aku-aku: v.. To move a tall, flat bottomed object (such as a bookshelf) by swiveling it alternatively on its corners in a "walking" fashion. [After the book by Thor Heyerdahl theorising the statues of Easter Island were moved in this fashion.] source: LangMaker.com. Aku Aku also has another meaning to the islanders: a spiritual guide.
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mmm, bacteria
Posted by dav at 2003 February 23 02:31 AM
File under: Travel

In a continuation with my fascination with all things strange and Japanese ...my girlfriend Mie who lives in Tokyo recently posted pics of a new health-craze thing she had told me about: rice baths. Or rice sauna, I don't know what you'd call it actually. But it's really not the rice, it's the fact that the rice is swarming with bacteria, which produces an amazing amount of heat. At the Exploritorium in San Francisco there used to be an exhibit which let you push your hand deep into a compost heap, the amount of heat just a few inches in was astonishing (to me anyhow). Well, it's something like that and a fifteen minute dip in a tub of rice bacteria is apparently quite a wonderful experience.

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