Enjoying Brown Rice in Soup

My working hours has changed since the beginning of this year, so I eat lunch at home and work at night, adapting myself to overseas business. There being a lot of brown rice I bought last fall, I heat it in soup stock and eat it every day. It’s really delicious.

  • adapt  適応させる
  • overseas 海外の
  • brown rice 玄米
  • soup stock 出汁
  • tasty 美味しい

I put a bowl of brown rice, a little sea salt, soup stock made from soy sauce, root tangle and water into a pan and heat it. When it boils, I stop heating. It takes only ten minutes as a whole. If you heat it a little longer, the brown rice becomes softer, but you’ll be hungry soon after eating it. I usually eat dinner my wife cooks early in the evening.

  • soy sauce 醤油
  • root tangle 根昆布
  • boil 沸騰する
  • as a whole 全体として

When you pour it from the pan into a large bowl, the bowl is filled with the soup to the edge with the brown rice sinking to its bottom. Cooling it, I eat it slowly. It’s like I eat a hot-pot or noodle soup. Though I eat it every day, I’m not fed up with it because the taste is a little bit different each time due to the amount of salt and soup stock I put into it. If you add seaweed or dried squid to it, the taste changes. It would be interesting to make its taste weaker, too.

  • fill  満たす
  • edge 端
  • sink 沈む
  • hot-pot 鍋
  • be fed up うんざりする
  • each time 毎回

I’m going to change the kind of salt and soup stock I put into it.  I eat out several times a month, but no other food is better than the brown rice in soup I cook. I can feel power in eating it. Its cost is only 50 yen, including the price of seasoning.

  • several いくつかの
  • cost 費用
  • including 〜を含めて
  • seasoning 調味料

With the economic situations in Japan getting worse for the last six months, I’m grateful to my Kenzoku-shin(眷属神)for the suggestion that I should eat brown rice. Brown rice is a really good economical meal and leads to good evacuation and health. And above all, eating it gives me a strange sense of security. The temperature difference being extreme these days, I hope for a good yield of brown rice in fall.

  • economic 経済の
  • grateful 感謝して
  • suggestion 示唆
  • evacuation 便通
  • above all 何にも増して
  • sense of security 安心感
  • temperature 気温

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I AM GRATEFUL FOR BEING KEPT ALIVE

Purifying Effect of Coarse Salt

Driving on a big street, I find more and more second hand clothes stores are opening these day, which is good in terms of saving resources and good as well of saving money since they purchase unnecessary clothes.

  • second hand clothes store 古着屋
  • resource 資源
  • purchase 買い取る

Is it OK to wear second-hand clothes from a spiritual point of view? It’s true that spiritual magnetism of the previous owner can remain in the second-hand clothes, but normally,once they’re washed well, the magnetism is gone. Also, every time you wear second-hand clothes, your spiritual magnetism overwrites the old magnetism and yours accumulates, so you don’t need to worry.

  • point of view 観点
  • magnetism 磁気
  • every time S+V SがVする度に
  • overwirte 上書きする
  • accumulate 蓄積する

However, if you feel tired or irritated somehow while you wear second-hand clothes, it’s advisable to prepare a bucket with water in it, put some coarse salt into it, and then soak the clothes in the water for half a day. At this time, it’s better to use brownish unrefined salt made from seawater than refined salt that is white, smooth and dry.

  • irritated イライラした
  • advisable 望ましい
  • coarse salt 粗塩
  • soak 浸す
  • unrefined 精製されていない

Coarse salt made from seawater can get rid of negative spiritual magnetism. Rock salt is inferior to coarse salt. The depuration of seawater is described clearly in the latter half of Oharae-no-kotoba(大祓詞), the Words of Great Purification, of shinto.

  • get rid of A  Aを取り除く
  • inferior 劣っている
  • depuration 浄化作用
  • the latter half 後半

However, the spiritual depuration of coarse salt is temporary. It absorbs the negative spiritual magnetism quickly, but it is filled up with it so soon, or so to speak, assimilates into it. The power of coarse salt to get rid of negative spiritual magnetism in a moment is still great, though. Sumo wrestlers scatter salt at the beginning of a match, which is a right thing to do. If the purifying effect of salt were not temporary, scattering salt just once would be enough. But it’s not. So it’s good to scatter salt every time.

  • temporary 一時的な
  • assimilate 同化する
  • efficacy 効き目
  • in a moment 一瞬で
  • scatter 撒く

I’ve been using coarse salt made from seawater or rock salt instead of refined salt since I began to eat brown rice. When you cook rice, why don’t you put a little salt in the water? It would be more tasty. Brown rice goes well with a pinch of coarse salt. Also, when you take a shower, try rubbing your neck and back with coarse salt, which is spiritually good. But to put salt in the bathtub could damage the metal parts of the bath water heating system, so you have to be careful.

  • brown rice 玄米
  • cook rice ご飯を炊く
  • metal part 金属部分

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I Am Grateful for Being Kept Alive.

Deep Taste of Soup Stock Made from Shinsen

After I had Dai-dai-kagura(大々神楽)performed at Geku(外宮) of Ise Grand Shrine(伊勢神宮), I was presented with Shinsen(神饌), dried kelp, dried cuttlefish, dried bonito shavings, dried abalone etc. , which are all made at the beach belonging to Ise Grand Shrine.

  • kelp 昆布
  • cuttlefish イカ
  • bonito 鰹
  • abalone アワビ

These days I’ve been looking forward to boiling dried Udon noodle and eating it with ready-made soup for lunch. And I use the Shinsen as its ingredients. Since Shinsen is vacuum-packed, it is delicious on its own. I put concentrated noodle soup into a large bowl, chop dried kelp, dried cuttlefish and dried abalone and put them in it. Then I pour boiling water there. When the Udon noodle is boiled, I put some more hot water and the Udon noodle in the bowl. By the time I eat it, the ingredients have become soft and their extracts have been blended into the soup.

  • boil 茹でる
  • ingredient 具材
  • by the time S+V SがVする時までには
  • extract エキス
  • blend 溶け込ませる

Normally, ingredients are removed from the soup once they have been used as soup stock, but I eat them because I love their firmness and the delicious soup. I soon finished all the Shinsen I had been presented with at Ise Grand Shrine. Not forgetting the taste, I often buy dried bonito and dried cuttlefish at a supermarket, put them into soup with a lot of stocked dried kelp and eat them without dried abalone, of course.

  • remove 取り除く
  • once S+V 一旦SがVしたら
  • soup stock 出汁
  • firmness 歯ごたえ

My wife has been cooking white rice with thirty-percent refined brown rice or with the five main cereals recently. Thirty-percent refined brown rice seems as good for the action of my bowels as normal brown rice. As soon as I eat white rice even for a day, I get constipated. I haven’t felt a major change in my body since I began to eat brown rice, but I think my body has become a little bit slimmer. I’ve got an image of the ingredients of brown rice scratching extra fat on the wall of my blood vessels.

  • refined 精製された
  • bowel 腸
  • constipated 便秘の
  • extra 余分な
  • fat 脂肪

It’s important that you take care of your health physically and mentally. On top of it, a new development in consciousness begins. As long as I live, I’ll do all I can physically and mentally, yes in everything I do.

  • consciousness 意識
  • as long as S+V SがVする限り

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I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su

Thank you so much for keeping me/us alive.