Japanese food – NSMS 10 http://nsms10.com/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 10:13:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://nsms10.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-71-150x150.png Japanese food – NSMS 10 http://nsms10.com/ 32 32 Ramen rules: Tim Anderson deconstructs Japan’s famous noodle soup https://nsms10.com/ramen-rules-tim-anderson-deconstructs-japans-famous-noodle-soup/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 09:00:00 +0000 https://nsms10.com/ramen-rules-tim-anderson-deconstructs-japans-famous-noodle-soup/ Recipe: Tokyo shoyu ramen This recipe is based on a version served at Harukiya, a legendary Tokyo ramen shop. It’s a clear, shiny broth of chicken fat, seasoned with dried sardines and puffed up with noodles, lean pork and a few toppings that you can get online or at an Asian supermarket. If you can’t […]]]>

Recipe: Tokyo shoyu ramen

This recipe is based on a version served at Harukiya, a legendary Tokyo ramen shop. It’s a clear, shiny broth of chicken fat, seasoned with dried sardines and puffed up with noodles, lean pork and a few toppings that you can get online or at an Asian supermarket. If you can’t find chicken feet, substitute the same weight in extra wings. Broth and chashu can be made up to four days in advance and stored in the refrigerator.

Yields: 4 Takes: 1 hr, plus 10 hrs cooking/chilling without intervention

Ingredients
100g chicken feet
1 back of chicken
6 whole chicken wings
1 minced pig’s trotter (ask your butcher to do this)
20g iriko (dried sardines), casings
and heads removed
1 onion, peeled and cut into wedges
50 g fresh ginger, sliced
Kombu leaf 10x10cm
seaweed, rinsed
10g bonito flakes
2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
3 tablespoons light soy sauce
2 tablespoons mirin
1 tablespoon sea salt flakes
600 g fresh (or 400 g dried) wavy ramen noodles, medium thickness
80g menma (a condiment made from fermented bamboo shoots)
2 spring onions, thinly sliced
1 sheet of nori seaweed cut into
4 squares
soy-marinated eggs, for serving (optional)

For the chashu (braised pork)
4 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
500g pork loin

Method
1. Start at least a day before serving. Heat the oven to 120C, fan 100C, gas ½. Put the chicken legs, back and wings in a large casserole dish with the leg, iriko, onion, ginger and 1.8 liters of water. Simmer over medium heat for 30 minutes, skimming the surface constantly until no new scum comes to the surface. If bones are uncovered, add more water then cover with a lid. Bake for 5 hours.

2. Remove from the oven and discard the bones, then strain the broth through a fine sieve. Add the kombu and the bonito flakes and leave to infuse for 1 hour. Strain again and discard the solids.

3. Measure the liquid. You will need 1.4 liters of broth, so add more water if necessary. Chill in the refrigerator overnight.

4. For the chashu, heat the oven to 140C, fan 120C, gas 1. Mix the soy sauce and sugar in a bowl until the sugar dissolves. Score the pork and rub the soy mixture all over. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 57°C. Leave to cool, then refrigerate overnight.

5. The next day, remove the solidified fat from the surface of the broth and set aside. Use a ladle to scoop out the broth and transfer it to a separate container, leaving behind any lumps at the bottom to make sure the broth is clear.
When ready to serve, pour the broth into a large saucepan and heat over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and add the soy sauces, mirin and salt.

6. Meanwhile, gently melt the reserved broth fat in a small saucepan or in the microwave. Thinly slice the chashu. Cook noodles according to package directions, then drain.

7. Divide the broth and noodles among four bowls, then top each with the sliced ​​chashu, menma, a little spring onion and a good drizzle of melted fat. Place a square of nori on the side of each bowl, add a halved soy-marinated egg (if using) and serve piping hot.

From Tokyo Stories: A Japanese Cookbook, by Tim Anderson (£26, Hardie Grant)

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Holders of closed Japanese restaurant vouchers urged to file complaints https://nsms10.com/holders-of-closed-japanese-restaurant-vouchers-urged-to-file-complaints/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 04:41:30 +0000 https://nsms10.com/holders-of-closed-japanese-restaurant-vouchers-urged-to-file-complaints/ Customers who prepaid buffet vouchers from Japanese restaurant chain Daruma are being urged by a lawyer to file a complaint with the Central Bureau of Investigation at 3pm today (Monday), in an alleged case of consumer fraud , in which the channel’s social media has disappeared, the company is unreachable, promised services have not been […]]]>

Customers who prepaid buffet vouchers from Japanese restaurant chain Daruma are being urged by a lawyer to file a complaint with the Central Bureau of Investigation at 3pm today (Monday), in an alleged case of consumer fraud , in which the channel’s social media has disappeared, the company is unreachable, promised services have not been delivered and obligations to its customers remain outstanding.

