7/24/2015

Egg plant with pork seasoned with green perilla and sweetened miso

This summer, a lot of egg plants are cropped here. This dish is to consume those egg plants. The title tells what it is.

 
Egg plants are cooked with sesame oil. They absorb much oil and taste great. Even though it might contain high calory, this may be the best way to cook egg plant.
 
Several years ago, I used to talk to Fred K5FA in MS, who also had egg plants grown in his farm. He used to be proud of the big crop of them at this time in a year. iT has been years since i heard him last time.  

7/18/2015

How a greedy investor has earned profit from Greece in the financial crisis.

An article in The Nation tells how Goldman Sachs has got the enormous profit from Greek in financial crisis. Of course, the people and the government of greece are responsible for the corruption, too much social security and tax evasion in the rich. But it is still immoral for such an investor to make predatory lending to Greece.

http://www.thenation.com/article/goldmans-greek-gambit/

I am afraid, as I told in the previous post, our government has even more debt than Greek has had. Who could say we won't suffer from a trick by a global capital as Goldman Sachs? TPP could be a tool for such investors to make profit from our country. We could never be a lookers on at all.

This post is thanks to David N7RK who has posted on this article in Facebook.

7/14/2015

A trip to Suwa lake

It was a sunny day yesterday. Burning hot. I made a drive trip to Suwa lake in Nagano. I haven't realized the purpose of this trip this time. Midsummer weather and beautiful scenary were good enough to drive there.
 
 
Driving through the city of Suwa, I have recalled a few things separately. One of them was Jim N3BB, whom I have known for decades and have met in person in Tokyo about 20 years ago. He used to tell me about a trip to Suwa one time. He was invited there by a japanese electrical item company; Jim corrected it to be Seiko Co, the famous watch manufacturing company. It must have been a fond memory for him. He was staying at a reception facility of the company on the top of a hill overlooking Suwa lake. At night, I guess, they have held a concert by a flutist; Jim also corrected it was a violinist, for the guests there. He looked as if sighing for the beautiful scenary through the window during the concert. It must have been around '80s, when he was working as an active engineer in the smiconductor business.
 
Driving through the city, I found very few people on the street. It was a plain week day, so that, no wonder, there should be less tourists there than the week ends. I bet, however, it might have been much more bustling on the streets there in '80s. Jim might have seen such crowds in this hot spring resort as well.
 
In my med student days in '70s, just before he visited there, I went for camping for practise of the univ orchestra every summer. One time, on the way back home, the students took on a bus and went through this city. I felt I remembered going through a street on a bus there, even though the street has been changed. It was in the end of August. A girl majoring in dentistry, a violist, was on the seat next to me. We have talked a lot on the whole way back to Tokyo. Since graduation from the school, we haven't got in touch at all. About 10 years ago, when I was asked to play in an OB/OG orchestra of a high school there, I got acquaintance with a guy who played the concert master at the concert. That dentist girl turned out to be his wife at that time. Through knowing her husband, we got in tough again, even though it has been a relationship to exchange the new year's card once a year. We have met so many people in our lives and then got parted each other for our lives. In rare occasions, we happen to meet again. It is a marvelous thing. We should treasure such meetings.
 
I have looked for some photo cards to send to Jim. There used to be many sets of them available at souvenir shops. But nothing like that found. I could not take good photo by myself, either. If Jim and Diana read this post, I should excuse for using a photo of Suwa lake, shown  above, I got in the internet in stead. We might have been at or through this place not so far apart in the time.  

 
 
 
 

7/12/2015

A round table between VK and JA

For the past 2 days, I have met Tim VK3IM on 40m. He is an old friend of mine, whom I have introduced in this blog before. In both QSOs, there was our mutual friend, Lou VK5EEE, joined. A round table between VK and JA. However, both VKs could not hear each other, so that I should relay their messages by myself.

The path between VK and JA has always been very stable. As I told in the other post, I have enjoyed ragchewing with Tim on the way back from Melbourne to Mt. Eliza, his home QTH. He was running old FT101B with a top loaded vertical on the luggage carrier on his van. A bit chirpy but carming CW. We have talked on that good old days. Even though he has been inactive due to health problems, he is getting active on the radio again. Drew VK3XU was kind enough to put up his antenna on the roof. The great ragchewer in VK has resurrected there to my pleasure.

Lou, an ex radio operator, has been active recently. We have run across on 40m for a few times recently. Having known Tim, he was surprised to read about him in this blog and introduced the photo I had uploaded here in his page in QRZ.com. Since both of Tim and Lou have been eager ragchewer, they must have known each other well. They seemed to have been in close touch each other. Unfortunately, Lou has a very low wire antenna and his signal has always been suboptimal for ragchewing at this end. But he is going to put it up higher very soon. It may enable us to have a real round table very soon.

I feel there have been much less CW operators in the pan Pacific area than in the pan Atlantic area now. We, japanese CW operators, should treasure the opportunities to chat with VKs on the stable path. Moreover, Tim is a special friend of mine since we share the common history in our lives.  

Dvorak's piano quintet in A major

I don't like Dvorak's works so much. Even though he has been successful at composing very sweet and impressive melodies, his melodies exist in his works as if monophony with the other parts accompaning the melodies. I believe this generally goes to his chamber musics as well as to the symphonies. I would love those with a melody with counterpoints or fugue etc. Such complex structures in music will give us pleasure to listen to them. I feel Dvorak's works are always out of this genre if not all.

This piano quintet is an exception for me. The melodies are so beautiful and well related with each other. The beginning theme by cello could not help fascinating us into the music. Honestly, I listen to this piece while cooking in the kitchen. It makes me feel happy.

The 1st violinist, Lindsay Deutsch, plays this piece as a real virtuoso. Her technique, mind for singing and overwhelming sonority impress us so much. In a sense, her performance is that of solist. But, so far as it is Dvorak's piece they are playing, this style could be accepted and enjoyed.

7/11/2015

Long Islansd Mercury

In the last QSO with Paul W9AC on 40m, he let me know of the Mercury paddle modified by KG2ED, which he has been satisfied with for years.

The lever arms seem to be shorter. Hence it causes less uncomfortable rebound feeling. In the e Ham net review, it has pretty good reputations.

 http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/99?page=1

Paul was not so happy with Begali models as with this paddle.

It could be a choice for me if I don't own the Bencher version of Mercury. If anyone is seeking Mercury, this Long Isaland one could be a candidate.

I have searched for this paddle and the maker KG2ED in the internet. But no info was available. Maybe, he has finished manufacturing his produce. Only used ones must be in the market.

Egg plant seasoned with sweetened miso

Egg plant seasoned with sweetened miso. It was one of my mother's favorites. She has cooked with much more sesame oil. Still a fond recipe for us. Remembering of her cooking, I have made this one using the home grown egg plants.