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May 08, 2005

Mr. Naval Forces Curry

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The panel on the left is is an advertisement for the very popular Mr. Navy Curry, which I am sure you have already heard of. I have included the link to the website so you can order some today.

Yokosuka is a naval base about one hour south of Tokyo. Right now, the city is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of Japan's victory over the Russian Navy (25 May 1905). That has to rank as one of the most embarassing incidents in foreign affairs for Russia ever. Japan started things off by smashing the Russian fleet stationed in the Pacific. In response, the Russians sent their Baltic Fleet halfway across the world so that the Japanese could sink that one too.

US President Teddy Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize for getting Japan and Russia to stop fighting. And, Ensign Isoroku Yamamoto was seriously injured while serving aboard the Nisshin. He is better known as Admiral Yamamoto of World War II fame.

One of the battleships from that fight, the Mikasa, is permanently on display in the aptly-named Mikasa Park. Unfortunately, we opted to skip the battleship tour and go to Monkey Island instead.

What are you doing on May 25th? Maybe you should be celebrating with some 100-yr old curry. Or something like that.

By the way, you could wash that fine curry down with a special beer commemorating the victory 100 years ago. The can says it has a "European Taste" and you will be able to see it in the picture gallery when I get around to updating that later.

Posted by Kirk on May 8, 2005 04:50 PM