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Osaka

T’was a long weekend for spring solstice so we headed over to Osaka. Osaka castle was more like a video exhibit and very dissapointing. Himeji Castle about an hour outside the city was the real thing and brilliant. I was a bit trepidated about Osaka, having spoken to Tokyoites and hearing about how loud, rude, and crass people are there. Tokyoites were lying from jealousy! The people were great. The food was wonderful! Oknonomiyaki and Takoyaki in Tokyo has always been inedible to me, but in Osaka it’s delicious! We went to a crab restaurant was I was in heaven. Course after course … chilled crab in butter, crab sashimi, crab tempura, sauteed crab, crab chawanmushi, the Osakan square type crab sushi, crab croquettes … sublime! There is also a really cool place similar (but more stylized) to Marché where you get a card upon entry and wander around for all sorts of yummy foods and then pay the card balance on the way out. This was a place that I was interested in but had no idea what it was as there is no explanation in English or Japanese from the outside; I thought we’d just pop in and have a look, but am glad we ended out spending quite some time inside gorging. This was the first city I’ve been to that I was already thinking of the next time to come back before even leaving. It was also the first time when I was sad the leaving shinkansen came too soon for liking. I did get a lot of study done on both the coming and going and gained a cursory knowledge of all the hiragana. Now for the writing practice. My Japanese Coach by Ubisoft is turning out to be a great help to go along with the books and flashcards.

Nothing to do with Osaka, but rather about the practice of courses at a meal. We always think of the idea of a full course dinner as French, but actually up until the 19th century the French method of service was to bring everything out at one go for you to pick and choose what to eat in what order. Courses in a meal are a Russian custom which impressed Escoffier (also inventor of the Peach Melba and Melba Toast) enough to introduce it to France … and it then caught on.

French Apples

French law would force Apple to open iTunes Music Store to non-iPod devices

Are the French going to pass a law that forces Sony to release PlayStation games for Microsoft’s Xbox on the same day? Who’s writing the law that requires Autodesk to release the French version of AutoCAD for Mac OS X or the one that forces French website developers to stop developing Microsoft Internet Explorer-only websites?

A song is a song is a song. If you want the latest Britney Spears song to play on the Creative or iRiver player that Grandma mistakenly got you for Christmas, what’s stopping you from buying it from, shudder, Napster or whatever outfit still happens to be in business? And what about exclusives? How would the French handle that one? If iTunes – or Napster for that matter – has a deal to offer an exclusive song from an artist to drive customers to their stores, how “exclusive” is it? Remember, in Apple’s case, iTunes exclusives are also there to sell iPods. If those songs can be played anywhere (let’s pretend that the songs aren’t stripped of their DRM and up on P2P within minutes anyway), doesn’t that damage the exclusivity agreement beyond repair?

This unjust law would unfairly damage one party, Apple, that has worked hard and fairly to win the market while disproportionally benefitting all of the loser outfits that couldn’t compete with Apple in the open market. How would France compensate Apple?

(see macdailynews.com and boston.com)