The westernized diet is the worst export the USA has given Japan , and the
world. I've heard it said, (though don't know if its true), that Japanese
people envy all things American, and work hard to adopt our lifestyle.
Seems odd, as our eating habits on a per capia basis, has us as the fattest,
most sedentary, with the highest chronic health complaints of all. Childhood
obesity, ADD /ADHD. pre-diabetes and more is passed onto our youth. Japanese
people have traditionally had among the highest life expectancy rates in the
world. Copying us is simply self-destructive. Enough on that rant..except
to add that if what you say here is true, it is "us" who need to copy them.
It sounds like you have an exciting adventure coming up. Are you travelling
for work, or is this some kind of buddhist /zen -related pilgrimage;) Perhaps
a tantra-training to better enjoy all those lovely women;)
--- On Thu, 10/14/10, mike brown <uerusub...@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
From: mike brown <uerusub...@yahoo.co.uk>
Subject: Re: [Zen] Re: Don't pray in my school and I won't think in your church.
Date: Thursday, October 14, 2010, 5:38 AM
I couldn't believe the first time I went to a Japanese foodhall (in a mall) and
the queue for McDonalds was 20 people and the traditional food places (ramen,
okanomiyaki etc.) were empty! Still, Japan is an alternative reality for those
of us from the West. No violence, extreme politeness (getting bowed to for
ordering a Big Mac is still a thrill), no obesity (except for sumo wrestlers
who are seen as gods), trains that run on time *to the minute*, drinking in
public is ok, children as young as 10 still travelling on trains at 11pm and
*safe* etc etc. And the women.. oh my god, the women... Yep, won't be leaving
any time soon (although I'm going to Bali, India, Nepal and Thailand this Xmas
for 3 months!).