A Quaking of the Earth

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There was an earthquake here in the prefecture on Friday. We were about 20 miles from the epicenter, and thankfully, it wasn’t devastating overall.

As a person that has never experienced an earthquake (that wasn’t above a ground tremor) it was a shortly terrifying experience, because once you’re in your safe position, you’re just waiting with the concious thought that the earth is literally moving under your feet.

Interesting day that I will add to the list of my life experiences.

PS: I lived in Utah during 5th grade, and earthquake drills were a common occurence.

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Gainare Tottori Soccer Game

Konnichiwa Ya’ll, and greetings from Tottori!

Thanks to Andrea’s great fortune she landed some tickets to go see Tottori’s local J3 Soccer Team, Gainare Tottori, ガイナーレ鳥取.

Japan’s soccer system follows that of the Premiere league in England, which means as teams move up and down in rankings, they can be moved to higher/lower leagues accordingly. Gainare Tottori started as a J2 team, but as their wins declined they eventually fell into the J3 league.

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GainaMan with his specialty T-shirt cannon, the GAINABUSTER!!!

The Team is actually based out of Yonago City, but Tottori Torigin (Bird Bank) Stadium is the only J.League capable stadium in the region, and actually hosted a match back in the 2002 World Cup.

The enjoyable part of going anywhere in Japan, is seeing what food they have, and that still extends to lower level soccer games. I had what I think is a spaghetti burger. Andrea had some delicious たこ焼き (Takoyaki- Octopus Dumplings) .

While the J3 level may be a lower caliber than the MLS (Go Orlando City), the game is still fun. And so is the Supporters section.

If you’ve ever been to a soccer game, you’ll know that the supporters club chants are part of the game day experience, and Japan is no exception to the rule.

Check out this short video to see what I mean:

In case you feel like brushing up on your Japanese, here is Gainare’s website:

http://www.gainare.co.jp/

If you’re ever in Japan during soccer season, try to pony up to see a soccer game. If you don’t feel like paying J1 tier price, J2 and J3 games are still enjoyable.

Until next time, Stay Awesome!

McDonalds in Japan

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McDonalds recruitment poster in the style of a Ghibli movie poster

Greetings again from Tottori!

So today we went to a McDonalds in Japan. This may seem like a mundane experience if it weren’t for two things:

  1. I’ve been boycotting McDonalds in the US for over 2 years (read more at the bottom).
  1. The difference in menu choices and food presentation.

But when lured with prospect of chocolate covered fries, and the fact that I haven’t had a burger in over a month, how could we say no.

I had a Big Mac, but it actually lookedcloser to the picture than the mess I usually get in the US. Andrea ordered the Ebi-Burger, which is a patty made of breaded shrimp (it’s really good).

The other benefit of McDonalds in Japan is portion size. The medium soft drink is somewhere between a small and kid’s size in the US.

I know people like to complain about the size of drinks getting smaller and being ripped off, but we shouldn’t be drinking that much soda anyway.

I apologize for the fast food rant, but if you ever come to McDonald’s in Japan, try an ebi burger and maybe even a bacon and potato pie (Looks like an apple pie).

Until next time, stay awesome!

 

Boycott:

The reason behind my boycott is multifold. It really all started back in 2009 when one day, I was craving a double cheeseburger. I mean, REALLY craving one. So after my work day, I went over to McDonalds to get a double cheeseburger and lo and behold… it was the most mediocre thing ever. It even tasted like I was expecting, but the satisfaction wasn’t anywhere near what I wanted. From there I started eating there lesss.

A couple of years later, I ran across the book Chew On This, from the same people who wrote Fast Food Nation, the inspiration for the documentary “Super Size Me”. This book changed the way I viewed eating fast food. Though it didn’t completely change my diet, I decided to stick to only Big Macs and fries, and only on certain occasions.

Not long after that, there was discussion of the minimum wage, and long story short, I disagree with the fact that McDonald’s contracts constrict local franchises from being able to raise their minimum wages without truly hurting their own bottom line. They also made some comments in their employee handbook telling employees to “eat smaller portions” and also released an unrealistic budget ( http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/354633)

(http://www.salon.com/2013/10/23/video_mcdonalds_tells_workers_to_get_food_stamps/ ).

These things, along with the food additives left a bad taste in my mouth so I swore off the golden arches.

Japan McDonaldsdoesn’t pay their employees more than in the U.S., but with nationalized healthcare, and better job training, they’re not left in a dead end job as much as U.S. citizens.

Watching the Election from Afar

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The road to this presidential election has not been a fun one. I personally don’t have faith in either main party candidates. Not only that, but the spectacle on the presidential race has distracted from Senate , local races, and local bills that will affect people more than the presidential race will.

On top of that, people are actually destroying friendships over many of the issues that have arisen. It’s sad really.

But don’t worry! I have a perfect solution:

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Until next time.

-Stay Awesome!