Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wednesday Is Water Day

Here is the lovely kanji for water, which is mizu in Japanese or sui in combination with other characters, such as suiyoubi for Wednesday. In American Fuji, Gaby notes (as I did) how delicious plain tap water was in Shizuoka City. I had never thought about the taste of water much (except when I lived where the water was harsh--yes, I mean Davis, California) but in Shizuoka the difference is striking. I learned Shizuoka is famous for its water within Japan. I wonder if the proximity to volcanic mountains has something to do with this. Do layers of obsidian and pumice help filter water? Does anyone know?

1 comment:

SapphireSavvy said...

Probably, I would imagine.

I've lived all over the US and the worst water ever was in Iowa City: reputed to kill fish in the tank. It seems to me the closer you live to a good water source (snowtops, lakes) the better. The farther away, the more processed. Farm land always has to filter out chicken poop. Bleah.