It's certainly a strange situation here regarding the US-Japanese relationship.
Here's a country that had 2 atomic bombs dropped on it in living memory, yet
young people go around adopting the fashion of the country that did the bombing
(eg, wearing 'I love the USA' baseball caps etc).
My travels are purely hedonistic and have nothing to do with either Zen or my
job (teaching English). Anything I learn on my travels regarding understanding
women and how to chat them up will be a bonus ; )
From: Kristy McClain <healthypl...@yahoo.com>
Sent: Fri, 15 October, 2010 8:02:10
Subject: Re: [Zen] Re: Don't pray in my school and I won't think in your church.
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.
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
>Date: Thursday, October 14, 2010, 5:38 AM
>I couldn't believe the first time I went to a Japanese foodhall (in a mall)
>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
>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. And the women.. oh my god, the women... Yep, won't be leaving any time
>(although I'm going to Bali, India, Nepal and Thailand this Xmas for 3