Thursday, June 21, 2012
So, Diane, you wanna eat the best ramen, eh?
Yes, I’d love to.
Did you went to the Hokkaido ramen shop on Robson Street?
No, I didn’t.
Why not? You said, your piano teacher told you, “They have the very best ramen he has ever tasted in his life.”
Yes, he told me that. When my boyfriend and I went over there, however, the ramen shop was packed like sardines. We didn’t like to wait, so we went to the Chinese restaurant across the street.
Kato, have you been to the Hokaido ramen shop?
No, I’ve never been there. By the way, Diane, the ramen shop is called “Hokkaido”, not “Hokaido.”
Are you sure?
Yes, of course, I am. I’ll show you the map.
Look at the northern part of Japan. That island is the prefecture called “Hokkaido （北海道）”—which literally means “a region in the North Sea.” Some people living in Hokkaido often read my blog of the “Denman Syndicate” as shown in the above map. Actually, Hokkaido is ranked 8th among 46 prefectures of Japan. The shop has been named after the prefecture where the owner might have come from.
Oh, I didn’t know that. Have you been to Hokkaido, Kato?
Yes, I have. The capital city of Hokkaido is Sapporo （札幌市）, where I ate the world-famous Sapporo ramen.
I’ll show you the world map.
Some people in the dark-yellowed countries know about the world-famous Sapporo ramen.
Why is that?
‘Cause these people of those 62 countries read one of my blogs as shown in the following list:
The countries that appear in the above list are colored dark-yellow in the world map.
But those people who have visited one of your blogs don’t necessarily know the Sapporo ramen, do they?
Not all of them, but quite a few of those people know about the world-famous Sapporo ramen.
Why is that?
‘Cause those people read my article about Sapporo ramen.
You must be kidding!
Well…I’ll show you the result of the GOOGLE search:
You see… you believe it or not … 2,450 results,
Don’t tell me, Kato, you’ve written all of the above 2,450 articles!
No, not all of them, but you see, I’ve written some of the top articles.
Sapporo Miso Ramen
（Sendai Ramen Story）
Sapporo the top
(Summer Time and Creative Cooking)
Kato, I cannot read Japanese.
Use the Google translator.
Once I used it, but the translated version didn’t make sense at all. I think the transaltor is far from perfect.
Yes, I can see that. It would probably take another 10 years for the translator to be perfected.
I can hardly wait. Anyway, I wonder if those people actually read your Sapporo ramen articles.
Yes, they do.
How come you’re so sure?
See the following graph.
Look at the above graph. The number of readers has been increasing month by month.
But that doesn’t mean those readers read the Sapporo ramen articles.
Well… there are some circumstantial evidences.
Oh…? Like what?
There are an increasing number of video clips about ramen on the Net. It seems to me that ramen lovers are all over the world. For example, you can see the following clip:
This is a famous ramen shop in Ikebukuro （池袋）, Tokyo. It’s famous especially for Tsukemen. You can also view the following clip:
This shop is called “Garasha (我羅奢),” which is located at Takada-no-baba (高田馬場) in Tokyo.
Ummmm… looks delicious.
When I finished viewing, I see the following ending screen:
I thought, “How come it shows a pair of conjoined twins?”
Probably, these twins love ramen more than anything else.
That’s what I thought. So, I click the start button:
Unfortunately, there are no ramen-eating scenes, but I’m glad to see Abby & Brittany Hensel enjoying their birthday party at 16.
I know they are now 19 years old.
How do you know?
I saw the caption of another video clip about the twins. In any case, Sapporo ramen is as world-famous as the Hensel twins.
Kato, why don’t we eat ramen at the Hokkaido ramen shop someday? You should get your butt off of the library.
Yes, yes, yes, … I’d love to…some day, maybe…
If you’ve got some time,
Please read one of the following artciles:
Hi, I’m June Adams.
Conjoined twins are identical twins whose bodies are joined in utero.
The occurrence is estimated to range from 1 in 50,000 births to 1 in 100,000 births, with a somewhat higher incidence in Southwest Asia and Africa.
Approximately half are stillborn, and a smaller fraction of pairs born alive have abnormalities incompatible with life.
The overall survival rate for conjoined twins is approximately 25%.
The condition is more frequently found among females, with a ratio of 3:1.
Two contradicting theories exist to explain the origins of conjoined twins.
The older theory is fission, in which the fertilized egg splits partially.
The second and more generally accepted theory is fusion, in which a fertilized egg completely separates, but stem cells (which search for similar cells) find like-stem cells on the other twin and fuse the twins together.
Conjoined twins share a single common chorion, placenta, and amniotic sac, although these characteristics are not exclusive to conjoined twins as there are some monozygotic but non-conjoined twins that also share these structures in utero.
The most famous pair of conjoined twins was Chang and Eng Bunker (Thai: อิน-จัน, In-Chan) (1811–1874).
Thai brothers were born in Siam, now Thailand.
They traveled with P.T. Barnum’s circus for many years and were billed as the Siamese Twins.
Chang and Eng were joined by a band of flesh, cartilage, and their fused livers at the torso.
In modern times, they could have been easily separated.
Due to the brothers’ fame and the rarity of the condition, the term “Siamese twins” came to be used as a synonym for conjoined twins.