Ratchaphon Sirisakhon, a lawyer in Nonthaburi province and chairman of the social media-based Fight for Justice Club, said today he was willing to provide legal advice to affected clients, noting that the police cannot intervene unless she files her complaint first.

He also urged restaurant management to clarify why all of their outlets suddenly closed, without telling their customers, warning that management could face public fraud charges and jail time if convicted.

He cited the case of the owner of a seafood restaurant, who was sentenced to more than 1,000 years in prison because the court found him guilty of several counts for the same offence, which can be minor but, when added together, potentially amount to several hundred years.

Seven affected customers yesterday filed a complaint with the police in Samrong Nua, Samut Prakan province, against an outlet of the Japanese restaurant chain, claiming that the outlet had suspended services and that they would not couldn’t use their buffet coupons.

So far, more than 60 complaints have been lodged with the police by disappointed customers, one of whom has asked Ratchaphon for help, claiming that she had sold Daruma restaurant buffet vouchers to more than 30,000 customers over the past two years.

She said she still had 2,628 unsold vouchers worth 550,000 baht, adding that she had already refunded more than 40 customers.

The Japanese buffet program, which costs 199 baht per coupon, was very popular with young consumers as the price was considered low and the food was said to be delicious, especially its salmon.

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Russia organizes an economic forum without Western companies https://nsms10.com/russia-organizes-an-economic-forum-without-western-companies/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 21:01:44 +0000 https://nsms10.com/russia-organizes-an-economic-forum-without-western-companies/ An annual international economic forum is underway in Russia without the participation of American, European and Japanese companies. Moscow is apparently trying to use the conference to emphasize its cooperation with China, African nations and other friendly countries. The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum opened on Wednesday. Russian officials discussed economic cooperation Thursday in separate […]]]>

An annual international economic forum is underway in Russia without the participation of American, European and Japanese companies.

Moscow is apparently trying to use the conference to emphasize its cooperation with China, African nations and other friendly countries.

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum opened on Wednesday. Russian officials discussed economic cooperation Thursday in separate sessions with representatives from countries including China, Turkey and Iran.

The head of a Russian trade organization took part in a session with Chinese panelists, many of whom joined online.

They discussed issues such as cooperation between Russian and Chinese regions and payments in rubles and yuan.

Forum participants also discussed food security and soaring energy prices. They became global issues after Russia invaded Ukraine.

Delegates from Brazil, India and Senegal spoke about food-related issues which they say are exacerbated by the situation in Ukraine. Senegal currently chairs the African Union.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Viktoria Abramchenko accused Western nations of causing such problems by imposing sanctions on Moscow. She said the sanctions prevent the delivery of food to where it is needed and also double the costs.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to deliver a speech on Friday. He is expected to address issues such as food security, but seek to justify Russia’s position.

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A food and shopping inspired stay with rock star vibes in Carnaby and Soho https://nsms10.com/a-food-and-shopping-inspired-stay-with-rock-star-vibes-in-carnaby-and-soho/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 06:00:00 +0000 https://nsms10.com/a-food-and-shopping-inspired-stay-with-rock-star-vibes-in-carnaby-and-soho/ Our hotel in Soho, the Karma Sanctum, was well isolated from all the hustle and bustle, but like most places in London’s West End it was only a stone’s throw from all the shops, restaurants and exciting attractions. that my wife and I had planned to visit. Soho and Carnaby are world-renowned areas of our […]]]>

Our hotel in Soho, the Karma Sanctum, was well isolated from all the hustle and bustle, but like most places in London’s West End it was only a stone’s throw from all the shops, restaurants and exciting attractions. that my wife and I had planned to visit.

Soho and Carnaby are world-renowned areas of our capital and go-to destinations for the best retail and dining experiences, while they’re also hotspots for the rich and famous, but before we check in for our weekend it was Carnaby – the birthplace of Swinging London in the 60s – where we first landed to browse the shops.

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Carnaby and Soho are world famous neighborhoods in our capital. Image: Sister London

After an early start, lots of walking, and with the weather warming up, booking midday lunch at Tapas Brindisa didn’t seem too early, and in the Spanish-style temperatures, it seemed only right to quench our thirst with a carafe. refreshing sangria while perusing the menu.

Starting with the delicious ‘Croquetas de dia’ (Croquettes of the day), we were more than happy to be guided by our waitress, who brought us a constant stream of beautiful dishes to share, including the tasty ‘Navajas’ ( clams), ‘Chorizo ​​de Leon’, ‘Patatas Bravas’ and my favorite, the ‘Gambas al Ajillo’ (giant prawns).

After washing it all down with a ‘digestive’ of ‘Patxaran’, a sloe-flavored Spanish liqueur, there was time for another stroll along Carnaby Street to admire the recent art installations marking the company’s platinum jubilee. queen, with a glittering crown embellishing the usual Union Flag and two platinum disc archways at both ends of the street.

