Thursday, August 23, 2012

Natsubate 夏ばて

It has been hot in Japan. We say Supper hot summer "mousho" 猛暑 This summer is "mousho".

We sometimes ask my friends in summer. "Natsubate 夏ばて shiteru ?" Natsubate means weariness from the heat in summer. And Losting our appetite because of the summer heat and "natsubate"is often used as same meaning.

When we have lost our appetite in summer, we eat light meal or foods that supply energy for us.
Representative light meal is cold Japanese noodle,  Soba or Somen. It is so simple to eat. It is eaten with "Mentsuyu" 麺つゆJapanese soup base. 
Eel (Unagi  うなぎ)  is representative food that supplys energy in summer.  I like both. 
I have good appetite anytime. However, I sometimes lost my appetite in hot summer like this year. 

I have necessary foods in hot summer. They are Edamame 枝豆 (boiled green soy-beans) and Suika すいか(watermelon) And it is important to supply water and salt content in order to suffer heatstroke. 

What do you eat to keep our energy and prevent natsubate in your countries?  

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Parade in Ginza

We were cheering Japanese athletes in Olympic game in London. And we were given impression and great power for plays and performances.

Five hundred thousand people gathered and celebrated the medalists.

A lot of medals got in this Olympic games. Wrestling, swimming races, female Football and volleyball, female table tennis team, male gymnastics, Judo, fencing, archery, etc...

Now sense of stagnation spreads in Japanese society. There are a lot of problems for energy, diplomacy and economy.  However, when we saw impressed performance and single-minded plays , we were encouraged.  No matter how the situation is bad, we have to do one's best in present situation.  And I was impressed by sportsmanship. The result is all and they can't excuse.

I was given a lot of energy and encourage in this Olympic game.