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Sunday, June 20, 2004

Years ago, an earnest, bespectacled busboy described to us the (in his mind) amusing proclivities and mores of the medieval Japanese. How he had access to this information with a busboy’s salary and attention span, we will never know. He claimed that a dishonored man had many options when it came to suicide, but the method that most astounded our young scholar was the method wherein a man eats as much salt as he can stomach – and then eats more. Then he dies. We toasted this memory today over a cup of steaming San-J Traditional Japanese Mild Miso Soup, one serving of which contains 57% of our Recommended Daily Allowance of sodium.

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