The stylish Karma Sanctum Hotel on Warwick Street has a clear rock star vibe and we were immediately impressed as we were warmly welcomed into the surprisingly colorful ‘Hendrix inspired’ reception area.

Annie’s Ibiza is frequented by Kate Moss, Rita Ora and Paris Hilton. Image: Sister London

Our room – a spacious Deluxe Double – was in the upper echelons of the building, just one flight from the rooftop terrace, which has a 24-hour bar and an open-air Hydro Spa for night owls wishing to continue the party.

Guests can dine at the sophisticated Wild Heart Bar & Shokudo, a venue that embodies the creative spirit of the hotel with its hip underground cocktail bar and Japanese restaurant offering innovative street food and a sake menu.

Aperitifs for us were at the new Nightjar cocktail bar which, based on the original ‘speakeasy’ bar in Shoreditch, has quickly become a hidden gem in Carnaby.

After an initial struggle to find it, we finally settled in for two hours of slow-sipping relaxation, listening to the musical tones of a live pianist as we were taken on a journey of a pre-era mixologist. -prohibition in the post-war era. .

Inside the colorful Nicce store. Image: Sister London

Our chosen creations included the crisp, floral gin-based Ermine, an aromatic and refreshing London Mule, the vodka-inspired Cascara with hints of hazelnut and coffee, and the full-bodied whiskey-based Nightjar Boulevardier.

Appetites whetted and the night still young, we went to dinner at one of Soho’s newest Indian restaurants – Kricket – where we tried not to make our hunger too obvious by patiently watching the chef prepare our food in the open kitchen. theater.

Like many of the best Indian restaurants, it’s all about the spicy flavors and our choices from Kricket’s appetizing seasonal sharing menu did not disappoint as we gorged on dishes including grilled butternut squash with makhani sauce, Cornish sole with Goan prawn butter, Keralan fried chicken and kulcha naan with dates and pistachios.

After a great nights sleep in our super king bed, it was an early morning start and an egg-inspired hotel breakfast with a few lattes before some new shopping therapy.

The delicious Brindisa Tapas knives.

Our final stop was for a truly unique lunch at the small but popular Ugly Dumpling restaurant on Newburgh Street, where a fusion of Western and Eastern flavors transformed the humble dumpling from an Asian street snack into a sit-down meal sensation.

The introduction of street food into restaurants is a growing trend and Ugly Dumpling understood this well with its simple but delicious menus as we dined on the ‘classic’ and ‘new favourites’ platters which included flavors of aromatic duck, prawns and chives, chicken satay, cheeseburger and mushroom and truffle. To our surprise, there were also sweet versions with nutella and pecan pie, which were heavenly.

Back at the hotel to collect our bags, we said goodbye to ‘Jimi’ one last time and headed to Piccadilly Circus for the start of our return journey, knowing full well that we would be back soon to explore more. alternative London.

For a Double Deluxe room at Karma Sanctum Soho, prices can range from £180-£285 per night depending on the day.

One of the recent art installations at Carnaby marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Image: Sister London
The queen bed in one of Karma Sanctum’s spacious Deluxe Double Rooms. Image: Sister London
Cocktails at Nightjar.
View of the open theater kitchen inside Kricket. Image: Paul Winch-Furness
The “classic” and “new favourites” trays at Ugly Dumpling. Image: Sister London
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Dads get free beer and more at Belmont Hotel Manila https://nsms10.com/dads-get-free-beer-and-more-at-belmont-hotel-manila/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 14:07:52 +0000 https://nsms10.com/dads-get-free-beer-and-more-at-belmont-hotel-manila/ Apart from its comfortable and well-appointed rooms, Belmont Hotel Manila boasts of its Rooftop 11, which has a swimming pool and bar that overlooks the city that guests will enjoy visiting. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BELMONT Hotel Manila devotes the whole month of June to the man of the house. The hotel has devised room and catering […]]]>

Apart from its comfortable and well-appointed rooms, Belmont Hotel Manila boasts of its Rooftop 11, which has a swimming pool and bar that overlooks the city that guests will enjoy visiting. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

BELMONT Hotel Manila devotes the whole month of June to the man of the house. The hotel has devised room and catering offers for the satisfaction of dads.

Give your dad some much-needed time away from the usual hustle and bustle with a hotel stay designed just for him. The “Dad’s Day Out” room package includes an overnight stay with breakfast at Café Belmont, an oven-baked Margherita pizza and local craft beer at Rooftop 11, a hotel Father’s Day token and a discount of 15% at Café Belmont. This offer is valid for stays throughout the month of June.

For dads who love to eat, the Belmont Hotel Manila is offering its innovative Filipino dishes and more at the Cheers to Dad Sunday Brunch buffet at Cafe Belmont on June 19. , salads and desserts, to name a few. For a change, an interactive burger and Asian noodle station will also be offered for the very first time. In addition, dads will receive a free glass of beer to accompany their meal. The Sunday brunch buffet will be available at Café Belmont from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is strongly recommended to book in advance.

