‘To think Liverpool will win every game would be foolish’

first_imgDavid James is backing Liverpool to land the Premier League title, but admits it would be “foolish” to expect them to maintain a winning run for much longer.The Reds have taken maximum points from their last 17 outings in the English top-flight.Victory at Manchester United after the international break would see them match the record set by Manchester City in 2017. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Success at Old Trafford would also see them cement a standing which currently has them eight points clear at the top of the table.Former Reds goalkeeper James believes they can bring a 30-year wait for title glory to a close, but feels expectations need to be reined in slightly.He told The Mirror: “I want Liverpool to win it.”Yes there’s a gap at the moment, but to think Liverpool will win every game this season would be foolish, because it’s never been done before.”You’d imagine Liverpool are going to drop some points, and Man City will keep gaining points.”I think Liverpool will do it, I would like Liverpool to do it because Jurgen Klopp deserves it and the club deserves it.”Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Champions League Winner 06/01/19Former England international James represented both Liverpool and City in his playing days.He believes Reds boss Klopp is now well placed to finally get one over on Pep Guardiola as he has everybody pulling in the same direction at Anfield.James added: “One thing I learnt about Jurgen quite early was the way that he manages that team and the confidence he gives players.”When he first came in he didn’t make any signings, and that just instilled a level of confidence in the players that the manager was trusting people to do what they’re capable of, rather than just replace them straight away; which is so often the case in a new management tenure.”Klopp’s patience and persistence at Liverpool was finally rewarded in 2018-19 as he guided the Reds to a Champions League triumph.A UEFA Super Cup win has been savoured since then, with the hoping being that major silverware will continue to flow now that a long wait for tangible success has been ended. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Break Time at Macrobiotic Japanesestyle Cafe Kanro Shichifukujin 甘露七福神 in Sugamo

first_imgSugamo (巣鴨), a town is to the north of Yamanote line (山手線) is known as “a place where grandmothers gather”.”Kanmidokoro Kanro Shichifukujin (甘味処 甘露七福神)” is inconspicuously standing at a silent back street one step behind a main shopping street where Togenuki Jizo-son, Japanese sweets shops or old clothing shops are.At the entrance, a cat “sabu” welcomes you. Let’s go have tasty Japanese-style sweets which heal your body tired from walking.The First Macrobiotic Japanese-style Sweets Cafe in JapanActually, this cafe is the first Japanese-style sweets cafe in Japan which applies an idea of macrobiotic.The most remarkable characteristic is that they do not use any white suger which is said to be essential for sweets. Instead, they use beet sugar (甜菜糖) from Hokkaido (北海道), which is made from sugar beets.They basically use as much organic ingredients as they can get such as organic farming beans or grains not containing dairy products, eggs, artificial sweetener or food coloring; they have menu which is safely eatable by everyone from babies to elder people.Thier spacilaty is an original menu “Sio anmitsu (塩あんみつ)” (bean jam and pieces of fruit in syrup flavored with salt), 850yen; Sugamo is famous for sio daifuku (塩大福) (rice cake stuffed with salt-seasoned bean jam).Although anko (bean jam) may make you imagine sweet taste, the anko used for this menu is salt flavor of natural sea salt from Ogasawara (小笠原). However, it is not very salty but slightly salty in slight sweetness, a fresh new taste. The ice cream in the picture is matcha (抹茶) ice cream, but you can also choose soy milk (豆乳) ice cream.The Anmitsu, which is well balancedly added with unbleached agar, kukonomi (Chinese wolfberry fruit) or fig, is a satisfying and soft mouthfeel sweet you can enjoy various mouthfeel and flavor of the ingredients themselves.Another specialty of the cafe is “kuri zenzai (栗ぜんざい)” (red been soup with chestnuts), 850 yen. It has an addictive taste as there was a customer who was addicted to it and kept visiting there for more than 1 week.In the bowl, there is a lot of deep and refined taste strained bean paste (こしあん) which was made by an artisan of making anko for 50 years.This is “Inaka jiruko (tubuan) (田舎じるこ つぶあん)”, 780 yen. It contains rice cake made from germinated brown rice and mugwort flavored rice cake made from germinated brown rice.Free tea is also particular. They use “sannen bancha (三年番茶)” from Uji (宇治), Kyoto (京都) ,which is made by ripening leaves and steins for 3 years. The tea is essential for macrobiotic because it contains little caffein, and activates metabolism.You can also buy the tea as souvenir.Why Macrobiotic Cafe?The cafe’s owner, Ms.Tanaka looked back on those days; ‘I was not supposed to open macrobiotic sweets cafe, but I met an idea of macrobiotic after I decided to open a Japanese-style sweets cafe. But there was no such cafes because in the world of sweets cafes, to use white sugar is the common sense. There was no precedents.”I studied at macrobiotic school while I prepared for opening the cafe. I developed menu or thought about interior while I looked for suppliers of raw materials. I was so busy that my head was spinning.’There used to be no places to rest for people who visited Togenuki Jizo (とげぬき地蔵), so she decided to open a cafe wanting to serve that kind of place.’It is not my intension to force macrobiotic. I want people to visit here as a leisurely relaxing sweets cafe. But it is a pleasure thing that some people may be aware of something by meeting macrobiotic here. My thought is like that.’You Can Enjoy Japanese Sweets on the Way to Visiting the TempleSugamo is a town which is not a major place as a sight-seeing area yet. But you can closely see a shopping street where Japanese daily lives can be seen, and faces of people living there.Here is “Kanro Shichifukujin (甘露七福神)”, where a mother who was born and grew up in Sugamo and a cat waiting for customers are.I want you to drop in the cafe as you visit other sweets cafes. Of course, do not forget visiting Togenuki Jizo-son, a symbol of Sugamo which is loved by mothers.※ Macrobiotic is an idea that achieving a healthy life in harmony with nature by having meals which are basically Japanese traditional food such as grains, vegetables or seaweeds.( From Chaya Macrobiotic (チャヤマクロビ) HP)InformationJapanese-style Sweets Cafe “Kanro Shichifukujin (甘露七福神)”Address: 3-37-5, Sugamo, Toshimaku, TokyoTel: 03-5394-3694Time: 11am – 6pmHoliday: Thursday (Festival days are open on thursdays (4,14,24th of each month), and close the previous Wednesdays)Access: About 7 minutes walk from North exit of JR Yamanote Line, Sugamo Station (巣鴨駅)/ About 7 minutes walk from exit A3 of Toei Mita Line, Sugamo Station(巣鴨駅)/ About 8 minutes walk from Toden Arakawa Line, Koushinzuka Station (庚申塚駅)Menu: JapaneseHP: http://www.kanro-shichifukujin.com/info.htmlTogenuki Jizo-son, Kogan-ji TempleInformation (Japanese):http://www.sugamo.or.jp/prayer_detail01.htmlPhoto by:Takuro Komatsuzaki (小松崎拓郎)last_img read more