Friday, August 31, 2007
Not only do you get fresh tea—as opposed to tea that's been sitting in a plastic bottle since who-knows-when—but you spare the earth the ecological expense of producing plastic bottles and transporting them over hundreds or even thousands of miles.
It is yet another reason, Grasshopper, for you to brew your own tea instead of letting someone else do it for you.
"When you can snatch the cold-brewed green tea pouch from my hand, it will be time for you to leave, Grasshopper."
Thursday, August 30, 2007
These Quicktime shots may take a while to load, depending on your Internet connection, but they are well worth the wait.
For a reminder of what the "old school" Seven Wonders of the World are, click here.
Call me old fashioned, but I still think that the Great Pyramid of Giza, which was one of the original Seven Wonders—and the only one still standing today—should be on the new list. But then again, the new list of Seven Wonders was decided by vote, so as Tony Soprano would say, whattaya gonna do? Then again, there is some controversy over the voting process.
Click on the photo above to see a 360-degree panorama of the inside of the Great Wall, or click on the link at the top of the page to see panoramas of all seven wonders.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Well, Mellow Monk has made carrying on that tradition a whole lot easier with—drumroll, please—Cold-Brewed Iced Green Tea Pouches.
"Cold-brewed" means that you don't have to boil water; simply add one of the ultrafine-mesh nylon tea pouches to a pitcher or other container of water, then stir, put in the refrigerator for 2 hours, and you've got a pitcherful of cold, tasty, healthy iced green tea.
And like all other Mellow Monk teas, this tea is from family-owned and -operated tea farms in the mountains of Aso, Japan.
We're very excited about this new tea, and as far as I know, cold-brewed green tea pouches like these aren't available anywhere else in America. To read more, click here.
Healthy, tasty, and convenient—that's Mellow Monk's Cold-Brewed Iced Green Tea Pouches.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
I've also heard through the grapevine that Häagen-Dazs Green Tea Ice Cream is coming soon to the U.S.
Monday, August 27, 2007
The arm-breaking arm-wrestling machine.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Green tea, rich in antioxidants, has long been praised for its healthful properties. In an attempt to make every bite count, food manufacturers have added green tea to sweet and savory foods and drinks, albeit with varying degrees of success. At best, it gives a nutty earthiness; at worst, it can taste as if someone dropped lawn clippings in the snack mix.
Food section staffers tasted 13 products with green-tea additives listed as an ingredient. In some items, such as the sodas, the green tea or matcha (fine, powdered green tea) was practically undetectable. But in chocolate and frozen treats, it overpowered other ingredients.
Some of the many products containing green tea that are available today.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
The late, great director in action.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Such diseases are known to arise from damage to DNA. What the Clemson researchers found is that antioxidants bind to iron and copper that is naturally present in the human body. This binding prevents the iron and copper from forming reactive oxygen compounds that damage DNA.
The findings, which were achieved with a grant from the American Heart Association, were announced this week at the 234th annual American Chemical Society national meeting in Boston.
Monday, August 20, 2007
TAI Gallery/Textile Arts, located in Santa Fe New Mexico, is one of the world's finest galleries featuring the art of traditional textiles, Japanese bamboo art, and contemporary Japanese photography.
"Sun," by Takesonosai Higashi
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Felix calls this his number-one suiseki...
... but this one is my personal favorite.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
The "doctor fish" phenomenon has now spread to Asia as a kind of natural exfoliant. The fish are increasingly popular in China, and last year Japan's Yunessun hot-spring resort, in the city of Hakone, became the first in the nation to set up its own doctor-fish bath (although the fish aren't mentioned on the resort's English-language site).
The Yunessun site even has a movie of a group of young bathers experiencing doctor fish for the first time.
Ah, there's nothing quite like having a school of fish nibble away at one's dead skin.
"Cleaning now underway" reads the text in this image from the Yunessun site.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
This statue of Elvis in the Harajuku district of Tokyo was financed partially by former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
If its population keeps shrinking, all of Japan may some day look this desolate.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Seriously, this robot is so lifelike, it'll make you want to shout out, "Klaatu barada nikto!"
The dancing-robot phenomenon is not new to Japan. Below is a movie from a year or so ago of a quartet of dancing robots courtesy of Sony.
Thursday, August 09, 2007
"There are no cures for autoimmune diseases [such as psoriasis]," says Dr. Stephen Hsu, the lead scientist in the study. "But it is possible that [green tea] is a non-toxic way to regulate them."
Dr. Hsu, lead scientists of the Medical College of Georgia study.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Monday, August 06, 2007
Similar incidents have happened elsewhere in Japan's capital. In front of one convenience store, cash literally rained down from the sky.
Saturday, August 04, 2007
JinR in her "signature black Issey Miyake dress."
Friday, August 03, 2007
Cultural differences are also at work. Athletes in Japan aren't subject to the constant barrage of questions like they are in the States—and the questions they are asked aren't nearly as personal as the questions American reporters ask. (Such as, "How did you feel when you signed that $50 million contract?")
The Japanese tend to be very personal people who are uncomfortable discussing their feelings or personal details of their lives with strangers. So Ichiro's goofy statements may just be a way to avoid talking about something he's not ready to share with the entire world. And it's more polite—at least in Japan—than saying, "I'd rather not talk about that."
At a press conference, Ichiro revealed that his dog Ikky played a role in the slugger's decision to stay in Seattle: "He said, 'Woof, woof, woof,' which meant, 'Stay, stay, stay,' " Suzuki told reporters in Japanese. "Of course, I listened." I am not making this up.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Dr. Draelos reported that human studies found encouraging results when green tea was applied topically to the skin. In one study, green tea applied topically 30 minutes before UVB exposure resulted in a reduction in sunburn cells by 66 percent -- demonstrating an anti-inflammatory effect -- and decreased UV immunosuppression.
Dr. Draelos also makes an important point about getting the maximum health benefits from drinking green tea:
In order to reap the benefits of green tea's potential antioxidant properties, it needs to be consumed orally immediately after it is prepared.
In other words, bottled green tea usually has much less EGCG and other antioxidants than freshly brewed green tea. Or it may contain some sort of chemical stabilizer. And it probably has a lot of sugar and other unhealthy things in it.
The lesson here, grasshopper, is that it is easy to avoid putting chemical stabilizers, sugar, and other unhealthy substances into your body while also getting as much antioxidants and other good things as you can: Drink freshly brewed loose-leaf green tea.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007