Chris Alvis comments

Posted in: Why the 50-yen coin has a hole and other fun facts about Japanese coins See in context

Quite interesting. I have been collecting (well, I don't spend them if I find them) 10 yen coins for the past ten years and have 520 yen worth, but I only have two of the Showa 33. I really like the font on the old 5 yen coins, and like how they used the old kanji for 国(國) I wish all the coins used a kaisho type font instead of gothic. The floating 1 yen coin is also quite cool because many Japanese people I mention it to don't believe me until I show them. It also makes for a really nice photo if you have a macro lens.

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Posted in: Napster See in context

I saw this many many times when working in Omiya. Never thought of taking his photo and uploading it to Japan Today.

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Posted in: Try cooking a Big Mac in rice cooker See in context


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Posted in: Fold-up car of the future unveiled in Europe See in context

Pure pimp. I want one. This kind of thing would be perfect for Japan. I wonder how cost efficient it is.

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Posted in: Truck carrying 100 pigs collides with car in Tochigi See in context

Time to call the Angry Birds.

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Posted in: Man 'robs' himself of Y1.8 million in Ginza See in context

FAIL. I bet he felt like a champion admitting to making the whole thing up.

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Posted in: Remains of 13th-century Mongolian warship found off Nagasaki Pref See in context

I totally dig this kind of news. So interesting. I hope they do keep looking.

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Posted in: Advanced camera with interchangeable lens See in context

I will be waiting for the Canon version, but the Nex-5 I already have is more than enough for now. Mirrorless is definitely a welcomed advance in technology.

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Posted in: Sailor in Hawaii finds message in a bottle from Japan See in context

Here's the photo

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Posted in: Sailor in Hawaii finds message in a bottle from Japan See in context

Awesome. I am surprised they printer her name and city.

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Posted in: Karina gets 10 years' supply of Double Zero Cocktail See in context

Nasty... Karina is hot, though.

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Posted in: Gaijin -- just a word or racial epithet with sinister implications? See in context

Per the Kojien (Japanese Dictionary), the definition of "Gaijin" are as follows: (Japanese text didn't work...)

Someone who is not a friend. An estranged person. Someone who should be looked upon as hostile. Foreign (country) person. A different person. The opposite of a Japanese person. The definitions for "ijin" don't look that good either...

Most people, both Japanese and non-Japanese, are quite surprised the first time they actually look the word up. I do understand that the meanings that words have tend to change over time, but that is no excuse for ignorance. If people actually look the word up and understand the meaning it holds and choose to use it anyway, that is their choice. In the end, I think that if the people the word is referring to find it offensive, it should be avoided. Politically correct terms are around for this purpose.

With that said, I know this isn't my country, and I can always leave if I don't like it. I still don't think that it makes it right, and I personally dislike the word. Just my two cents...

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