Os ratos comeram-no


A primeira tradução existente duma obra em língua europeia para japonês, “Doctrina Christan”, foi impressa em Amakusa em 1592. Alessandro Valignano responsável pela missão jesuíta no Extremo Oriente ofereceu-a a D. Theotónio de Bragança que por sua vez a doou a um convento de cartuxos. Os frades zelaram pela sua integridade durante dois séculos. A seguir à revolução liberal, no séc. XIX, o Estado expropriou-os, o livro foi parar ao Lyceu Nacional, onde Murakami Naojiro a encontrou em 1903. Jordão de Freitas inspeccionou a obra alertado pela descoberta de Murakami.

Em 1911 o Lyceu foi transferido para as novas e imponentes instalações, a primeira grande obra pública feita pela Republica. E quando Freitas visita as novas instalações e pede para ver o livro, foi-lhe dito por um funcionário : “Já não o temos, os ratos comeram-no.”

Em 1913 foi vendido a um americano por um livreiro madrileno, e em 1915, reaparece no catálogo dum livreiro na Haia, Martinus Nijhoff. O barão Iwasaki Hisaya, em 1917, ofereceu-o a biblioteca Toyo Bunko, onde hoje se encontra, em bom estado de conservação.




Nanbanzuke, the southern barbarian-style of marinating, originated with the Portuguese sailors that came to the south of Japan back in the 15th century.

These sailors brought dishes like tempura and castella (Japanese sponge cake), and this nanbanzuke-style of cooking is reminiscent of the Portuguese escabeche that the sailors would have had on their long sea voyages to Japan.

Here’s the recipe by Adam Liaw an Australian MasterChef winner.

This crazy world

Tentman! He’s not giving much hope to save the world if the world needs it, but at least he’s trying.

The Swiss are asking themselves if the country abandons its status as a tax haven and starts accepting only clean money, whether their prosperity will survive or not.

An 82-year-old woman died after an attack by a toxic bear in Fukushima Prefecture. A Dutch minister was criticised for saying “death is a risk burglars run“. Newark has introduced a bill to require motorists to secure dogs and felines with a seatbelt-like harness if they’re not being transported in crates.


«A fragmented territory controlled by local potentates with a weak central government that is not taken seriously by the rest of the world(…) Japan was a patchwork of feudal provinces controlled by local lords, the daimyos, who were only subordinate to the supreme commander of the armed forces, the shogun. The administration of the shogunate, or bakufu, had an emperor in the city of Kyoto, although his powers were even more limited than those of the current EU President, Herman Van Rompuy.

The local daimyos governed their territories as they saw fit, with their own currencies, their own tax systems and their own armies. They often defied decrees issued by the bakufu and when the bakufu sent inspectors, the daimyos fooled them(…)

Today Europe is in the throes of a similar crisis(…)»

Wild… wild world

Salt made from human tears draws me to the portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa.

Oh salt-laden sea, how much of your salt
Is tears of Portugal!
To cross you, how many mothers wept,
how many sons in vain prayed!
How many brides-to-be brides remained,
So you were ours, oh Sea!

Was it worth? Everything is worth,
If the soul is not small.
Whoever wants to go beyond (cape) Bojador,
Has to go beyond pain.
To the sea gave God peryl and the abyss,
But in it He also mirrored heaven.

No need to weep anymore since geese have escaped their dutch holocaust, a country with its own toilet throwing royalty. In France the last producer of berets was saved. But what truly is a unbelievable is the self stirring pot.

Generations lost

«(…)Japan’s 20-year battle with stagnation is a warning to the West. The country failed to purge its banks swiftly and relied on Keynesian fiscal projects to prime pump the economy each time growth stalled. The result was a string of false dawns, with public debt ratcheting ever upwards. The Bank of Japan dabbled with quantitative easing, but too little and too late. The bonds were purchased from a moribund banking system, a recipe for failure since this has little effect on the M3 money supply. “Japan was never early enough or ambitious enough in its use of monetary stimulus,” said Jamie Dannhauser from Lombard Street Research.(…) For Japan, the lost decades are tunning into a lost century

Berndadette Segol claims about youth unemployment in Europe that passing on risks and costs to customers in green economy would improve social justice and save the lost generation.

Jim Manzi suggests ironically that social science has been quite successful at demonstrating the failures of social engineering. The golden age of government-funded social-policy experiments was the late 1960s into the early 1980s. What good social science has revealed—that parents matter, genes matter, race matters, sex matters, and IQ matters — is the opposite of what the vast majority of social scientists wanted to discover.

Futebol de salto alto

Thomas Dennerby é um homem feliz, selecionador sueco de futebol feminino, apesar de ter ficado em terceiro lugar a equipa jogou futebol de primeira qualidade, no confronto com. O segundo golo da Suécia foi considerado o golo da competição. A “Paulinho Santos” sueca é um amor de moça! :)

O mundial de fuebol feminino foi disputado na Alemanha e a Angela Merkel festejou o o seu aniversário assistindo à final entre os EUA e o Japão. As americanas com um futebol mais evoluído sucumbiram nos pormenores que a japonesas aproveitaram e conseguiram in extremis levar o jogo às penalidades onde aplicaram o osoto gari final.

Foi uma final épica, um hino ao futebol!