Forecasting the 2016 Super Rugby Season

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For the 21st time, the Super Rugby Season will kick off in the 2016. An extensive format will be seen from this year with 18 teams. More teams apart from New Zealand, Australia and South Africa have been invited for this season. Therefore, it is possible to observe team from Japan and Argentina. The Super Rugby Season is arranged with an amalgamation of round-robin and knockout games. Rugby is scheduled to take place from 26th February and go on till 16th July. The finals series has been organized at the last week of July along with a final game on 6th August.

Dates for the Super Rugby Season 2016

On the opening night, games between three semi-finalists from last year have been scheduled for a thundering start. Japanese team has been appearing in the Super Rugby Season for the first time. The first game for the Japanese is on the 27th February with the Lions in Tokyo. It is a Saturday. Therefore, the game can be enjoyed by the fans certainly.

The finalist of 2015 season may battle out each other once again in Round 2. The match is hosted by Highlanders against the Hurricanes. Cheetah, Stormers and Bulls are playing with the Japanese team in Singapore National Stadium. However, these matches have been scheduled to be played in different rounds. Structure of the game has been confirmed within South African Conference.

The trophy for the season has been re-designed and gold plated in order to increase the grandeur and extravagance of the event. Japanese and Argentinean teams have not been declared yet. However, the declaration can be done soon enough.

Evolution of the 2016 Super Rugby Season

Most noteworthy changes have been made in the Super Rugby Season in 2016 with the inclusion of new teams from three different countries. Highlanders are meeting the Blues in Auckland to defend their title on 26th February. Brumbies are also hosting a game with Hurricane on the same day to ensure a great opening.

In the Australasian Group, it is possible to come across five teams. Maiden champion can be obtained by the Argentinean team.

Each team is scheduled to play six matches within the conference. Five matches can be played with Australasian Conference and Four with South African Conference by the Japanese and Argentinean teams. Regular season is expected to go on for 17 weeks along with two byes.

Knockout session can be observed afterwards. Eight teams from four conferences can play in the next stage. Four winners of the conferences can play along with second highest rank team from South African and three other three ranker from Australasian group.

For the next session, ¼ of the regular season points can be taken. However, the winner can play on the home turf each time.

Predictions for Brumbies

Brumbies is expected to do wonder in 2016. The brain of Stephen Larkham can be seen at work in the season. If the things go as predicted then Brumbies can win their second title after 2004.

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January 29, 2016

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Why Artificial Food Models Are A Multi-Billion Yen Industry In Japan


When you are in Japan, sometimes you will explore that the fake food displaying in the restaurant windows look better even than the original food inside. Many times, you will be tempted to look at the restaurant windows and cabinets displaying attractive perfect looking foods, but those are all fake food. Actually, these artificial display foods are called sampuru (サンプル), a word originated from the English word ‘sample’. But these are not those food samples that you get the chance to nibble at, the Japanese sampuru is only meant for looking at or displaying since these are all made of plastic and vinyl.

The main idea behind the creation of these Japanese fake foods is to present to the fake food display before the customers in order to help them to choose their food so that they can see the food even before they order. Thus seeing the sampuru displaying on the restaurant windows the food lovers can decide about their menu. In fact, these fake food props play an important part in the Japanese food culture with its culinary aesthetics by giving a real feast for the eyes even before you taste it.

When going through the culinary journey about this Japanese fake display food, you will be amazed to know that the cost of sampuru is at least 20 to 30 times higher than the original food replicated. Moreover, the people who are engaged in making them are considered as the master craftsmen. The fact is that in order to learn the superior art of making perfect sampuru of ramen, it takes around a decade.

In the 1920s, a young businessman named Takizo Iwasaki invented sampuru in his hometown Gujo. Gradually the art gained immense popularity and his company is now considered as the top most producer of artificial display food in Japan. Around 1932, he prepared a perfect model of was rice omelets and the sampuru models exploded overnight. Today, his sampuru factory is a booming tourist attraction in Japan and still you will find the first was omelet proudly displaying in the perfect condition.

From the time of 1980s, the sampuru production had taken a revolutionary step by switching from wax to plastics and PVC as it ensures the food models can last pretty longer.

Undoubtedly, the art of Japanese sampuru spread so immensely that it holds a multi-million yen in the Japanese industry. Through some of the fake food models are also being manufactured in China and Korea, but those fake food props are so superior like the Japanese sampuru in terms of perfection and craftsmanship.

The emerging demand for the fake foods is that the puzzled tourists can get help from the display foods before placing order so that they will not be upset by choosing any wrong dish from the menu card without knowing its meaning, ingredients, shapes and quantity. Thus, the Japanese display food is not only popular within Japan, but also the art of sampuru has spread throughout the world.

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November 26, 2015

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