Hamish Downie’s News Sushi #110: Morsels of News from Japan and Beyond

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Editor Note:It is Friday and that means it is time for the World Famous, soon to be Intergalactic Famous, News Sushi from our very own, Hamish Downie. Hamish brings us a decidedly different slant on Pop Culture as viewed through the lens of a non-native living in Japan.

Thank you (ありがとうございました) Hamish, for your insights.

こんにちは!Which means “Hello”!

This week we celebrated Setsubun, the day before the traditional first day of Spring on the old Japanese calendar. I was going to explain the holiday, but the Japanese Embassy of Kenya did such a great job I’m sharing it now:

I hope you are ready for a weir column this week, because there’s been some funny things going down here this week.

A 120-year old condom was found in Ishikawa prefecture this week. I’m somewhat proud that it was produced by an Osaka-based company.

More information: https://soranews24.com/2021/01/25/120-year-old-condom-found-in-japan/

From condoms to deep sea creatures… we have:

A giant squid.

Plus this one-metre long deep sea fish named “Yokodunaiwashi” (a new species), found in Suruga Bay by the research team of Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology:

Watch the video here: https://video.mainichi.jp/detail/videos/%E6%96%B0%E7%9D%80/video/6225896005001?autoStart=true&inb=ys

If all this seafood is making you hungry, then you might want to go to a buffet or smorgasbord style restaurant (if this wasn’t a pandemic). If you were in Japan, that kind of restaurant or service is called “Viking”, which I always assumed was because us barbarians eat so much compared to the locals. But in fact, it’s not that reason at all. It traces back to 1957, when the restaurant manager of the Imperial Hotel travelled to Sweden and discovered the smorgasbord, and wanted to introduce it at the hotel. However, he felt that smorgasbord was too difficult to pronounce, so he changed it to “Viking” and a new way of eating in Japan was born (thanks to how influential the hotel was).

For more information: https://www.japan-talk.com/jt/new/strange-story-of-Japanese-vikings

Now for some more “Hiroki & Jason”

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And some cats crowding around a heater:

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And finally, my little haux lego calico cat, with a roll cake for Setsubun:

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Hope you all have a wonderful week!

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