Wednesday, October 31, 2007
And have a Happy Halloween, everyone!
Japanese-style Halloween costumes on parade (literally) in the city of Kawasaki this past weekend.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
For instance, one of the studies found that "first-time heart attack patients who returned to chronically stressful jobs were twice as likely to have a second attack as patients whose occupations were relatively stress-free."
(What I want to know is, just what are those "relatively stress-free" jobs?)
And now the obligatory plug for green tea (obligatory, but also relevant). In addition to its many disease-fighting properties, green tea also has theanine, which has proven mellowing properties.
Not only that, but green tea also combines theanine with caffeine in just the right amounts to improve focus.
Dump that schmuck. Abusive relationships are a major cause of unhealthy stress.
Monday, October 29, 2007
You don't have to enjoy the traditional Japanese bar snack of salted squid guts called shiokara to appreciate the tapas-style offerings of Japanese pubs known as izakayas.
At the Nihon in San Francisco's Japantown.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Once the first picture in the slideshow comes up, click on the ">" to advance through the slides.
Capilano Bridge in North Vancouver, Canada. For some, it could be terrifying. For others, a real blast.
Friday, October 26, 2007
It looks like a cross between a shoe horn and an electric pencil sharpener.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
This clip features pachinko. It has no narration or dialog, and none is needed: It shows pachinko afficionados in a trancelike state of mu (nothingness) before their pachinko machines. Fascinating—and a little sad at the same time.
The character for mu (無) is also the lone epitaph on Ozu's gravestone.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Allicin is also what makes your breath smell so bad after eating garlic. This could also mean that non-smelly garlic products aren't as good for you as whole natural garlic.
Which just goes to show that supplements and extracts and whatnot just can't beat the real thing. It's the same as with green tea: When it comes to understanding why things like green tea and garlic are good for us, science is only beginning to scratch the surface. So it only makes sense to take the whole package, instead of a pill containing the one or two substances we think are what's so good for us.
After all, who are we to second-guess Mother Nature?
Garlic's distinctive smell is a sign of how good for you it is.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
(But that doesn't mean that if you cut out sweetened drinks you get to eat more. . . . Well, maybe an extra cookie or two, but let's not push our luck, okay?)
And if you want to take off even more pounds, then why not switch from coffee to green tea?
Replace this with 100 percent calorie-free and 100 percent natural green tea—hot or cold.
Monday, October 22, 2007
By the way, if you liked iced green tea you might want to try Mellow Monk's Mizudashi, cold-brewed iced green tea pouches.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
But unlike those other powers, this power is actually within your reach—assuming that Japanese designer Aya Tsukioka makes her one-of-a-kind skirt in your size. Ms Tsukioka says it's meant as a crime-prevention tool by allowing women to hide from pursuers. Other uses include ditching a date who turns out to be a real loser.
Obviously inspired by the Transformers.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Will I be able to taste the difference between Mellow Monk and other green teas?
Why isn't Mellow Monk tea more expensive?
A close-up of an actual tea plant in one of our grower's orchards.
Friday, October 19, 2007
The aquarium's centerpiece is the Pacific Ocean tank, whose star is Kai-kun, a 16-foot-long whale shark. Kai-kun shares his tank with a majestic manta ray known for his acrobatic swimming style.
A postcard showing the massive multistory size of the Kaiyukan's largest tank.
Kai-kun, the aquarium's star attraction.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
So if the pattern takes too long to appear, it means you're not drinking enough tea!
I assume that green tea would produce a different-colored pattern than English black tea would.
The cups look like this new...
... but with repeated use, a pattern gradually appears.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
This 41-year-old mother of one says she's earned $150,000 since she started foreign-exchange margin trading last year.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
The theme of the segment in which this particular 6-minute performance was given was "silent performances." No digital effects are used, just clever choreography and camerawork.
UPDATE: It turns out there is a reason the performances were silent—they were by deaf performers. The Kannon piece was performed by the China Disabled Persons' Performing Art Troupe. What's more, this performance on the telethon was such a hit on TV that the troupe is currently on tour in Japan.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
- Fights prostate cancer.
- Raises levels of good cholesterol (HDL).
- Improves concentration.
The way tea makes us mellow and focused is the synergy between its theanine and caffeine—tea has just the right amounts of each. For instance, researchers
found that as little as 100 milligrams of theanine enabled people to focus better on complicated tasks, but only when consumed with 60 milligrams of caffeine—a combination found in roughly four cups of green tea (which contains half as much caffeine as black).
The news just keeps getting better for green tea drinkers, so keep on brewing, everyone!
If that were green tea it would be even healthier.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
A technician inspecting imported veggies at a food-inspection
lab in Yokohama, Japan.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Demonstrating a robot exoskeleton at a convention for
rehabilitation products in Japan. (And if you have to
ask how much, you can't afford it.)
And now for something completely different: The country indie-bluegrass duo Uncle Monk is in no way related to Mellow Monk—but their music is pretty cool.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
All that ooh-ing and ah-ing is from the show's guest stars.
Monday, October 08, 2007
We've also increased your shopping convenience in response to your requests: Mellow Monk now accepts direct credit card payments. That's right—you don't have to go through PayPal anymore (although you still have that option).
Just a technical note: If you see any buttons, etc., from the old site showing up on one of the new pages, you can try two things:
- Refresh the page (Ctrl + R on a PC or command + R on a Mac).
- Clear your Web browser's cache.
If refreshing the page doesn't work, you probably need to clear your browser's cache. If you're using Internet Explorer on Windows, go to Tools → Options. On the "General" tab, under "Temporary Internet files" click the "Delete Files..." button.
If you're using a Mac, for Firefox the path is Firefox → Preferences → Advanced → Network. Under "Cache" click the "Clear Now" button.
We hope you enjoy the new look and continue enjoying our tea. If you haven't had Mellow Monk Green Tea yet, why not give us a try? In the highly unlikely event that you're not satisfied, our tea is 100 percent guaranteed.
Our new website. Isn't it cool?
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Part one of Satoyama, which is narrated by David Attenborough, is embedded below. If you like what you see, you can click the above link to view the rest. (Note that on the YouTube page that appears, the parts are listed out of sequence.)
Satoyama, Part 1
Friday, October 05, 2007
By having their wedding in Paris, this young couple is able to get away with inviting only three people—instead of 300.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Authentic loose-leaf green tea like ours, on the other hand, gives you all the health benefits but with zero calories.
Authentic chai tea in India. This is a lot healthier (and lower in calories) than the typical American version. Still, the milk in chai negates the health benefits of the tea.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
"Omigod, your, like, Japanese is so awesome, you know?"
Monday, October 01, 2007
Drink two to four cups of green tea per day. "It has a high content of flavonoid/catechins [which can help to strengthen collagen] and of theanine -- an amino acid associated with relaxation and cortisol control. Too much cortisol can induce disruptions in blood sugar and inflammation," says Shawn M. Talbott, author of Cortisol Control and the Beauty Connection (Hunter House, 2007).
Note everyone's smooth, healthy-looking skin. (Click on this photo to view our album of recent photos from Aso, Japan, home of Mellow Monk's Green Tea.)