How To Be A Social Animal And Not Die In The Attempt
Hello again dear guests and readers! Tabita here!
My first shift of the year at Wa! Happy New Year, everyone!
It has become way too cold, huh? There is this pedestrian bridge close to my school that has this warning sign about the risk of slipping during cold time. Personally, I thought it was all lies but yesterday, on the way to school, I saw these four people spreading a substance that looked like white pellets over some spots of the bridge. Then I noticed the white substance was there in order to prevent people from slipping over the… ice. There was real ice there. And also on the train platform… I was surprised. Never saw such thing in my hometown, so there was room for me to be surprised.
The main topics that came up today were: 1. How can some Japanese become decently behaved human beings after being forced to waste their youth locked in classrooms memorizing contents just in order to pass tests. 2. The bounties of agriculture and how modern life changes our way of enjoying them.
Regarding the first one, I’ve been in Japan for a bit more than a year already, and one of the things that has surprised me the most is that after experiencing a mostly stiff education system, people still can somehow pull themselves together and gather the willpower to have fun, make friends, and such. I’ve met quite cool people around my age and above. When I realize that despite being subjugated to an educational system that only forced them to memorize an infinite amount of patterns for when some test comes, they still are that cool, I simply start to admire them. If it were me, the options would have been either to quit school or to quit life itself. According to the experience of one of the guests, people who engage on activities outside class, such as clubs and circles or part-time jobs, get the opportunity to broaden their minds and think differently. On the other hand, people that for some reason only dwelled between school and home, somehow start to have difficulties communicating with others. I’m used to a different system in which you attend class to increase your general knowledge and to learn to think outside your own box, to get to know about things that otherwise would have never crossed your mind. So the fact that Japanese people have to search by themselves the way to open their minds and successfully manage to do it, is really big deal.
Regarding agriculture, another guest talked to me about Nagano. The soil of Nagano is rich in minerals due to thermal water, so the quality and taste of vegetables are way different compared to the ones you get in the supermarket. The price is higher than the normal ones, but there is no possible comparison. Regarding a proper way to cook these high-quality vegetables, giving up on using electricity (microwave ovens, IH, and even the rice cooker) helps to preserve their nutrients and other properties. I asked the guest how is it possible to cook Japanese rice without a rice cooker and the answer is a type of pot made of clay. It made sense to me, since in my country some of the traditional food is cooked in clay recipients too.
This is some of what we learned during conversation today:
Trait: According to the dictionary is a characteristic related to a particular behaviour or one that is transmitted genetically.
Bitter: The adjective that describes the taste of things like beer and tea (with no sugar).
Microwave oven: An electric type of oven known for heating food from inside out. The waves emitted by it are said to alter the properties of food, but anyway mostly all of us have one of those at home to heat our frozen pizza…
That’s it for today, see you next time!