An illustrated edition of the Ise Monogatari
, review of translation
). Yeah, yeah, it's in Japanese, but just keep hitting the forward button (the leftmost of the two on the right, red/brown rather than blue/green) and you'll find lots of pretty pictures. I can't improve on the descriptions by Matt of No-sword
, where I found it, so I'll just quote him: "Behold our hero maxin' and relaxin'
at his writing-desk, looking like he just got hired as a middle manager at his dad's lighter-flint concern! Thrill to the famous scene where he is visited by the Pineapple of Golden Week Past
! Laugh as he is mistaken for a member of Aerosmith
! Wonder why everyone is just sitting around smiling contentedly when the building is obviously on fire
Scotland shamed: Japan wins whisky challenge.
The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre hosted a tasting in Toronto, and a 20-year-old Nikka Yoichi
, distilled in Hokkaido, beat out a 16-year-old Lagavulin
(my own favorite) and 12-year-old whiskies from Cragganmore
(also excellent). This is reminiscent of the 1976 tasting
in which California wines beat out French ones and put California on the map; can America someday produce a world-class scotch-type whisky
(the preferred spelling in Scotland), or shall we simply continue to take pride in our bourbon