So.....the title of this blog post was something I thought up the other day....as I was sneezing....because of kerosene. Let me explain. In many parts of Japan (including where I live), there is no central heat (though it is cold enough to snow!) so there are a variety of ways to keep a house or rather 1 room at a time, warm and the most popular/cheapest is kerosene heaters. When I first came to Japan my boss told me not to get one as many people die each year because of them. That was good enough for me-I have never used one. I have had many conversations with my students about this as many use them and swear they are safe. They might be safe but man....they smell. The minute my students step into my room I can tell which family uses them as the smell just seems to be attached to them, their clothes etc. Well...the other day I had a private student and the minute he walked in all I did was sneeze for 5 minutes. He asked me if I was ok and I said yes but asked him if he used kerosene at home and the answer was yes. He was fascinated by the fact that I sneezed because of it and that I could smell it. I told him that never in Canada had I been around it so the smell for me is very distinct. Perhaps I am alone in this thinking/sensitivity? Perhaps I am just weird!
Speaking of weird!!!! How about this-oden in a can!!!! UGH! Ok...oden is a very delicious food popular in winter and is pretty easy to make so I think this "convenience" food is just taking it a bit far! I don't know...it just does not look good to me!