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pocari sweat

Sorry, I couldn't resist using that phrase as my topic header today. What is a Pocari, you ask, and why would one want anything to do with its sweat? The package in today's Blatherpic was purchased at Tokyo World, which is a small Japanese goods store adjoining Wow Sushi, a place we have lunch every week with friends. I bought this package to add to my collection of Bizarre Packaged Foods (I'll have to put up a Web page of my collection so far). Check out the "Body Request" text halfway down the package front...what the heck does this mean???

Anyway, I did some research online. Apparently Pocari Sweat is a sports drink that is popular in Japan, manufactured by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. The word "Pocari" has no real meaning, but was chosen because it sounds "relaxing, easeful, light". "Sweat" has connotations of diligence and effort, at least that's how the English word seems to people in Japan. Here's some more info.

Anyway, had lunch at Wow Sushi yesterday with Jeff, Bryan, Greg and Scott from One Trick Pony. After, we picked up some Pocky and other stuff from Tokyo World. My new favourite Pocky flavour is White Chocolate Mousse, by the way. Yummmm.

Allison and Jodi came over in the evening for a practice. We had planned to have dinner at the Swiss Chalet down the road but were horrified to discover that it was gone, the windows covered in paper. Or at least I was horrified, since I like Swiss Chalet (especially the Chalet Sauce) and it was one of the few reasonably-priced semi-"fast food"-type of restaurants left in this neighbourhood.

We recorded a new song to donate to Interfilk (mystery song, identity to be revealed at FKO) as well as taping a rough version of the Titanic song (the one I heard Joey sing at Consonance) with Allison's and Jodi's vocal parts so I can try to figure out a third harmony part if I can.

Only one week left until FKO, woohoo!

Today's Blatherpics:
  • Pocari sweat.
  • Bryan (foreground) and Greg.
  • Allison and Jodi at UT practice last night.
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