The Belmont Hotel Manila is located in Newport City and directly across from Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, providing guests with quick access to essentials.

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Florida’s First Michelin Guide Features the State’s Best Restaurants https://nsms10.com/floridas-first-michelin-guide-features-the-states-best-restaurants/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 20:36:40 +0000 https://nsms10.com/floridas-first-michelin-guide-features-the-states-best-restaurants/ The inaugural edition of the MICHELIN Guide Miami, Orlando and Tampa, first announced in November 2021 as a partnership between the respected restaurant rating company and VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s tourism arm, is out. The guide’s inspectors unearthed a total of 15 restaurants worthy of the coveted MICHELIN stars, 14 with a one-star rating and […]]]>

The inaugural edition of the MICHELIN Guide Miami, Orlando and Tampa, first announced in November 2021 as a partnership between the respected restaurant rating company and VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s tourism arm, is out.

The guide’s inspectors unearthed a total of 15 restaurants worthy of the coveted MICHELIN stars, 14 with a one-star rating and one with two stars.

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“As you can see, Miami, Orlando and Tampa have a lot to offer international food and wine lovers,” Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the MICHELIN Guides, said in a statement. “These talented chefs and their dedicated teams create culinary experiences that are matched only by the incredible attractions in each city. This first-ever MICHELIN Guide selection in Florida spotlights glistening Miami, legendary Orlando and breathtaking Tampa, offering a unique blend of international cuisine and Florida flavors. Local foodies as well as travelers will enjoy exploring these fascinating and rich Florida culinary destinations.


Joel Robuchon’s Atelier in Miami has earned two coveted stars from the new MICHELIN Guide (Flickr/djjewelz)

Joël Robuchon’s French restaurant L’Atelier in Miami has been awarded two MICHELIN stars, with inspectors saying: “The menu offers both tasting portions and large plates; but opt ​​for the seasonal fixed price. The bread basket is a nice opener, arriving before bites as heart-pounding as a seared sea scallop with grilled spices. The Design District setting carries all the beloved features with its counter and open kitchen.

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The restaurants with a MICHELIN star are:

Ariete (Miami, contemporary cuisine)

Boia De (Miami, contemporary cuisine)

Cote Miami (Miami, Korean food/steakhouse)

The Den at Sushi Azabu Miami (Miami Beach, Japanese food/sushi)

Elcielo Miami (Miami, Colombian cuisine)

Hiden (Miami, Japanese food)

Le Jardinier Miami (Miami, French cuisine)

Los Félix (Miami, Mexican cuisine)

Stubborn Seed (Miami Beach, contemporary cuisine)

The Surf Club restaurant (Surfside, American cuisine)

Capa (Orlando, Steakhouse)

Soseki (Orlando, fusion/sushi)

Kadence (Orlando, Japanese food/sushi)

Knife and Spoon (Orlando, Steakhouse)

Notes of each inspector’s comments are available on the MICHELIN Guide website.


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New Asian fusion concept debuts inside Station House • St Pete Catalyst https://nsms10.com/new-asian-fusion-concept-debuts-inside-station-house-st-pete-catalyst/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 13:36:26 +0000 https://nsms10.com/new-asian-fusion-concept-debuts-inside-station-house-st-pete-catalyst/ The group behind some of St. Pete’s hottest restaurants will debut their latest concept inside Station House this summer. St. Petersburg-based restaurant management company Hunger Thirst Group, which is behind the Parc and Rec, No Vacancy, Dirty Laundry and The Avenue concepts, will open its new Asian fusion restaurant Good Fortune on the ground floor […]]]>

The group behind some of St. Pete’s hottest restaurants will debut their latest concept inside Station House this summer.

St. Petersburg-based restaurant management company Hunger Thirst Group, which is behind the Parc and Rec, No Vacancy, Dirty Laundry and The Avenue concepts, will open its new Asian fusion restaurant Good Fortune on the ground floor from the Station House at 260 1st Avenue S.

Szechuan ravioli from Golden Fortune.

“I’ve wanted to do this for 12 years,” HTG founder and CEO Stephen Schrutt said in an interview with the St. Pete Catalyst, explaining how the long-held vision hasn’t come true so far due to timing and other concepts that have come to the fore. “I love Asian fusion and the different styles – Korean, Thai, Chinese.”

The 6,000 square foot space once housed a Japanese restaurant that shut down during the pandemic.

Station House in St. Pete. File photo.

“I have known the owners for a long time and they are customers. We have had ongoing discussions about this space,” Schrutt said.

Station House is a 30,000 square foot century-old building that has been converted from a fire station and hotel into a co-working center. Schrutt was renovating a space on Central Avenue for the Dirty Laundry restaurant when Station House owners approached him about the opportunity. After negotiating for a few months, he signed a lease in the fall.

