egil olsenユニクロCM、黒木メイサ篇

Good morning maybe you don’t know
There’s something in the air that’s going around
Precious and fragile something inside
A new beginning to my future days
I see the lighter sweeter affair
There is no coming down… Yeah
’cause the most beautiful season of my life is here now
A new day
I’m moving on because I’ve found my own way

Grand Funk Inc

Have a hole burning in your wallet?

If you’re in Japan, you can always try buying a pack of 5 strawberries for 50,000 yen.

At the current exchange rate, that works out to about $552.35 for five strawberries, or about $110 for one strawberry.

Each strawberry is about 65 grams, so they’re much larger than your standard strawberry, but goodness.

$110 for one strawberry?!

But wait, it’s January and that means the strawberries are larger now than they were last month.

And guess what, strawberries that weigh in at 80 grams will set you back 50,000 yen a piece.

That’s $552.35 for one strawberry.


You can find out more at the bijinhime website.  (bijinhime is the name of the strawberry.)

Pepsi Azuki

Japan, a country of 40,000 centarians

The Associated Press is reporting that Japan will have “…40,399 people aged 100 or older this month, surpassing the previous record of 36,276 last year.”

86% of those people also happen to be women.

My grandmother actually falls into this category. If I’m not mistaken, she turned 101 this year (or was that 102?).

The oldest Japanese citizen is currently a 114-year-old woman living in Okinawa.  The oldest man is 112 and lives in Kyoto.

Current life expectancy sits at 86 years for women and 79 for men.  But I wonder, how long will this last?

Western food has become quite popular in Japan and I get the feeling that isn’t going to help extend life expectancies.  Many of the people living into their 90s and 100s are people that lived on diets that consisted of a lot of fish and rice — something that has been changing quite a bit over the last decade or two, with the influx of Western food.

While I have nothing against Western food, I do also tend to believe that people should stick to foods that originated in their localities.

It’ll be interesting to see how life expectancies change over the next 20-40 years.  I have a feeling it’s going to start dropping.