodes and
453 sick days for those who did not change their habits.
group lost 16 days of work to illness, the exercise group lost 32, and the
group that did not change their habits missed 67 days. But the difference was
only large enough to be considered meaningful for the relationship between
meditation and missed work, according to statistical requirements that the
authors set before the study started.
the numbers all suggested that exercise and meditation reduce respiratory
illness, Barrett said. "This trial convinced me that they worked," he
The study also
suggested that, although the benefits of meditation and exercise were similar,
when individuals in the meditation group did fall ill, they seemed to suffer
less and feel sick for less amount of time.
study is a really useful addition to the literature," said James Carmody,
who has studied meditation and chronic illness at the University of
Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester.
found that mindfulness training reliably affects the way people perceive their
symptoms of illness and reduces stress, Carmody said, although there is less
evidence that their bodies actually respond differently to infections.
"If I can
redirect my attention and not have it so compelled by the runny nose or the
sore throat, I'm going to be less bothered by colds," Carmody added.
David Nieman, a
professor of exercise science at Appalachian State University, thinks that both
exercise and meditation might make people less susceptible to illness by
reducing their stress levels.
benefits of exercise are fleeting, he added. His own research found that people
who exercised five days a week had the largest reduction in cold symptoms,
while those that exercised only a few days a week had intermediary benefits.