Starting tomorrow, we have a long holiday, "Golden Week." I have a 9-day holiday, la la la la la! I have a plan for camping in the Izu area, and I want to see this exhibition, "Taisho Chic." The Taisho and Taisho arts are charming, I really like it.
I am a member of the biggest Japanese SNS site, mixi. But I hardly use it because I don't like SNS. I could not feel comfortable because of its halfway closed character. When I want to talk to my friend, I will send mail in person. If I want to share something fun, I will do it on my blog. I have no interest in sharing and talking about me, myself, my daily life, or my concerns with "mixi friends" who I knew or who I don't know. So it's very difficult for me to write on SNS because I don't know who I am talking to or what I can write about.
Then recently, topics I saw on the Internet about SNS are getting worse. This article from IT media made me scared (web translated). The article said there is an increase in users who have the idea "It is rude that you don't leave any comments when you read your friend's diary." Such activity is called "YOMINIGE" (read and run away)....orz. I really can't understand why they can have such an idea. What is wrong about reading only? I feel people should rather appreciate their friends visiting their page and reading their diary. Of course, not only me, many people say, "it's ridiculous." However it is true that people (especially teenagers) try hard to leave comments and apologize later when they can't... Crazy. Have you ever heard such craziness? I feel this might be related to Japanese insularity, some inner conscience. Sometime I feel Japanese are like lukewarm water with our formal hospitality and nobody should stir it.
Today I read this news (web translated). An administrator of Gainax (the studio of "Neon Genesis Evangelion" ) resigned to take responsibility for the confusion caused by his writing on mixi. And this is another incident (web translated). A city political candidate visited people's diaries on mixi and left his name on their history pages during the election campaign. People thought it was a tactic to lead people to his mixi page. So a guy opened a community called "a candidate's footsteps" and they talked about it. In the commnunity, 20% of people said "it was okay unless it is against the law," but 51% said "it was uncomfortable even if he didn't break the law." 10% said "I hate it!" and nobody said "I would support him." Last week, a guy from the community went to the police and talked about the "possibility of a violation of the Public Offices Election Law." By the way, that candidate won the election but did not make any comment about that issue.
Now the selection campaign on the Internet is against the law, but the govenment will start to discuss. I would prefer an Internet campaign (of course I never can accept "mail") to loud noise from a public speech or campaign car.
Anyway, If you see this mark on food package in Japan, it means the food/drink is "Tokuho" (Tokutei Hokenyo Shokuhin). "Tokuho" means "Food for Specified Health Use," those foods/drinks are assigned by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. For example, "Cholescare" will work for your high cholesterol, "Pure Select Saralear Mayonnaise" by Ajinomoto has the same function. Suntory Black oolong tea will prevent fat deposits. Econa cooking oil has the same function, it's good to use when you cook fried food. Kao released Healthya drink series; the tea has high levels of tea catechin and will reduce your body fat. My friend tried it, and he said he felt his energy went up as if he took strong caffeine. These "Tokuho" items are a little bit more expensive than regular food/drinks but they are easy to take as substitutes for regular mayo, oil, and tea. After I finish the oil in the kitchen, I will use some "tokuho" oil.