Annie Perriment comments

Posted in: 1,637 taken to hospital for heatstroke May 25-June 1 See in context

What is the saying "Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the mid-day sun?" Apparently Japanese as well. Stay inside, stay out of the sun when it is very hot. I'm assuming Japan is a modern country with air conditioning pretty much everywhere but I may be wrong since I've never been there. I just saw an ad on TV for some kind of stay cool rag that you can wear on your head or around your neck while gardening or doing sports or doing anything outside - as long as it is wet, it cools you. I would think vendors would be selling those everywhere - along with those fan/mister things that my daughter likes to buy pretty much every time we go to the zoo. I lived in Arizona for two years. 105 was a rather cool temperature between about April and October. People just stay inside and do things like exercise and grocery shopping very late at night or very early in the morning.

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Posted in: Should you put your child on a leash? Japanese mothers weigh in See in context

My mom used a harness on me and I used a harness on my daughter. Anyone who has gone to a state fair or a zoo or any theme park or on a boat or to the Grand Canyon or to a parade or an airport or a train station with a very small child (but too old for a stroller) knows that the harnesses are invaluable. Nothing like the terror of losing sight of your child, even for a moment. And, even with the most careful and attentive parents, children still have a habit of disappearing. I remember going to the grocery store with my mom and young daughter. In about a second while we were getting something off the shelf my daughter had completely vanished - we found her within moments - a few aisles away - but what a scare! Use a harness. The kids love it. They like to pull against it and play pretend horsey or whatever. Make it a game. They enjoy it until they want you to pick them up and carry them anyway or put them back in the stroller (if they can still fit into one).

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Posted in: Man achieves dream of opening 'night library' with help from crowdfunding site See in context

I agree. I expect people all over the world would be happy to donate books. I would mail him a big box right now! I love the idea of the library. What fun! I've never cared for the bar scene but I could actually see myself hanging out in a library with a glass of wine or maybe a gin and tonic.

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Posted in: Pair of Yubari melons fetch Y2.5 million See in context

Sounds like Japan is experiencing a melon variation of the Dutch craze for tulip bulbs in the 1630s. Prices were sky high - people paid sums for a single bulb that would buy a luxury home. Then the bubble market collapsed. I love cantaloupe but it's so easy to get delicious cantaloupe at any grocery store, can't imagine paying vast sums for something that is nice for breakfast or as part of a fruit salad at a picnic.

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Posted in: Memo to guys: White Day's approaching See in context

Remember, the audience for this website includes ignorant westerners like myself. I never heard of White Day or obligation chocolates from women to men for Valentine's Day until I started reading this website. Fascinating glimpse into Japanese culture (or certain industry's ability to manipulate said culture for additional revenue). All we have here in the US after Valentine's Day is St. Patrick's Day coming up on the 17th. Chocolate is not usually involved although chocolate companies usually offer something Irish-themed for sale around this time - like Shamrock-shaped chocolates wrapped in green foil. Just about everyone wears green whether they have any Irish ancestry or not. My mom used to put green food coloring in my milk when I was a kid and many families eat corned beef and cabbage (always thought the stuff was vile as a kid but now it is okay).

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Posted in: Ayumi Hamasaki marries UCLA med student See in context

I dated a man 11 years younger than myself for a number of years. He wanted to marry me but the feeling was not mutual. The age difference is not a big deal. However, if the med student is only 25, he still has many years of medical training ahead. After med school there is the internship and then residency, which can take many years. I know, my dad is a doctor. I remember watching him lug his microscope around when he was studying for his sub-specialty boards. The residency period is especially trying, usually involving extensive sleep deprivation. When I worked at the Mayo Clinic, I remember watching doctors come in and get milk out of the vending machines in the break room and just suck down three or four cartons to sustain themselves before their next shift. Sometimes doctors would sleep on the couch in the break room or on a patient examining table in an unoccupied exam room.

There are many, many Japanese in southern California so I'm sure the pop star won't be lonely. My mail man is one. One day I got a package from Japan and he rang my doorbell to present it to me. He was very excited! Perhaps more so than me, and it was my package! As a completely non-Japanese person, I find southern California to be a veritable wonderland of Japanese stuff - there are Japanese magazines at the grocery store, Japanese bookstores, Japanese festivals here and there, plenty of Japanese restaurants (maybe not great restaurants but they do exist in great quantities). There is even an entire little Japanese shopping mall area in Orange County near Disneyland. It has a bookstore, a Japanese grocery store, restaurants, fast food, etc. Even at the regular mall there is a Japanese store where I can buy green tea Kit Kats and just about any Hello Kitty thing I could want.

I wish the couple every happiness!

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Posted in: GPod - Let's talk about sumo See in context

I've never been to Japan but I love sumo, what little I've seen on TV. Many years ago, there was an English language late night show here in the US called Today's Japan. We LOVED that show, watched it as often as we could - often while working late at the office. They always featured the sumo tournaments and the news readers seemed very exited when they were able to turn to the sumo portion of the show. I well remember watching Akebono, Musashimaru, Takatoriki, Chiyonofuji, Takanohana, Konishiki, and others. I even bought some sumo guidebooks to better understand the sport. When my daughter Meghan was born in 1999, we sometimes called her "Megabono" or "Megatoriki" for her fighting spirit.

