Coffee or Tea (or both)?

Dear reader,

As a Brazilian I have been drinking coffee since I was a little boy!  🙂  In all these years I haven’t met a single Brazilian that doesn’t like to drink coffee! It’s not coincidence that my country is one of the largest producers of coffee in the world.

On the other hand I’m a vivid appreciator of tea too! When I lived in Brazil I used to drink tea most of time due to some health problems such as constipation, cold, stomachache, etc. My country has a rich variety of 100% natural tea leaves used for medicinal purposes, so a lot of Brazilians drink some kind of tea instead of taking a traditional synthetic medicine.

And when I came to Japan for the first time almost thirty years ago, I was immediately attracted by the taste of the authentic green tea!  😉  Here on this side of the world people drink more tea than coffee due to cultural reasons and also because there is a huge variety of tea in this country.

The purpose of this article is not to ask you to make a choice between coffee or tea, but on the contrary: is to explore further the benefits of these two wonderful drinks that have been part of my life for a long time. Therefore I intend, in a near future, to write an article exclusively about coffee and another one only about tea, where I will describe the main types and flavors of each one around the world, especially in Brazil and Japan where I have lived for decades.

Now if you allow me I’m going to fill my mug with instant coffee and powder milk because I have some serious work to do, OK?  😉

Meanwhile enjoy the photographs below and stay tuned, please!  🙂

Typical cup of coffee in Brazil. Known as "cafezinho" (small coffee), is extremely popular among Brazilians.

Typical cup of coffee in Brazil. Known as “cafezinho” (small coffee), is extremely popular among Brazilians. It’s consumed everywhere and anytime around the country: at home, work, restaurants and bars.

 

Green tea is the most popular drink in Japan and is part of Japanese culture.

Green tea is the most popular drink in Japan and has been part of Japanese culture and cuisine for centuries.

Until next month! 😉

Advertisements

Art

Dear reader,

This month I’m adding another item on this blog menu (now it contains fifteen items), i.e,  art.

The reason why I’ve decided to add one more item is because I just realized now that art and culture are two distinct concepts, despite of being strongly linked with each other. It’s interesting to mention that people from complete different cultures can enjoy the same kind of art. Therefore while culture is more related to a restricted geographical area (country, state or city), art is universal! The same kind of art is practiced by people from different places in the world, not necessarily at the same time.

Here in this small space I will try to write about different kind of arts, as for example:

  • visual arts (sculpting, painting, photography and other visual media),
  • performing arts (music, theatre, dance, film, etc),
  • applied arts (interior design, architecture, industrial design).

Notice that on this blog menu I’ve already created separate items for photography, music and movies since I have a strong passion for these kinds of arts. Therefore most of time I will post anything related to them under their respective pages, but occasionally I will just post here or even at both places!

I have to confess that I never was good at art classes during school times… Although sometimes I think I had some interesting ideas I couldn’t put them in practice since my drawing and painting skills were (and still are) terrible!  😦

Anyway I hope that in a near future you can enjoy some posts here related to this fascinating topic.

Meanwhile, a famous quote by one of the most famous painters of all the times, Pablo Picasso, to make us think about…  😉

Every child is an artist!

Blade Runner

Dear reader,

Thirty-four years ago or if you prefer, on the last century  🙂  I watched Blade Runner, one of the best science-fiction movies ever made, for the first time! Since I had some free time after my undergraduating classes during a weekday I invited a friend to watch it in a small movie theater in Porto Alegre, my hometown.

The first thing that called my attention was that it rains during 99% of the movie! Only at the end of the movie was possible to see some sunshine on the big screen… Actually, I learned last week only that all these years me and millions of people around the world watched the studio version, or in other words, the happy end version…

There are seven versions of Blade Runner. The most important (or known) ones are:

  • The US theatrical version (1982, 116 minutes), known as the original version or Domestic Cut,
  • The International Cut (1982, 117 minutes) also known as the “Criterion Edition” or uncut version, included three more violent action scenes than the US theatrical version and,
  • The Final Cut (2007, 117 minutes), or the “25th-Anniversary Edition”, briefly released theatrically on October 5, 2007.

