Currently “Japanese” wine is made with imported concentrated grape juice from lower-cost locations like Chile and then chemically altered at massive Japanese factories (aka wineries). A new law will require wine labeled as “Japanese” to be wholly produced in Japan using domestically harvested grapes the size of golf balls and sweeter than a Coke.
New rule will change definition of Japanese wine THE JAPAN NEWS — Aug. 24, 2015
The National Tax Agency is preparing to establish a new rule that will require wine labeled as Japanese wine to be wholly produced in Japan using domestically harvested grapes…[currently] 75 percent of grapes or concentrated grape juice used to make Japanese wine are imported, such wine is considered to be domestically produced…more…
To celebrate Jizo Bon, on August 22 & 23rd, people make a pilgrimage to Ono-no-Takamura's six Jizo that are arranged in a vast circle around the city of Kyoto.
The ‘Rokujizo Meguri’ (六地蔵巡り) nowadays begins with Fushimi-jizo, moving counter-clockwise to Toba-jizo, Katsura-jizo, Tokiwa-jizo, Kuramaguchi-jizo, and Yamashina-jizo.
More significantly, nowadays these Jizo are the guardian deity of aborted fetuses.
Since Jizo are the guardian deity of aborted fetuses, a nice stroll among thousands of Jizo at a temple is not a great idea for a first date with a young Japanese lady who you may want to bed later in the evening.
Pikachu Tairyo Hassei Chu—an Outbreak of Pikachus is scheduled to take place in Yokohama from August 8 to 18. One thousand dancing Pikachus will descend on the Minato Mirai bayside district of Yokohama—No telling what havoc they will cause!
So, you’re going to take an August vacation in Japan? Don’t.
Cue Good Morning, Vietnam
— What’s the weather like out there?
It’s hot. Damn hot! Real hot! Hottest things is my shorts. I could cook things in it. A little crotch pot cooking.
— Well, can you tell me what it feels like.
Fool, it’s hot! I told you again! Were you born on the sun? It’s damn hot! I saw – It’s so damn hot, I saw little guys, their orange robes burst into flames. It’s that hot! Do you know what I’m talking about.” What do you think it’s going to be like tonight? “It’s gonna be hot and wet! That’s nice if you’re with a lady, but it ain’t no good if you’re in the [concrete] jungle.
Last week was Eel Eating Day, Doyo-no-ushinohi, when folks here celebrate with the custom of eating grilled eel to gain stamina to beat the horrid heat of Japan. Only problem is the Japanese have eaten most of their endangered eels and now have resorted to substitutes… pottiiino.tumblr.com (Google Translate)
Eel bread of Dog Days … Anything goes …
(as seen at the Nikke Colton Plaza in Chiba Prefecture†)
Eating eel on Ox Day (ushi-no-hi) was on July 24 and again on August 2-ish thanks the vagaries of the old and new Japanese calendar.
Previous reports of Japanese Dog Days of grilled Eels on the 3Yen include: