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Temple in Kanagawa

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Hokokuji Temple, Kamakura

Yes, more pictures from one of our favorite (small & peaceful) places in Japan.

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At the Bamboo Temple
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Bamboo Temple Roof
Into-the-Bamboo
Into the Bamboo…

Visit for yourself.

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Kamakura Temple: Prayer Tablets

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China Town in Yokohama, Japan

One of our favorite places.

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Taken right after the new year…

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Enter “The Marshmallow Girl…,”

Or Plus size women (in America). Recently RocketNews24 posted an article about Japan’s newest trend acknowledging “Marshmallow Girls”. A “Marshmallow Girl” is a voluptuous/”chubby” Japanese woman.

TGIF everybody…

Plus Size Model, Goto Seina modeling for Japan's new plus-size women’s magazine, la farfa.
Plus Size Model, Goto Seina will model for Japan’s new plus-size women’s magazine, la farfa.

This recent acceptance really surprised me. Why? Well, any American who has ever dated a Japanese woman (let alone married one) must be aware of the tremendous pressure for Japanese women to be super skinny in Japanese society. The pressure is very intense, ten fold what we put up with in America. It’s a nightmare for any girl who is bigger than a (American) size four .

To get an idea of what I mean, the picture below illustrates, “how plump the figure is thought to be, and assuming that “0% chubbiness” is the representation of the average “acceptable” size, you should get a pretty good idea of how strict Japanese society is with curvy figures.” – Joan Coello, RocketNews24

Percentage of socially acceptable "chubbiness" in Japan
Percentage of socially acceptable “chubbiness” in Japan with 0% being average.

When I first met my wife she was around 60% and (over the years) went up to 80% but is now down 50% with her goal being 40%. Her goal is 40% because that’s comfortable for her and is what she wants. I love 100% of her all the time but my opinion doesn’t matter when she’s looking in the mirror and shopping for a new outfit. She strongly believes Japan is way over due in changing its attitude towards larger women.

Plus size models
Japanese plus size models 

I can’t imagine the social repercussions this will have on little girls’ self image/confidence. I hope this will broaden perceptions of what people consider to be healthy & attractive. It’s really why I’m taking the time to even mention this.

Welcome to the new millennium Japan!

"Marshmallow Girl" model
“Marshmallow Girl” model

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Chopsticks!! Not by Euphemia Allen…

An assortment of Chopsticks
An assortment of Chopsticks

Anyone who has ever been to an asian restaurant (ever) has encountered chopsticks (or in Japanese はし- pronounced hashi – ha-shee). I’m not referring the piano music composed by Euphemia Allen but the actual food utensils used in Asian culture. You know like from The Karate Kid.

Famous scene from The Karate Kid.
Chopstick scene from The Karate Kid.

Only I’m not referring to catching flies. In fact, I’d like to go over some chopstick etiquette.

Maybe that wasn’t the best example but I love finding videos where people are having fun with formal topics.

The proper usage of chopsticks (hashi) is the most important table etiquette in Japan. Chopsticks are never left sticking vertically into rice, as this resembles incense sticks (which are usually placed vertically in sand) during offerings to the dead. This may easily offend some Japanese people. Using chopsticks to spear food or to point is also frowned upon and it is considered very bad manners to bite chopsticks. Other important chopsticks rules to remember include the following:

  • Hold your chopsticks towards their end, and not in the middle or the front third.
  • When you are not using your chopsticks and when you are finished eating, lay them down in front of you with the tip to left.
  • Do not pass food with your chopsticks directly to somebody else’s chopsticks. Only at funerals are the bones of the cremated body given in that way from person to person.
  • Do not move your chopsticks around in the air too much, nor play with them.
  • Do not move around plates or bowls with chopsticks.
  • To separate a piece of food into two pieces, exert controlled pressure on the chopsticks while moving them apart from each other. – Wikipedia

Howcast might be a little more straight forward with their explanation from their series on sushi lessons.

Okay if you really want hear Chopsticks, check out this classic clip from Sesame Street:

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