Thursday, November 19, 2015

A Package From Japan


Song:  Fields Of Fortune

Group:  Secret Garden


I had recently received a package from a friend in Japan.

I had Alex and his grandmother open the box.

Inside were many treats...
including homemade pickled sour plums
(Umeboshi).




My mother was excited to see the Umeboshi.

These homemade Umeboshi are not only much larger 
than the ones we can buy here...
they are much more tasty.




My mother hurriedly reached inside and tasted one.
She remarked how flavorful they were.


Alex tried one of the Morinaga caramels.
I have long admired this brand of caramels.

I have never tasted any better than these.
I used to eat them as a child.


Inside the package...
my friend had included these good luck figurines
mounted on a beautifully lacquered base of wood.


Alex is trying the chocolate from Japan.
Japan has some of the best snacks...including their chocolates.


This has multiple packets of a sushi mix that is poured over rice...
which makes an instant rice treat.

My wife smiled when she immediately recognized this mix.
I think it reminded her of her childhood in Japan.

Alex also loves sushi rice.


My mother recognized this tea brand.
She had remarked on how it is a high quality and flavorful tea.


Their were many more items in the box...
including another type of tea...
red beans...
and a red bean type of dessert.

There was also some rice stuffed squid...
and some other items which provide flavor for other dishes.


We had placed the good luck figurines on the fireplace mantle.



My friend had also included a piece of cloth which may be used as a bandana...
and on it was writing naming many different types of sea and fresh water creatures.

My mother had read each character aloud to us.

This was a very nice surprise for us...
and it was especially nice of this person to have sent us this gift package.

I, and my family, thank you very much for your thoughtfulness...
my Japanese friend.



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Asians, in general, have very polite cultures.
They place a lot of emphasis on harmony among people.

The Japanese in particular...
are one of the most polite and harmonious people in the world.


This is where Americans generally falter.

We tend to be too loud in groups...
and generally obnoxious in behavior
(although, we are not the worst).


Our individuality makes us very strong, independent, and creative...
however, we have a more difficult time working as a group...especially socially.
(This does not include controlled groups such as in business or the military.
We are highly organized and effective in these areas).


We, as a people, are too divided
(much of this is due to divisive tactics used by our own politicians...
and which are continually fed to us by a traitorous common media complex...
with a few exceptions).


The American way is one of pragmatism.

This is what had made our nation so strong.


The Japanese people are also very pragmatic...
and their nation is strong...
yet, they are also, very personally, polite.

This allows them to naturally work together. 



Being polite is not only good for the group...
it is also good for the individual.

Most of all...
it is one of the hallmarks of intelligence.

Why?

It has to do with forethought.


To be unnecessarily rude...
is to make unnecessary enemies 
out of what could have been potential allies.
To be unnecessarily rude... is simply irrational.

Instead of furthering your life...
you would then have to engage in meaningless battles.
And...you would always have to watch out for sabotage.

This is one of the prime lessons of life learned 
on the school grounds in elementary school.

It is also one of the lessons which should have been learned in World History.

Alexander The Great...
well knew of the military disadvantage it would have been to have
mocked his conquered territories' culture...
or had been rude to them in any number of ways.

Had he done so...
he would have had to have garrisoned much of his military 
at each city he had conquered to prevent uprisings...
and he would have had to have always watched his back for attacks from the rear.

Instead...
he had treated the people with basic human respect...
and he made sure his soldiers were polite to their culture...
so much so, that he was honored across his conquered areas
by many cities changing their names to Alexandria...
in honor of Alexander The Great.

He was not a rude oppressor...
but a great uniter of people
(yes...he had to completely wipe out one city during his campaign...
but they were rude  :)


It was not his military success which had impressed me about Alexander The Great.

It was his underlying philosophy which had impressed me (Aristotle was his teacher).


This is who Alex was named after...
Alexander The Great.


The path to greatness in life...
is tread with politeness and respect.


To do otherwise...
is simply not rational.













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