GREAT illustration of how to do a Siberian Hitch on a tarp ridgeline with the short side of cordage first.
- from Japan Times -
OSAKA (Kyodo) Promotion-chasing sekiwake Baruto dodged a bullet to floor Aminishiki and retain his share of the lead alongside yokozuna Hakuho at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday.
Baruto looked set to taste his first “kuroboshi” defeat of the 15-day tournament when he was tipped off balance at the start of an absorbing encounter at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium.
But the Estonian behemoth dug in deep and neutralized Aminishiki’s (1-3) attacks before getting both arms around the komusubi and squashing him to the sandy surface to improve to 4-0.
Baruto, whose warm personality and quirky sense of humor has won him a growing number of fans, is gunning for a move up the rankings to ozeki but must keep his form and register at least nine more wins here to be considered for promotion.
The Mongolian yokozuna showed his championship pedigree with another victory and shares the lead with Baruto, ozeki Harumafuji and three other wrestlers.
Hakuho delivered a polished performance in the day’s final bout, methodically working out Kyokutenho to improve to 18-2 in 20 meetings with his fellow Mongolian.
Harumafuji faced a potentially awkward opponent in the shape of Russian No. 2 maegashira Aran but prevailed with a powerful two-handed shove to stay among the early front-runners. Aran dropped to 0-4.
In other bouts featuring ozeki, Kotomitsuki (2-2) came a cropper at the hands of local favorite Goeido (2-2) and battle-weary Kaio dropped his second bout in a row when he came off second best in a slapfest against top-ranked maegashira Kakuryu (1-3).
(source: Weird Asia News)
The Japanese have a wonderful knack for putting a wonderful, wacky, or just plain cool twist on even the most mundane of items, and snack foods are no exception. Whether it’s yuzu-flavored Kit Kats or pizza in an ice cream cone, the Japanese are always innovating and experimenting to create new products.
Read on to learn more about some of the coolest types of gum available in Japan.
This gum is super-caffienated, giving it a very strong minty/herbal flavor that will snap you out of your sleepy haze. In addition to tea-derived caffeine, the gum also contains Vitamin B and ginseng. This style of packing also comes with a “gum paper” dispenser, which provides you with a convenient way to throw away your gum.
This gum is perfect for when you are on the go, but really need to brush your teeth. Each piece of gum contains tiny granules that act like mini scrubbers, polishing food particles and plaque from your enamel.
It’s a gum! It’s cotton candy! Its…both? Wata looks like cotton candy, but once you pop it in your mouth, it turns into gum. This flavor is also carbonated, so the gum also fizzes when you chew it.
This is basically the same as the gum listed above, except this variety doesn’t just fizz…it pops! The gum contains like Pop Rock-like bits that crackle and explode in your mouth.
This gum is inspired by a traditional Japanese item called “omikuji”, which are wooden sticks inscribed with fortunes. Each stick of this gum is also inscribed with a fortune, with some being good and others being bad. All the sticks taste like cola, and the “bad fortune” sticks stain your tongue red.
Pos-Cam is short for Phosphoryl-Oligosaccharide Calcium, which is the active ingredient in this gum. Pos-Cam has been specifically formulated to help strengthen your teeth by actually infusing your enamel and dentin with minerals.
This R2D2 comes pre-loaded with gum, but can be refilled with any of your favorite flavors.
This yogurt-based treat comes in a variety of flavors: Chocolate & Strawberry, White Soda, White Peach, Caramel, and “Miracle”. Each has tiny candy or chocolate bits speckled throughout.
This candy starts off as a lollipop, and when you finish the sucker, you can chew the stick, which is made of gum. Also features the cute characters from the anime Doraemon.
10. “Man Smell” Gum
This gum is meant to help men smell attractive to women. After you chew a stick of this gum, you will find that your skin is releasing a pleasant aroma. That is because this gum is infused with rose oil and menthol.
11. Bust Up Gum
This gum claims to be able to increase the size of your breasts, thanks to a special plant extract. According to the company, the gum contains “extracts from the Pueraria mirifica (Kwao Krua) plant, makes a woman’s breasts grow as well as improving their shape and tone.”
12. “Viagara” Gum
Suplitol Tongkat Ali Gum for Men has a long name, but has a simple promise. Allegedly, if you chew this gum, you will experience a rush of blood. I think you know where.
Tropical fruit flavored gum shot through with black peppercorns.
See something here you just HAVE to try? Most of the gums listed here can be order via JBox, and many of them cost under $2.