He said the decision was a strategic move as he will inherit a space with a functional kitchen and an existing clientele in the building.

Another specialty cocktail that will be served at Golden Fortune.

The restaurant will include a 12-person sushi bar, a 14-person bar and an upscale cocktail bar. There will also be a private karaoke room, which can be rented by the hour.

“I’m the type of person who likes to see unique things come together. I don’t want to have to do the same thing over and over again,” he said, explaining how the other concepts speak to how he wants to create diversity in the city’s evolving food scene.

For example, Parc and Rec, which is a gaming bar located downtown and inside Tropicana Field, is known for its arcade machines and outdoor lawn games. Another restaurant is the No Vacancy bar, which is located on Central Avenue that carries a Florida retreat theme, and there’s also the Dirty Laundry concept, a speakeasy designed to look like a regular laundromat.

Coconut ube layer cake from Golden Fortune.

While HTG has secured the Station House space, the Golden Fortune menu is still in development as Schrutt said he’s been busy testing items his team has created in the kitchen.

He plans to operate the Golden Fortune from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. or later on weekdays and stay open until 1 a.m. on weekends. Hours may change depending on demand.

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Montreal’s Mile End Outdoor Japanese Street Food Market Opens This Week https://nsms10.com/montreals-mile-end-outdoor-japanese-street-food-market-opens-this-week/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 20:37:24 +0000 https://nsms10.com/montreals-mile-end-outdoor-japanese-street-food-market-opens-this-week/ Japan Week and YATAI Montreal kick off the week of June 6th. The week-long festivities and promotions are a celebration of local Japanese culture, food, businesses and artists, culminating in the opening of a Japanese street food, goods and crafts market in Montreal’s Mile End. piece. From June 6 to 12, Japan Week will highlight […]]]>

Japan Week and YATAI Montreal kick off the week of June 6th. The week-long festivities and promotions are a celebration of local Japanese culture, food, businesses and artists, culminating in the opening of a Japanese street food, goods and crafts market in Montreal’s Mile End. piece.

From June 6 to 12, Japan Week will highlight Japanese restaurants, businesses and products in the Montreal region. A total of 35 participating restaurants and boutiques in Montreal and on the South Shore present their best dishes and products.

A full list and an interactive map of Japan Week attendees are available online.

YATAI MTL is featured from June 10 to 12 at the Marché des Possibles and Entrepôt 77 on rue Bernard E. in Mile End. Montrealers will be able to sample street food in “culinary shacks” and browse offerings from local merchants.

Person is holding a Shiba dog on a leash.Yasuko Tadokoro | Courtesy of YATAI MTL

YATAI MTL will also feature sake tastings, live music, an 80s dance party, a Shiba and Akita dog party, a karaoke contest, a piano concert of Studio Ghibli musical scores and a screening of lost in translation accompanied by whiskey tastings. The full program is online.

In recent years, the event has attracted up to 15,000 visitors, according to the festival’s website.

Get the details below.

People pose with a Shiba dog.

People pose with a Shiba dog.

Yasuko Tadokoro | Courtesy of YATAI MTL

Where:

  • Japan Week
    • participating restaurants and shops on the island of Montreal and on the South Shore
  • YATAÏ MTL
    • Marché des Possibles and Warehouse 77: 77, rue Bernard E., Montreal, QC

When:

  • Japan Week
  • YATAÏ MTL
    • June 10, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
    • June 11, 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
    • June 12, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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BOOK REVIEW | ‘The Meiji Japanese Who Made Modern Taiwan’ by Toshio Watanabe https://nsms10.com/book-review-the-meiji-japanese-who-made-modern-taiwan-by-toshio-watanabe/ Sat, 04 Jun 2022 23:13:47 +0000 https://nsms10.com/book-review-the-meiji-japanese-who-made-modern-taiwan-by-toshio-watanabe/ Emerging from the isolation it had imposed on itself by Western intrusions and the unequal treaties imposed on it, Japan was preparing to make itself the equal of the great powers. The new Meiji government, convinced that if Japan did not learn Western civilization it could not survive as an independent state, began a heroic […]]]>
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Emerging from the isolation it had imposed on itself by Western intrusions and the unequal treaties imposed on it, Japan was preparing to make itself the equal of the great powers. The new Meiji government, convinced that if Japan did not learn Western civilization it could not survive as an independent state, began a heroic effort to emulate what made the great powers great.

Imperialism, which now has a bad reputation, was held in high esteem at the end of the 19e century. The distant possessions of France, Russia, and the United Kingdom were much envied, as were the great trading empires of the Dutch and Americans.

The creation of a model colony

Thus, Japan, among other manifestations of the modernism it covets, would need an empire. Taiwan, acquired from the moribund Qing (Manchurian) dynasty in 1895, was the first of these, and the Meiji rulers were determined to make it a success.