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Posted in: Malaysia launches terrorism probe over vanished jet See in context

Remember the wreckage of the Air France flight that disappeared over the Atlantic en route from Rio to Paris in 2009 was not located until nearly two years later, in 2011. The South China Sea being much smaller and shallower than the Atlantic, I hope families will not need to wait that long to find out what happened to their loved ones. I'm guessing terrorism, especially with the two stolen passports involved. Very sad all around.

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Posted in: Some unimpressed with 'Caroline Kennedy fever' See in context

Many in America consider the Kennedy family to be a national embarrassment. They are not universally admired. My mom never failed to mention that "papa Joe" was a bootlegger - and it is true that the Kennedy wealth was built through illegal activities during America's prohibition era and it is now fairly widely recognized that Kennedy money helped buy the 1960 election for JFK. Caroline Kennedy may or may not have any desirable qualities but she is a woman who has spent her entire adult life being a socialite - a wealthy woman who travels and goes to parties. This was painfully obvious during her brief, ignominious attempt to run for the US Senate back in 2009. Her verbal statements were painfully airheaded, lacking even the thin veneer of erudition or sincerity that a good politician can summon when trying to appear knowledgeable about a given topic or relate to "the people." I have no doubt she will excel at the social aspects of being an ambassador - she will give great parties and make a great party guest and will no doubt function as a gracious tourist. At best we can hope she will do no harm during an interesting era of new tensions in the Asia Pacific region. Also, Boxing Day is celebrated in England but not in America. Of course our political overlords are known for their frequent and extended holidays. I expect Ms. Kennedy was simply taking as much vacation time as is typical in the rarified circles in which she has lived her entire life.

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Posted in: 10 English words that were originally Japanese See in context

Interesting. Have to say I never heard skosh before. Usually people say "smidge" or "dash" for "just a bit." I don't really hear anyone use the term hunky dory outside of a few old movies or TV shows but had no idea it was from Japanese. I confess I did think honcho was probably a Spanish word. Who knew?

I would add most English speakers are also familiar with the terms origami (paper folding), hibachi (everyone gets a little hibachi grill for their college dorm or first apartment), kabuki (term "kabuki theater" used frequently to describe politician's actions considered superficial - "for show" only), kimono and yukata (popular as dressing gowns or bath robes or swimsuit cover ups with many English speakers, particularly women), bonsai (the tiny trees featured in the movie "The Karate Kid" and frequently sold out of the backs of trucks by the side of the road in temperate climates like California), Sudoku (type of puzzle that is fairly addictive), haiku (every English speaking school child learns haiku when studying poetry), shiatsu (type of massage), sayonara (goodbye), rickshaw (transportation - bicycle rickshaws are popular in New York and other big cities), kudzu (invasive vine supplanting native vegetation in SW US), koi (in English refers to popular ornamental fish found frequently in backyard ponds and public water gardens), kamikaze (refers to any crazy, gung ho approach to something), geisha (English speakers know them as those pretty, ornamental Japanese ladies who serve drinks and such to men), akita (type of dog - I first heard of them during the OJ Simpson trial in 1994-1995 - Nicole's barking akita led neighbors to discover her body)

There are quite a few Japanese words commonly used by English speakers. Zen (very popular term among English speakers - used generally to refer to neatly ordered minimalist spaces featuring lots of "empty space." Most English speakers are familiar with martial arts words beyond karate. Most know aikido, kendo, sumo, and judo. I expect most also know dojo (martial arts school) and sensei (martial arts teacher). The term shogun is known to most Americans who watched the 1980 miniseries starring Richard Chamberlain. Similarly most know the terms samurai and ronin from movies and literature. Most English speakers know the term "Mikado" - if only as the title of the Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera. I expect the vast majority of English speakers are familiar with food terms like tofu, wasabi, teriyaki, teppanyaki (a favorite special "celebration" dinner for many English speakers - my bridal party enjoyed a teppanyaki dinner before my wedding), tempura, sushi, shitaki, sashimi, sake. Every English speaking college student knows what ramen is. All good cooks use panko bread crumbs. Vegetarians and vegans know all about edamame. Bento boxes are popular, especially with teen girls. I bought my daughter a bento box to use as a lunch box when she was in elementary school.

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Posted in: 'Jellyfish aircraft' takes flight See in context

Link to photos/video of jellyfish aircraft prototype:

Pretty cool!

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Posted in: Cirque du Soleil at 30: The show is the star See in context

Seeing Cirque du Soleil live and in person at least once should be on everyone's list. J'aime beaucoup le Cirque du Soleil.

The "Fire Within" documentary is a frequent viewing item in our household - fascinating glimpse into the lives of these young athletes, artists, and musicians as well as the entire Cirque apparatus - sales, marketing, management, legal, talent scouts, and so on.

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