Why women have sex

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And is the world mad? According to surveys, which Meston and Buss helpfully whip out from their inexhaustible box of every survey ever surveyed, 73% of Russian women are in love, and 63% of Japanese women are in love. What percentage of women in north London are in love, they know not. But not as many men are in love. Only 61% of Russian men are in love and only 41% of Japanese men are in love. Which means that 12% of Russian women and 22% of Japanese women are totally wasting their time.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/sep/28/sex-women-relationships-tanya-gold

Kokoroduke Bukuro – Maia-Gonomi

an interesting post about gratuity envelopes via Serge Lescouarnec

Kokoroduke Bukuro

“Have you ever seen Kokoroduke Bukuro, exquisite gratuity envelopes to offer money in all occasions?

People might not be aware of this “warm-hearted money present culture” in Japan.
The way to give money in Japan is much different from Western culture. In Japan, people offer money or gratuities in Kokoroduke envelopes.
However, people are gradually forgetting to convey the custom in this traditional and smart way.
Maia Maniglier wondered : if there were modern and designed envelopes, people might bring their own warm-hearted culture back.”

http://www.sergetheconcierge.com/2009/09/warm-hearted-money-presents-french-spirit-meets-japanese-tradition-with-ma%C3%AFa-maniglier-.html

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Sex chromosomes linked to evolution of new species

 fish

 http://www.nature.com/news/2009/090927/full/news.2009.954.html

Jun Kitano, an evolutionary biologist at Tohoku University in Japan, and his team discovered that the Japan Sea stickleback fish had different sex chromosomes compared to their ancestors. The ancestral Y sex chromosome (which makes males) had fused with a non–sex chromosome to create a new sex chromosome in the Japan Sea stickleback fish.

The team also observed that the Japan Sea males exhibited more aggressive mating behaviours than their ancestral populations. Females from the ancestral population avoid mating with the Japan Sea fish due to their more aggressive behaviour. And in lab tests, the male progeny of the two populations were sterile

The Archbishop of Bafflegab

 

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The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has today preached at a service attended by over 2000 people, celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Anglican Church in Japan (Nippon Sei Ko Kai).

and if you are suitably sedated and slouching comfortably…then you can plough your way through his usual bafflling load of cod which typically dribbles on and on and on, following the Pixie Trail  over hill and over dale and on… into the sunset… (yawn…am I keeping you up?)

http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/2538

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She said..She said

the image describes it better than my words ever could…

She said She said

 

                                        at the end of the Path

                                        suddenly a Swan

                                        I struggled to speak

                                        but my voice was…

              3rd stanza of  “She said.. She said”  written by me

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Beijing Pigeons held in 24hr Custody

AUTHORITIES in Beijing have ordered that pigeons remain in their birdcages on October 1 to prevent them disturbing celebrations to mark 60 years of communist rule.

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To ensure no official feathers are ruffled by wayward birds, the 30,000 homes in Beijing which between them have raised more than one million pigeons were informed by the authorities that their birds would be banned from flying until October 2 under threat of a fine, the Beijing News reported.

http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,26128120-5003402,00.html

via Courier Mail

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Zen and the Art of Hostessing

After all, Buddhist monks are men too.

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I was completely unaware of where we were going and equally perplexed by my friend Hitomi’s appearance.  I had never known her to care much about style, but that night she wore makeup and was dressed to the hilt.  I didn’t know she owned lipstick, let alone lace…..

http://killingthebuddha.com/mag/kamasutra/zen-and-the-art-of-hostessing/  

via Killing the Buddha – Cheaper than Church

by Arthur

Something Blue – Sekinoichi Beer

Wedding Beer

A sparkling fruity beer with natural blue dye. Sold as a “wedding” beer..

http://beerinjapan.com/bij/674/sekinoichi-ichinoseki/  via Beer in Japan

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Jean-François de Galaup and La Pérouse Strait

In 1787 he visited the mainland coast of Korea then crossed over to Oku-Yeso (Sakhalin). La Pérouse was enthusiastic about the people of Sakhalin and their friendliness:

“Since leaving France, we had not encountered others, who so excited our interest and admiration… It went against our preconceived ideas to find among a hunting and fishing people, who neither cultivated the earth nor raised domestic animals, manners which were in general more gentle and grave -and who perhaps had greater intelligence- than that to be found in any European nation.”

Jean-François de La Pérouse 

The inhabitants had drawn him a map, showing their country, Yeso (also Yezo, now called Hokkaido) and the coasts of Tartary (mainland Asia). La Pérouse wanted to sail through the channel between Sakhalin and Asia, but failed, so he turned south, and sails through La Pérouse Strait.

The La Pérouse Strait is a strait dividing the southern part of the Russian island of Sakhalin (Karafuto) from the northern part of the Japanese island of Hokkaidō, and connecting the Sea of Japan on the west with the Sea of Okhotsk on the east. It is 40 km (25 mi) long and 20 to 40 m (66 to 130 ft) deep.

Japan’s territorial waters extend to three nautical miles into the strait instead of the usual twelve, reportedly to allow nuclear-armed United States Navy warships and submarines to transit the strait without violating Japan’s prohibition against nuclear weapons in its territory

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Mr Hair Hat

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