Taiwan had been administered, if that is the right word, with indifference and corruption for two hundred years before being made a province only the year before the island was annexed by Japan. Making it a model colony and a showcase of Japanese know-how is a Herculean undertaking that the new government undertakes with enthusiasm.

The island nation was home to outlaws from China and a variety of indigenous people, some of whom were cannibals. Malaria and other tropical diseases were rampant.

Roads, once winding and muddy, have been straightened and paved. A land survey was conducted, a railway built, and a central bank established. Japan’s greatest architects have designed government buildings – to this day, early Japanese visitors to Taiwan are struck by the resemblance between the presidential office building and that of Tokyo Station. and indeed both were designed by Uheiji Nagano. The seat of colonial government reflected the eclectic mix of Japanese, Baroque and neoclassical elements in vogue at the time.

Medical care, including vaccinations, was introduced, and Western-style schools were opened which ― groundbreaking for the time ― taught boys and girls, albeit separately.

A statue in Taiwan honoring Japanese civil engineer Yoichi Hatta, who designed and built the Wushantou Dam before World War II. The flowers mark the 100th anniversary of the construction of the dam. (Pictured: May 8, 2021, Sankei.)

The Meiji Men Who Made Taiwan

The story of the energy and dedication of the men who transformed Taiwan into a prosperous colony and laid the foundations for its success as a modern state is the subject of Professor Toshio Watanabe’s book.

It opens with an anecdote about Furuichi Kōi, a student in Paris whose landlady, worried that he was destroying his health by working so hard, suggested he take a day off. His response, “My one-day rest means Japan’s modernization will be delayed for another day”, exemplifies this spirit and can be seen as the leitmotif of Watanabe’s narrative.

One of Kōi’s students, Yoichi Hatta, is a good example. Taiwan’s Governor General was aware that the island did not have enough energy to develop Kaohsiung as a port that could serve as a base for Japan’s southward expansion and preferred to use Sun Moon Lake for oil production. ‘electricity.

Hatta dutifully abandoned a tank project he was working on. And armed with anti-malaria quinine, a waterproof tent, a backpack of rice, shoyu and preserves, he set out through the difficult hilly terrain of the region.

Barriers to modernization

Quite by chance, he discovered the ruins of a brick dam built during the period of Dutch rule and realized that this would be the perfect place to build a much larger version of the original. However, many problems had to be solved first. The water would have to be drawn from the main course of a larger, less well-situated river, which meant that a tunnel would have to be built. The same would apply to main lines, branch lines, irrigation canals and drainage canals.

Unpredictable setbacks have delayed progress. An explosion near the entrance to the tunnel killed 50 people. And financial problems after the Great Kantō earthquake that necessitated the reconstruction of much of Tokyo prompted layoffs.

In the end, Hatta succeeded, using an unorthodox technique that has withstood Taiwan’s extreme seismic events so far, while transforming the barren former Chianan Plain (southwest of Taiwan) into an area abundant production for rice, sugar cane and other crops.

When completed in 1930, the Wushantou Dam was the largest in Asia. And until the Hoover Dam was completed in 1936, it was the largest in the world.

Hatta, who died in 1942 when the ship he was traveling in was torpedoed, is now honored with a park in his name with his statue. Almost forgotten for many years, it has become a symbol of Taiwan-Japan friendship.

Rice: securing a stable source of livelihood

Another major problem to which the young technicians of Meiji attached themselves, complementary to the need for water, was rice, the staple food of the region.

Rice riots were common in Japan after shortages caused by crop failure and storm damage were exacerbated by the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–1905, and Taiwan was seen as a possible solution. The island produced rice, but its long-grain Indica didn’t suit Japanese tastes for the wetter, flavorful variety known, appropriately, as Japonica.

Producing such a variety of indigenous rice was a task entrusted to Megumu Suenaga and Eikichi Iso. It was a tedious and laborious process. Pollen with particularly good characteristics should be attached to equally special and robust pistils, the ovule-bearing organ of a seed plant, to mate them artificially. It was important that the plant had many ears to allow it to produce many grains of rice, that it was strong enough to resist several kinds of diseases, and that the stem was as straight as possible to absorb as much light as possible. solar.

Initially, 1,365 types of types were tested, then whittled down to 485, with less than optimal results. Suenaga would leave home at 5 a.m. and drive four kilometers to work carrying food for his morning and midday meals, return around 7 or 8 p.m., have dinner, and report to Iso, his superior, on results of the day.

Eventually, it was decided to try growing Japonica, despite Taiwan’s different soil and climate conditions. The results were surprisingly good, although not perfect at first.

After more careful work, however, Suenaga and Iso were able to improve on the original. Local farmers, initially skeptical, have shown themselves ready to accept the risks. By 1923-1924, cultivation had spread to all the rice-growing areas of the island.

