This mount needs
This next one needs no introduction. I love
the majestic Mount Fuji.
Standing magnificent and proud, Fuji is the highest mountain
in Japan. Along with Mount Tate and Mount Haku, it is one
of Japan's "Three Holy Mountains". Mount Fuji
is an active volcano, lies just west of Tokyo, and if you're
really lucky you can actually see it on a clear day. Mount
Fuji's exceptionally symmetrical cone is a well-known symbol
of Japan and it is frequently depicted in art. Here is my
shot of it.
I like the
practice that the Japanese try as much as possible to adopt.
once went to Japan's Disney world on a local public holiday.
The place was packed. However, the one thing that I noticed
was that no matter how packed or long the queues were, nobody
in front of you or behind you "accidentally" stepped
on your toes or jostled you. Even during the watching of
the parade, the Japanese sit and wait in an orderly fashion.
They are really polite about respecting personal space.
Somehow even for an area as huge as Disney world, with so
many people milling about, I always feel that parents with
children can have peace of mind that their children will
be safe here, because of the fantastic security system.
devoted to girls...
I love the
celebration held on the 3rd of March because I
am a girl and once it was explained to me, I thought it
was a great celebration and one that even Malaysians should
adopt. It is the festival dedicated to Japanese girls. Dolls
representing an ancient Imperial couple, are displayed in
houses of unmarried girls, to bring good fortune to them.
Superstition has it that if the dolls are not put back into
their boxes before midnight, the girls in that house will
never marry. What an easy way to ensure that all the single,
eligible girls find a suitable spouse. If only real life
were so easy...
P.S. Of course,
there are heaps of other things I love about Japan but these are
just the seven that came to me first. If you are wondering why
the Cherry Blossom Festival
that is Number One on almost every traveler's list is not on mine,
that's because in the 17 trips I have made to Japan, the trips
have never coincided with the Hanami.
Imagine that. Sad but true!
Also, if you are
wondering why the Onsen (public
baths) are not listed on my top seven things,
it's not because I haven't experienced them and loved them, but
rather because I was not allowed to bring my camera into the baths
for obvious reasons.
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Japanese Taste Treats
- Ramen -- wheat;
most commonly sold pre-cooked with packets of broth
- Soba -- buckwheat
- Somen -- wheat,
- Udon -- wheat; a
square-edged, thick, chewy noodle
What to Order in Japanese Restaurants:
- Yakisoba are Japanese
- Tempura Soba is
a noodle soup topped with deep fried vegetables and shrimp.
- Nabeyaki Udon is
udon noodles in stock topped with chicken, seafood, fish
Her Thoughts on Food and
are not only amusing but delicious.
(Julia Child, Julia
Child & Company 1978)
"May your rice never
burn," is the New Year's Greeting of the Chinese. "May it
never be gummy," is ours.
(Irma and Marion Rombauer, The Joy of Cooking, 1931)
If you're interested
in cooking, you're also just naturally interested in art,
in love and in culture.
(Madame Jehane Benoit, The Canadian, 1974)
Japanese food is very
pretty and undoubtedly a suitable cuisine in Japan...Hostesses
hellbent on serving such food to occidentals would be well
advised to supplement it with something more substantial
and to keep in mind that almost everybody likes french fries.
(Fran Lebowitz, Metropolitan Life, 1978)
(Source: The New Beacon Book of Quotations by Women
-- Rosalie Maggio)
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