Basically the film depicts a dystopian Los Angeles in which genetically engineered replicants, which are visually indistinguishable from adult humans, are manufactured by the powerful Tyrell Corporation. The use of replicants on Earth is banned and they are exclusively utilized for dangerous or menial work on off-world colonies. Replicants who defy the ban and return to Earth are hunted down and killed (“retired”) by special police operatives known as “Blade Runners”. The plot focuses on a group of recently escaped replicants hiding in L.A. and the burnt-out expert Blade Runner, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who reluctantly agrees to take on one more assignment to hunt them down.

blade_runner_poster

For more details about the movie take a look at Wikipedia link below, please:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blade_Runner

Until two weeks ago I have watched Blade Runner three times, all of them were the US theatrical version, i.e., with the happy ending… However, only last week (when heard that a sequel will be released next year) I learned that the definitive and true version was the Final Cut version since it shows a completely different ending plus a very important scene that wasn’t present in the studio version!  😉

Therefore if you still haven’t watched Blade Runner (what are you waiting for?) you must watch the Final Cut version since it’s the only version that was completely approved by the film director, Ridley Scott.

You are probably asking me here, “but why do you like this movie so much?”. My answer is a complex one:

Because it contrasted a lot with my reality thirty-four years ago. The differences (for worst) between my hometown in 1982 and Los Angeles in 2019 were so huge that sometimes I asked myself: “Is this the future that wait for us in the 21st-century?”

I personally enjoyed the internal conflict inside the minds of some replicants, especially Roy Batty and Rachel. As an electronics engineer that has became passioned about Robotics through the years it won’t surprise me that in a near future with the advance of A.I. (Artificial Inteligence) some humanoids (or replicants) will be more humans that some of us, mere mortals…

I also liked the movie soundtrack a lot. Vangelis, a Greek musician, composed most of the soundtrack. It is mostly a dark, melodic combination of classical composition and synthesizers which mirrors the futuristic film noir envisioned by Ridley Scott. His music is as much a part of the dystopian environment as the decaying buildings and ever-present rain.

 

 

 

Terra

Dear reader,

After thinking for a while I decided to add a new item on this blog menu, this time related to our planet Earth. It will be called Terra, i.e., Earth in Latim.

In this space I intend to write about the current main problems that affect our world and consequently their causes and possible solutions with the purpose to make our planet a better place to live. 😉

Environment, climate, natural resources, wars, migration, etc. Therefore there are a lot of different topics that are affecting our world, usually for worse…

Keep in mind that the Earth is an old world: formed more than 4 billions years ago. It’s our duty to protect its healthy for future generations!

Let’s save it, terráqueos!   🙂

Comics

Dear reader,

As I wrote a long time ago, reading is definitely one of my favorite pastimes. The main reason is because I started reading comics at a very early age. As far I remember, I have been reading comics uninterruptedly since I was six-years-old! 🙂

My passion for reading comics was definitely encouraged by my father. I always tell people that this was the greatest legacy that he left for me, in other words, the encouragement for reading. I loved to go with him to the newsstand on every Saturday night or Sunday morning. He used to buy a lot of comics together with the daily newspaper! And I really mean a lot, not only two or three comics, but sometimes six or seven in just one day! Of course, my mom usually didn’t approve it since he was spending a lot of money just buying comics to me… 🙂

Therefore in this column I intend to write about the world of comics and how they influenced and still influence my way of thinking even almost fifty years later!

I will write about my favorite comics, i.e., characters and plots, including publishers, artists, writers, etc. Basically it’s about American comics since they used to be published on a full content in Portuguese when I was a kid. In addition I will write about some Brazilian comics too and some Japanese comics as well.   😉

Best Regards from the Land of Manga!   😉

world-peace-justice

World Peace Justice: myself character secret ID!

Getting sick…

Dear reader,

On this week I was supposed to write about Culture, but suddenly I had to change my plans…

That’s because I got a mild cold two days ago. Although the fever wasn’t so hard (38.1 degrees Celsius was the highest temperature) I had a terrible sore throat yesterday… 😦

Besides, I had a lot of trouble to logging in my account here on the last three weeks, but everything is OK now. 🙂

Therefore I ask you for your comprehension and I promise to write a more interesting article next month.

Tomorrow I will be back to work and I won’t forget to wear my face mask to protect me of getting another cold… 😉

Best Regards from Japan, The Land of White Masks!   🙂

facemasksflavorsofjapan

 

 

Japanese Cuisine

Dear reader,

Are you hungry? I am, since it’s almost lunch time… 😉

In this page, Japanese Cuisine, I intend to introduce some delicious Japanese dishes from a foreigner’s perspective. Although my Japanese knowledge is a basic one, the fact of being living in this wonderful country for almost twenty years and being married to a Japanese woman makes me feel relaxed when talking or writing about most popular Japanese food! 🙂

Therefore if you like some famous Japanese food as sushi, sashimi and tofu you have come to the right place, i.e., the right page! 😉

As Japanese people say before starting eating: いただきます! (Itadakimasu !)

In other words,  Let’s eat!

Previous Older Entries Next Newer Entries