Isao’s success

Named Hōrai rice, it became the second largest cultivated crop in the Japanese Empire, as well as the basis of Iso’s doctoral dissertation and the many honors bestowed upon him thereafter.

After Japan’s defeat in World War II, Iso was one of a small number of technicians whom Chiang Kai-shek’s new government considered indispensable and urged to stay. He did so, only returning to Japan upon his retirement in 1957, 45 years after his arrival and after receiving the new government’s highest honor for his service to Taiwan.

Where Watanabe takes us

Although fascinating in its content, the book can be confusing to read. Its content first appeared in several installments in the monthly magazine Seiron over the course of a year, the book making no attempt to bring order to historical detail or remove overlap.

Chapter three, Taiwan as a Frontier Dream, might have been better placed at the beginning of the book, followed by chapter six, the chapter on the administrative styles of Governors General Gentarō Kodama and Shimpei Gotō that follows. It was their actions that enabled the work of Hatta, Iso and Suenaga. And chapter five ends with the end of World War II in 1945, while chapter six begins with the end of the Sino-Japanese War in 1895.

Although we find out in detail what happened to Iso and Hatta, Suenaga disappears from the story. Only by referring to the very beginning of the book do we find a terse line stating that he died in 1939, without giving any details.

Still, rambling as it is, it’s a fascinating read. Photographs, maps and drawings are generously distributed, making it easier for readers to understand the intricacies of issues such as rice hybridization and the semi-hydraulic filling method for building dams.

One stands in awe of the men who accomplished so much under such difficult circumstances while providing the solid foundation that, together with the efforts of its own people, enabled Taiwan to achieve such success in the post-colonial period.

All our praise to Professor Watanabe for producing the book and to Dr Eldridge for his skilful translation of it.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Title: The Meiji Japanese who made modern Taiwan

Author: Professor Toshio Watanabe

Translated by: Dr. Robert D. Eldridge

Editor: Lexington Books, 2022

Format: Hardcover and ebook.

ISBN No. 978-1-66690-853-4 (hardcover) and 978-1-66690-854-1 (ebook)

Language: English

To buy the book: Via the publisher on this link, or via Amazon and other booksellers.

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Reviewed by: Dr. June Teufel Dreyer

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Soft Kickstarting Your Sexuality – What It Is and How to Do It https://nsms10.com/soft-kickstarting-your-sexuality-what-it-is-and-how-to-do-it/ Thu, 02 Jun 2022 22:00:53 +0000 https://nsms10.com/soft-kickstarting-your-sexuality-what-it-is-and-how-to-do-it/ During my freshman year in college, I presented a paper to my social movement class that was based on my personal experience of walking in a pride parade the year before. Standing in front of the lecture hall of about two hundred students, I basically walked out of my entire college at once, and thought […]]]>

During my freshman year in college, I presented a paper to my social movement class that was based on my personal experience of walking in a pride parade the year before. Standing in front of the lecture hall of about two hundred students, I basically walked out of my entire college at once, and thought I might pass out. Coming out has long been considered a once-in-a-lifetime momentous event – ​​one that can be incredibly stressful due to fear of losing friends or family, or even facing violence.

Social media has provided a new option that may seem much safer. Rather than a big release, you can “soft launch” your sexuality on a drip, from adding a rainbow emoji to your bio to creating references that will only be meaningful to others. LGBTQ+ people.

The soft launch concept comes from the business world and works like a test drive, allowing you to fix problems before you get big. “Soft launch gives you more control over who sees and responds to anything you share. So if unexpected issues arise, you’ll be aware of them before they reach the majority of your audience. Soft launch also feels safer and more secure because you have more control over who sees it and how it spreads,” says Sarah Griffow, online marketing and social media expert, creative director at Upswept Creative.

The Benefits of Soft-Launching Your Sexuality

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A soft launch of your gender or sexuality can be easier on your mental health – unlike my experience of near fainting. “Coming out is hard,” says Claire Holt, a TikTok creator whose video about soft-launching your sexuality has over 35,000 views. “It’s not just difficult, but just plain pointless to sit down with every person you know and talk to them one at a time. With Soft Launch, you can let people know you’re queer without having to go through all the painful in-person conversations with people you don’t even know very well.

The benefit of avoiding repeat conversations cannot be overemphasized. “[Soft-launching] lets people make the assumption without you having to do the emotional labor of coming out,” says Marla Renee Stewart, MA, sex therapist and sex strategist at Velvet Lips Sex Ed and co-founder of Sex Down South Conference.

Many people tell Elite Daily that a soft launch can reduce the stress of coming out. Kaeli Meno, a screenwriter and director from Alaska, says her soft launch lowered the stakes for her coming out. “I think making a big announcement, for me, felt a lot of pressure and I didn’t want to deal with that,” she says.

