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I never liked plum wine when I tried it in America, but the plum wine in Japan is something else altogether. It comes in about a gazillion varieties with different base alcohols, pulp or no pulp, etc.
Tonight, I'm trying to research "seishin kyoiku" on the Internet while avoiding websites devoted to intricate WWII strategy games. At the same time, I'm eating "hamburgers" (Life minced beef on Lawson 105-yen bread with Delmonte Ketchup and unknown Japanese brand mayonnaise), and drinking cocktails.
Since it was recently payday at work, I am feeling rich despite living at the poverty line, so I bought some plum wine. I am drinking it with whisky (which keeps showing up in my 'fridge despite its cost) and soda water. I looked this cocktail up online and found basically nothing. There are two drinks called "Japanese Jack" and "Japanese Jim," which are plum wine with 7-Up and, respectively, Jack Daniels or Jim Beam.
Although you can find just about any anything if you look hard enough in Japan, in general, there are only a few western whiskies available. Jim Beam can be found in most convenience stores, and Jack Daniels is slightly less common, but can be found easily. Thus, these brands are using subversive advertising techniques by posting cocktail descriptions that incorporate their names.
For the poor gaijin, the best bet is to go to an import store and get Heaven Hill or Evan Williams bourbons. Beam and Jack are way overrated, and Evan WIlliams seems to be
I have experienced for the first time just plain anger toward instructors.
In the kenshusei course, we have only 3 breaks--Golden Week, Obon, and Christmas. Last Monday, we came off the Obon holiday, which meant a total of 10 days of rest and recovery. So we came back with relatively fit and pain-free bodies.
Was this used as an opportunity to get in some great strong and injury-free training? By no means.
The very first class on Monday morning was 1 hour of koho ukemi. That's one hour of back into breakfall, roll forward and stand up, back into breakfall, roll forward and stand up...
Needless to say, it is exhausting to the muscles in your upper legs and torso. It also takes a toll on your knees, hips, and back. There is the worn off skin that leaves bleeding open places along your spine, but there is also the impact of the fall, which is nominal if you do 50-100 koho ukemi, but quite significant after about 300.
It's now Thursday. I trained on Monday with absolutely no strength and for the next three days with delayed onset muscle soreness, as well as a tight and sore lower back and knee and hip pain.
What was the purpose of this experience? As far as I can tell, just sadism. Yes, there are lots of rationalisations, and it is true that this sort of endurance event is part of the course. But why do it on this day of all days, when it can do nothing but undermine your holiday recovery? There is no point to that.