I'm at my friend S's house. She lives on top of the mountain. She's half Japanese and recently returned from Japan with a bunch of cool stuff. One of the items she brought back was a book. I'm looking it over. Another friend, Z, asks me what the book is about. I don't really understand it all but it starts off sort of as a comic adventure and slowly turns pornographic. S asks me how much Japanese I know. I explain that I can read kana and know a smattering of kanji and have a limited, though functional vocabulary. She tells me "Oh, okay. That's not at all what the book is about. It's actually a feudal romance." I'm lying down looking at the book trying to figure out how I misunderstood it. S pulls back my eyelids to determine how high I am. I put the book down and she offers me ecstasy. I don't have any money to pay her for it and I have to drive back down the the mountain, anyway, so I decline.
Dream Blog #369
"That's not at all what the book is about."
Nagomi Does It With Feeling
Japanese food for the adventuous and urbane
Back from the Heart of Japan
Kokoro Japanese Restaurant returns to Albuquerque
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Five Seven Five
The winners of our 19th annual Haiku Contest
I Like to Watch (Instantly): Ashes of Time Redux, Death Trance
Notable martial arts titles from the Netflix Watch Instantly world
Ashes of Time Redux (2008)
Directed by Kar Wai Wong
Cast: Brigitte Lin, Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Jacky Cheung, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Li Bai, Carina Lau, Charlie Yeung
Hong Kong director Wong Kar-Wai takes another crack at his mostly misunderstood new wave martial arts film from 1994. Jacky Cheung, Leslie Cheung and Maggie Cheung (no relation) star in this ultra-stylized story of a brokenhearted hit man who lives in a desert and uses skilled swordsmen to carry out his contract killings. Wong's editorial tinkering (five or so minutes worth of cuts) attempts to alter what was already a radical condensation of Louis Cha's classic wuxia novel The Eagle-Shooting Heroes. But it's still a gorgeous film and deserves a second look. HD Available.
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Found on Santa Fe Craigslist: Antique Meiji Foot Warmer/Incenser ($2,500)
For the Asian antiques collector with cold, stinky feet and money to burn, may we suggest this gold-accented combination incense burner / foot warmer from Japan’s Meiji era?
More than 100 years old, this rare and unique bronze, silver, and gold foot warmer was made after the defeat of the Shogunate, during the reign of Japan’s Emperor, (Mutsuhito) Meiji (1868 - 1912). Deeply patina’d bronze brazier with a 950 silver dragon motif lid accented by karat gold and black enamel eyes. Most certainly made for someone of the ruling class. Exactly 8”x 8”x 8”. Asking $2,500.00.
East meets East
Since opening in September, Sushiya has gained a loyal following, and it’s easy to see why. The menu is a polished combination of Chinese and Japanese classics, with many twists—and some entire dishes—you probably haven’t seen before.
A grand old building that’s full of welcome surprises
Fujiyama, a new Japanese/Korean joint on Central, inhabits the building that used to house the legendary New Chinatown. The space feels slightly haunted—you can sense its history in the echoing, cavernous foyer that connects to large dining rooms through arched doorways.
Total Recall: Part Deux
Honda steals the limelight in the latest crashy/
deathy/ defect- related recalls
First Toyota, now Honda?!
That’s right. Honda, Japan’s second largest automaker, has officially announced a series of recalls on faulty air bags in some of their most popular models totaling close to 950,000 vehicles.
This closely follows the heels of Toyota, which has been reeling after a series of recalls of their own involving funky floor mats, sticking accelerators and faulty Prius brakes.
Millions are wondering why both Honda and Toyota—heralded for decades as the top dogs for building well-made, reliable cars—have taken such a sudden nose-dive into a territory of death-inducing safety defects in which American automakers were once the mainstay.
Has your car been recalled? What does this news mean for the competing automakers who are now alive and well thanks to government bailouts? Would you still purchase a Toyota or Honda-manufactured product?
Go for deliciously irreverent sushi
I first noticed Japengo Sushi while eating dessert at the neighboring Café Jean Pierre. As I sipped my coffee I watched the great chef Jean-Pierre dash from his just-closed kitchen and out the restaurant’s door, returning moments later with a plate of sushi. This quiet endorsement spoke louder than words.