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Posted in: The secrets behind 10 Japanese food pairings See in context

That was a good read. But I agree with Maria, I never heard of wasabi used to 'soften' the smell of fish. I thought good, fresh fish should be void of any 'fishy' smell.


Lazy urban singles, they can put a lot of money in eating basic meals or junk in shops everyday. I don't see how that saves one minute and one yen, compared to having rice, natto, egg, miso soup, a few veggies/tsukemono/seaweed at home (cost 100 yen, effort 20 seconds)

100 yen and 20 seconds for all of that? Wow, I'd love to visit your version of Japan. I agree that you can get delicious & healthy food for a decent price, but no need to exaggerate just to prove a point; it makes your argument weak.

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Posted in: 'Hafu' tells story of Japan’s mixed-race minority and changing attitudes in society See in context

It's tough, because being haafu often comes with many positive stereotypes, so people may not see that type of stereotyping as offensive; it falls into line with the "innocent racism" that's mentioned in another article currently on JT.

Anyway, this looks like an interesting documentary; I'm looking forward to seeing it.

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Posted in: Anger in New Zealand at 'close your legs' rape defense See in context

What a disgusting statement. It's people like that who give lawyers a bad name.

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Posted in: Police shoot and kill driver after car tries to ram through White House barricade See in context

"A far more reasonable interpretation is that she was lost, drove up the wrong street, came to a barrier and while trying to turn around and head back some stranger with a gun appeared and tried to stop her car. Naturally, in the presence of a clear threat to her life, she acted in self-defense and drove over him. Only a complete and utter idiot would fall for any other interpretation."

For real? Only a complete and utter idiot would offer such an interpretation.

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Posted in: Japan’s 20 best free sightseeing spots See in context

This was a nice list of suggestions. One of my favorite free sightseeing activities is the hike up Mt.Daimonji in Kyoto. It's easy and enjoyable, and the view from the top is spectacular. For me and my friends, going on a hike/walk on any one of the countless trails in the Kansai area is a perfect way to spend a fee-free (and usually crowd-free) day.

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Posted in: 1 in 3 Japanese women want to be housewives: poll See in context

1 in 3 women wants to be a housewife, which means 2 in 3 women do not. To each their own. Some work, some stay at home, some do both. There's no cookie cutter answer for what's best for everyone. No need to pass so many generalizations and judgements around.

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Posted in: Most men wish women would help pay date tab: study See in context

I had no idea that the subject of who pays the bill was such a big deal! Sometimes he pays, sometimes I pay, on occasion we just split the bill. Just as long as we enjoy our dinner and the bill gets paid, we're both happy.

It's interesting, though. 64% of the men from this study want women to split the bill, while 76% claim they feel bad about 'pocketing payments' from women who have split the bill. Either way many of those men are unsatisfied: annoyed that she didn't pay for her meal, or annoyed that she paid for her meal.

I do feel sorry for men sometimes. They seem so confused.

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Posted in: Travel across Japan in under an hour without leaving the comfort of your home See in context

I wanted to be away from where I was and go to that country so bad <3

Chantella, I hope that someday you get to take a trip to Japan and enjoy this beautiful country in person!

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Posted in: A Japanese perspective on traveling in the U.S. See in context

The most disappointing part of this article is the title: maybe it should be changed to "Annoying Things that Happen when Traveling Anywhere"- because goodness knows that these experiences aren't limited to the U.S., or any one country in particular. As a frequent traveler to both the U.S. and Japan, I was really hoping to read about common Japanese perspectives on traveling in the U.S., but I ended up just laughing at the absurdity of this article. It will be fun to show this article to my Japanese and American friends, and get their reactions...

I mean I've had some pretty bad experiences traveling to NYC, Dublin, Seoul, and to various cities in Japan. But I have enough sense to realize that those are isolated incidents: not something that represents the country as a whole. I understand being frustrated when a travel destination doesn't meet your expectations, but to paint an entire nation with one broad stroke is regrettable. Not only did this article portray the U.S. as a poor travel destination, but it also strengthened the stereotype of Japanese tourists as being narrow-minded; both of which are far from accurate.

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Posted in: Miyazaki's new film sounds a warning for Japan See in context

Whether you agree with Miyazaki's message or not, he succeeded in making people think and discuss on the subject. Everyone has different opinions, but it's really important that we listen to one another and keep the dialogue open.

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