Fresh tofu in Japan is far better than it is anywhere else, and the tofu in Kyoto is generally held to be the best in the country. This is generally attributed to the skill, refined court and/or temple-influenced culture and the quality of the local water. ... During my week in Kyoto, I was able to pursue one family business’s vision of what tofu should be from beginning to end. [more inside]
posted by Trurl
on Mar 22, 2012 -
The familiar story of 20th century philosophy is one of analytic
philosophies. In spite of this, behind the exaggerated differences
is the common history
that these two traditions often forget. In failing to remember this common history, it's easy to forget that for all its supposed universality, philosophy is so distinctly western. It's naive to think that this narrow-mindedness is due to western intellectuals being unable to hear the wisdoms of the world over the din of their own arguments. Rather, it is only that these wordly traditions don’t have that flavour
– that hardness of crystal
. [more inside]
posted by Alex404
on Apr 20, 2007 -
Geiko of Kyoto
is a stunning photo gallery of Kyotos's Geisha - both the mature Geiko and the apprentice Maiko. Melissa Chasse annotates many photos with fascinating details and offers an account of her tea party with Mamechika
, a lovely Maiko. For more, this lovely Geisha site
offers a brief history from the era of the floating world, more photos, Ukiyo-e art, and links. Also see y2karls' prior definitive post on ukiyo-e
posted by madamjujujive
on Sep 23, 2006 -
The Toronto Globe and Mail on climate-change denial in Canada
. Includes a description of how donations from oil companies to anti-Kyoto groups like Friends of Science are laundered through the Calgary Foundation and the University of Calgary's Science Education Fund. Previously
posted by russilwvong
on Aug 15, 2006 -
It's official. 2005 was the hottest year on record
. Despite this new alarming evidence that the world is heating up, countries like Australia and the United States are still refusing to sign up to the Kyoto Protocol
. But with many (mostly on the conservative side of politics) claiming that the Kyoto Protocol is a failure
, what else can be done to stop the now clearly visible effects of climate change to our world?
posted by Effigy2000
on Jan 3, 2006 -
Global warming -- the upside:
the entrepreneurs poised to make millions from new ports and shipping lanes in the formerly ice-bound Arctic circle. A fascinating New York Times article on the international land-grab following the news (reported here
, discussed here
, whitewashed here
, et. al.
) that the polar ice caps and Siberian permafrost are melting. Goodbye Gulf Stream, hello Club Med Santa-style -- first SUV to the North Pole wins!
posted by digaman
on Oct 10, 2005 -
is the largest experiment ever to try and produce a forecast of the climate in the 21st century. it's a collaborative project a la seti@home
, and they have come up with some interesting results
we've heard about climate change before
, but this study indicates that things might be significantly worse than initially thought (double the temperature increase as previously predicted).
maybe this is all okay though, even good for you
. if you'd like to see that idea nicely debunked, i suggest you check out trust us, we're experts
. a lovely little book about how much we can trust all of these studies.
makes you wonder if we should have signed this
posted by christy
on Jan 26, 2005 -
"It is with pleasure that I welcome you to the Website of the Kyoto National Museum.
We hope this site will open up the fascinating world of East Asian art to a broader audience than ever before possible." 
posted by hama7
on Feb 26, 2003 -
Though I too was angry when Bush end gang refused to get involved with Kyoto (environmental treaty), I might have let my ant-Bush feelings take over my "better self." Here an expert argues that all the world but the EU knows that the Kyoto treaty is worthless.
posted by Postroad
on Oct 1, 2002 -
Canadian Prime Minister surprises with pledge to put Kyoto accord to Parliament.
Until now, with resistance from the oil-rich western provinces, Canada has been luke-warm on Kyoto. PM Jean Chretien surprised all of us (a pleasant surprise, for many) by making the announcement today at the Summit in South Africa. The PM recently announced that he'll be leaving office in 18 months - leaving him with a lot of power and little accountability - possibly working on his own legacy rather than for the good of his country. So far so good.
posted by stevengarrity
on Sep 2, 2002 -
Entire EU signs on to Kyoto Enviro Pact
All 15 European Union nations ratified the Kyoto Protocol against global warming yesterday and goaded Washington, which has turned its back on the treaty, to do its part.
The pact would have required the United States, which accounted for 36 percent of the industrialized world's greenhouse gas emissions in 1990, to trim emissions by 7 percent from 1990 levels.
posted by planetkyoto
on Jun 1, 2002 -
Pacific Island States To Sue Western Countries Over Rising Sea Levels
At the meeting of Pacific Conference of Leaders' Standing Committee at the East West Center in Honolulu, members discussed the use of lawsuits to draw attention to the risks which climate change pose their countries, and to pressure the US and Australia to sign Kyoto. (1
The conference nearly coincided with a report by the AU National Tidal facility which reported sinking sea levels in Tuvalu. (1
) This story is particularly interesting (1
) on human impact on Tuvalu.
Heading into another major El Nino year, there is no doubt that Pacific states are vulnerable, but how should they argue for recognition of climatic inequalities?
posted by rschram
on Mar 29, 2002 -
China pops back a collective Beano. (NY Times link. Free registration required.)
One of Bush's main objections to the Kyoto protocol is China's exemption from regulation, but it seems they're doing their collective best to cut down on CO2 emissions, with success.
Even with China's rapid rate of expansion, this weakens our administration's argument a bit by setting forward the number of years it will take China to match our own emissions. At what point do we start to play nice with the other kids?
posted by dong_resin
on Jun 16, 2001 -
WHILE YOU'RE AT IT, COULD YOU REPEAL THE GENEVA CONVENTION?
Bush's EPA Administrator Christie Todd Whitman said yesterday that the Kyoto treaty on climate change was dead. She said, "No, we have no interest in implementing that treaty."
Under the treaty, the U.S. would have to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012. Earlier this month, Whitman signed a formal declaration with
environmental ministers from other industrialized nations pledging to move forward on the treaty.
posted by semmi
on Mar 28, 2001 -
Most of the world rejects
the USAmerican attempt to end-around-run the Kyoto protocols. Surely we'll get our way (I use the pronouns reluctantly in this case). Who can stop us? Besides, who cares? Not President-elect (de facto) Bush. Add the guiltless bloodshed in Israel/Palestine to this and my last post and it's hard to be thankful at the global level.
posted by Sean Meade
on Nov 22, 2000 -