Meno also highlighted another important advantage: there is no need to choose a label. “I still have a hard time labeling exactly how I feel. And in tossing it gently, there was an ability to be open about it without opening myself up to people wondering why I felt that way. I think that while I like to “come out” in the traditional sense, my parents would have a lot of thoughts and opinions that could impact how I view myself. I definitely don’t have it all figured out yet , and I know that if I [had] that kind of pressure, I might conform to who they think I should be instead of who I am,” Meno says.

Plus, you might be able to fly under some viewers’ radar. Stuart says:[O]Older people might not get the meaning of what you post and therefore you don’t have to respond to them, and you can easily find a community or bring the community to you. And Holt adds:[Y]You are able to signal to queer people that you are queer, which is great for your dating prospects.

The soft launch of your sexuality also has benefits for your friends and loved ones. “Dating slowly is beneficial because it gives people a chance to get used to the idea that their loved one may be different than they realize,” says Stewart. “It also allows people to research on their own, without you having to be the dictionary of all things queer.”

Design your own soft launch

Now is your chance to be your own PR firm and create a unique soft launch strategy that works for you. Giffrow suggests taking advantage of the flexibility of social media and thinking about the platforms and tools you want to use. She says, “Maybe you will come out to your TikTok followers before mentioning it on Facebook. You can also try sharing it with a limited group of your audience. (Like on Instagram Stories with your close friends.)

As you decide what to share and where, here are some strategies and content suggestions to move your ideas forward.

Start with your biography

Several of our experts suggest dropping a rainbow emoji 🌈 or rainbow flag emoji 🏳️‍🌈 in your bio. Although it may seem less than subtle, rainbows are popular enough these days that they might seem like a colorful bit of style for anyone not looking for a deeper meaning.

Consider your pronouns

If you currently list pronouns in your biography that no longer suit you, you can start by deleting them and not replacing them with something else. When you’re ready, you can add new pronouns to your biography. For some people, adding more options seems like an easier first step – for example, saying “she/they” before switching completely to “they”.

Repost from other accounts

Sharing content from other sources, especially on your Instagram story where it will disappear in 24 hours, is another good step. Holt suggests “Happy Pride” posts or anything related to LGBTQ+ news.

Share relevant books, music, movies and TV shows

Several of our experts have pointed out that sharing your favorites – from movies to music – is likely to resonate with the audience you seek while being ignored by others. Holt suggests, “Publish songs by openly queer artists like Kehlani, girl in red, [or] Clairo.

Songs aren’t the only way to signal your interests. Katie Pryde, owner of Portland, Oregon comic book store Books with Pictures, recommends:

  • “Heart stroke, [by Alice Oseman,] a wholesome graphic novel series about high school rugby players falling in love and finding each other, now made more popular by an excellent Netflix adaptation.
  • Gender Queer, [by Maia Kobabe,] the most banned book in America right now, and a heartfelt memoir about gender identity, asexuality, and coming out.
  • My brother’s husbanda gory manga by Gengoroh Tagame (best known for his 20 year career drawing much spicier adult manga) a heartwarming story about two men facing homophobia and learning to be a family, mediated by a sweet little girl and his love of Japanese cuisine.”

Pryde points out, “These titles are all mainstream enough to be popular with the general public, but paired with a rainbow in your profile and a Wildfang cap, connoisseurs will get the message.”

Soft, tenderLaunch other identities

Once you’re on the soft launch bandwagon, you don’t need to stop with sex. “[People] may want to soft launch by being ethically non-monogamous or being part of the kink scene. Publishing articles about these identities can help you see who does and doesn’t support certain ideologies — at least conceptually,” says L. Kris Gowen, Ph.D., sex educator and podcast co-host. B4U scan.

“I felt gay, might be deleted later.”

Nothing you post on your social media should stay there – you are allowed to change your mind at any time and as many times as you wish. Identity is fluid, and your comfort level with sharing may also change over time.

Social media bios are especially easy to edit. Your changes leave no trace and your additions and subtractions can go unnoticed, making the bios a great starting point for a smooth launch. Even posts from your feed can be deleted if you no longer feel comfortable posting them. A soft launch is a test; changing your mind or adjusting your strategy is not a failure, it is part of the process.

Launched softly or otherwise, you don’t have to come out at all. There are many valid reasons to keep your gender or sexuality to yourself, including your personal preferences. Whether or not you start dropping rainbow emojis and Hayley Kiyoko lyrics, just know that you are not alone.

Experts:

Claire Holt, creator of TikTok

Marla Renee Stewart, MA, sex therapist and sex strategist at Velvet Lips Sex Ed and co-founder of the Sex Down South conference

Sarah Giffrow, Creative Director and Benevolent Overlord of Upswept Creative

L. Kris Gowen, PhD, EdM, sex educator and podcast co-host of B4U Swipe

Katie Pryde, owner of Books with Pictures

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