January 21, 2019

Meals Offered in the School Canteen at My Daughter's University, Part 13/娘の大学の学生食堂で出される食事、パート13

1 Nakatsu shio karaage
Nakatsu is the city in Oita prefecture that is famous for its chicken karaage. Shio means salt. 
2 Cabbage rolls and chicken simmered with tomato
3 Mapo tofu
1 中津の塩唐揚
2 ロールキャベツとチキンのトマト煮
3 麻婆豆腐

January 15, 2019

Canadian PM Criticizes Japan over Whaling/カナダの首相が日本の捕鯨を非難


Canada left the IWC in 1982. Justin Trudeau has gone insane?


January 13, 2019

Minke Whales/ミンク鯨

Excerpt from the website of the Japan Small-Type Whaling Association

What kind of whale is the minke whale?
Minke whales are one of the many species of whales that live in Japan's coastal waters and there are at least 25,000 of them.
Whale stocks that have been depleted do need protection - but minke whales and small cetaceans are thriving in large numbers in the world's oceans. Now, scientists think at least 25,000 minke whales are in Japan's coastal waters and because there is no minke whaling allowed, the number of minkes is increasing.
Because there are so many minke whales, they are in NO danger of becoming extinct.
Minke whales feed mainly on large numbers of small fishes.
Because whales are one of the largest animals in the sea, they eat large amounts of fish as their primary food. Minke whales that live near Japan feed on sardines, saury, and walleye pollack - fish that the Japanese also enjoy eating.
So if there are too many minke in the ocean, they might deplete other valuable marine resources?
If the number of whales grows too large, it is entirely possible that the whales, which eat the fish, could decrease the number of fish in the ocean.
This could be a serious problem because it could mean a shortage of food for the whales, destruction of the balance among species in the ecosystem, and problems for fishermen who need to feed their communities by fishing.
Whales are important animals but if there are too many of them, they can become a problem.