It’s official y’all, #MusicVideo for #NeedNobody is OUT NOW!!! This one means the world to me guys, from being acknowledged by the hometown hero #BennyTheButcher on his tape #WhoCanRapVol7, to shooting the video for the first time down at #buffaloriverworks with @brettmikemedia, I mean it’s literally been one of the most fun things I’ve done all #quarantine. Starting out rapping as the little kid from the suburbs of buffalo and seeing where I’m at almost a decade later is CRAZY!! Lil Tommy Gunners growin up momma 😂😂 but for real, from getting the crazy shot of the #labattbluebuffalo, to blowin off fireworks in my back lot this one was hella fun y’all, so I hope you enjoy 🙏🏼 #LinkInBio
Living with abundant nature does have its down side: you have to live with natural disaster as well. Today some staff of civil engineering dept. of the prefectural government came and explained us about the new sediment disaster prevention law. It was a terribly timely topic, because the weather was stormy today, and just before we got together at the community center, we heard the news about the flood in Kumamoto pref. in Kyushu Island. 自然がいっぱいの地に住むことには、厳しい面が必ずあって。それは、自然災害をまぬがれられないということ。 今日、県の土木の人達が来てくれて、新しい土砂災害防止法について説明会があり。それがまた、今日は台風並みの暴風雨で、私たちが集活センターに集まる数時間前に熊本での浸水災害が起こったという、実に切実な説明会となったのでした。
In the photo above, the yellow zone indicates a potential dangerous zone where debris flow can reach, and the red zone is where debris flow can actually damage buildings and hurt people. According to the new designation based on the new law, part of the land owned by my dad is included in the red zone. この写真で、黄色のイエローゾーンは土砂災害のおそれがある警戒区域。ざっくり言うと、土砂などが到達するおそれのある地域。赤で囲まれたレッドゾーンは、特別警戒区域で、土石等の移動で建物が実際に壊れる可能性があるところだそうで。今度の新しい法律で指定されるこのレッドゾーンに、ウチの畑の一部が入るらしいんです。
But abundant nature around us in this area does give us blessings as well. We can enjoy something that people cannot do in urban areas. For example, the other day I was going to make tempura for dinner, but all I had in the kitchen were vegetables. That was OK but I felt like more protein-rich food. In such a case, you usually grab a wallet to go to the store, right? In my case, I grabbed a fishing rod (Yeah, what a slow life!!) and caught these in about 30 minutes. And our privilege is that with these fresh-from-the-ocean ingredients, we can easily prepare a delicacy that can be so expensive at the izakaya or restaurants in big cities.
＊BTW, you may find the next photo really gross if you’re not used to seeing traditional Japanese fish dishes, so be warned. ;)
For dinner that night, I filleted and deep-fried the bigger fish for my parents, which was still a regular side dish, though. The real “delicacy” was this one I ate alone after my parents went to bed. This relatively small marbled rock fish was deep-fried very, very thoroughly… like 10 minutes? If properly fried, even the big bones will be nice n crispy and you can literally eat the whole fish, from head to tail, I heard.
Unfortunately this time I didn’t have enough time and oil to do the thorough job, so the big bones were too tough to eat. But oh, the fins…!! Can you imagine how crispy and tasty the fins can be when deep-fried long enough? It IS amazing. Being able to enjoy something like this is a true privilege of a slow life here. ;)